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How do you spell "fail?" Because I spell it O-b-a-m-a-c-a-r-e.
Only 10% of the uninsured, the people this law was purportedly going to help the most, have signed up to purchase health insurance. The other 90% are still uninsured. And they intend to remain uninsured.
ObamaCare appears to be making little progress in signing up uninsured Americans, one of the law's primary goals, according to two new surveys.
Only one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private plans through the new health insurance marketplaces enrolled as of last month, according to a survey by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The McKinsey survey found that only 27 percent of people who have selected a plan on the exchanges described themselves as having previously been without insurance. That percentage is up from 11 percent a month earlier, the report said.
According to McKinsey, the most common reason for not signing up for insurance cited by both previously insured and previously uninsured survey respondents was the perceived challenges in being able to afford coverage.
"Affordable" Care Act my ass. Obamacare made everything more expensive. And the people couldn't afford health insurance before it was foisted on us still can't afford health insurance.
Curiously, the White House isn't interested in knowing anything about that.
Gary Cohen, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official who oversaw the insurance marketplaces through their troubled rollout, told an insurance industry conference on Thursday that the administration doesn't know how many uninsured Americans are signing up.
"That's not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way," Cohen told attendees when asked how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured, according to The National Journal.
They don't know. And they don't care.
Obamacare isn't doing what it was designed to do. Unless it was designed to destroy the private health insurance marketplace and ultimately replace it with single-payer socialized medicine.
Which, not to put too fine a point on it, is precisely what Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel gleefully predicts it will do.
Obama lied. Your health insurance died.
Remember the fierce moral urgency of getting you onto a comprehensive Obamacare-compliant health insurance plan? You know, one that has all those great essential benefits like free birth control? Remember when it was akin to terrorism for Ted Cruz to suggest delaying Obamacare? Remember when Barack Obama cared about you?
Yeah, me neither.
Politics trumps ideology! Democrats might lose the Senate! So your old crappy plan is suddenly A-OK. But only until after the midterm elections.
Then it'll magically become substandard and crummy again. Unless Valerie Jarrett thinks Hillary might lose the 2016 presidential election…
This president disgusts me. He's a partisan hack. Everything he does is about consolidating power. Yesterday's imperatives are today's afterthoughts, The uninsured / under-insured are merely pawns in his tyrannical quest for progressive hegemony.
Either Obamacare is necessary. Or it isn't.
Barack Obama says it's necessary. But he keeps acting like it isn't.
Actions speak louder than words.
Are you listening John Boehner? Repeal Obamacare. Repeal it now. Because if
Obamacare really is "the law of the land," then this president should be
obeying the law.
New polls show a slim majority of New Jersey voters supports repealing President Obama's 2010 health insurance overhaul.
A poll by Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics released Tuesday found that by a 51 percent to 43 percent margin, registered voters favor repealing the health insurance law known as Obamacare.
Alas, when it comes to 2016 presidential contenders, that same majority reflexively gravitates to the decidedly pro-Obamacare Hillary Clinton.
In a hypothetical matchup in the 2016 presidential race, Clinton, a Democrat and former Secretary of State, led [Chris] Christie 51 percent to 41 percent among New Jersey voters, Eagleton found in its latest poll.
Clinton also led Christie by 36 percentage points in New York and 8 points in Virginia, according to polls taken by colleges in those states and released in coordination with Eagleton's. In all three states, however, Christie, a Republican, came closer to Clinton than two other potential candidates, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Attention New Jersey! Wake up! If you want to repeal Obamacare,
vote for Ted Cruz. Because electing Hillary guarantees it'll be
an albatross around your necks until the end of time.
Obamacare is the glitch that keeps on glitching.
Customers of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state's largest health insurance company, have faced a rocky transition to Obamacare since the law went into effect last month.
A combination of glitches on the federal website, the company's new billing system and the difficult weather resulted in Horizon extending its deadline for payments originally due Feb. 1.
The carrier's Facebook page first told customers on Jan. 29 that those who purchased a policy through the federal website, www.healthcare.gov, might not have received their bills on time. The message urged those whose payments were due Feb. 1 to pay even if they hadn't received any bill.
In other words, trust us! Send money now, we'll figure out later if it was enough.
