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  • Loyal Obama Supporters, Canceled by Obamacare

    11/08/2013 3:18:24 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies
    ProPublica ^ | November 7, 2013 | Charles Ornstein
    San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election. Since 1995, Hammack and Brothers have received their health coverage from Kaiser Permanente, where Brothers worked until 2009 as a dietitian and diabetes educator. “We’ve both been in very good health all of our lives – exercise, don’t smoke, drink lightly, healthy weight, no health issues, and so on,” Hammack told me. The couple — Lee, 60, and JoEllen, 59 — have been...
  • Enrolling In Obamacare: Only a few dozen Alaskans sign up for health insurance

    11/08/2013 3:18:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    MEDCity News ^ | November 8, 2013 | by Annie Feidt
    Despite extensive problems with healthcare.gov, a few dozen Alaskans have managed to enroll in a health plan on the marketplace, and Lara Imler is one of them. Imler spends a lot of time in doctors' offices. She has Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid. The treatments and blood work she needs are expensive. Imler qualified for subsidies, and chose a mid-level plan that will cost her $110 a month. "The website sucks -- I'm not going to lie," she says, "but the idea that I might be able to afford health insurance is huge to me. It...
  • Most Uninsured Americans Ignoring Health Exchange Sites

    11/08/2013 1:36:10 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    Gallup ^ | November 8, 2013 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- In the midst of widespread news coverage of problems with the federal health exchange website, relatively few uninsured Americans (18%) -- the primary target population for the exchanges -- have so far attempted to visit an exchange website. The percentage is slightly higher, 22%, among uninsured Americans who say they plan to get insurance through the exchanges. Have you personally gone to, or attempted to go to, a government health insurance exchange website since the Internet-based health exchanges opened on October 1, or not?
  • Poll: 78% of Uninsured Not Interested in ObamaCare

    11/08/2013 12:18:06 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 76 replies
    brietbart ^ | 11-8-2013 | John Nolte
    A new Gallup poll brings more terrible news for President Obama and his signature health plan, showing that only 22% of uninsured Americans intend to buy insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. One of the major selling points for using ObamaCare to disrupt our health care system (that polls showed up to 80% of Americans were satisfied with) was to insure the uninsured. But according to this poll, only a very small minority of that small minority is even interested in obtaining insurance. Even more troubling is the realization that a month ago, that number was double; a full 44% of...
  • Most uninsured ignoring healthcare exchanges

    11/08/2013 12:13:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 8, 2013 | Bruce McQuain
    So what was the point of all this drama? Why did Democrats pass this awful health care law? Wasn’t it to ensure that those without healthcare insurance would finally be covered? Hmmm … maybe someone should have asked the uninsured whether or not it was a priority for them. Gallup tells us most of them are ignoring the push for them to enroll: In the midst of widespread news coverage of problems with the federal health exchange website, relatively few uninsured Americans (18%) — the primary target population for the exchanges — have so far attempted to visit an exchange...
  • States report low health insurance enrollment numbers

    11/07/2013 4:31:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    USA Today | November 7, 2013 | By Kelly Kennedy
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/07/state-aca-numbers/3468489/
  • Delaware has enrolled four (4) people in Obamacare. We know who two of them are

    11/07/2013 12:25:45 PM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 9 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 11/7/13 | David Freddoso
    LOLOL. Cost them $4M -- a million per signup.
  • ObamaCare website could only handle 1,100 users a day before launch, docs show

    11/07/2013 12:03:06 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 7, 2013
    The problem-plagued ObamaCare website was only equipped to handle 1,100 users a day before it was launched, documents released by the House Oversight and Reform Committee reveal. The Obama administration has repeatedly insisted that the website’s repeated crashes were due to unexpectedly high traffic. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said on Oct. 6 that the website was expected to draw around 60,000 simultaneous users but instead drew many more, around 250,000. However, a Healthcare.gov testing bulletin from Sept. 30, the day before the site’s launch, states that the website began to run into trouble with far fewer users. “Currently...
  • Young Avoid New Health Plans: Early Buyers of Coverage Are Older Than Expected

