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  • Makeover Coming for

    10/13/2015 1:58:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/13/2015 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — Acknowledging at least tacitly the difficulties of some health care consumers, the Obama administration plans major changes to this year to make it easier for shoppers to find health insurance plans that include their doctors and to predict their health care costs for the coming year. With substantial premium increases coming in some states in 2016, administration officials are expecting that many consumers already in the Affordable Care Act’s networks will have to switch health plans and find new doctors as they scramble for cheaper alternatives. And millions more Americans could be receiving health insurance through health...
  • Failing Up: Company behind debacle gets an IRS contract

    01/23/2015 6:36:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/23/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    This might come as a shock; you had better sit down. An internal review released on Friday revealed that the federal government did not properly vet the contactors it hired to develop the web portal that would service customers shopping on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange. Of course, disastrous debut of led every rational person to reach this same conclusion months ago, but it’s now official. “One of the reports showed that CGI Federal, a key contractor in the development of the site, had ties to failed projects, while an earlier story revealed that the company...
  • Tavenner Takes a Powder

    01/19/2015 4:14:21 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/19/2015 | David Catron
    Marilyn Tavenner, the Obama administration official who presided over Obamacare’s worst debacles and most devious deceptions, has finally made an intelligent decision—she resigned. Tavenner ran the government bureaucracy responsible for the inept rollout of, the promulgation of phony PPACA enrollment figures, and the handout of legally dubious waivers to Democrat-friendly donors. And, when Congress subpoenaed her emails—stop me if you’ve heard this one before—she discovered that they had somehow been deleted. Having thus committed as many blunders as can be reasonably expected of any incompetent apparatchik, she announced last Friday that she will depart next month. The “news” media...
  • Epistemic Closure 2.0

    01/07/2015 4:21:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 6, 2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    Rarely has one group so utterly failed to elicit sympathy in my radio audience as the Harvard faculty did Monday as I related the contents of Robert Pear's report on their distress at rising health care costs brought on by the arrival of Obamacare's tsunami on their shores. Imagine the surprise of President Obama's cheering section when the check arrived repaying their loyalty with skyrocketing deductibles and demanding immediate payment. The story has significance far beyond Harvard, of course, because it so nicely presents the true and no-longer-hidden costs of Obamacare, perfectly framed by the surprise of clueless elites at...
  • Immigrants baffled by lapse (Green card = Healthcare)

    11/19/2014 7:42:39 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 6 replies ^ | 19 Nov 2014 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — is working better, but immigrants are running into what looks like an obvious slip-up. Call it the green card glitch: The website has no clear path to upload the government identification document that shows they are legal U.S. residents, and entitled to benefits under President Barack Obama's health care law. It's a baffling omission, say consumers and counselors assisting with this year's sign-up drive. "It doesn't list the green card as an option to upload," said Elizabeth Colvin of Foundation Communities, an Austin, Texas, group that serves low-income people, including many immigrants. There's a way to...
  • Video: ObamaCare architect brags about lack of transparency in law

    11/10/2014 7:25:30 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 34 replies
    In a sense, Jonathan Gruber’s response today to the emergence of his 2012 explanation for the language in ObamaCare mirrors the attempt to get courts to ignore the plain text of the statute and instead rule based on the most current interpretation. The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn reached out to Gruber to get his reaction to the emergence of the Nobilis video in which the architect of ObamaCare explains that the restriction of subsidies to states with their own exchanges was a rational attempt to coerce states into creating those exchanges, rather than shifting the burden back to the federal...
  • Obamacare Cancellations are Really Just “Invitations” to Get Better Plans (Exempt Pelosi knew)

    10/29/2014 2:55:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/29/14 | Michael Schaus
    In order to be a big-government liberal, mental gymnastics and verbal tap-dancing must come naturally. In an impressive display of verbal flexibility, a Health and Human Services official explained that Obamacare is really just a benevolent feature of a loving government that is completely incapable of coercion or force. According to Joanne Grossie from the HHS, no one is being “forced” into the public exchanges. She even insisted that people who have found themselves kicked off their previous healthcare plans are actually quite lucky; because their previous plans were obviously inadequate clunkers that catered only to their gullibility and stupidity…...
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare...