They're blaming the weather. And that gawd-awful Obamacare web site.
Horizon spokesman Tom Vincz said "file transfer issues" from the federal website left the company with insufficient information to generate an invoice for those customers who selected a policy but didn't pay on the spot.
The affected customers were those who signed up for coverage that was to start Feb. 1.
It's almost as if the whole thing is being run by a community organizer with
no actual work experience…
Once again Barack Obama rewrites a law on the fly. Because enforcing the Employer Mandate this year guarantees the Democrats will lose control of the Senate in the midterm elections. Which, of course, is the reason he postponed it last year too. Obamacare Is The Law, unless the law is politically inconvenient.
The lawless Obama administration will delay the employer health insurance mandate another year due to the upcoming elections.
A Department of Justice brief suggested nearly 80 million Americans will lose their health care insurance due to Obamacare.
80 million pissed off voters == Harry Reid's retirement party. So, keep 'em in the dark for another year!
The Obama administration announced Monday it would give medium-sized employers an extra year, until 2016, before they must offer health insurance to their full-time workers.
Firms with at least 100 employees will have to start offering this coverage in 2015.
By offering an unexpected grace period to businesses with between 50 and 99 employees, administration officials are hoping to defuse another potential controversy involving the 2010 health-care law, which has become central to Republicans' campaign to make political gains in this year's midterm election.
Even the nation's largest employers got a significant concession: They can avoid a fine by offering coverage to 70 percent of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95 percent starting in 2016. Under an earlier proposal, employers with at least 50 employees would have been required to offer insurance, beginning 2015, to 95 percent of those who work 30 hours or more a week, along with their dependents.
Remember when it was important to make sure everybody had health insurance? Yeah, me neither.
You know what's even more infuriating? The fact that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner let Dear Leader get away with this shit. They won't even try to make him follow the law.
The proper response to a lawless executive branch is impeachment.
Don't hold your breath.
From the "I told you so" department: Humana just released their Obamacare enrollment mix, and the numbers aren't pretty. The only people who signed up for Obamacare were those who really had to. That is, the really sick, and the really old. This is known as "adverse selection," and it's the insurance industry's biggest nightmare, because it's gonna cost them a fortune.
Health insurer Humana Inc said on Thursday that it projected its enrollment mix in private plans through the exchanges created by President Barack Obama's healthcare law will be, "more adverse than previously expected."
Humana attributed the enrollment trend to regulatory changes allowing people to remain in previously existing plans not sold on the exchanges. Obama proposed allowing insurers to keep selling plans that did not comply with the Affordable Care Act after political fallout that he was not keeping his promise that people can keep insurance plans if they like them.
Where are all the young, healthy people Obama counted on to subsidize this pool of costly consumers? On their parents' plan! Or sitting Obamacare out, no matter what Pajama Boy told them to do.
And it doesn't help that he had to backtrack on his individual mandate by actually making good on his promise.
In short, people who prefer not to enroll in ObamaCare because they preferred the options they had are now availing themselves of the opportunity to evade this monstrosity, at least for the moment. That leaves the pool even more dominated than it already would have been to people who are enrolling only because they have no other choice - mainly older people or those with pre-existing conditions. When that's your pool, you're in trouble. That was the idea of the individual mandate in the first place. Democrats did understand, in spite of what they said, that many people wouldn't voluntarily sign up and they would have to be forced. So force them they would, because that would be the only way to get the premium dollars that would be necessary to provide coverage for the old and the already-sick.
The whole time Obama was assuring people that if they liked their plan they could keep their plan, he knew perfectly well that if it actually played out that way, it would drive the health insurance industry to financial ruin. But when faced with political consequences for breaking the promise, he threw the insurers under the bus and sacrificed a crucial element of his grand scheme in the service of saving his own political ass. The consequence? Exactly what you see. The mix is terrible, even worse than insurers first feared, and without repeal they're headed for the lovely experience of coming hat-in-hand to the government for a bailout.
Well, isn't that special?
Obamacare is health insurance for the sick and the dying.
Wanna know the Really Good News? You're still gonna pay for their insurance, even if you don't sign up. Because the taxpayers are on the hook for that bailout.