    11/05/2013 10:20:47 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 4, 2013 | CHRISTOPHER WEAVER and TIMOTHY W. MARTIN
    Insurers say the early buyers of health coverage on the nation's troubled new websites are older than expected so far, raising early concerns about the economics of the insurance marketplaces. If the trend continues, an older, more expensive set of customers could drive up prices for everyone, the insurers say, by forcing them to spread their costs around. "We need a broad range of people to make this work, and we're not seeing that right now," said Heather Thiltgen of Medical Mutual of Ohio, the state's largest insurer by individual customers. "We're seeing the population skewing older." The early numbers,...
  • Obama, insurers make peace in bid to save enrollment site [sounds more like WAR to me]

    11/07/2013 3:10:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 7, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The uneasy alliance between President Obama and health insurers is being put to the test by the troubled rollout of ObamaCare. With the botched enrollment website dragging Obama’s approval rating to record lows and threatening to undermine his biggest legislative achievement, some Democrats say the president should deflect blame onto the industry. The healthcare companies in many ways represent an ideal political target, as they are unpopular and intimately involved in the rollout — and Democrats haven’t hesitated to go after them in the past. Democrats highlighted what they said were the heartless business practices of insurers during the debate...
  • North Carolina: Only one person has enrolled through the fed exchange, he hasn’t actually paid yet

    11/06/2013 6:21:33 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Erika Johnsen
    The public’s problems in trying to deal with the troubled Health Insurance Marketplace website aren’t the only problems plaguing the system. WNCN Investigates learned the state’s largest insurer has experienced a number of problems with the system. Blue Cross Blue Shield has more than 3.7 million customers in our state, but internal emails obtained by WNCN show that as of last Friday, only one person had enrolled for health insurance through the Exchange and that person hasn’t paid. Without payment, enrollment means nothing because the customer is still not officially in the system.
  • WH docs: Paper applications for Obamacare were problematic, too

    11/04/2013 11:58:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 4, 2013 | by Stephanie Condon
    While the Obama administration last month worked on resolving issues with HealthCare.gov, it had concerns that it was misleading consumers by suggesting they'd make more progress signing up for an Obamacare insurance plan with a paper application, documents recently turned over to Congress show. "The paper applications allow people to feel like they are moving forward in the process and provides another option; at the end of the day, we are all stuck in the same queue," the notes from an Obama administration meeting on Oct. 11 say. Notes from an Oct. 15 meeting say, "Navigators are seeing people very...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Packet

    11/04/2013 9:34:37 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 3 replies
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    I wanted to let you know that earlier today I received my "Obamacare enrollment packet” from the White House. It contained: · An aspirin and a band-aid. · An 'Obama Hope & Change' bumper sticker · A 'Bush's Fault' yard sign · A 'Blame Republicans first, then anybody and everybody' poster · A 'Tax the Rich' banner · An application for unemployment and a free cellphone · An application for food stamps · A prayer rug · A letter assigning my debt to my grandchildren · And lastly, a coupon for a machine that blows smoke up my ass. Everything...
  • Kitzhaber downplays Oregon health exchange issues

    11/02/2013 9:03:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Columbian (WA) ^ | November 2, 2013 | By Jonathan J. Cooper
    Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday downplayed the problems that have plagued Oregon’s health insurance exchange and urged people who need insurance by Jan. 1 to fill out a paper application instead of waiting for online enrollment to work. Nobody has been able to enroll in health insurance through Cover Oregon, the state’s health insurance exchange, because software glitches have prevented the website from accurately determining whether people qualify for federal subsidies or publicly funded health care through Medicaid.
  • Insurance Executives Report Fewer Than 170 Enrolled in Arkansas Marketplace

