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Former official: Admin refused to bring in outside help for ObamaCare website for fear GOP....
Hot Air ^ | 4:41 pm on October 17, 2013 | by Allahpundit

Posted on 10/18/2013 8:45:45 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

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Former official: Admin refused to bring in outside help for ObamaCare website for fear GOP would subpoena them; Update: Ten-year-old technology? Update: No improvement in week two; Update: Wasn’t tested until days before launch?

Via Lachlan Markay and Ace, who calls it “Nixonian.” This is the rare Hot Air item that might actually make liberals angrier at the White House than conservatives. If you’d staked your party’s credibility on realizing the utopian dream of universal health care only to have Obama deliver this fartburger, you’d be furious. Why anyone on either side still wants Sebelius in charge, I have no idea.

Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans, the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment system, one former administration official said. Officials feared that if they called on outsiders to help with the technical details of how to run a commerce website, those companies could be subpoenaed by Hill Republicans, the former aide said. So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts.

Very important to understand: Between this and the fact that HHS deliberately hid the price of insurance behind a reg wall on Healthcare.gov to reduce “rate shock,” the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be because they were terrified of transparency. And the reason they were terrified of transparency, both in the case of hiding the cost of the premiums from web users and hiding the site’s architectural problems from contractors who might be hauled before Congress, is because they know they’ve delivered a bad product. Put the premiums on the front page and the public, expecting “affordable care,” would recoil at the truth. Put the contractors at the witness table before Issa’s committee and the public, expecting that the government would “fix” health care, would recoil upon discovering that they can’t even build a website with three years’ lead time.

I don’t know what’s more amazing, that they’d place their own political comfort above creating a smoother user experience for the uninsured or that they somehow didn’t realize that a botched rollout on October 1 would be far more embarrassing than contractors talking to Republicans under oath. Or … would it? What was HHS so worried that outside contractors would tell the GOP that they preferred to risk total chaos on the exchanges during launch month instead?

Apropos of nothing, Reuters is now reporting that the budget for the site exploded earlier this year as the Hopenchange brain trust realized they were way, way, way off course. And by “exploded,” I mean “tripled”:

How and why the system failed, and how long it will take to fix, remains unclear. But evidence of a last-minute surge in spending suggests the needs of the project were growing well beyond the initial expectations of the contractor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Why this went from a ceiling of $93.7 million to $292 million is hard to fathom,” said Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group that analyzes government contracting.

“Something changed. It suggests they ran into problems and knew last spring that they couldn’t do it for $93.7 million. They just blew through the original ceiling. Where was the contract oversight?”…

The Obama administration was issuing regulations and changing policy regarding how the reform should be implemented late into this summer. Many required significant changes to the IT running Healthcare.gov, which kept contractors scrambling.

We’ll need congressional hearings to find out which regulations forced the IT team to scramble at the eleventh hour to rework the site, but this could be another example of the White House’s desire to hide the uglier parts of this boondoggle creating problems for the website architecture. Remember, it was only this past summer that HHS suddenly decided to eliminate income verification for subsidies for the first year. Applicants will be placed on the “honor system” in reporting their wages, which is basically an invitation to commit fraud — but which serves the end of making those subsidies nice and robust for anyone willing to lie, which encourages enrollment. Could be that they built the site with the income verification tech integrated and then had to tear it out quickly and haphazardly once HHS changed its mind, leading to bugs. Like I say, this is what congressional hearings are for.

Nancy Pelosi, by the way, thinks there’s no reason at all to delay ObamaCare if the exchanges are still a disaster come December, which also happens to be the deadline for enrollment if you want your coverage to begin in January. I’d be surprised if there’s a single manager anywhere in the insurance industry who agrees with her, given the Thunderdome-levels of chaos Glitchapalooza will be causing them next year if this persists much longer.

Update: Merry Christmas, Barack.

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

Recent changes have made the exchanges easier to use, but they still require clearing the computer’s cache several times, stopping a pop-up blocker, talking to people via Web chat who suggest waiting until the server is not busy, opening links in new windows and clicking on every available possibility on a page in the hopes of not receiving an error message. With those changes, it took one hour to navigate the HealthCare.gov enrollment process Wednesday.

Those steps shouldn’t be necessary, experts said.

“I have never seen a website — in the last five years — require you to delete the cache in an effort to resolve errors,” said Dan Schuyler, a director at Leavitt Partners, a health care group by former Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt. “This is a very early Web 1.0 type of fix.”

