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Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Site, and Obama
The New York Times ^ | Saturday, November 30, 2013 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Michael D. Shear

Posted on 11/30/2013 2:06:15 PM PST by kristinn

As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia.

HealthCare.gov, the $630 million online insurance marketplace, was a disaster after it went live on Oct. 1, with a roster of engineering repairs that would eventually swell to more than 600 items. The private contractors who built it were pointing fingers at one another. And inside the White House, after initially saying too much traffic was to blame, Mr. Obama’s closest confidants had few good answers.

The political dangers were clear to everyone in the room: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary; Marilyn Tavenner, the Medicare chief; Denis McDonough, the chief of staff; Todd Park, the chief technology officer; and others. For 90 excruciating minutes, a furious and frustrated president peppered his team with questions, drilling into the arcane minutiae of web design as he struggled to understand the scope of a crisis that suddenly threatened his presidency.

“We created this problem we didn’t need to create,” Mr. Obama said, according to one adviser who, like several interviewed, insisted on anonymity to share details of the private session. “And it’s of our own doing, and it’s our most important initiative.”

Out of that tense Oval Office meeting grew a frantic effort aimed at rescuing not only the insurance portal and Mr. Obama’s credibility, but also the Democratic philosophy that an activist government can solve big, complex social problems. Today, that rescue effort is far from complete.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; obamacare; obamacarewebsite; obamacarewebsitefix; obamacarewebsitenot
Long NY Times article on saving Obama's presidency.
1 posted on 11/30/2013 2:06:15 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

To what purpose?


2 posted on 11/30/2013 2:08:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: kristinn
The down website has helped Obama because people don't all know yet about the doubling or more in pricing. They are also not paying much attention to the 4% tax on the sales of Real Estate/Homes.
3 posted on 11/30/2013 2:10:14 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: kristinn

I’m sure George W. Bush is sitting at a computer furiously sabotaging the site at this very minute. Because its all his fault.


4 posted on 11/30/2013 2:12:35 PM PST by Antihero101607
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To: kristinn

Kaslin, $640 million siphoned resulting in a dollar store website, and no-one is blaming anyone. This is Las Vegas in the ‘60’s/70’s. Pretty cool?!


5 posted on 11/30/2013 2:15:31 PM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: kristinn
https://www.healthcare.gov/
6 posted on 11/30/2013 2:17:12 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (What we said when we said what we said was. Period. End of story.)
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To: kristinn
"...drilling into the arcane minutiae of web design as he struggled to understand the scope of a crisis that suddenly threatened his presidency."

This sentence seems to be somewhat at odds with the "Obama is one of the smartest human beings alive today - or ever - and is bored by things that ordinary people find challenging" story line we've been hearing lately.

If memory serves, we've been hearing that story line from the New York Times, among other all-in-for-the-lightworker MSM outlets.

7 posted on 11/30/2013 2:24:45 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: kristinn
Out of that tense Oval Office meeting grew a frantic effort aimed at rescuing not only the insurance portal and Mr. Obama’s credibility, but also the Democratic philosophy that an activist government can solve big, complex social problems. Today, that rescue effort is far from complete.

It will never fail. It will only be "far from complete."

Just like liberalism, and socialism, and communism.

Conservatives fail all the time. Often, they fail before they implement a single policy.

Liberals never fail. They just run out of time, or money, or gullible followers. But they never fail.

8 posted on 11/30/2013 2:27:22 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: kristinn

There aren’t enough shovels around to shovel the bull crap being generated by a lying scheming implicit complicit lapdog liberal media syndicate.. Where caution is the better part of reporting and not fabricating or passing an agenda line on, well, too obviously anyway.

Amazing the Republic has survived as long as it has.

NO, belay that.

The blood of patriots has served us all well.

Lest we forget where we came from.


9 posted on 11/30/2013 2:29:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A true Socialist Future under the benign enlightened leadership of the Democrat Party, of course.

/sarc

10 posted on 11/30/2013 2:30:31 PM PST by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Steely Tom

Yes. What strikes me about this article is how inconsequential Obama is. They’re trying to save his presidency, but Obama is largely uninvolved in the effort.


