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There’s No Obamacare Comeback Yet - Serious questions remain about implementation
National Review ^ | December 9, 2013 | John Fund

Posted on 12/09/2013 5:32:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

"....... question is whether insurance companies believe in the website enough to put their advertising money where their mouthpieces were before its launch on October 1. “The big tell of if/when people finally believe it’s working is when you see the states, insurance companies, etc., restart their ad buys and outreach programs that they put on hold to drive people to the site,” a Democratic observer of health-care issues told NBC’s First Read.

“Once it’s established that you can go from typing in the words ‘’ to getting a confirming e-mail saying you’re covered with reasonable ease, then I think you’re going to see a huge marketing boost to get people enrolled,” Sheryl Skolnick, managing director of investment analysis from CRT Capital, told Politico in late November. She said it would be a bad sign if insurers didn’t ramp up their marketing after November 30, “since we know they’re prepared to do so.”

I talked with several people in and close to the insurance industry who told me they see scant evidence that any “big rollout” of publicity directing people to Obamacare is under way or imminent. One insurance executive bluntly told me: “In addition to continued problems with the data, there is zero evidence they have fixed the security vulnerabilities of the website. We don’t want to send people to a site where their data could be compromised or stolen.” Indeed, David Kennedy, the founder and principal security consultant of TrustedSec, told CNBC in late November that “security wasn’t built into” the site. Last week, Kennedy told the Washington Free Beacon that “it doesn’t appear that any security fixes were done at all” during the recent relaunch.

As for the “back end” of the website, last month Henry Chao, the Medicare and Medicaid Services official in charge of the site, told Congress that “the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be” created. That amounted to some 30 to 40 percent of the whole system. “It’s not built, let alone tested,” an insurance executive told the Washington Post last week.

No wonder insurance companies are hanging back with a wait-and-see attitude. ".................

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; abolishobamacare; aca; healthcare; healthcareinsurers; insurancecompanies; johnfund; obamacare; obamacaresecurity

1 posted on 12/09/2013 5:32:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Obamacare Comeback”?! From the dead?

2 posted on 12/09/2013 5:35:42 AM PST by albie
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If they ever get the website fixed, people will finally see how much the actual product sucks. That's why they're in no rush to fix it. Well, that and they don't know how to fix it.

Their incompetence is helping cover up their ineptitude. Jujitsu, of a sort.

3 posted on 12/09/2013 5:39:20 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: albie

Zombiecare. About the only thing its good for, medical care for the dead.

4 posted on 12/09/2013 5:44:15 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: All
Not enrolling the young healthies, yet. BUT the web site section that verifies (1) enrollee income, (2) citizenship info (3) voter registration, and, (4) SNAP application functions worked. All the info nervous Dims/Obama need for 2014 midterm elections.


OBAMA CALLS Mrs O: "Before she pocketed some of the billion dollars,
your pal shoulda told us they didn't teach web site construction at Princeton."

SECY SIBELIUS TO OBAMA: "While you're on your brand new brick
phone, Mr President, get a few more cases of these cute floppy disks
Mrs O's Princeton classmate provided."


During the web site crisis, Mrs O displayed her usual “tolerance and compassion” (sob). She ordered the WH kitchen to provide the hardworking fix-it team with glass carafes of Chock-ful-of-Nuts coffee heated on bunsen burners, cans of evaporated milk, packets of aspartame, and fresh-made donuts fried in olestra.

======================================================= failures include: billion dollar pay
checks to cronies, insiders, and Mrs O's Princeton classmate.......

Toni Townes-Whitley, Senior Vice President at "CGI Federal" for
Civilian Agency programs, designers
is Princeton Class of
1985---same dumbed-down class as Michelle Obama. Both are members of
the racial separatist organization----Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

" At Princeton, Michele and I took intellectually challenging courses like
Black Is Beautiful, How To Intimidate Employers with The Civil Rights Act,
Getting Ahead Using Your Skin Color, with graduate studies in Pay-Me-I'm-
A-Victim methodologies.

5 posted on 12/09/2013 5:47:46 AM PST by Liz
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obamacare will be liberalism’s death by a thousand cuts as a calvalcade of horror stories will progress every month for the next few year.

6 posted on 12/09/2013 5:49:40 AM PST by AU72
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The implementation is the least of the problems.
That 0bamacare even exists is the problem.
You can not fix in implementation what's broken in design.

7 posted on 12/09/2013 6:05:33 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: dead
they don't know how to fix it

A good post. I'm going to vote for your second point, above, as the reason it isn't fixed yet.

8 posted on 12/09/2013 9:46:52 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Temporary tag line - RIP Paul Walker)
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