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  • Democrats decry undercover probe of HealthCare.gov

    07/16/2015 10:56:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 1:54 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Senior Democrats pushed back Thursday against an undercover government probe of President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying it didn’t uncover any real fraud. Investigators for the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office signed up 11 bogus beneficiaries for 2014 coverage then got HealthCare.gov to continue benefits this year for all but one. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said these were “fictitious cases” and the GAO investigators themselves admit the findings can’t be translated to the 10 million people getting subsidized coverage through the law’s health insurance markets. Wyden spoke at a Finance Committee hearing on the investigation. But GAO’s audits chief Seto...
  • Obamacare Website Giving User Data to Advertising Sites

    02/04/2015 8:54:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 3, 2015 - 10:56 AM | Curtis Kalin
    Advertising websites have the ability to obtain a sizable chunk of personal data provided by users of Healthcare.gov. Following up on a January 20 Associated Press report, a congressional analysis confirmed that in many instances, personal data collected by Healthcare.gov is shared with companies like Google, Yahoo, Twitter, and Advertising.com. The type of information acquired by these companies includes age, income, zip code, use of tobacco, and pregnancy. …
  • More privacy protection sought for feds’ health care website

    01/24/2015 4:40:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2015 3:12 AM EST | Jack Gillum and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Privacy advocates say the Obama administration needs to make more changes to protect consumer privacy on the government’s health insurance website. The administration reversed course Friday and scaled back the release of personal information from HealthCare.gov, after The Associated Press reported that such details as consumers’ income and tobacco use were going to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.The episode could become a blemish on what’s otherwise shaping up as a successful open enrollment season for the second year of expanded coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Lawmakers continue to insist on a full explanation....
  • Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled

    10/08/2014 9:22:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 8, 2014 7:33 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that HealthCare.gov won’t display premiums for 2015 until the second week of November. Open enrollment season runs Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Coverage can start as early as Jan. 1. […] The goof is a mistranslation in large type on the home page of the Spanish-language version of the site. It’s the very first word on the page. Trying to translate “get ready,” someone came up with the wrong word in...
  • After HealthCare.gov, White House creates team to solve tech problems

    08/11/2014 7:07:27 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | 8-11-2014 | ANITA KUMAR, MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU
    The U.S. Digital Service, comprised of a small team of digital experts, will collaborate with federal agencies to make websites more consumer friendly, to identify and fix problems and to help upgrade the government’s technology. Mikey Dickerson, the former Google engineer who helped fix HealthCare.gov after a disastrous launch will be the administrator of the U.S. Digital Service and deputy federal chief information officer. Specifically, the team will try to bring the government’s digital services in line with the private sector, collaborate with agencies to identify gaps in designing, developing and operating services and providing accountability at agencies. The administration...
  • The White House Now Has A Digital SWAT Team. It aims to prevent future HealthCare.gov disasters.

    08/11/2014 11:38:56 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Readwrite ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Lauren Orsini
    On Monday, the White House announced a new organization designed to help spruce up government websites and (it hopes) prevent another HealthCare.gov debacle. Called the U.S. Digital Service, it will be tasked with modernizing the government's digital presence and revamping how the feds provide information and online services in ways that compare favorably with Amazon or Facebook.
  • Failures in management led to ObamaCare website woes, investigation finds

    07/31/2014 9:31:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2014
    A failure of management by the Obama administration led to the disastrous rollout of the ObamaCare website and caused the government to incur tens of millions in additional costs, according to a congressional watchdog report released Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded after a months-long investigation into the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ failure to establish “effective planning or oversight practices” was to blame for website’s myriad problems after it was launched. Among the issues, investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors' marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread...
  • GOP’s Obamacare fears come true: A national enrollment system under Obamacare.

    06/01/2014 11:52:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/01/2014 | By KYLE CHENEY and JENNIFER HABERKORN
    Liberals wanted a national enrollment system under Obamacare. They might just get it. Right now, 36 states rely on HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange, to enroll people in health coverage. At least two more states are opting in next year, with a few others likely to follow. Only two states are trying to get out. That’s precisely the opposite of the Affordable Care Act’s original intent: 50 exchanges run by 50 states. The federal option was supposed to be a limited and temporary fallback. But a shift to a bigger, more permanent Washington-controlled system is instead underway — without preparation, funding...
  • HealthCare.gov to be out of service