11 posted on 11/30/2013 2:30:35 PM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn

All website stories have vanished from Google News after today’s crash.


12 posted on 11/30/2013 2:35:02 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: kristinn

The programming contract was given to Mrs Os friend from college as a non competitive bid. All government contracts require a minimum of three bids as I recall and if there is only one supplier, then a sole source contract may be awarded, Failure to do so is a criminal offense, a fraud and theft. How much did the Democrats and Obama get? Where are our Republicans / Tea Party candidates in their investigation of this BS?


13 posted on 11/30/2013 2:35:42 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. The Tea Party is the solvent)
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To: A CA Guy

Exactly.
That’s why all these articles about the website.
It’s to divert attention to the real problems ... which have nothing to do with the website.

Too many are getting sucked into the misdirection scheme the media running. By putting out so many articles about the website they figure fewer people will be focusing on the actual problems with Obamacare.

In fact, I wouldn’t put it past the Obama admin to have glitched up the website themselves as a delaying tactic.


14 posted on 11/30/2013 2:37:15 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: kristinn
The Obamacare Great Race to Rescue Obama Car


15 posted on 11/30/2013 2:37:52 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Tuketu

BTW where is the bid from Google which is, I believe, correcting the big theft? Obviously Mrs O awarded a contract to the original parties without any competitive bid or justification of a “Sole Source” contract.


16 posted on 11/30/2013 2:38:13 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. The Tea Party is the solvent)
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To: kristinn
ive called on my ole buddy JACK..here to see if we cant further muck up the works and assure obies failure...




17 posted on 11/30/2013 2:41:47 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: kristinn

The excerpt makes me vomit. The citzens of the USSR got more objective news from Pravda.


18 posted on 11/30/2013 2:43:07 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: Lorianne

Possibly, bnut I know of 4 contracts awarded under Obamacare where the winners were not the submitters of the lowest bid. I believe the Democrats are using Obama care contracts as a reward for political contributions. A mere slush fund.

Funny, I wrote to my Sen, Rubio with specifics on two contracts with the names etc on Aug 9. No reply yet even to the follow up letter.

Rubio is too busy with the gang of 8. Immigration laws are to protect American Citizens not foreign nationals. Get over it and go after the corruption.


19 posted on 11/30/2013 2:44:58 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. The Tea Party is the solvent)
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To: kristinn
"a furious and frustrated president peppered his team with questions"

Such as, "What's a server?"
20 posted on 11/30/2013 2:45:00 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: henkster

Your right on Pravda. These days I believe them more than US newspapers so I go to UK Newspaper websites to see what the Lefties left out in our papers. Also DrudgeReport and Breitbart give a much cleared picture than the NYTIMES, MSNBS, SeeBS NPR etc etc


21 posted on 11/30/2013 2:50:18 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. The Tea Party is the solvent)
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To: kristinn
For 90 excruciating minutes, a furious and frustrated president peppered his team with questions, ...

The time to do this is long before the site goes live. Cows, barn door, etc.

22 posted on 11/30/2013 2:59:51 PM PST by glorgau
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To: kristinn
Having read most of the story, several things are clear to me:
  1. The website will never work
  2. The "rescue" operation will fail utterly
  3. The "rescue" operation will not rescue anything, or improve anything, period
  4. The political people who are managing this from inside the administration are utter hacks who know absolutely nothing about the internet, or computers, or websites, or health care, or insurance
  5. The technical people who are actually working on it are simply doing it to suck a paycheck. I'll bet that none of them actually believe it will work; if there are any "believers" involved, they are much too stupid to be of the slightest help
  6. When the history of this debacle is written, we will look back and realize that the internet saved us from ObamaCare

23 posted on 11/30/2013 3:02:41 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: BushCountry

Did the web site really crash today?


24 posted on 11/30/2013 3:06:39 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: MeshugeMikey

25 posted on 11/30/2013 3:11:01 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: kristinn

-— The political dangers were clear to everyone in the room: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary -—

Who better to oversee the nationalization of medicine?

Obama, Biden and Sebelius couldn’t run a lemonade stand.