    11/01/2013 8:10:15 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    Arkansas News ^ | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | John Lyon
    Insurance company executives told a state legislative panel Wednesday they have enrolled fewer than 170 Arkansans in health insurance plans through the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. Cal Kellogg, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Michael Stock, president and CEO of QualChoice of Arkansas, and John Ryan, CEO of Arkansas Health & Wellness Solutions, were asked about enrollment numbers while testifying before the legislative oversight committee on the marketplace.Four insurance carriers sell plans through the marketplace, which launched Oct. 1. The fourth is the national Blue Cross Blue Shield. Kellogg said he has seen...
  • Obamacare website failed in tests just before launch date

    10/31/2013 5:39:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 30, 2013 | BySharyl Attkisson
    CBS News has learned the website failed with a small test pool of 200 to 300 people that included employees from the government and insurance companies. CMS employees were provided fake personal information to enter into HealthCare.gov rather than their own data and were given a date that testing would begin. However, on that date, the employees were told it was being postponed. When the testing finally took place in late September, the testers started trying to create an application. Just a couple of pages into the process, everything "ground to a stop," said one source. "It froze. It couldn't...
  • Health Site Chief Expects Low Initial Enrollment Number

    10/29/2013 5:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 29, 2013 | By Robert Pear
    Marilyn B. Tavenner, the official in charge of President Obama’s health insurance marketplace, apologized on Tuesday to millions of Americans who have been frustrated in trying to buy insurance under the new health care law. She repeatedly refused to say how many of those people had actually enrolled in health insurance plans since the federal and state marketplaces, or exchanges, opened on Oct. 1. “That number will not be available until mid-November,” Ms. Tavenner said. “We expect the initial number to be small.”
  • Health agency chief refuses to disclose ObamaCare enrollment numbers

    10/29/2013 11:37:11 AM PDT · by safetysign · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/29/2013 | staff
    The head of the agency responsible for overseeing the troubled HealthCare.gov repeatedly refused to disclose how many people have enrolled in ObamaCare -- during a hearing where she did not deny that officials have that information. Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, testified Tuesday before the House Ways and Means Committee. At the top of the hearing, she apologized for the failures of the main ObamaCare website and vowed to fix them. But, raising more questions about the administration's transparency on the project, she declined to cite enrollment numbers. She did not claim, as Health...
  • "Helpful" Tips on Navigating HealthCare.Gov

    10/26/2013 8:01:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    You can now see cost options of various Obamacare plans whether or not you are registered. Once on the site (click on the above link), filter your state and county. Click on the lines as shown by the arrow, not the "i" symbol. Don't bother with the instruction line at the top of the form that reads "For instructions on how to read and use this data, please view the documentation available under the ‘About’ tab on" If you find and click on the "about tab", it humorously looks like this: After you click on the "about tab", one of...
  • Planning to Fail, ObamaCare Edition

    10/25/2013 4:29:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 22, 2013 | Robert Tracinski
    An old saying reminds us that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. But the opposite is also true: if you plan to fail, you fail to plan. If the success of a project is not important to you, if you secretly hope that it will fail, then you will not be bothered to exercise the due diligence necessary to make it succeed. Does this explain the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare? Was the system designed to fail from the beginning? ObamaCare has always been based on an untenable contradiction. President Obama's rhetoric when he pushed through his signature...
  • Why the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov had zero chance of success

    10/26/2013 2:58:57 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 11 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 10/26/2013 | Derrick Wlodarz
    If you wanted to build a case study in the perfect recipe for IT project disaster, you wouldn't have to look any further than the new official Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov. The site, which was supposed to be the official gateway for Americans to purchase cheap (now clearly up for debate) health insurance, has become an overnight poster child for just how bad the government can fumble a well-to-do technology implementation. The common symptoms are all present: budget overruns, too little time to test, poor design & planning, and you can take it from there. So when the President came out...
  • Why extending Obamacare's open enrollment would make insurers nervous

    10/26/2013 12:46:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 25, 2013 | Philip Klein
    Reacting to the troubled rollout of President Obama's health care law, 10 Democratic senators led by New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen have signed a letter asking Obama to extend the enrollment period for individuals to purchase insurance through the new exchanges. However, not only would such an extension require an act of Congress (as I detailed in an earlier post), but it's likely to ruffle the feathers of insurers, who were counting on enrollment ending on March 31. Why would insurers be bothered? After all, wouldn’t they want to give Americans as much time as possible to purchase their product? Though...
  • Obamacare's Magical Thinkers. ... Mark Steyn