You’ll have to read the rest to find out how clearing your cache might actually cause new errors.

Update: Icing on the cake from health-industry consultant Bob Laszewski, who says the system’s scarcely improved after another week of frantic HHS triage:

At the end of week two of the Obamacare launch, health plans were generally seeing no more enrollments per day then they saw in the first week.

As troubling, the backroom issues plaguing the connection between health insurers and the federal government had not been resolved and there is no indication from the feds when they will have these things cleared up.

My sense is that the feds, based upon the number of enrollments they have sent to the insurance companies, enrolled about 10,000 people in the first week (about 5,000 single and family contracts) and another 10,000 people in the second week in the 36 states using the federal exchange.

I guesstimated that the feds were up to 95,000 or so enrollments in my earlier post, less than 20 percent of HHS’s target for October. Laszewski thinks even that number is wildly optimistic. If he’s right and they’re only at 20,000 enrollments total, they’re at less than five percent of their goal.

Update: No one’s getting fired, huh?

The root cause of the problems was a pivotal decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to act as systems integrator, the central coordinator for the entire program. Usually this role is reserved for the prime information technology contractor.

As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual said…

“Normally a system this size would need 4-6 months of testing and performance tuning, not 4-6 days,” the individual said.

The source said there were “ever-changing, conflicting and exceedingly late project directions. The actual system requirements for Oct. 1 were changing up until the week before,” the individual said.

How could they have done a worse job?


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: barackhole; fearfuldems; healthcaredotgov; obamacare; obamacarerollout; obamacaresoftware; obamacarewebsite
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To: USNBandit

YEP...the “website”...I believe...was so monstrous...because they want to MONITOR/CONTROL OUR EVERY MOVE...


51 posted on 10/18/2013 10:18:35 PM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

Billions will be spent over the next years to NOT get it working. It’s the next Solyndra — a money laundering operation. Thanks Ernest.


52 posted on 10/18/2013 10:21:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: All
From the comments at Hot Air:

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Officials feared that if they called on outsiders to help with the technical details of how to run a commerce website, those companies could be subpoenaed by Hill Republicans, the former aide said. So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts.

What does this even mean? Congress can’t subpoena “trusted campaign tech experts”? What law/rule is that?

cptacek on October 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

53 posted on 10/18/2013 10:35:28 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: rdcbn

Interesting. Very well put. I had not thought of it exactly that way but you are certainly correct.


54 posted on 10/18/2013 10:36:03 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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cptacek on October 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Which is why they only hired “trusted campaign tech experts” instead of people who actually knew what they were doing.

txhsmom on October 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

55 posted on 10/18/2013 10:37:22 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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What does this even mean? Congress can’t subpoena “trusted campaign tech experts”? What law/rule is that?

cptacek on October 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

They can subpoena them, but presumably, they will be more willing to lie to congress, and even if they’re unwilling to technically commit perjury for their masters, they would still be much more inclined to filibuster and give evasive and deceptive answers, and be willing to embarrass themselves to protect the administration. Outside contractors would have much more incentive to be candid, and not just to the minimum extent required by law.

RINO in Name Only on October 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

56 posted on 10/18/2013 10:39:12 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: TigersEye

Ok... then what?


57 posted on 10/18/2013 10:47:15 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: rdcbn

Your evalution is correct.


58 posted on 10/18/2013 11:01:20 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: LyinLibs
O'Bunghole is the biggest, most dishonest, lamest whining loser ever to hold the Office. What a public embarrassment. Manipulating the "Government Shutdown" in a fashion resulting in the presidential residence receiving a new nickname... "The Spite House." Designing the O'Bunghole-Care website in a manner so clenched-up with paranoia that the entire thing is completely useless after $300 MILLION in wasted expense!!

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE LOSER!!!!

LMFSWCAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only a Democrat could be so disingenuous as to pretend that this rumpclown is anything but a massive failure, and only another "bruvvah" could be so dim a racist bulb as to not be supremely disappointed in this greasey faggot of an asshat.

IMHO.

8^D

59 posted on 10/18/2013 11:12:40 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Da amber lamps. Bring dem..." LMFFAO!!!!)
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To: Lmo56

I just read today that this same company has approximately five contracts with the US govt.!


60 posted on 10/19/2013 12:51:16 AM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"Former official: Admin refused to bring in outside help for ObamaCare website for fear GOP would subpoena them"

Would Mr. Flip Wilson's Representatives please pick up the white courtesy phone. The Demotards are stealing your shtick...