    02/11/2014 2:44:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill's Healthwatch ^ | February 10, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    HealthCare.gov will be out of service for two and a half days beginning on Feb. 15 — the last day people can sign up to obtain coverage that begins on March 1. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced in a blog post on Monday that the ObamaCare website would be lacking some enrollment functionalities so the Social Security Administration can conduct its annual systems maintenance activities. The site will be out of order from 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 until 5 a.m. on Tuesday — a period that coincides with the long holiday weekend. Those seeking coverage by...
  • Healthcare.gov Contractor (and Close Russian Ally) Belarus Built Malware RIGHT INTO Obamacare Code

    02/04/2014 3:28:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember when John McAfee warned us in November that anybody who signed up to the Obamacare site might have their bank account cleaned-out by hackers? The eccentric genius and former fugitive called the government website 'a hacker's wet dream', adding that there were 'NO safeguards' that would stop someone from starting a fake Obamacare website 'for a couple hundred dollars' that could 'empty your bank account' in hours.  McAfee added unambiguously that 'It's going to happen, and it's going to happen soon... nothing in the Obamacare system safeguards against this.'  And I thought he was just trying to sell...
  • Hacking expert David Kennedy says he cracked HealthCare.gov in 4 minutes

    01/19/2014 12:12:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jamuary 19, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The man who appeared before Congress last week to explain the security pitfalls of HealthCare.gov took to Fox News on Sunday to explain just how easy it was to penetrate the website. Hacking expert David Kennedy told Fox’s Chris Wallace that gaining access to 70,000 personal records of Obamacare enrollees via HealthCare.gov took about 4 minutes and required nothing more than a standard browser, the Daily Caller reported. “And 70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to and I stopped after that,” he said. “You know, I’m sure it’s hundreds of thousands, if...
  • Eleven attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal

    01/02/2014 10:18:55 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 02, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    January 02, 2014, 12:54 pm 11 attorneys general slam Obama healthcare fixes as illegal By Rebecca Shabad Eleven GOP attorneys general say the Obama administration is breaking the law by repeatedly making changes to ObamaCare without going through Congress. The attorneys general specifically criticize President Obama's executive action that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ObamaCare's more rigorous standards. “We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in...
  • Walgreen offers month of prescriptions to backlogged Obamacare enrollees

    12/30/2013 9:09:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/30/13 | Ernest Scheyde
    Walgreen Co said on Monday it will provide a month´s supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to U.S. participants who have not yet received a plan identification number under President Barack Obama´s signature healthcare law. The offering comes as U.S. government officials struggle to roll out the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Myriad enrollment problems have dogged the site´s website, HealthCare.gov, since its October launch and many insurance companies have said they are not getting accurate enrollee information to be able to process required forms. Walgreen, the largest drug store chain in the United States, said
  • Millions flock to HealthCare.gov as deadline approaches

    12/24/2013 7:40:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 24, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    Millions of consumers are flooding the online federal healthcare portal ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to purchase insurance that would be effective on Jan. 1, according to the Obama administration. The HealthCare.gov website set a record for Internet traffic on Monday, with nearly 2 million people visiting the site, and an additional quarter of a million phoning the call centers, according to the administration’s Twitter account.
  • Figures. Obama Tried to Sign Up for Obamacare But “System Couldn’t Verify His Identity” (Video)

    12/24/2013 12:26:10 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/23/13 | Jim Hoft
    According to the White House, President Obama tried to symbolically sign up for Obamacare but the system didn’t recognize him. Ed Henry at FOX News reported: “We learned today from the White House. Initially, they said he signed up for what they called a bronze plan, paying about four hundred dollars a month in premiums. But, then they came back to us and said – Wait, he didn’t actually enroll.
  • Report: Healthcare.gov couldn't verify Barack Obama's identity

    12/24/2013 11:04:11 AM PST · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    examiner.com ^ | december 24, 2013 | joe newby
    President Obama -- not exactly leading by example -- was finally signed up forObamacare in a symbolic move showing support for his own law. But, Fox News' Ed Henry reported Monday, the healthcare.gov system couldn't verify his identity, so his staff had to sign him up in person. The reason, Henry said, is that Obama's personal information is not in particular government data bases. "So healthcare.gov could not actually verify his identity, oddly enough," Henry said. So Obama himself did not sign up for healthcare. Instead, an official told Politico that his staff went to the D.C. exchange in person to sign...
  • Obama Couldn’t Use Website To Sign Up For Obamacare