    10/26/2013 10:32:45 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 30 replies
    NRO ^ | 25 Oct 2013 | Mark Steyn
    If you’re looking for an epitaph for the republic (and these days who isn’t?) try this — from August 2010 and TechCrunch’s delirious preview of Healthcare.gov: “We were working in a very very nimble hyper-consumer-focused way,” explained Todd Park, the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew, and all-nighters . . . and, you know, idealism. That kind of led to the magic that was produced.” Wow. Think of the magic that Madison, Hamilton, and the rest of those schlubs could have produced if...
  • Forbes: Obamacare website troubles are meant to weed out healthy middle class

    10/14/2013 9:59:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/15/13 | Josh Peterson
    The technical disasters of the Obamacare exchange debacle over the past two weeks are not an accident, but rather a way to disguise the costs of healthcare plans and weed out people who don’t qualify for a federal subsidy, Forbes reports. Tech experts examining the Obamacare federal health exchange, Healthcare.gov, are becoming increasingly convinced that the traffic bottlenecks and site crashes experienced over the first two weeks were not by accident, wrote Forbes. An HHS spokesperson recently told The Wall Street Journal that implementation of a feature enabling users with the option to preview premiums was delayed as a way...
  • Healthcare CEOs Allowed to Air Their Grievances to Valerie Jarrett

    10/23/2013 7:39:07 PM PDT · by opentalk · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 23, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Healthcare insurance executives were received at the White House today — but not to confront President Obama about the flub-ridden exchange launched on Oct. 1. Instead, the CEOs of Aetna, Humana, CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Health Net, Inc., Health Care Services Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Molina Healthcare, Centene Corp., Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Wellpoint and Kaiser Permanente got to meet with Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Meanwhile, on the Hill, Pelosi brushed off the tech implosion as something they just have to be able to fix because she doesn’t...
  • White House moves to clarify Obamacare deadline

    10/23/2013 8:28:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 23, 2013 | CNN's Political Unit
    According to the White House, that March 31 deadline comes from language in the Affordable Care Act that says if one has access to affordable coverage but chooses to be uninsured for three consecutive months in a calendar year, one would face a penalty. The administration says in the insurance market, when consumers sign up before the 15th of a given month, their coverage starts on the first day of the next month: Sign up by February 15 to get coverage starting March 1; sign up after that date (but before March 15), and you won't be covered until April...
  • White House: Health care penalty deadline to be delayed by up to six weeks

    10/23/2013 5:19:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/23/2013 | Matthew DeLuca and Daniel Arkin
    Amid mounting criticism, the White House said Wednesday that it plans to soften the deadline for when Americans are required to purchase health insurance. The date by when Americans would be penalized for not having signed up for health insurance could be “slid” back by as much as six weeks, administration officials told NBC News. But it was not immediately clear Wednesday whether the adjustment to a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act would need to be approved by Congress or could be done by the Department of Health and Human Services administratively. As the law stands now, individuals are...
  • In 3 weeks, just 35 enroll in Miss. insurance exchange

    10/23/2013 2:04:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Clairon-Ledger (MS) | October 22, 2013 | by Clay Chandler
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES (GANNETT): http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20131023/NEWS01/310230009/In-3-weeks-just-35-enroll-Miss-insurance-exchange
  • CBS: Healthcare.gov “dramatically underestimates costs” in new estimate feature

    10/23/2013 12:43:12 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:21 am on October 23, 2013 | by Ed Morrissey
    Well, the good news is that HHS has actually tried to fix a few things on the Healthcare.gov website.  The bad news is that the fixes make the confusion and incompetence even worse.  After hearing a hailstorm of criticism over the necessity to completely enroll before seeing premium prices, HHS added a premium estimator on the front page of the website.  However, unless you are exactly 27 or 50 years old, the estimates you get will wildly undershoot what you’ll be forced to pay.CBS reports that industry analysts can’t believe what they are seeing:
  • With His Premiums More Than Doubling, This Dad Would “Rather File Bankruptcy” Than Deal with O

