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Posted on 10/01/2013 10:04:58 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
MSNBC Anchor Unable to Sign Up For Obamacare Health Exchange By Matthew Sheffield Created 10/01/2013 - 12:25pm
Even as Politico and others are urging the public to overlook some of the many flaws in the Obamacare health insurance exchanges which just opened up today, MSNBC anchor Mara Schiavocampo is not playing along with the spin game.
Early this morning on First Look, Schiavocampo took viewers along with her as she filed a report on her experience trying to sign up for an exchange. It was an exercise in frustration as she soon found.
As the video below demonstrates, Schiavocampo experienced numerous errors on the exchanges website and she spent about 20 minutes on the phone trying to talk to anyone to get help with her situation.
After waiting that long, Schiavocampo decided to give up: If I were signing up for myself, this is where my patience would be exhausted, she said.
Kudos to Schiavocampo for proving that one can indeed get some actual journalism at MSNBC instead of Obama Administration public relations pap.
And that’s just the beginning of the nightmare
Only a fool would think that dealing with the government for ANYTHING would be easy
...But it’s still a great system, right msnbc?
Billions of dollars have been spent on these exchanges.
Billions which could have paid for the healthcare of the small percentage which qualify for their use.
It’s still George Bush’s fault, because the Republicans shut down the government again.
I mean, how’s the gummint s’posta work without no money?
WA State site has been down for over an hour.
The one silver lining for the Obama masses is that they won't have nearly as many choices to mull through as the seniors did with. Medicare part D. They are still going to have to deal with the shock when they find out free healthcare isn't free.
Outsource Obamacare support to India. Healthcare from someone you cannot understand.
It’s like watching Joe Theisman’s leg breaking... in really slow motion.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch........
Does not surprise me one freaking bit. We’ve known for months this would be a fiasco, and that most states would be out of compliance on 10/1. So let it roll. Let these lame headed citizens see what they elected.
So tired of having to be silent about this crappity-ass piece of legislation and all the pressure we have gotten to give the states everything they asked for.
A week from now they will blame it on............Bush.
..But its still a great system, right msnbc?
I read a pretty good article a couple of months ago that pointed out that the computer infrastructure needed to implement this mess was not ready and would take some time to get ready and work. Not only not enough computing power absent but they don’t even have all of the software written and in place to make this thing work right.
Indeed, 20 minutes doesn’t seem like very long. People spend more time setting up a new OS on their iPhones.
What bothers me about these “does it work” “it doesn’t work” type stories is they judge success based on some mechanical measure of whether the “trains run on time.” NSA spying “works,” as do unmanned drones. Hell, Auschwitz was quite “effective.” But that shouldn’t be the only measure of judging a governmental initiative, particularly a fascistic one such as this.
Rush just described an article where the author described a similar exercise in total frustration with an effort to apply at an “exchange.” To be fair, it’s likely that Ms Schiavocampo and that article’s author are both of above average intelligence and are far more familiar with dealing with complex software than the average low info voter. That being so, just imagine the chaos that will strike when millions of low info voters are forced into this nightmare.
I think the fact is that they haven't finalized the rules, and so one might make the claim that they haven't even started some parts of the software.
Complex software takes time to design, develop, test and deploy. I believe that -- in part -- they are at the "design" phase, and the government shutdown is probably going to slow their efforts.
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