    09/15/2014 9:38:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 15, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Uncovers HHS Documents Detailing “High Risk” Security Problems with Obamacare Internet Site Less than one month before rollout, top Obama administration official highlights risks of malicious code being uploaded into the system through Excel macros; other “high risk” findings (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 94 pages of documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealing that in the days leading up to the rollout of Obamacare, top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials knew of massive security risks with and chose to roll out the...
  • Obamacare Chief Ordered Official To Delete Emails

    08/15/2014 3:09:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/15/14 | The Daily Caller
    Obamacare head Marilyn Tavenner told a top press official to delete an e-mail related to during the botched launch, according to documents released Friday. House Republicans are seeking emails from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to discover exactly how Obamacare and’s rollout went so wrong. But it turns out that last October, Tavenner directly told CMS’s communications director, Julie Bataille, to delete an email chain with White House officials about and contractor Serco. “Please delete this email-but please see if we can work on call script,” Tavenner wrote to Bataille, upon receiving an email chain...
  • How Healthcare.Gov Imploded

    07/07/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 6, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Obama Administration continues to prioritize political success over people as evidenced in the rollout of the public face of Obamacare: As of the end of February 2014, the Administration had spent $834 million developing a healthcare website that was flawed from the outset and allowed only a few million people to enroll for healthcare coverage, according to a new report by the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Five days before opened last year, President Obama addressed Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, promising that Obamacare would help the economy,...
  • Great news: 2.6 million sign-ups still have unresolved problems

    07/01/2014 12:07:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    In case anyone wonders, that comes to about a third of all the enrollments claimed by the White House in the initial open-enrollment period for ObamaCare. Three months later, significant data discrepancies exist, so much so that these consumers may not have health-insurance coverage at all, according to the HHS Inspector General: The Obama administration has been struggling to clear up data discrepancies that could potentially jeopardize coverage for millions under the health overhaul, the government’s health care fraud watchdog reported Tuesday.The Health and Human Services inspector general said the administration was not able to resolve 2.6 million so-called...
  • Great news: HHS to overhaul … again

    06/06/2014 1:03:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When the Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010, HHS had three and a half years and $400 million to produce a web portal for individual-market consumers that would … pretty much do what the existing portal did for the Medicare Advantage program that ObamaCare raided to pay for its own operation. HHS rolled it out on time last October, whereupon it crashed repeatedly and had to be overhauled. A few months later, the Obama administration bragged about the system when it hit eight million signups, even though the back end couldn’t actually determine how many actually paid for...
  • How Washington's IT project Leviathan failed us

    05/05/2014 11:18:41 AM PDT · by hasb3an · 7 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 5-5-2014 | Derrick Wlodarz
    Government IT projects have a tendency to fall on their rear ends more often than not. After the miserable debacle that was last October, I made the case for why the larger than life public face of Obamacare had zero chance of succeeding in original form. Fast forward six months, and after some contractor firings and a public about face consisting of a "tech surge", the website is finally working at nominal levels. That's not to say no one didn't take the fall for the mess of this bungled IT project gone haywire. The former head honcho of the...
  • You Can't Buy Insurance Until Next November

    05/03/2014 7:10:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | May 3, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Here's something that's really odd. Let's say at the end of last year there were almost 50 million uninsured people in the United States. Averaging over all the different estimates, let's say that 5 million of them have now acquired insurance because of ObamaCare. But now it's April and the open enrollment period is over. That means that 90% of the uninsured are still uninsured and they won't be able to buy an individual insurance plan until next November. As AP reporter Connie Cass explains: With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for...
  • Price of fixing, upgrading Obamacare website rises to $121 million

    04/30/2014 8:26:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/30/2014 | By Tom Howell Jr. and Stephen Dinan
    Fixing the Obamacare website to get it ready to handle a second round of enrollments will cost the federal government $121 million, according to Accenture, the contractor hired to repair the glitchy website after the original contractor, CGI Federal, was fired in January. The deal, which Accenture announced on its website Tuesday, costs more than the $93.7 million it took CGI Federal to build in the first place. It’s also $30 million more than the government projected for fixes just a few months ago, when it called in Accenture on an emergency basis to try to keep President Obama’s...
  • Will Obamacare's Losers Outvote its Winners This November?