    10/23/2013 1:05:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    http://blog.heritage.org ^ | october 23, 2013 | Kelsey Harris
    Ben Neptun and his wife Charla are “furious” their family’s health insurance premium will be raised from $419 to $899 per month because of Obamacare. “We will absolutely go in a hole with this change,” Ben said. Ben, 36, and Charla, 34, are both home health nurses in Mobile, Alabama. They each make about $23 an hour and have spent the last year learning how to budget and recover from debt acquired in previous marriages. With a blended family of five—a 15-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 10-month-old—Ben said “there’s no room for several hundred dollars extra per month” in their...
  • Group behind Obama at Rose Garden speech includes only 3 Obamacare registrants

    10/21/2013 2:12:38 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-21-2013 | Caroline May
    October 21, 2013 Group behind Obama at Rose Garden speech includes only 3 Obamacare registrants Caroline May Of the 13 people who flanked President Obama during his speech defending Obamacare in the Rose Garden Monday, just three had successfully registered for the new Obamacare exchanges.A list of the people who joined Obama on stage provided by the White House included people who have or “will” benefit from Obamacare, small business owners, representatives from “partner organizations,” and new registrants.The three people who were able to register included: Janice Baker, who introduced the president and as of last week was the only...
  • Democrats disturbed by Obamacare rollout -- and GOP criticism

    10/23/2013 11:59:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 23, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
    President Obama’s Democratic allies in Congress said Wednesday they are “not happy” about the glitch-filled rollout of the healthcare law, but criticized Republicans for trying to kill Obamacare rather than fix it. “It’s very disturbing to see that the website hasn't performed as well as we would like,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the No. 4 Democrat in the House, emerging from a private briefing with administration officials. “I think it's even more disturbing when individuals intentionally work against the American people and the rights that they have now secured to access quality, affordable health care.” “It's also not just...
  • How the HealthCare.gov Failure Will Morph into Obamacaregate

    10/22/2013 11:35:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | October 22, 2013 | David Weigel
    ".................The Canadian-owned company built the website, and in testimony from September 10, it told the skeptical House Energy and Commerce committee that things were going just great. To date, the FFM implementation has achieved all of its key milestones from the initial Architecture Review in October 2011 to Project Baseline Review in March 2012 and, most recently, the Operational Readiness Review in September 2013. Additionally, in April 2013, health insurers began submitting their plans to the system for review by CMS. Starting in August 2013, consumers were able to go into the system and register their accounts. At this time,...
  • Sebelius Admits She Needed Four Year Delay [5 year set-up, additional year testing]

    10/22/2013 9:06:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 22, 2013 | Karin McQuillan
    In my column yesterday I explain that the Obamacare fail was baked in for political reasons, foremost among them, the need to keep the public from learning that the Tea Party critics were right. Obama knew he couldn't be re-elected if people learned what Obamacare was. He also knew it was not ready to be launched. The White House tactic was to keep the Obamacare regs and prices secret from the public, which meant the website could not be constructed properly. Each day brings more news proving the administration's political motivations that made failure inevitable and acceptable to them. Over...
  • The moment Obama catches pregnant woman as she faints behind him during healthcare speech

    10/21/2013 1:02:42 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 124 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    President Barack Obama helped a pregnant woman who began to faint during his speech about health care reforms today, joking 'That's what happens when I talk too long.' Mr Obama reached out to catch prospective Affordable Care Act beneficiary Karmel Allison who was standing directly behind him as he discussed the glitches of the new healthcare website in the Rose Garden of the White House. Around 25 minutes into the speech, Ms Allison became unsteady and started to lose consciousness. At that point, the President turned around and helped catch her before she actually fainted. 'I got you. You're OK,'...
  • Texas Doctors, Hospitals Don't Know If They're In Or Out Of Obamacare Plans

