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Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was 'awful' [I was flat-out wrong......]
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Posted on 04/13/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

April 13, 2014, 10:09 am

Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was 'awful'

By Elise Viebeck

Outgoing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she was "flat-out wrong" to believe that HealthCare.gov was ready to go on Oct. 1, 2013.

Sebelius made the comment to NBC's Andrea Mitchell on "Meet the Press" in her first post-resignation interview. The secretary has only a handful of weeks left at HHS until her replacement is confirmed.

In candid remarks about the healthcare rollout, Sebelius said she regretted not asking different questions when HealthCare.gov was under construction.

"If I had a magic wand and could go back to mid-September and ask different questions based on what I know now," I would, she said. "I thought I was getting the best information from the best experts but clearly that didn't go well."

The former Kansas governor reportedly handed in her resignation to President Obama in early March, when the enrollment numbers on the exchanges began to rise.

Asked whether she was pushed out of the administration, Sebelius insisted the departure is her choice.

"I thought that at the end of open enrollment was a logical time to leave," though there is "never a good time," Sebelius said.

As the official in charge of the healthcare rollout, Sebelius was blamed for the massive technical problems with the federal enrollment website, and soon became the target of partisan attacks over the law itself.

She said Sunday that "clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was flat-out wrong."

"That was very alarming" when HealthCare.gov crashed for the first time, she said, "because that took some real diagnostics in terms of what the problems where and then analysis" about whether the system could be fixed.

Sebelius did not mince words when describing the pressure of last fall.

"It was awful. It was awful. But all you could do is say, 'We're going to fix it' [and] 'Hold me accountable.'"

Obama has nominated White House budget director Sylvia Burwell to replace Sebelius at HHS.


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1 posted on 04/13/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Personally, I’m hoping that one day she will be recounting the real truth from a frigging prison cell.


2 posted on 04/13/2014 8:09:38 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Sub-Driver
"If I had a magic wand and could give myself some brains..."
3 posted on 04/13/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I suspect it never occured to her that she could be wrong.


4 posted on 04/13/2014 8:10:37 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Gaffer

Don’t worry. She’s going to Hell.


5 posted on 04/13/2014 8:11:01 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Sub-Driver

Considering her track record of failures, she like other liberals are too stupid to learn from their mistakes. Obummer made a dreadful choice in her and he won’t learn from that mistake either.


6 posted on 04/13/2014 8:11:08 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sebelius can now officially take the fall for Obamacare. From here on out, all the horror stories can be ignored because they are “old news”, and Sebelius has resigned. Forward!


7 posted on 04/13/2014 8:11:38 AM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: P-Marlowe

Of course. But her time on this earth actively contributing to the eventual death of so many others needs closure and satisfaction. She HAS to be severely punished.


8 posted on 04/13/2014 8:13:53 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Col Frank Slade
I suspect it never occured to her that she could be wrong.

Isn't that the case with ALL liberals?

I have a limited amount of pity for her. The law itself was crap, and she was tasked with making the unworkable work. Her stupidity was thinking she, or anybody else, could do that.

Why is it so difficult for most folks to see that the ACA was designed to fail? Then the statists can have the true socialized medicine they've always wanted.
9 posted on 04/13/2014 8:14:25 AM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: Sub-Driver
Sebelius said she was "flat-out wrong" to believe that HealthCare.gov was ready to go on Oct. 1, 2013.

Yet, she continued to claim to MSM and Congressional hearings for days, weeks, even months after, that it was ready.

Sort of like those claiming a movie trailer on Youtube caused the Benghazi attacks.

With this administration, 'that is my lie and I am sticking too it!'
10 posted on 04/13/2014 8:14:34 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

The Dems continue with the spin the only thing wrong with O’care was the website. Now that the website is fixed, everything is wonderful.

I sent a letter to my Dem Senator Kay Hagan in October 2013 complaining about the health insurance policy I liked being cancelled and the O’Care bronze replacements being more expensive with higher deductibles and less coverage. I didn’t receive a response until March. In it she called the website fiasco unacceptable. She also quoted statistics about the number of people in NC who could now get affordable health care insurance, touted how wonderful it is that people with preexisting conditions can buy health insurance, talked about how women now don’t have to pay more for their health insurance, and was effusive about the poor people who now had health insurance. Nothing about policies being cancelled, higher premiums, or higher deductibles and copays.