"There is essentially no risk of a 'death spiral,'" says MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who helped design the ACA as well as the Massachusetts law on which it was modeled. "There are substantial risk mitigation mechanisms as well as subsidies that will attract in healthy enrollees." Most important, say Gruber and Zirkelbach, is a section of the ACA under which the federal government will pick up a substantial portion of the losses for the next three years, if the program goes sour for insurers.
The subsidies thing has, of course, gone swimmingly. So it's on to the bailout! Because when these clowns say "federal government" they mean "you and me." We'll get taxed, or more likely our grandchildren will get taxed, to keep this abomination afloat.
The only way out is repeal.
You finally got all the way through healthcare.gov. You enrolled in a plan. You even gave them your bank account info for payment. You sit back and think, I'm insured!
Alas, you're probably not. Insured, that is. Chances are you're one of the "orphans," lost in bureaucratic limbo in the bowels of an HHS sub-basement.
Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as millions of people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Insurance companies are still trying to sort out cases of so-called health insurance orphans, customers for whom the government has a record that they enrolled, but the insurer does not. They are worried the process will grow more cumbersome as they deal with the flood of new customers who signed up in December as enrollment deadlines neared.
The companies also are seeing cases in which the government has assigned the same identification number to more than one person, as well as so-called "ghost" files in which the insurer has an enrollment record but the government does not.
But orphaned files — when the insurer has no record of enrollment — are particularly concerning because the companies have no automated way to identify the presumed policyholder. They say they have to manually compare the lists of enrollees the government sends them with their own records because the government never built an automated system that would do the work much faster.
"It's an ongoing concern," said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for the industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans. "Health plans can't process enrollments they haven't received from the exchange."
Insurers use the term "orphan" for the problematic files because they are referring to customers who have yet to find a home with the carrier they selected. The files have cropped up since enrollment began last fall through HealthCare.gov. The site was down an estimated 60 percent of the time in October.
Gee, if only there was a way to blame Chris Christie for this!
The good news is, it only takes a week to straighten out each orphan policy, after you convince the media to look into your case.
Among those who got lost in the paperwork confusion was cancer survivor Sharon Van Daele of Tucson, Ariz., who went back and forth between her insurer and the federal government for more than a week after her confirmation failed to arrive. Unable to get answers, she said it felt as if she had fallen into a black hole.
She started the year worried she was uninsured even though the HealthCare.gov website told her on Dec. 22 that she had successfully enrolled.
"I made all the deadlines, and then I tried to make my payment, but they wouldn't take it," said Van Daele.
Her case was finally resolved after an official from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contacted Van Daele directly, following an Associated Press inquiry to the agency's Washington press office.
Remember when you called your insurance agent if you had a problem? Now you have to call the Associated Press!
Meanwhile the media is fixated on Chris Christie's traffic jam. Which of course is a much bigger scandal than millions of Americans stuck in health insurance limbo. Because, he's a Republican!
The Obamacare rollout is an unmitigated disaster, affecting way more people for more harshly than any bogus "traffic study." Yet no one has been fired. There are no federal investigations. Not a single class action lawsuit has been filed.
The media sees nothing wrong, because they don't want to make Dear Leader
look bad. But eventually the truth will come out. It has to. Or America
really is doomed.
If you like your new baby, you can't insure your new baby.
There's another quirk in the Obama administration's new health insurance system: It lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.
With regular private insurance, parents just notify the health plan. Insurers will still cover new babies, the administration says, but parents will also have to contact the government at some point later on.
Right now the HealthCare.gov website can't handle such updates.
The cynic in me says they assumed all pregnant women would jump at the chance to get a (now free) abortion.
But it's probably just another shining example of Obama's unparalleled competence. He'll have one of his lackeys order the insurance companies to cover your new baby, and they'll listen, because he's The King.
Uh, ok, good luck with that.
Paperwork? Payments? Feh, he can't concern himself with such trifles. Not when there are vacations to be taken and golf courses to be conquered.
Besides, I'm sure MSNBC is already blaming this latest "glitch" on Republicans.
Or a YouTube video. And Hillary will fix everything when she's elected president.
It said so in The New York Times.
They expected 3.3 million sign-ups. They got 1.1 million. Break out the champagne!
The Obama administration announced early Sunday that enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange passed the 1 million mark in December as more than 975,000 people signed up between December 1 and the December 24 deadline to ensure coverage beginning on the first of 2014.