26 posted on 11/30/2013 3:17:19 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Lmo56

They took it down for 11 hours or something and pleaded with the America people not to use today to keep from crashing. 40% of the system still doesn’t work (paying carriers and getting actual rates for insurance companies).


27 posted on 11/30/2013 3:19:24 PM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: kristinn

FUBAR


28 posted on 11/30/2013 3:21:31 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a hoot reading about Obama saying we’re the problem, but never seeing him say the same thing with such force in public.

The NYTs and other papers and other media outlets, let Obama off the hook by acting as if he admitted to these things all along. Well..., he didn’t actually.

He made some meager comments that some folks could spin as him taking responsibility, but during the same time frame the whole Democrat party to a man was blaming the fact there was any problem at all on Tea Party members, the Republican party, Christians, homophobes, people who didn’t like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or anyone else they could think up.

The ‘Role of Charmin’ in Chief, never took full ownership.

I know because he and his crew tried to say I was the problem.

F the whole lot of them. And F the NYTs too, for trying to act as if this guy could actually take the blame for something he seriously F’d up.

He’s an absolute failure all around. What paper has the brass ones to state that on the record?

We are the laughing joke of the Western world. Our enemies stand back and stay out of it as we destroy ourselves..., as if.

The Wonder Boy operating on a 9 year old’s level of intellect, has taken us a long way down the road to ruin. Take that on for size NYTs. Be the first to hint this is true.

Nah, too much to expect. I’m sure they think he deserves another Nobel Peace Prize, or perhaps a crown befitting his station as King of the Marxist/Muslim/and people who look like him world, no matter what they are doing to our own nation.

Too bad “you broke it, you bought it” can’t be the rule of thumb here.


29 posted on 11/30/2013 3:28:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
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To: glorgau

He should have been doing this 6 months ago.

The level of ineptitude on this administration is shocking. I mean.... we knew he was incompetent before he was inaugurated, but he’s vastly underperforming even our (very very VERY low) expectations.


30 posted on 11/30/2013 3:31:18 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: NormsRevenge
B T T T ! ! ! ©

31 posted on 11/30/2013 3:34:06 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: kristinn

Breathless recounting of heroes working 24x7 in the tractor factory to make sure the peasants on the steppes receive enough tractors to harvest the potato crop before it rots in the fields and ruins the five year plan quotas.


32 posted on 11/30/2013 3:35:27 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: kristinn
...one senior White House adviser recalled, “it’s a very serious threat to the success of the legislation and a very serious threat to him. We get that.”

Note that there is no concern expressed for the country itself or its people and their insurance needs.

Only for the party's misbegotten legislation and the President's political standing.

33 posted on 11/30/2013 3:44:57 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Steely Tom
It will never fail. It will only be "far from complete."

Just like liberalism, and socialism, and communism.

Conservatives fail all the time. Often, they fail before they implement a single policy.

Liberals never fail. They just run out of time, or money, or gullible followers. But they never fail.

I see the unfortunate, unshakeable logic of that.

34 posted on 11/30/2013 3:45:19 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: kristinn
Good God Almighty....the website is just the tip of the iceberg.There are many ways to prove this...one of which is that Congress has exempted itself from the plan.
35 posted on 11/30/2013 3:46:44 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: kristinn

bump to th4 top


36 posted on 11/30/2013 3:54:18 PM PST by wildbill
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To: catnipman
Breathless recounting of heroes working 24x7 in the tractor factory to make sure the peasants on the steppes receive enough tractors to harvest the potato crop before it rots in the fields and ruins the five year plan quotas.

Oh, yeah. It's enough to make a throne-kissing sycophant's heart glow with pride. What they're trying to do at the moment is make things look good, not do anything.

So, according to the objective view of the NY Times, all of the difficulties (the first 6 pages of this 7-page screed) are due to Republican resistance and the silliness of assuming that when 0bama said A he didn't really mean Z. When we got to page 7 we actually didn't get any technical details because it's painfully obvious that they're as far over the head of the loyal Party reporters as they are of their idiot demigod in the White House. A couple of brief glimpses of the real problem emerge: no systems integrator at all in the entire project until it failed - what a surprise. Bad code, inadequate hardware, little effort paid to integration with existing systems that are, after all, supposed to be running the program. The only thing this Siberian fuster-cluck had and has going for it is a team of breathless true believers at the NY Times who will make any excuse, tell any lie, misrepresent any point, and demonize any Republican in sight in order to defend the wearer of the glove they've chosen to kiss. Absolutely disgusting journalistic moment, if indeed it can be dignified with the term.