61 posted on 10/19/2013 12:57:41 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“those companies could be subpoenaed by Hill Republicans, the former aide said. So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts”

So do they think “trusted campaign tech experts” can’t be called to testify or is it they know they will lie under oath?


62 posted on 10/19/2013 1:02:39 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: JPG

LOL. I took a programming course from the guy that invented Pong. Of corse, that was a few years back...


63 posted on 10/19/2013 3:06:14 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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America will soon realize how far it has descended — and for what... the worst it has to offer.


64 posted on 10/19/2013 3:20:28 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Political Junkie Too
This happens all the time with criminals. They can't advertise for the best help when planning an armored car heist since the cops will surely find out. So, they have to be sneaky about it and hire friends of friends of friends.

They end up with guys whose guns jam, who forget to bring ammo, who show up stoned, who end up shooting each other, and who forget to put gas in the tank of the 1980 Chevy someone provided for transportation and getaway.

It's all the cops' fault!

65 posted on 10/19/2013 3:21:52 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Congress can’t subpoena “trusted campaign tech experts”?

They can, but the trusted experts can be counted on to lie, cover up, and totally snow Congress. When it's all over, Congress would praise them for their cooperation and commend their efforts to put together a complex system, the likes of which the universe has never seen.

66 posted on 10/19/2013 3:30:35 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Prince of Space
I just read today that this same company has approximately five contracts with the US govt.!

Let's hope they are in charge of obama's secret gun-grab/registration data base.

67 posted on 10/19/2013 3:33:55 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Seems the Zero administration is already creating the meme that the Obamcare roll out failure was the fault of the Republicans. Watch this theme get more and more legs for the LIV.


68 posted on 10/19/2013 3:37:27 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; onyx
Otherwise known as criminal negligence and willful misappropriation of public funds.
69 posted on 10/19/2013 4:50:40 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: rdcbn

Bingo! I have been thinking, how could this happen? We have brilliant programmers capable of just about anything. Military technology next to none, NSA, NASA, the list is limitless. Yet, they can not put together a viable website in three years? Something is really wrong.


70 posted on 10/19/2013 5:05:05 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts.

More proof that Tea Party Conservatives are smarter than Dimocraps...

71 posted on 10/19/2013 5:09:01 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If you think their web sites a piece of crap....wait till you see their healthcare program!!!


72 posted on 10/19/2013 5:21:38 AM PDT by ontap (but was just wondering how the Martinez family feels about illegal aliens.....just asking!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

-———Why anyone on either side still wants Sebelius in charge, I have no idea.-——

The tried and true. Lie, lie, lie. She is the lie.

Think fst and furious, think bengazi.

The lie is the truth, the lie is told over and over and over..... it is still the truth.

So long as they all exist, there is no possible solution.

Like the nobility of France in 1792, they must be gone


73 posted on 10/19/2013 5:22:27 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: tbw2

Yea! I heard they figured it would be fixed by the time the shut down ended.....wrong!!!!!


74 posted on 10/19/2013 5:23:44 AM PDT by ontap (but was just wondering how the Martinez family feels about illegal aliens.....just asking!!!)
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To: Toespi
Yet, they can not put together a viable website in three years?

An elephant is a mouse built to government specifications.

As we in the military used to say, "Always remember your weapons were made by the lowest bidder".

75 posted on 10/19/2013 7:12:25 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Viennacon
I cannot wait for this thing to just fall apart.

If you think this is a trainwreck, just wait. Selling insurance is easy compared to actually delivering health care.

76 posted on 10/19/2013 7:15:44 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“From those efforts ...cam the efforts to condense time to meet deadlines by throwing 9 men at a project that represented 9 man months to finish....thus theoretically gating it done in one month.”

Hey, it works so well with making babies, doesn’t it? One pregnant lady + 9 months = 1 baby. 9 pregnant ladies + 1 month = 1 baby. Right? Right?


77 posted on 10/19/2013 7:25:13 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Ummm, Obama’s a democrat. The MSM isn't going to ‘scream’ anything but love, praise, and compassion for the small ‘glitches’ that have occurred. If this cluster mess had happened under Bush the MSM would have it on the front page every day... Screaming their little heads off...high stepping their outrage. Eff the New York Times and all their sycophants.
78 posted on 10/19/2013 8:03:08 AM PDT by GOPJ (Brieitbart sent me... Freeper newfreep)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
My wife was watching a local tv news this morning, and the female talking head said that the ObozoScare sites are shut down for maintenance this weekend.