The Democrats have no intention of modifying O’care. They will be spinning all summer about how wonderful it is now that the website is fixed. This is no different than the spin on how much unemployment has improved and the claims of low inflation. Keep telling a lie and ultimately the people will believe it.


11 posted on 04/13/2014 8:15:25 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Some will live.....some will die.” I have not one iota of sympathy for her.

Looks like her replacement will be even worse, IF she gets confirmed.


12 posted on 04/13/2014 8:15:47 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ks you are both incompetent and stupid. A pair favored in Government....


13 posted on 04/13/2014 8:16:12 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Do you honestly believe that soebarkah cares? The damage is done, which is exactly what he wanted. His destruction of the United States continues apace.


14 posted on 04/13/2014 8:16:25 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Col Frank Slade
I suspect it never occured to her that she could be wrong.

She is a Lib. For Libs, intent trumps results.

Thus, she was never wrong, because her intentions were good/right. And never mind that you can't keep your policy or your doctor or that premiums are skyrocketing along with deductions.
15 posted on 04/13/2014 8:18:36 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

REPEAL - and don’t replace.


16 posted on 04/13/2014 8:20:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Just another product of a lifetime of participation ribbons. Everyone is right; everyone’s a winner!


17 posted on 04/13/2014 8:25:06 AM PDT by Vasilli22
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To: Sub-Driver
"If I had a magic wand and could go back to mid-September and ask different questions based on what I know now," I would, she said. "I thought I was getting the best information from the best experts but clearly that didn't go well."

Moron. Idiot. Clueless. But in charge os 1/6 of the economy

18 posted on 04/13/2014 8:25:49 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Sub-Driver
ObamaCare was never designed to work: not the program ,nor the website .
It was designed to do several things :
CONTROL of 1/6th of the country's domestic product
CONTROL and compelling the populace into buying into the insurance program ,mandating additional coverage , and having obvious increased expenses.
When insurance rates increase due to increased coverage, make the insurance industry into coporate profit "boogey-men", thus less criticism of government.
CONTROL Social Security and changing it from a retirement asset into a complelled Taxation,
GIVING the IRS policeing powers on anticipated increased taxation.
Ever seen a FED Tax reduced or eliminated ?.. right , .. me either !!
19 posted on 04/13/2014 8:27:22 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Sub-Driver

Be gone b*tch! Burn in hell for all the problems, some life threatening, you have caused millions of Americans. In a just world she wouldn’t be able to get a janitorial position. As it is, her Dem criminal colleagues will make sure she’s taken care of. Within six months she’ll be president of some university or have a high-up position at some think tank.


20 posted on 04/13/2014 8:28:22 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Sub-Driver

She is dumb.

She is liberal.

(Takes #1 to be #2.)

And, since the Obamadork/felon appointed her, she is also undoubtedly corrupt.


21 posted on 04/13/2014 8:29:44 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver
She also was "flat-out wrong" that the "Trojan Horse" for socialist policies, called by various names, including "Affordable" Care Act, would turn out to be either "affordable" or have anything to do with improving the lives of citizens and their health care!!

Her "failure" simply imposed a plan for coercive government abuse of every citizen in America by nameless and faceless bureaucrats whose very salaries will be paid by the victims, and by politicians whose only goal was to institutionalize their power and control over future generations of Americans.

Those future generations, confronted by the former 200+-year history of a free society, and the sad and inglorious history of what so-called "progressive" regressives did to that society by their arrogant actions, will understand what happened to their liberty.

22 posted on 04/13/2014 8:32:05 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
..and the Sebelious replacement is already known for "StoneWalling"
while in office at OBM .
Sebelious' replacment is there only for further obfiscation and gender identity in the proported "War Against Women".
Stonewalling is something that this administration has no knowledge of , or in the words of that immortal sage :
"At this point , ..what does it matter " ??
23 posted on 04/13/2014 8:34:55 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: onedoug

There is certainly a lot of evidence pointing that way. I for one, don’t give the Zero that much credit. His owners however is another matter.


24 posted on 04/13/2014 8:37:13 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Sub-Driver

I worked on an IT project near DC. They had already failed twice. On our effort, they scrutinized the project documentation, but not the software configuration. Example: some previously approved documentation was UNapproved because the county wanted “Table of Contents” not the previously approved label of “Contents”. So, multiple IT professionals had to stop working on the software to reedit approved documentation. Example: the county project manager never logged into the system ONCE until it went live. So, he never saw what he was going to get until it was too late to change.