Officially, the administration put the total of people now enrolled at more than 1.1 million people now enrolled and boasted that the site was able to support 83,000 concurrent visitors on December 23, the next-to-last day before the sign-up deadline. By contrast, the administration reported only 27,000 sign-ups in October --the website's first, error-prone month -- and 137,000 in November.
Now before you get too excited, remember that 1.1 million figure isn't people who've actually paid for Obamacare. Nope, HHS isn't releasing that number, obviously because it's a fraction of the much ballyhooed total.
And nobody is still quite sure what's gonna happen on January 1st when at least a few of those folks, temporary Obamacare card in hand, show up at their doctor's office.
The political fallout from the website's calamitous rollout could pale in comparison to the heat that Obama might take if Americans who signed up and paid their premiums arrive at the pharmacy or the emergency room and find there's no record of their coverage.
I'm guessing hilarity will ensue.
Meanwhile, more than 6 million Americans won't be going to their doctor or pharmacy any time soon. They're the forgotten fallout from Obamacare.
Over six million Americans have now lost their health care coverage thanks to Obamacare. In fact, 6,171,890 Americans have already lost their health care coverage. This is just the foreshock as 80-100 million are expected to lose their employer based health care come next fall.
And then there's guys like me who got dumped from the health care plan we wanted to keep into a craptacular Obamacare-compliant plan with sky-high deductibles and astronomical out-of-pocket expenses.
Many will find they must pay costs up to $6,350 — on top of their monthly premiums — before their insurance pays anything for actual medical care. If they have a family, they may have to pay nearly $13,000 in an out-of-pocket "deductible" before insurance starts paying.
Yeah, that gives a whole new meaning to "affordable," don't it?
I can't wait for more surprises in 2014, how about you?
Deadlines, smedlines. Dear Leader has quietly extended his December 23rd deadline to sign up for Obamacare by one more day. The new deadline? December 24th, at midnight.
Maybe he expects Santa to bring him a working website.
Fat chance, that. You've been a naughty boy Barry. No presents for you!
By the way, can you guess the one thing Obama hasn't postponed?
The tax hikes to pay for this fiasco!
On January 1, 2014 the Section 179 deduction, which is hugely helpful to small businesses, drops from $500,000 to $25,000! Why is this important? It means that small businesses will have to pay tax on earnings they otherwise could reinvest in the business. Government gets tax, business doesn't grow, fewer jobs are created.
But government gets bigger and takes over more parts of your life, so there's
Obamacare really is Wealth Redistribution, on steroids.
A hidden clause in Obamacare allows the government to loot your estate after you die.
As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington's expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you're dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses.
Affordable Care Act of 2010. Estate recovery will be forced on millions of people who might have otherwise gone without insurance. Why? Because the plan is that millions more Americans have health insurance. That would be accomplished by expanding Medicaid and implementing premium assistance (subsidies). When a person is found to be eligible for Medicaid, they will be automatically enrolled into their state's Medicaid program. Those forced into Medicaid will, due to the federal law, also be forced into estate recovery. Their estates will be partly or fully taken over by the federal or state government when they die.
If you like your house, you can keep your house.
Ha! Just kidding!
You thought you bought insurance. Instead you bought a predatory reverse mortgage.
I wonder what are the Feds going to do with your house after they seize it.
Why, they'll give it to Pajama Boy of course! He needs a place to live, and Mom's basement is cramping his style. He voted for Obama, he deserves Free Stuff!
As a wise man once said, a government big enough to give you everything you
want is big enough to take away everything you have.
Some of us remember Wimpy from Popeye, and his famous scam — "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
Well, guess what? That's now Official Obamacare Premium Payment Policy.
In a press release, HHS stated that it would be "requiring insurers to accept payment through December 31 for coverage that will begin January 1, and urging issuers to give consumers additional time to pay their first month's premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014." HHS is also "strongly encouraging insurers to treat out-of-network providers as in-network to ensure continuity of care" and to "refill prescriptions covered under previous plans during January."
In the course of a conference call about the changes, "the administration even suggested that insurers should consider accepting as enrolled anyone who has signed up for a plan by December 23 — even if the person in question has not paid the first month's premium at all. Payments could be made after January 1, and after coverage kicked in."