    04/22/2014 4:00:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 22, 2014 | Byron York
    When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second. Obamacare's advocates have pushed hard against Republican attempts to highlight Americans who have been particularly hard hit by the new law. "There's plenty of horror stories being told," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in February. "All of them are untrue." Those advocates have hit back so hard that it appears they are...
  • Kathleen Sebelius' Reign Of Error

    04/14/2014 9:05:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Overhaul: The midwife of ObamaCare exits stage left, leaving behind wreckage that once was the finest health care system in the world, less affordable health insurance and patients unable to find doctors and hospitals. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services — referred to in the increasingly un-Affordable Care Act's iconic use of the phrase "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in ObamaCare's guiding document no fewer than 1,005 times — has determined that it's time to go. Or rather it's been determined for her by a White House in whose parallel universe ObamaCare's current alleged enrollment...
  • Obamacare exit strategy brings endless waits on hold: Thought signing up was hard? Try canceling

    04/11/2014 2:01:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/11/2014 | By Drew Johnson
    I never wanted to be a pawn in President Obama’s absurd and irresponsible attempt to mandate, regulate and complicate the American health care system. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of a choice. I was a casualty of Mr. Obama’s Big Lie. You know the one: “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” By the time my plan vanished, the only individual health insurance plans available had been captured by the tentacles of Obamacare. Signing up for insurance was harder than making sense of Donald Trump’s hair. It took more than 20 attempts over four...
  • Obama Touts 7 Million Enrollments: 'This Law Has Made Our Healthcare System A Lot Better'

    04/01/2014 2:28:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | April 1, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon, President Obama touted 7.1 Obamacare signups. The deadline to signup was yesterday. "The idea that everybody in this country can get decent healthcare, we are on our way," Obama said. "7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans." The President did not distinguish between first time health insurance holders and those who signed up due a loss of insurance under new Obamacare rules. He also failed to give a definition of "enrolled." Obama argued Obamacare has made healthcare more accessible for millions of Americans and that the law has stabilized...
  • Obamacare Website Down as Deadline Arrives

    03/31/2014 5:27:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    NBC News ^ | 03/31/2014
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  • Is the new contractor worse than the first?

    02/10/2014 8:59:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Has HHS gone from the CGI Federal frying pan into the Accenture fire? A month ago, the HHS unit responsible for dumped its original prime contractor and awarded the project to Accenture in a no-bid assignment, a move that raised eyebrows especially considering how little time was left in the enrollment cycle to get the web portal problems resolved. Now, a new Washington Post report raises even more eyebrows about the decision, given Accenture’s troubled history with federal contracts: Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but...
  • Man’s personal info stolen after using Obamacare website

    02/05/2014 10:51:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Captitol City Project ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Joe Schoffstall
    A Virginia man’s personal information has been stolen after he signed up for Obamacare on the website. Now, he’s questioning if the website is the reason why. “There’s a possibility someone got my personal information from your website,” Virginia Beach resident Rich Guillory said in a video shot by WVEC-VA while speaking on the phone. “They knew my name and they had my number” — along with his address and social security number as well. he day after he signed up on the website, he got a call from someone claiming they could help him with finding health insurance....
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • The definition of crazy: developer, CGI gets more gov't. work after Obamacare flop

    02/05/2014 8:02:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rick Moran
    What is it about the primary cultprit behind the failure of that allows them to continue to win federal contracts despite the most spectacularly incompetent website design and implementation in history? The Daily Caller is reporting that CGI, the general contractor used by CMS to build the Obamacare website, has received six additional contracts from CMS after the failures were discovered. The company that built the failed Obamacare website received six additional contracts from the Obama administration's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website's disastrous launch, The Daily Caller has learned.According to a company spokesman, CGI...
  • More Obamacare stupidity: Developers of website linked to Belarus government

    02/04/2014 9:16:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2014 | Rick Moran
    Developers linked to the government of Belarus may have placed malicious code inside the website allowing it to hack into the personal information of consumers. No - I'm serious. Washington Free Beacon: U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the network, about their concerns...
  • 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...
  • 22,000 Americans Filed Site Error Appeals On