Only “hundreds” have been able to sign up for a health care plan at the Obamacare websites. The Wall Street Journal reported:

Okay now we will try the landline # 1-800-318-2596 listed above or 1-800-318-2596 = 1-800-FAU-CKYO.


79 posted on 10/19/2013 9:39:45 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Get our troops out of the middle east and let Allah sort out the Islamofascist losers!)
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To: cableguymn

Never mind. Don’t let me interrupt your “we’re doomed” reverie.


80 posted on 10/19/2013 10:59:00 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

I never said we are doomed. but it does look that way. i ask, after you do all you suggested. Then what?


81 posted on 10/19/2013 1:41:43 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: cableguymn

I didn’t suggest doing anything. Where did you read that?


82 posted on 10/19/2013 1:48:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

I think i got your post confused with something else. carry on.


83 posted on 10/19/2013 1:54:19 PM PDT by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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84 posted on 10/19/2013 7:57:38 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Grams A
Seems to me like Obama could have just said what the plans had to cover, that everyone had to be insured and then let the insurance carriers handle the enrollment

There is a problem with that approach.

The Federal Government would not be in total charge of the program.

And, more important, wouldn't be receiving directly all the information required upon enrollment: Name, address, family members, income, employment, SS #, bank account and routing numbers, etc.!

85 posted on 10/19/2013 8:46:09 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

There is a problem with that approach. The Federal Government would not be in total charge of the program.”

You’re right. I keep forgetting that the real purpose of this program has nothing to do with health insurance. That was just the wrapping on the package.


86 posted on 10/20/2013 2:45:59 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Here's some more goodies from Hot Air.

......I can’t excerpt all the parts that are noteworthy, although if you’ve been following news about the Healthcare.gov apocalypse you already know some of what Levin reports — the login fiasco is a result of HHS demanding that people create an account before seeing what plans cost, the system still can’t calculate subsidies correctly (which means some people are getting the wrong price when they buy coverage), the “back end” communications between the federal data hub and private insurers are a shambles, and the chaos will only increase if HHS solves the login problems without solving the back end problems. (Imagine insurers having to sift through 5,000 garbled enrollments per day instead of 50.) What about the timeline, though? Per Levin’s sources, D-Day will come sometime in mid-November.

87 posted on 10/20/2013 4:51:28 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: rodguy911
Then there is this the ultimate worry.

............

..........One key worry is based on the fact that what they’re facing is not a situation where it is impossible to buy coverage but one where it is possible but very difficult to buy coverage. That’s much worse from their point of view, because it means that only highly motivated consumers are getting coverage. People who are highly motivated to get coverage in a community-rated insurance system are very likely to be in bad health. The healthy young man who sees an ad for his state exchange during a baseball game and loads up the site to get coverage—the dream consumer so essential to the design of the exchange system—will not keep trying 25 times over a week if the site is not working. The person with high health costs and no insurance will. The exchange system is designed to enable that sick person to get coverage, of course, but it can only do that if the healthy person does too. The insurers don’t yet have a clear overall sense of the risk profile of the people who are signing up, but the circumstantial evidence they have is very distressing to them. The danger of a rapid adverse selection spiral is much more serious than they believed possible this summer. They would love it if the administration could shut down the exchange system, at least the federal one, until the interface problems can be addressed. But they know this is impossible.

88 posted on 10/20/2013 4:53:19 AM PDT by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: Grams A
I keep forgetting that the real purpose of this program has nothing to do with health insurance.

If the objective was, as we were told, to insure everybody -- wouldn't it have been cheaper and easier to simply give a policy to everybody without one?

89 posted on 10/20/2013 7:29:15 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Like poverty, the war on drugs, the environment, and (insert your favorite liberal ideology here) the only way to fix it is with more money of course.


90 posted on 10/20/2013 8:06:34 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Gargantua

Tell us how you really feel....


91 posted on 10/20/2013 9:24:15 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (the seed spawn of zor-ketthraa!.)
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To: okie01

If the objective was, as we were told, to insure everybody...”

But that was not the real objective. My grandson will eat most vegetables only if they are covered in melted cheese and he can dip them in Ranch dressing so if I want him to eat his vegetables I just drag out the cheese and the Ranch dressing. What several someone’s in the government decided to do was to disguise what they wanted to accomplish by packaging it as health care for all. It’s all about means, ends and packaging.