    10/21/2013 10:40:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | October 21, 2013 | By Becca Aaronson, The Texas Tribune
    As consumers weigh coverage options available in the newly launched federal health insurance marketplace, three of the largest medical associations in Texas have raised concerns about the uncertainty of provider networks offered by health plans in the marketplace. “Physicians, they just want to know who's walking through their door and what kind of coverage they’re going to have,” said Lee Spangler, vice president of medical economics at the Texas Medical Association. “They’d like that uncertainty to be settled.” The uncertainty of the provider networks also creates a hardship for consumers, many of whom consider whether their current doctor is covered...
  • GOP FOIAs Number of Obamacare Enrollees; White House has thus far refused to release enrollment

    10/21/2013 9:18:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Breacom ^ | 10/21/13 | : CJ Ciaramella
    The National Republican Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday seeking the number of Americans who have enrolled in health care through the Obamacare website since the program was rolled out on Oct. 1. The White House has so far refused to release any information on the number of enrollees following the glitch-ridden rollout of the Obamacare website, leading Republican critics to accuse the administration of a cover-up. Politicians and pundits are also calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation in the wake of the botched launch. “Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration spent hundreds...
  • Obama: 'No one is madder than me' about healthcare website

    10/21/2013 9:41:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2013 | Justin Sink
    President Obama said Monday his administration was spearheading a "tech surge" to fix the problems plaguing the online ObamaCare insurance exchanges. "We are doing everything we can possibly do to get the websites working better, faster, sooner," the president said, adding that the White House had recruited the "best and brightest" from the private sector to help tackle the technical problems. "No one is madder than me that the website isn't working as it should — which means it's going to get fixed," Obama declared. The president's reassurances come at a critical time for the president's signature program. Fear is...
  • President: Obamacare 'Not Just a Website,' and Despite Glitches, 'The Product Is Good'

    10/21/2013 10:00:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/21/13 | Andrew Kirell
    Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on Monday morning, President Obama addressed the website glitches and delays that have plagued the initial rollout of the Affordable Care Act, declaring the “product” to be good and reminding his audience that the healthcare law is “not just a website.” Since its October 1 rollout, the online registry for the Obamacare health exchange has been beset by website glitches, long wait times, and clunky programming. “You probably heard the new website where people can apply for health insurance and browse and buy affordable plans in most states hasn’t worked as smoothly as...
  • Obama: 'No excuse' for health care signup problems

    10/21/2013 9:23:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 145 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/21/13 | Julie Pace - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday said there was "no excuse" for the cascade of computer problems that have marred the rollout of key elements in his health care law, but declared he was confident the administration would be able to fix the issues. "There's no sugarcoating it," Obama said. "Nobody is more frustrated than I am." The president said his administration was doing "everything we can possibly do" to get the federally run websites up and running. And he guaranteed that everyone who wants to get insurance through the new health care exchanges will be able to....
  • Woman nearly faints in Rose Garden

    10/21/2013 10:03:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2013 | Justin Sink
    A beneficiary of President Obama's signature healthcare law standing behind the president during his speech Monday in the Rose Garden nearly fainted toward the end of his remarks. Karmel Allison, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes according to information provided by the White House, began holding the hand of a woman standing next to her at the event and breathing deeply. Noticing the disruption, Obama halted his remarks to turn around, just as Allison appeared to be falling backward. Another event attendee braced her from behind while the president held her arm to prevent her from falling. A White...
  • Cruz: President Obama should listen to people who have lost their plans

    10/21/2013 9:09:23 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 10-21-13 | Debra Heine
    Just prior to the president's ObamaCare pep rally in the White House Rose Garden, Monday morning, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding Obamacare's failure to live up to Obama's many promises: Today President Obama will draw the media’s attention to a handful of persons who have applied for Obamacare while ignoring the untold number of Americans who are losing the plans they liked because of Obamacare. Yesterday, Kaiser Health joined numerous other news outlets by confirming a new victim of Obamacare: Americans who are receiving cancellation notices from their insurers due to the Affordable Act. “Health...
  • Consumer Reports: ‘Stay Away From HealthCare.gov’