    02/03/2014 3:26:50 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 7 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/03/14 | LD Jackson
    Last night's interview of President Obama by Bill O'Reilly stuck out to me for one main reason. Obama refused to answer the questions and lied through his teeth in the process. He refused to acknowledge there was a "smidgen" of corruption present in the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. He refused to acknowledge any failure in Benghazi. He refused to admit what was really happening with the ObamaCare website. He went so far as to say it was finally working the way it was supposed to work. That one lie is the easiest to prove. Fox News - Thousands...
  • can’t handle appeals of enrollment errors

    02/03/2014 12:20:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 2, 2014 | Amy Goldstein
    Tens of thousands of people who discovered that made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors. Roughly 22,000 Americans have filed appeals with the government to try to get mistakes corrected, according to internal government data obtained by The Washington Post. They contend that the computer system for the new federal online marketplace charged them too much for health insurance, steered them into the wrong insurance program or denied them coverage entirely. For now, the appeals are sitting, untouched, inside a government computer. And...
  • Hacking expert David Kennedy says he cracked 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 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 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...
  • Obama Administration's Pick to Run has History of Government Fraud

    01/13/2014 7:38:07 AM PST · by · 9 replies
    ACCENTURE LLP, the Obama Administration’s choice to take-over 'rescue operations' at, has a history of committing fraud, waste, and abuse in its contracts with other Federal agencies like the Department of Education and the United States Postal Service. Just seven months ago, the Postal Service Inspector General’s office issued a “Management Alert” to outline “potential fraud risks associated with Accenture Federal Services Contracting Practices…” In the June 2013 document, the Deputy Inspector General for the Postal Service recommended: “The Postal Service should consider Accenture for suspension or debarment and review existing contracts to determine whether the contracts warrant termination....
  • WSJ:The Top Five Product Flops of 2013-Can You Believe It? ObamaCare #4! LOL!

    01/08/2014 8:08:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jim Jelter
    For every hot product launch in 2013, there has also been a high-profile launch that was a miserable failure. MarketWatch's Jim Jelter takes a look at the top five of the flops.
  • Critics urge moving away from Maryland exchange (to site)

    01/06/2014 3:22:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Democratic and Republican critics of Maryland's troubled health exchange urged state officials on Monday to consider other options to signing up state residents for health care plans. Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat, formally asked the state's health secretary for a specific assessment of the idea of switching to the federal health exchange while Maryland's exchange is being repaired. He wrote in a letter to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein that Maryland could make the switch in whole or in part or on a temporary basis.....
  • defects leave many Americans eligible for Medicaid, CHIP without coverage

    01/05/2014 8:02:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/05/2014 | By Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin
    More than 100,000 Americans who applied for insurance through and were told they are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remain unenrolled because of lingering software defects in the federal online marketplace, according to federal and state health officials. To try to provide coverage to these people before they seek medical care, the Obama administration has launched a barrage of phone calls in recent days in 21 states, advising those who applied that the quickest route into the programs is to start over at their state’s Medicaid agency.
  • News dump: CMS official in charge of retiring

    12/31/2013 5:19:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/31/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    This is how you take your lumps in the Obama administration. Botch the roll-out of the president’s legacy law so badly that you end up with three million fewer insured people than when we started, and you get to retire, announce it over a holiday weekend, and grab that juicy pension for 41 years of mediocre-to-disastrous public service. The person tasked with overseeing the development of is retiring, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday.The departure of Michelle Snyder, the chief operating officer at CMS who’s been in public service for 41 years, comes...
  • HHS refuses to share security reports on ObamaCare website because Darrell Issa is untrustworthy

    12/17/2013 9:11:17 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/17/13 | Doug Book
    Only the Obama Regime would have the cheek necessary to refuse action on a House subpoena by claiming it does not trust the motives of Government Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa! Concerned by widespread reports that personal information is not secure on the ObamaCare signup website, Issa’s Oversight Committee subpoenaed security testing documents from MITRE Corporation, the IT firm hired by Health and Human Services to perform Security Control Assessments of the site. Jim Esquea, HHS Assistant Secretary for Legislation wrote to Committee Chair Issa claiming HHS ( now obviously enjoying complete control over MITRE) would be delighted to...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-17-13 (Tales from the Whipped: ObamaCare Sign-up Nightmares)