37 posted on 11/30/2013 3:58:21 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: kristinn

After working frantically for two months to fix a website that is still crashing, when will Obama admit that he’s sold the country a lemon?

Soon American dogs will have a better healthcare system than their owners. How long will Americans put up with such a thing?


38 posted on 11/30/2013 4:05:28 PM PST by Bluestocking
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To: Bluestocking

With the basic goal of disrupting anything good in America, EVERYTHING Clown Prince nobama and his commie minions do is intentional. Disruption and destruction are their goals. These Bozos are being very effective. They should all be in prison or deported...and that is being easy on them. These traitors to Freedom hate you.


39 posted on 11/30/2013 4:51:11 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Steely Tom; Kaslin
Socialism has only one insurmountable problem: it's theft!
40 posted on 11/30/2013 5:51:57 PM PST by 4Liberty (Mr President 'If you Like your college transcripts...can we see them?')
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To: kristinn

The only promotional effort that will save the website?

Babba Wawa and NYT covering - LIVE - 0bama registering and paying for 0bamacare.

That will never happen. Reason-0bama would have to reveal his true identity, sealed since Day 0 of his first term.

If 0bama did not answer 0bamacare questions truthfully, 0bama is exposed to prosecution and imprisonment


41 posted on 11/30/2013 5:56:12 PM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: Travis McGee
can we STILL get our NSA files....re the freedom of imformation act Id like to see mine.


42 posted on 11/30/2013 5:58:22 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: poobear

Hey..My website just crashed...but the deal still stands!....Like me on Facebook and send me a hundred dollars and Ill send you a thousand dollars when I read the post!...Hurry..’cause I’ve extended the deadline a few days because of the website crash...


43 posted on 11/30/2013 6:02:34 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: henkster
The excerpt makes me vomit. The citzens of the USSR got more objective news from Pravda.

Just a bunch of disgusting liberal pukes and wonks scurrying about with their "connected" Govt contractor buddies. Blowing billions in taxpayer monies trying to fix the pos they created. If only this pos ObamaKare could be made to disappear everyone would be better off

44 posted on 11/30/2013 7:20:53 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: kristinn
But for Mr. Obama, the mounting criticism was more than political. It felt personal. “He was uncomfortable,” one senior adviser said. He hated the idea that so many Americans had received cancellation letters from their insurance companies

Lies. He knew from Day One that those policies would be cancelled.

In fact, not only did he know...he engineered it that way to throw these people onto the exchanges.

They are inner city Socialists/Marxists. The public still doesn't get it, but it's the truth.

45 posted on 11/30/2013 8:02:39 PM PST by what's up
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To: kristinn

“We created this problem we didn’t need to create,” Mr. Obama said”

Oh...but you DID, Blanch, you DID plan it.

Quit talking to everyone like they’re your supporters—only YOUR base is stupid enough to believe this tripe.


46 posted on 11/30/2013 8:11:36 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Lmo56

I did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59VTIDjKDZ4


47 posted on 12/01/2013 9:25:06 AM PST by BushCountry (Obama: The dentist told me I need a crown. I was like I KNOW, RIGHT?)
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the post, kristinn. That’s the best write-up and analysis I’ve seen on the Obama failures. There’s a lot of unreported behind-the-scenes stuff in there.


48 posted on 12/01/2013 4:39:22 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, it's useless. huh?)
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To: Bluestocking
Soon American dogs will have a better healthcare system than their owners. How long will Americans put up with such a thing?

Not so fast. I read about a guy who got a letter from the Obamacair officials saying that Barney, his dog, is successfully enrolled in Obamacare and is now insured. Barney was the name he gave to one of the security questions. The guy said, "Well, as long as Barney is insured, I'm happy."

49 posted on 12/01/2013 5:18:23 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, it's useless. huh?)
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