Free health insurance! Pay whenever you feel like it!
What could go wrong?
And, if an insurer insists on being paid before coverage is delivered? No more subscribers for him!
All you have to do is read the menacing language in the new regulations that HHS published this week, in which HHS says it may throw otherwise qualified health plans off of the exchanges next year if they don't comply with the government's "requests."
"We are considering factoring into the [qualified health plan] renewal process, as part of the determination regarding whether making a health plan available … how [insurers] ensure continuity of care during transitions," they write. Which is kind of like the Mafia saying that it will "consider" the amount of protection money you've paid in its decision as to whether or not it vandalizes your storefront.
Does HHS have the statutory authority to promulgate such an odious edict? Of course not. But ignoring the laws and ruling by decree is the Obama Administration's signature move. And why not? It isn't like Congress is going to stand up to their thuggery. For all his bluster, at the end of the day Darrell Issa is a paper tiger. And now that Harry Reid nuked the Senate, Obama can pack the DC Circuit Court with far-left ideologues who'll eagerly rubber-stamp his every diktat.
In 3 short years our government has gone from the then-novel concept of forcing us to buy insurance to requiring that insurers cover us for free. All in the name of, and this is double-speak at it's finest, "fairness."
Our Constitution, and our Republic, is in tatters. The Founding Fathers are
spinning in their graves. And we are well on our way to perdition.
The deadline is hard and and approaching fast. Sign up for Obamacare by December 23rd, or come January 1 you won't have health insurance.
There's just one wee little problem. The website. It still doesn't work.
12 11 days to go before the first deadline to
enroll in health plans under the Affordable Care Act, New Jersey residents
are still having trouble getting on the federal website to purchase medical
Technical glitches with the website continue to stymie efforts by both individuals and the application counselors who are trying to help them. They have until Dec. 23 to enroll if they want coverage to begin on Jan. 1.
Counselors at the North Hudson Community Action Group, which has nine community health centers scattered across North Jersey, had been successfully enrolling about 50 clients a day using paper applications. But since federal officials told them recently to use the healthcare.gov website instead, they've been able to sign up only about a dozen each day, said Manny Diaz, the outreach supervisor for the group.
"It's not a smooth process at all," Diaz said. "The problems are very similar to before, just less frequently — people are getting error messages or screens that ask them to wait, and sometimes the wait is very long."
Wow. A whopping twelve people a day are able to enroll. Break out the champagne, Kathleen Sebelius has finally got things running smoothly!
Joe Porzio, a 57-year-old construction worker in Wayne, has bought his own insurance through Aetna for years. When he received a letter saying his plan was being canceled by Dec. 31, he began looking at the federal marketplace for new options soon after it went live Oct. 1. He was eventually able to fill out an application, but the website locked him out and he has not been able to access it.
He finally completed a new application last week by phone but, as of Wednesday, was unable to access that one also. "The deadline is approaching, and I'm still in limbo," Porzio said. "I also found out that my doctors, who I have been seeing for years, will now only accept the highest offered plans. So, it's true, you have to pay to keep your doctors."
Remember now, Obama considers Mr. Porzio to be a success story.
Of course, it depends on what the word "success" means to you, Joe.
Numbers released by federal officials Wednesday morning show the difficulties nationwide: Four times as many people signed up on the federal marketplace for health insurance in November as in October, but the numbers are still small — 137,204 compared with the 1.2 million federal officials had predicted.
Oh, that says Obama defines "success" as "missed our target by 89%."
Hmmm, sounds OK to me. How about you?
The total included 3,259 people in New Jersey who selected a marketplace plan. The state has about 900,000 uninsured residents.
Only 896,741 to go!
Let's see. At 12 signups a day, Obama will have all of New Jersey insured by
… the year 2217.
Gee, I'll bet nobody saw this coming. As Obamacare increases health insurance costs across the board, businesses who foot the bill for their employees' health insurance are preparing to pass those costs on to their customers.
U.S. finance chiefs say they are mostly ready to deal with widespread health reform, but remain concerned about the impact it will have on labor costs.
Many are prepared to shift that burden onto employees and customers.