    10/21/2013 8:59:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2013 | Alec Torres
    Consumer Reports, which publishes reviews of consumer products and services, advised its readers to avoid the federal healthcare exchange “for at least another month if you can.” “Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made,” the magazine said, having tested the site themselves over the course of the past three weeks.Noting that only 271,000 of the 9.47 million people who tried signing up in the first week managed to create an account, Consumer Reports then provided a few tips to those attempting to slog through the application process. From attempting...
  • Live Thread: Obama to Address State of the Obamacare Sham Wow 11:25 A.M. EDT 10/21/13

    10/21/2013 6:47:20 AM PDT · by kristinn · 215 replies
    Monday, Ocotber 21, 2013 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama will speak to the nation today at 11:25 a.m. EDT from the Rose Garden with citizen props standing around him to tout the glories of Obamacare. The White House has leaked to the press Obama is "frustrated" about the problems with the government exchange website.
  • Obama to address widespread health care problems - Rose Garden - Monday morning

    10/21/2013 6:55:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the scope of the problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health care exchanges has been a glaring embarrassment for Obama's signature legislative achievement. White House officials say the president will discuss steps the administration is taking to address the failures, including ramping up staffing at call centers where people can...
  • Obama aims to resuscitate Obamacare with Rose Garden rally

    10/21/2013 6:18:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-21-2013 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama goes back on the virtual campaign-trail Monday, with a midday rally in the Rose Garden to champion his crippled takeover of the nation’s health-sector. “The President will be joined by consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have either benefitted from the [Obamacare] health care law already or are helping consumers learn about what the law means for them and how they can get covered,” said a White House statement. “The group will include individuals who have already applied for and enrolled in quality, affordable coverage through the Marketplaces and those who are planning to after exploring...
  • HealthCare.Gov Needs Five Million Code Lines Rewritten

    10/21/2013 6:55:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 121 replies
    HealthCare.Gov Needs Five Million Code Lines Rewritten By Andrew Johnson October 21, 2013 9:13 AM Comments 42 Obamacare’s online exchanges have been riddled with problems since they came online three weeks ago, and those issues may continue for at least the next few weeks. Contractors said fixing the problems by the November 1 deadline set by the administration would be “unrealistic,” according to the New York Times. From the sluggish websites to garbled enrollment information, the flaws require the extensive rewriting of code: “One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be...
  • Covenant House signs up more than 100 for health care

    10/20/2013 7:27:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Charlestown Gazette ^ | October 20, 2013 | By Lori Kersey
    Technical difficulties are still plaguing the federal website for health insurance sign up, but that hasn't stopped dozens of Charleston's homeless residents from signing up for health insurance over the last two weeks. The non-profit agency has a drop-in center for homeless people, some of whom live outside or in shelters. As trained community assisters, Herlihy and other Covenant House staffers were supposed to connect their clients to other helpers that were to actually lead people through the application process. But directing their clients, many of whom have mental illnesses, to other agencies would have been more difficult than leading...
  • ‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges

    10/20/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 124 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2013 | By LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people.” “We are committed to doing better,” agency officials said in a blog post that also said that “our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve healthcare.gov.” Spokespeople for the agency didn’t immediately respond to questions seeking more...
  • Even lefties choke on Obamacare pudding

    10/19/2013 11:13:19 AM PDT · by jimluke01 · 20 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Matt Barber
    “Disaster,” “embarrassment,” “humiliating” and “train wreck” are just a few of the colorful terms being used to describe it. The Obama administration’s incompetent half-billion-dollar rollout of its incompetent multi-trillion-dollar signature achievement is but a tragic metaphor for this man’s entire presidency. (It’s not hyperbole when it’s true.) Nearly three weeks in and the utopian promise of “affordable care” for all has yielded but a handful of folks who’ve even been able to sign up for this clinic in socialism. That Obamacare – something billed as a health-care panacea for the collective – is something that the collective neither asked for,...