25 posted on 04/13/2014 8:39:09 AM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: P-Marlowe

Glad you and the Almighty are so tight that you know His mind.


26 posted on 04/13/2014 8:39:26 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Sub-Driver

The website failure was ENGINEERED so as to justify the miserable subscription rates. “Well, we would’ve had greater numbers had the website worked”.. This scam is STILL being foisted upon the American people when convenient for the regime.


27 posted on 04/13/2014 8:40:21 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL


28 posted on 04/13/2014 8:40:25 AM PDT by Sophia777
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To: P-Marlowe

LOLOLOLOL


29 posted on 04/13/2014 8:40:46 AM PDT by Sophia777
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To: Gaffer

Prison? Hey, lay off. She admitted she was wrong. I’m sure she learned from this experience, and that makes her a perfect Democratic candidate for, well, something. /sarc

She said: “I thought I was getting the best information from the best experts but clearly that didn’t go well.”

Here’s the statement that should be made RIGHT NOW. A qualified leader should KNOW what questions to ask and be able to learn if the answers are the best. She *thought*. Right there - that’s the proof that her appointment was political.


30 posted on 04/13/2014 8:41:57 AM PDT by kdot
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To: TheGipperWasRight
Sebelius can now officially take the fall for Obamacare. From here on out, all the horror stories can be ignored because they are “old news”, and Sebelius has resigned. Forward!

Just from the Rose Garden ceremony I gathered the following. Sebelius is a true believer in liberalism. She thinks that the purpose of the liberal project is to help people. She does not seem to know that liberalism is just a path to power for the insiders or that the ultimate goal is totalitarianism.

This replacement lady is cast iron. She immediately began to brag about her vast "achievements" for the past twelve months as OMB boss. She knows what the real purpose of the liberal project is and now that Sebelius is going to take all the heat now and well into the future, they can use this new toy, the ACA, for it's real purpose, gaining and holding more and more power.

31 posted on 04/13/2014 8:42:12 AM PDT by BRK
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To: FatherofFive
They think they have a magic wand....and saying the right words will make everything work out and their rainbow unicorn world fantasy will magically come to life.

The fools in charge haven't a frigging clue how the world works - they hire clueless incompetent fools just like them to attempt to carry out their stupid vision. Everyone's furiously waving wands and they're all gobsmacked that it doesn't work.

32 posted on 04/13/2014 8:42:41 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (No Mo (zilla). I'm going to the Opera instead.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Thankfully she’s not as loose in her thinking process that precludes her from putting on clothes before she appears in public.


33 posted on 04/13/2014 8:43:44 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Sub-Driver
She said Sunday that "clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was flat-out wrong."

Clearly the M.O. of this administration. Totally screw up and then lie about it as long as it takes for the media to decide it's old news and lets move on. See Benghazi, F&F, IRS, ad infinitum.

34 posted on 04/13/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Sub-Driver

She could have resigned 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 months ago..but this was carefully timed. Sebelius takes one for the Team, Obama gets a mulligan as he re-launches new-and-improved Obamacare just in time for the mid-term elections.

If only Sebelius were black, he’d have the perfect scapegoat.


35 posted on 04/13/2014 8:53:03 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Sub-Driver; Kartographer

How many of the following ten signs of incompetence did Mistress Sebelius show on a daily basis?

10 rules of an incompetent professional
LinkedIn ^ | 4/10/14 | Pedro Amador

Posted by Kartographer

I would like to share the best rules that place ignorance at the most unsuspected limits. I’m positive you’ll recognize someone close to you who appears to be a true professional but who, in reality, isn’t anything more than an unqualified beginner. These are, in my opinion the most important rules:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3143360/posts


36 posted on 04/13/2014 8:57:16 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Excellent summary and why it is a waste of time to try and discuss anything with a liberal.

“Considering her track record of failures, she like other liberals are too stupid to learn from their mistakes. Obummer made a dreadful choice in her and he won’t learn from that mistake either.”


37 posted on 04/13/2014 8:58:38 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: kdot

This whole administration, from their absolute insistence on emplacing rabid incompetent ideologues into high government office right on down to their active campaign to infest all of government with the diversity of “wise whatever ethnicity” is a testament to failure most certain.