    12/16/2013 11:53:23 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 59 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 17, 2013 | DUmmie Demo_Chris, DUmmies, and Charles Henrickson
    In our last DUFU, we heard from Will the Shill Pitt how wonderful and easy signing up for ObamaCare is--even though he hadn't, uh, exactly completed the process. Well, today's DUFU will tell a different tale, i.e., "Tales from the Whipped: ObamaCare Sign-up Nightmares." We visit this THREAD by DUmmie Demo_Chris, "9 HOURS in and still wont let me look at the actual PLANS." Fortunately it won't take us 9 hours to look at the actual comments of the DUmmies, in Bolshevik Red, while the commentary of your humble guest correspondent, Charles Henrickson, wondering if William Rivers Pitt...
  • Give ‘piece’ a chance: White House makes Twitter typo, sparks Obamacare photo meme

    12/13/2013 5:51:39 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies ^ | 12/12/2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    President Obama is back on the offensive when it comes to promoting the Affordable Care Act. But White House aides may want to hit the spell-checker next time before they get carried away promoting the president’s message. On Thursday, the White House tweeted a picture of Obama holding a sign with the Twitter hashtag “#GetCovered Because.” The message on the president’s sign read: “Nobody should go broke just because they get sick.” The photo immediately launched a small social media tidal wave, with people creating their own “GetCovered” images. But the White House may have unintentionally created one of the...
  • Music Video

    12/11/2013 4:29:17 PM PST · by DarrellBrothers
    YouTube ^ | 12/10/13 | The Darrell Brothers
    Arctic storms swirling around the top of the world are more common than previously thought with about 1,900 in the first decade of the century, researchers say. As they churn across the top of the globe each year they leave warm water and air in their wakes, melting sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, scientists at Ohio State University reported Wednesday.
  • NYT Claims Obamacare Website 'Vastly Improved' While Ignoring Two Fatal Flaws

    12/10/2013 1:35:17 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 10, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    Congratulations to New York Times writers Lizette Alvarez and Jennifer Preston. They managed to write an upbeat article about the "vastly improved' Obamacare website without mentioning not one but two huge elephants in the room. The writers bubble over with excitement over the fact that in the first week of December, 112,000 people "selected plans" at the website. Left unsaid was the fact that there is still no payment system on that website plus the fact that anybody providing their personal information is at extreme risk of having his personal information hacked due to the fact that continues...
  • Health Care Exchange Is Vastly Improved, Users Say

    12/10/2013 6:20:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/10/2013 | By LIZETTE ALVAREZ and JENNIFER PRESTON
    MIAMI — After two months of false starts, error messages and pleas for patience from the once-hobbled federal online health care exchange, Karen Egozi, the chief executive of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, watched on Monday as counselors navigated the website’s pages with relative ease. Click. Next page. Click. Next page. The website,, was working so well that Ms. Egozi, who oversees the 45 navigators in eight locations who help consumers enroll in health plans, said her team gave the system an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, meaning that most people got as far as selecting...
  • 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, which,...
  • Capitol Hill staffers hit errors galore as they try to sign up for ObamaCare

    12/07/2013 10:36:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Merry Christmas and happy holidays, Hill staffers! Capitol Hill staffers are hitting multiple obstacles in trying to enroll in the Obamacare exchange just days before the federal government’s deadline for getting coverage.They and lawmakers have until Monday to sign up on DC Health Link, the District’s insurance exchange, if they want to maintain the government’s generous employer contribution to their health insurance.But as crunch time approaches, Democratic and Republican staffers are getting error messages, denials, notices that they’re enrolled in multiple plans and incomplete confirmation — as well as a website that went down briefly Thursday.Officials at DC Health Link...
  • Obamacare 'perfect storm': Feds reveal 10 percent error rate ("834" errors)

    12/06/2013 2:23:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/13 | Dan Mangan - CNBC
    An estimated 10 percent of all enrollments now being made on the federal Obamacare marketplace contain data errors that could delay people from actually getting health coverage, officials disclosed Friday. And that error rate for enrollments submitted via and then sent to insurers before December was an estimated 25 percent, officials revealed. The rate fell in the past week, officials said, because of repair efforts to's, particular the discovery and fix of one particular software problem that was causing an estimated 80 percent of data errors, officials said. But both past and present error rates are much higher...
  • Obama bundler sees opportunity in failure