    12/24/2013 8:25:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | December 24, 2013
    HONOLULU — He won’t use it, and he didn’t actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges. Announcing his enrollment Monday, the White House called it a symbolic show of Obama’s support for the fledgling exchanges where millions of Americans must buy insurance or face a penalty. Ironically, it also served as a reminder of just how complex and sometimes daunting the process can be. Obama, like so many other Americans, couldn’t use the website. “The complicated nature of the president’s case required an in-person sign-up,” the White...
  • Oregon health exchange turns up heat on Oracle over programming 'bugs'

    12/23/2013 5:27:55 PM PST · by steve86 · 29 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | Dec. 16, 2013 | Nick Budnick
    As Oracle Corp. programmers try to fix problems with its work on the state's health insurance website, Cover Oregon is bringing in outside experts to make sure the company isn't adding new bugs at the same time. The exchange's interim director, Bruce Goldberg, said Monday he's hiring people with the skills to look at programming code as it is being written to ensure "it is done correctly and we don't have to continue to go back and fix bugs in the system." Goldberg's statement turns up the heat on Oracle and provides perhaps the most direct acknowledgement yet that the...
  • Are Republicans Sabotaging Obamacare with Fraudulent Websites?

    12/07/2013 2:14:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/07/2013 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Here’s the latest chapter in The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.According to Forward Progressives: There’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t win, cheat like hell” and it’s apparently the motto that the GOP has taken to heart across the country in their latest attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.What does their newest attempt involve? Creating fake websites with misinformation that look like state insurance exchanges in order to confuse consumers trying to find out what their new insurance options are under Obamacare. Forward Progressives cites three websites recently shut down by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, including kynect101.com, which,...
  • Tech experts: Working Obamacare site should have cost at most ‘$5 million to $10 million’ [VIDEO]

    12/04/2013 11:14:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 5, 2013 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Get ready to smash your head against a wall. On Wednesday night, Sean Hannity had two tech experts on his Fox News show to discuss the continuing problems of the Obamacare website. At the end of the interview, Hannity asked the experts how much it would have cost them to build a site similar to healthcare.gov that both operated properly from the beginning and was built secure to protect users’ sensitive information. “I would say to build a site like this with the infrastructure, the architecture around it, you are looking at maybe $5 million to $10 million at a...
  • Thanks Obamacare: You’re at Risk of Having Your ID Stolen and Your Bank Account Emptied

    12/04/2013 9:53:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    There are many reason I don’t like Obamacare, including its punitive impact on taxpayers and the way it takes our healthcare system even further from a market-based approach. But now I’m increasingly worried Obamacare also is creating a playground for hackers and identity thieves – and the rest of us will be the victims. Simply stated, the results probably won’t be very pretty when you mix together these two items. 1) Typical government incompetence. 2) Massive data collection by government. I pontificate on these issues in an interview with Neil Cavuto. Dan Mitchell Discussing How the IRS and Obamacare May...
  • Not A Good Enough Obamacare Fix

    12/04/2013 8:55:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for HealthCare.gov. Of course, there were caveats. The site will still probably get buggy when there's a lot of traffic, which is why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius advised people to use it at off-peak hours. But that simply means peak hours will be moved to after midnight. After all, you don't alleviate crowding if you tell everyone to try a different door. Oh, and there will still be crashes, and occasionally the administrators will have to take the whole thing...
  • Even "fixed" Obamacare.gov still sucks

    12/03/2013 5:55:29 PM PST · by Starman417 · 21 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-03-13 | DrJohn
    Despite the assertion by Jay Carney as to how much improved is the Healthcare.gov website, it still sucks. There are two major problems plaguing it- it's not really signing everyone up and there's no security. So you think you are signed up? Um, maybe not. Bob Shlora of Alpharetta, Ga., was supposed to be a belated Obamacare success story. After weeks of trying, the 61-year-old told ABC News he fully enrolled in a new health insurance plan through the federal marketplace over the weekend, and received a Humana policy ID number to prove it. But two days later, his insurer...
  • Glitch: Some Obamacare Enrollees Not Really Enrolled

    12/03/2013 8:31:55 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/3/13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Some people who have managed to complete the burdensome and glitch-filled process of signing up for Obamacare are learning they are not really enrolled at all. "Obama administration officials acknowledged today that some of the roughly 126,000 Americans who completed the torturous online enrollment process in October and November might not be officially signed up with their selected issuer, even if the website has told them they are."
  • Obamacare reboot survives heavy traffic