They cannot succeed in their devolution of this country because they have no idea of what formulates its success, period. They only know carping, dissatisfaction and strife, and they fail to realize that tactic is only good for gaining power. It is not a formula for keeping it.


38 posted on 04/13/2014 8:59:19 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Sub-Driver

This woman is representative of democrats. They’re just plain dumb. When she realized a page was missing in her “official” announcement, don’t tell the world! Ad lib a line then end it.


39 posted on 04/13/2014 9:01:42 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: TheGipperWasRight
Sebelius can now officially take the fall for Obamacare. From here on out, all the horror stories can be ignored because they are “old news”

I wish you weren't right. But even the media can't make this stink go away.

40 posted on 04/13/2014 9:06:27 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: bigdaddy45

She’s going to Hell.


41 posted on 04/13/2014 9:34:28 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Sub-Driver

NSS.

Maybe Ted Cruz was right. Ya think? But nooooooooo...., let’s play the ‘Republicans are Obstructionists’ game instead. Losers of this administration and their kneepad-clad media would NEVER admit it.


42 posted on 04/13/2014 9:38:19 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So, if Sebelius was flat-out wrong,,does that mean those who said the rollout was going to be a disaster were actually right?

Why yes, I believe that’s the case.


43 posted on 04/13/2014 9:54:26 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Gaffer

I hope you’re not a betting man.


44 posted on 04/13/2014 10:03:38 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: P-Marlowe

Then, as Christians, we’d better start praying for her.

We’d better not find pleasure in that thought or we’ll be the ones ending up in that place.


45 posted on 04/13/2014 10:07:10 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: TheGipperWasRight

ObamaCare will soon enough be changed into SebeliusFail by this administration and MSM.


46 posted on 04/13/2014 10:09:29 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG
Then, as Christians, we’d better start praying for her.

To be frank, there are a lot of other people that are in front of her on my prayer list. If you feel bad about the fact that Kathleen Sebelius is going to Hell, then feel free to spend 24 hours a day in prayer for her.

Unless she does a complete 180 (which is remotely possible) then she is going to go to Hell. Do you disagree with that FACT? Do people who support the murdering of unborn children have a special dispensation that allows them to avoid the eternal punishment that God has promised to those who are unrepentant sinners?

We shouldn't sugar coat the fact that there are a lot of people on that road. I think that anyone who has the attitude that she has about killing unborn children should not be surprised when they end up spending eternity with the likes of Adolf Hitler and Adolf Eichmann.

Kathleen Sebelius is objectively a very evil person. I see nothing in her life that would suggest that she is going to end up anywhere other than the fires of Hell.

47 posted on 04/13/2014 10:17:22 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Sub-Driver; flaglady47; mickie; pax_et_bonum; Maine Mariner; seekthetruth; Bob Ireland; ...
She took up all that face time on "Meet the Depressed" with carefully-scripted words that were non-informative, non-illuminating, non-creative, non-interesting, empty, vacuous, self-serving and of no importance whatsoever.

Her TV interview was the final programmed act of her departure drama.....and was designed to soften her image and put a closing pleasant face on her abrupt leave-taking.

Everything is pre-planned and then acted out in the political big leagues, folks....and in this case, the media cooperated fully in providing Sibelius with immediate air time to close out her ObamaCare career with a sweet smile and plenty of high-oil rub to cover her failures.

She'll get another high-paying job in the U.S. government itself, or a government-subsidized foundation/organization/charity...or in government-subsidized academia......

.....and the media will be orgasmic that she's still "in service to her country"....and she'll get on the cooperative "Meet the Press" the very next Sunday...and her hands will be in our pockets on her very next payday.

Leni

48 posted on 04/13/2014 10:59:45 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Our greatness - built upon our freedom - is moral, not material)
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To: MinuteGal
Good afternoon lovely lady.

I have said this before, and will say it again, the U.S. government (0bama regime), is totally out of control.

I could be wrong, but methinks even the LIV see this.

5.56mm

49 posted on 04/13/2014 11:07:54 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: BenLurkin

Here’s the double edged sword that is OCare.
What happens to the ins. companies once OCare is repealed?

They are losing money as we speak. They probably cannot go back to offering the low-cost policies from before OCare was forced down everyone’s throat.


50 posted on 04/13/2014 11:22:56 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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