92 posted on 10/20/2013 11:28:45 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: GOPJ

The MSM can spin this any way they want, but this time it’s up close and personal for the public.

They aren’t buying it and the won’t.


93 posted on 10/20/2013 11:59:01 AM PDT by Raebie (WS)
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To: Raebie

The MSM spins one way only - to the left. So it doesn’t matter what democrats say, the press will believe it. For now...


94 posted on 10/20/2013 12:37:52 PM PDT by GOPJ (Self-respect is the root of discipline...dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself-Heschel)
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To: GOPJ

It doesn’t matter what the press thinks. Voters are seeing the disasterous results of this law first hand. Not only from a tech standpoint, but in the form of hugely rising premiums, loss of choice of doctors & coverage options and giant deductibles.

And they’re not happy. The middle class, which is full of swayable Independents, is very pissed. And they WILL vote next fall.


95 posted on 10/20/2013 12:45:41 PM PDT by Raebie (WS)
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To: Grams A
As you surmise, there is a difference between this administration's stated objectives and their real objectives.

The whole Obamacare project has nothing to do with healthcare, only with control.

96 posted on 10/20/2013 1:57:57 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

The whole Obamacare project has nothing to do with healthcare, only with control.”

Been doing some thinking on this whole issue. If Obama really wanted to control health care, it could be done easily enough and without spending so much money for something that isn’t going to work.

I think there are forces behind the scene that want to create total mayhem and virtually destroy everything that has made America great and prosperous: healthcare, creative minds once developed through education, money, food, great military, religious freedom, ability to defend ourselves.

We’re losing doctors, our public education system sucks, too many people out of work and jobs not being created, corn is used for ethanol and access to food for millions can easily be controlled through withdrawal of food stamps, our military is being gutted, we can no longer worship when and were we choose and there is a huge anti-gun movement.

Revolt, dictatorship or take over by outside forces?


97 posted on 10/20/2013 7:37:33 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A
Revolt, dictatorship or take over by outside forces?

To answer that question, you'd need to know who is calling the shots for Obama.

For purpose of discussion, let's stipulate that Valerie Jarrett is, in fact, Obama's "controller". This has been often rumored and I'm prepared to accept that it's true. My reading of Obama is that a.) he's not particularly smart and b.) he's lazy. Accordingly, the agenda that is being pursued hasn't been authored by him but, by virtue of his raising and his training, he's certainly in agreement with it.

So, somebody is "running" him. That being Jarrett.

But who's running her?

Remember that Blackberry that Obama refused to surrender upon being elected President? The one that the National Archives grudgingly let him keep, even though it wasn't tied into the White House network -- so there would be no record of who he talked to and what was discussed (as there is of every other Presidential phone conversation). Wouldn't you like to know who is on the other end of that Blackberry?

My own working theory is that:

a. Both Obama and Jarrett are of the Chicago cell of domestic Communists. A group that includes (or has included): William Ayers (and his father), Valerie Jarrett's husband and father-in-law, David Axelrod (and his parents), Michael Kronsky (and other Ayers followers from the Weather Underground), Frank Marshall Davis, Saul Alinsky et cetera.

b. Starting in the eighties, the funding that the cell received from the KGB began to dry up as the Soviets realized they were losing the Cold War. The cell began searching for a new source of funds and found one in the Radical Islamists (e.g., Muslim Brotherhood). Both the Communists and the Islamists had been busily agitating in the black community, recruiting allies. Vernon Jarrett was one of these who was plugged into both groups. Brotherhood money started replacing Soviet money in the Chicago Cell -- but there was a price to be paid.

c. Eventually, it was agreed that, were they able to subvert the U.S. and install a leader under their control that the Communists would set the domestic agenda while the Brotherhood would control foreign policy.

And here we are...

This explanation accurately reflects history...plus it explains the strangely bifurcated approach the regime has to domestic policy and foreign policy.

I confess, though, that I have no idea exactly who it is on the other end of that phone. Or who is giving directions to Jarrett.

But I suspect we have enough context to answer your question...

98 posted on 10/20/2013 9:49:24 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

But who’s running her?


Leo Gerard


99 posted on 10/20/2013 10:45:41 PM PDT by Despot of the Delta
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Toni Townes Whitley, Senior Vice President of Civilian Agency programs at CGI Federal, graduated with Michelle Obama from Princeton in 1985.

It pays to know people.

100 posted on 10/20/2013 11:56:14 PM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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