    12/02/2013 6:57:48 PM PST · by madprof98 · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/2/13 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    The new and improved Obamacare website struggled under heavy traffic loads on Monday, but still appeared to operate pretty much as the Obama administration has promised: Okay, but not perfect. After a weekend of final, intensive fixes, officials unveiled a somewhat repaired HealthCare.gov on Sunday and promised that it will work well enough to serve the Americans who want insurance exchange coverage by New Year’s.
  • Report: 100,000 Americans Selected Obamacare Plans on Healthcare.gov in November

    12/02/2013 3:08:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Remember, the administration is counting people who've selected plans through Healthcare.gov and placed them in virtual shopping carts as "enrollments," so this metric is both overly generous and quite misleading. To be fully enrolled, consumers need to select plans, receive confirmation from insurers, and make their first premium payment. To be covered by the first of the year, consumers must complete that end-to-end process within the next few weeks. Obamacare's website is working better on the front end -- although problems still persist -- but it's not "fixed" by any stretch. Back end flaws could create migrane-inducing backlogs on...
  • CNN: Obamacare Website Crashes After December Relaunch (Video)

    12/01/2013 9:06:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 172 replies
    CNN via YouTube via Gateway Pundit ^ | December 1, 2013 | CNN Video on YouTube
    The Obama administration promised the healthcare.gov website would be fixed by today. The Obamacare reboot began with 11-hour website shutdown. That’s not all… Unfortunately there are still bugs and glitches. CNN reported this morning the website crashes during the signup process. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59VTIDjKDZ4
  • https://www.healthcare.gov/

    11/30/2013 3:06:49 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 44 replies
    https://www.healthcare.gov/ ^ | Nov 30, 2013 | vanity
    https://www.healthcare.gov/
  • After Second Opinion, ObamaCare Website Re-Do Deadline Set for Saturday

    11/29/2013 10:28:45 AM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 2013 | Staff
    President Obama's healthcare rollout re-do is headed for a crucial test Saturday – and there's a lot on the line. If the federal healthcare.gov website doesn’t deliver, the president's credibility, political support and fate of his landmark health care law could be in jeopardy. If the site is able to recover from its disastrous Oct. 1 rollout, it will go a long way is restoring confidence in the program. The financial success of the Affordable Care Act rests in getting young, healthy people to sign up for the program. If they lose interest or bolt, the program will not be...
  • Obama BFF (for Now) on Scene (for Now) to 'Save' Obamacare

    11/29/2013 5:32:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2013 | John Ransom
    In a Thanksgiving missive that reads more like a love letter to the man than a newspaper article, the Washington Post has announced that Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, is now in charge of the healthcare hairball. “McDonough is now holding evening meetings every day with key players in the health care rollout,” says the Post, “offering support even as he holds agency leaders accountable.” Support and accountability? Wow. Evening work too. Whoa. In Obama’s White House? If I were McDonough, I’d get my resume ready. Perhaps when he’s looking for work next time, he can just...
  • Welcome to the Kludgeocracy

    11/29/2013 4:51:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2013 | Michael Barone
    How is it possible that Barack Obama did not know that his beloved healthcare.gov website was a botch? That's a question many thoughtful people (including thoughtful Democrats) are asking. We heard him say that he wouldn't have boasted that it would be as easy to use as amazon.com or obitz.com had he known that it wouldn't. I'm not "stupid enough," he said at his Nov. 14 press conference. Most Americans agree that's true. One thing we do know is that this is a chief executive who does not want to hear bad news, or at least effectively discourages his subordinates...
  • Boehner signs on to ‘Obamacare’ (website) after delay, tweet

    11/21/2013 5:53:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2013 7:24 PM EST
    Being speaker of the House doesn’t make it any easier to sign up for health care coverage using the troubled federal website. Just ask John Boehner. … At one point Thursday, Boehner tweeted his frustration—“Guess I’ll just have to keep trying”—along with photos of himself at a computer and the error message he says he received. The House speaker has 583,000 followers on Twitter. Nearly an hour after his tweet, Boehner received an email confirming he was signed up, his spokesman said. …
  • 'Uh oh': O-Care site crashes on Sebelius

    11/20/2013 10:33:05 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies
    November 20, 2013, 12:13 pm 'Uh oh': O-Care site crashes on Sebelius By Jonathan Easley The troubled HealthCare.Gov website crashed in front of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday in Miami. A local CBS reporter jumped in while Sebelius was doing a test run on the site to say, “the screen says 'I’m sorry but the system is temporarily down.' ” “Uh oh,” Sebelius responded. The secretary held events in Orlando and Miami on Tuesday encouraging people to sign up for healthcare despite the problems the administration has had in getting the website up and running.
  • Confirmed today: Unemployment numbers all faked AND Obamacare website code NEVER EVEN WRITTEN.