    12/06/2013 9:03:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/06/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    I will say one thing for bigtime Obama bundler James Chanos: he doesn't let his politics get in the way of making money. Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon reports: James Chanos made his fortune by short-selling companies before the value of their stock plummeted, most notably the defunct energy firm Enron.His latest target is CGI Group, which is the parent company of CGI Federal. CGI Federal is the lead contractor responsible for, the glitch-plagued website of the federal Obamacare insurance exchange.Chanos "has placed potentially lucrative bets that CGI shares will fall in value,"Newsweek reported on Wednesday, citing "persons...
  • How many people “enrolled” in ObamaCare have actually paid their first month of premiums?

    12/05/2013 11:12:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/05/2013 | AllahPundit
    Health-care reporters have been zeroed in lately on the 834 error rate, i.e. the rate of garbled or phantom enrollment data transmitted from to insurance companies as people sign up. WaPo claimed the other day that the rate is as high as one-third, but HHS, knowing a looming PR catastrophe when it sees one, has refused to give reporters a hard number. The media’s focus on that is all to the good — the higher the 834 error rate, the more chaos there’ll be next month in sorting out the big surge of applications in December — but there’s...
  • can't calculate subsidies, so will pay insurance companies whatever they ask for

    12/04/2013 10:27:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    The federal government is dumping the consequences of its Obamacare website failures onto the private sector health insurance companies. The private sector is now expected to scramble and under severe time pressure do what the feds couldn't in the three-plus years. Unable to calculate what subsidies should be for lower-income insurance buyers, it is asking insurers to estimate the subsidies, and it will cut a check to them for whatever they ask for. Roberta Rampton and Caroline Humer of Reuters write: President Barack Obama's administration has found a short-term fix to pay insurance companies for plans selected on,...
  • Expert: Security Risks Even Worse After ‘Fix’

    12/03/2013 7:15:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/3/2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Obamacare insurance marketplace is even more vulnerable to security breaches since the administration “fixed”, according to a cyber security expert. Health and Human Services (HHS) released a progress report on Sunday following its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to repair the website, saying that the “team has knocked more than 400 bug fixes and software improvements off the punch list.” The administration said that the “site capacity is stable at its intended level,” though the site continued to crash on Monday. The eight-page report made no mention of the website’s numerous security flaws, which experts say put Americans’ personal...
  • Insurers Ask: Where are the reconciliation and payment systems?

    12/03/2013 1:54:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    While the White House returns to “sales mode” on ObamaCare, insurers are more worried about their delivery mode. With less than a month before the individual mandate begins, the back-end systems for still don’t work — or don’t exist at all. Given the track record at HHS of declaring victory while systems collapse, their partners in the private sector are not sanguine about the immediate future: Insurance companies are still waiting for key parts of to be built—and still having trouble with the parts that are in place.Important pieces of the Obamacare site are still glitchy, or missing...
  • is Turning Japanese: the Progressive American Way

    12/03/2013 7:55:03 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-3-2013 | MOTUS
    You’ve probably heard that our site has been significantly improved, and we’re working hard every day to re-vitamize it. In fact, things have been so re-vitamized that the team announced that it’s now “operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.” That might be a just a bit of an exaggeration.  I don’t think Amazon, EBay or would still be in business if their “velocity and effectiveness” resulted in a system that: works 90% of the time when it’s not under maintenance, i.e. “it works when it works” doesn’t transmit your info when you make a purchase has an...
  • WaPo: One-third of all 834s failed

    12/03/2013 6:13:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The White House touted the success of its “fix” yesterday by focusing on the improved customer experience, which turned out to be not all that much improved after all. The biggest change was that the site now had a formal waiting line, which foreshadows what will happen when ObamaCare floods a limited number of providers with a lot more demand in a price-controlled economic environment. The administration got very vague when it came to whether the back-end functions had been fixed, and as the Washington Post reports this morning, that was where the fix was needed most. A third of...