When asked about the potential negative impacts health-care reform may have on the economy, 67% of CFOs named costs stemming from wide-scale health-care changes as a "significant concern," with most fearing a potential surge in labor costs.
To help mitigate those higher expenses, executives say they are prepared to shift costs to employees and cut spending in other areas of their business. A large chunk are also warning that the burden may be shifted onto consumers through higher prices for products and services.
So, after we're done paying the new higher rates for our own health insurance, and after we're taxed to subsidize health insurance for legions of deadbeat Obama voters, we're also gonna get hosed at the checkout stand when the price of pretty much everything we buy goes up as well.
It's a triple-whammy ripple effect that'll squeeze our wallets until we bleed.
Honestly, if I wanted to destroy the U.S. economy I'd be hard-pressed to come
with something more devastating than Obamacare to do it.
I have yet to actually meet a person who's been "helped" by Obamacare. And according to this report on the impact Dear Leader's socialist schemes are having on New Jersey's small businesses, I probably never will.
Kim Greene warned her small-business clients that 2014 would be ugly.
But not like this.
At the start of last month, renewal notices for health plans that take effect in January began arriving at her insurance brokerage, Name Benefits in Hillsborough. And as she opened each notice, it became apparent to her just how confusing, complex and, in many cases, costly health insurance will be for small businesses next year.
"Sixty-eight percent, 43 percent, 40 percent," Greene said as she read off the rate hikes that her small-employer clients are facing in 2014. "Wow, 70.33 percent."
"I've never seen anything like this," she said. "Before the (Affordable Care Act), the highest increase I saw was 47 percent, but it was an old plan with very rich benefits."
In my day job we got hit by Aetna with a 38% increase. Which we then traded for a craptacular Oxford plan that only jacked up our rates by 15%, mostly by limiting our doctor network to 2 Pakistani interns with a clinic in Paterson.
OK, I exaggerate, but only a little. Our doctor and hospital network is indeed significantly smaller, and Oxford provides zero out of network benefits. And before they pay Dime One, I have to meet a $1,500 deductible and a $4,000 out-of-pocket max. We used to call that "catastrophic coverage" and it came with a low price tag. Not any more.
These days the catastrophe is Obamacare.
Thanks Democrats! I like getting hosed! Really. It's the best part of my
otherwise boring life.
Because the Real Problem with Obamacare is that nobody has explained it to you yet. And apparently, it's Chris Christie's job to do that.
The Christie administration's failure to use $7.6 million in federal money to help explain Obamacare to New Jerseyans has left them confused about their options, a coalition of consumer groups said today.
"The governor continues to pass the ball. His passivity really is a problem for consumers. They're not hearing what they need to hear," said Maura Collinsgru, health policy advocate at New Jersey Citizen Action.
Christie's spokesman batted away the criticism, pointing to the governor's previously expressed disdain for the coalition's Democratic ties.
So let me get this straight. The Democrats touted this turkey from Day 1. Dear Leader's been talking about it non-stop for more than 3 years now. The Ministry of Propaganda (aka the Main Stream Media) shills for it at every opportunity.
But if someone still hasn't bothered to learn his options, that's Chris Christie's fault? Puh-lease.
Maybe if these ignorant multitudes had done their homework we wouldn't be in this mess right now. But they voted for Obama, and now they're whinging because all his promises turned to shit. The joke's on you suckers, next time try being informed before you vote.
And not for nothing, but Chris Christie has already told you all you need to know about Obamacare.
Clearly you weren't paying attention then either.
And Pravda is positively giddy that he's going back on the offensive.
President Obama leaves the White House on Wednesday for one of the capital's most struggling neighborhoods to talk about the economy, not simply to divert attention from his troubled Affordable Care Act but to explain how that law, for all of its flaws, fits into his vision for Americans' economic security and upward mobility.
"President Obama will discuss the twin challenges of growing income inequality and shrinking economic mobility and how they pose a fundamental threat to the American dream," the White House said in a statement.
He will describe "the steps he has taken to help reverse these trends, restore mobility and increase economic security for every American, including the economic benefits of the Affordable Care Act," the statement said.
Economic benefits? Like the higher premiums? Or the astronomical deductibles and co-pays?