    11/19/2013 5:57:50 PM PST · by GraceG · 35 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | 11/19/2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    I don’t relish in this. I put these posts up to make the point that there will be absolutely no room for any arguments about how “we had no idea that the Obama putsch regime was malevolent” or “we were taken totally by surprise”. As I have been saying for years and years, PEOPLE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT, and an iniquitous gutter republic, such as yours (I renounce any association or connection to the abortion of an overthrown nation-state formerly called the United States of America - I am stateless) that has the temerity to STILL crow about being...
  • Right wing cyber attacks on Healthcare.gov website confirmed

    11/17/2013 5:55:46 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 95 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 11/14/2013 | David Phillips
    Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee published a video on their Youtube page highlighting a portion of the committee questioning Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber-security and Communications, who confirmed at least 16 attacks on the Affordable Care Act’s portal Healthcare.gov website in 2013. Roberta Stempfley highlighted one successful attack that is designed to deny access to the website called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack is designed to make a network unavailable to intended users, generally through a concerted effort to disrupt service such as repeatedly accessing...
  • CNN Blames Christians for Obamacare Problems

    11/19/2013 2:36:45 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/08/2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    CNN has blamed Christians for the problem of Americans without health insurance, calling it "The Obamacare 'scandal' you haven't heard about." In an article on CNN.com's Belief Blog, CNN writer John Blake says that, while famous pastors "preach in states where crosses and church steeples dot the skyline," they do nothing about "the poor who can’t get the health insurance they would receive if they lived elsewhere."
  • Parts of HealthCare.gov still being built, administration admits

    11/19/2013 4:01:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 19, 2013 | by Stephanie Condon
    Obama administration officials on Tuesday acknowledged that it still has to build elements of HealthCare.gov, even as it attempts to fix problems on existing portions of the Obamacare website. "We still have to build the payment systems to make payments to issuers in January," Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov's chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), told a subpanel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille confirmed to reporters that certain "back end" systems are still being built, including financial management systems to transfer tax credits to insurers. Those systems, she said,...
  • Obamacare bombshell: IT official says HealthCare.gov needs payment feature

    11/19/2013 1:19:32 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | Dan Mangan
    A crucial system for making payments to insurers from the federal Obamacare marketplace, HealthCare.gov, has yet to be built, a senior government IT official admitted Tuesday. The official, Henry Chao, visibly stunned Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) when he said under questioning that a significant fraction of that online insurance marketplace has yet to be constructed. (Read more: Low-bamacare enrollment) Getty Images Henry Chao, deputy CIO and deputy director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of Information Services, testifies during a hearing before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "We still need...
  • Official: 30-40 percent of ObamaCare IT must be built

    11/19/2013 11:30:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2013 | Julian Hattem
    Between 30 and 40 percent of the IT system for the federal health insurance marketplace must still be built, a top official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday. Henry Chao, the agency’s deputy chief information officer, said that a large portion of the behind-the-scenes work has yet to be finished. “I think it’s just an approximation, we’re probably sitting somewhere between 60 or 70 percent [completed],” he told the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee. Chao’s comments, which came during a hearing on data security of the federal website, come less than two weeks before the...
  • Healthcare.gov ‘may already have been compromised,’ security expert says

    11/19/2013 10:56:11 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 58 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/19/2013
    Not only is healthcare.gov at risk, it may already have been compromised, a security expert testified before the Senate. “Hackers are definitely after it,” said David Kennedy, CEO of information security firm TrustedSEC before a House Science, Space, and Technology committee hearing on security concerns surrounding the problematic Healthcare.gov website. “And if I had to guess, based on what I can see … I would say the website is either hacked already or will be soon.” One key problem facing Healthcare.gov is that security wasn’t built into the site from the very beginning, he said -- an opinion shared by...
  • ObamaCare 'Architect' Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel On What Went Wrong

    10/27/2013 4:32:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/25/13 | fox
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel talks challenges facing the law. Fox News: The Kelly File
  • Obamacare Web Official: 60 to 70 Percent of Website Still Unbuilt

    11/19/2013 10:46:15 AM PST · by Raebie · 121 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 19, 2013 | Breitbart News
    “Let me get this correct,” Gardner asked incredulously, “60 to 70 percent of healthcare.gov still needs to be built?” Chao answered, “Healthcare.gov, the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled…that’s 100 percent there.” But he admitted, “There is the back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be built.”
  • Obama to skip Gettysburg anniversary because of website's woes

    11/19/2013 10:32:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2013 | Justin Sink
    President Obama was unable to attend Tuesday's ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address because of scheduling issues stemming from the rollout of his signature healthcare law, the White House said Tuesday. Following stories questioning why the president had skipped the event, given his public affinity for President Lincoln, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that "it didn't work schedule-wise." In response to a journalist's Twitter query about what could be more important, Pfeiffer wrote: "Oh, I don't know, there's this whole website thing that someone suggested might destroy the [Democratic] Party." According to the president's public...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Obama tells supporters to fight ObamaCare ‘misinformation’ - talk it up at holiday parties

    11/18/2013 11:09:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2013 | Justin Sink
    President Obama told supporters Monday night that he needed their help battling against “a lot of misinformation” spread by political opponents about his signature healthcare legislation. Speaking on a virtual conference call hosted by Organizing for Action — the political group born from his reelection campaign — the president admitted that problems with the ObamaCare website had put a damper on early enrollment efforts. “The good news is it’s getting better every single week,” Obama said. “I am confident that by the end of this month it is going to be functioning for the vast majority of folks.” The president...
  • Brutal: SNL lampoons Obama’s second-term troubles

    11/18/2013 7:19:00 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 18, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    There are almost too many piquant lines in this less than two-minute pharmaceutical commercial sketch to choose from, among them: “You’ll feel like you’re giving a speech at a college campus in 2008 or getting bin Laden, all over again!” and “Warning: Paxil is not covered by Obamacare. We promised that it would be, but it’s not. And for that, we apologize.” …Ouch. Of course, they had to include to obligatory last-minute shot at Republicans tacked on at the end, but the cameo by Bill Clinton with his oh-so-unhelpful comments from last week really takes the cake:
  • SHOCK: Howard Dean On Obamacare Website: "I'm Not Convinced It's Going To Be Fixed" (video)

    11/17/2013 5:02:50 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 29 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 17, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    HOWARD DEAN: There are two sort of aspects of this. And we can even focus on this one, which is the usual Washington panic, craziness, isolated from everything else that's going on in the country or the real problem which is they got to fix the website. And they've got to fixed the website. And I'm not convinced it's going to be fixed -- you know, I've seen a lot of tech rollouts. We don't do those well in this country. My rule for them is -- and no matter what -- electronic medical records or the tax department, it...
  • Mitt Romney on CBS: ‘The Real Problem the President Has’ Isn’t a Website, ‘It’s Dishonesty’

    11/15/2013 10:32:28 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 56 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 15th, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    “What starts twisted stays twisted” Mitt Romney said on CBS This Morning on Friday. When asked by CBS host Charlie Rose about the problems associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Romney said that the website was not the president’s problem. “It’s dishonesty,” he said. “The real problem that the president has is a broken promise,” Romney told Rose. “That’s, of course, what’s really striking at the heart of his term.” “When the systems are working, people will still lose, and already have, millions of people losing their insurance they were promised they would not,” he continued. Watch...
  • Obama In The Dark On Healthcare.gov

    11/15/2013 10:07:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Watching President Obama's press conference Thursday, I almost started humming the old ditty the "Farmer in the Dell" because all I could think was: "The cheese stands alone." The president did his level best to explain that he was as in the dark as anybody about the problems with his signature legislation. He explained that he was not "informed directly" that the Healthcare.gov website was about as ready to run as a three-legged horse at the Preakness Stakes. Apparently, the old saw that the "buck stops" with the president never took into account the possibility that the buck could get...
  • Obamacare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: Website Disaster Actually Fault of Fox News

    11/14/2013 5:20:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | November 14, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    Over the years, lefties have blamed Fox News for all sorts of things. Now, via Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, we learn that the nation’s sole non-liberal television news operation is actually responsible for the HealthCare.gov debacle. In a debate with FNC host Megyn Kelly on her program last night, Ezekiel argued that Fox News Channel was really to blame for the fact that almost no one has signed up for the Obamacare insurance exchanges that are the center-piece of the law. “You and your colleagues were constantly criticizing, trying to underfund it and trying to make sure it didn’t work,”...