Nah, the wealth transfer! That's what he's talkin' about. Robbing "the rich" to give to his sycophantic supporters. Why should they work when Obama will give them free stuff?
After being on the defensive for weeks about the health care program's malfunctioning website and his own faulty promises, Mr. Obama previewed his economic case for the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday in a White House appearance with 19 people identified as its beneficiaries.
"For too long, few things left working families more vulnerable to the anxieties and insecurities of today's economy than a broken health care system," he said. So we took up the fight because we believe that, in America, nobody should have to worry about going broke just because somebody in their family or they get sick."
Um, who broke the health care system? Obama! Who still hasn't fixed his fiasco? Obama! Who keeps pretending rainbows and unicorns fly out of his ass? Obama!
"Now that the website is working for the vast majority of people," Mr. Obama added, we need to make sure that folks refocus on what's at stake here, which is the capacity for you or your families to be able to have the security of decent health insurance at a reasonable cost through choice and competition on this marketplace, and tax credits that you may be eligible for that can save you hundreds of dollars in premium costs every month, potentially."
The website is "working?" ROFL.
Trust me, I'm an IT guy. If I tried to pass off that piece of crap as "working" I'd be out of a job.
And I know exactly what's "at stake" here. I get to pay higher premiums
and higher taxes; Obamabots get more free stuff. From each according
to his ability, to each according to his needs. Yay Socialism.
If you manage to get yourself through the signup phase of the New And Improved Healthcare.gov website you probably think you're home free.
Guess again. Your data, garbled it is.
Despite the Obama administration's claim that HealthCare.gov is "vastly improved," insurance companies are still grappling with error-riddled files fed to them from the flawed website. The lingering glitch could cause major problems weeks down the road, resulting in people thinking they've signed up when insurance companies have no record of them doing so.
These so-called "back-end" problems were largely glossed over when federal health officials confidently claimed over the weekend they had met their own goals for improving the website by Dec. 1.
Administration officials said early Sunday that they have fixed roughly 400 computer "bugs" and increased capacity so the site can now handle more than 800,000 users daily with an error rate of less than 1 percent. Jeff Zients, the official appointed to fix the ObamaCare site since its disastrous Oct. 1 rollout, said it is "night and day from what it was."
Um, 1% of 800,000 means 8,000 errors per day. Success!
But insurers continue to deal with the same set of problems that have shaken their confidence for weeks in the system they have to rely on to enroll new customers.
"Until the enrollment process is working from end-to-end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage," Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement.
She said "significant 'back-end' issues'" need to be addressed, and particularly the "ongoing problems" processing enrollment files known as "834 files."
These are forms that give insurance companies basic information about would-be customers.
But they've had problems for weeks. AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach told FoxNews.com that companies are receiving duplicative and inaccurate forms, and "in some cases, plans are not getting the enrollment files at all."
Getting that fixed, he said, is "critical."
The New York Times reports that companies are getting flooded with phone calls from people who think they've signed up -- though they're not on record as having done so.
The ongoing problems mean that people who believe they have a health plan could be in for a surprise on Jan. 1.
Though the administration has given people until the end of March to sign up for coverage if they want to avoid a fine, coverage for many is supposed to start on Jan. 1. That leaves just 30 days to fix the remaining glitches.
"This is not a functioning website yet," James Capretta, senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told Fox News.
People are starting to notice these things. The Washington Post now calls it PotemkinCare.
"The Obama administration has not created a functioning Web site. Rather, it has erected a Potemkin village online — a facade that temporarily conceals the lack of architecture behind it. . . . The Web site provides the illusion of a working health-care exchange, but while it takes your information, there's no telling what it will do with it. . . . Ironically, the president was the one to point it out: Obamacare is more than a Web site. The Web site is a portal. Now that you can enter it, you expect to get the insurance you paid for? Silly you."
And, in the coup de grace, Obamacare website security is still non-existent.
"It doesn't appear that any security fixes were done at all," David Kennedy, CEO of the online security firm TrustedSec, told the Washington Free Beacon.
Kennedy said fundamental safeguards missing from Healthcare.gov that were identified by his company more than a month ago have yet to be put in place.
So, it's easier for hackers to steal your personal information than it is for Obamacare to successfully transfer that information to someone who can sell you an actual health insurance policy.
It's almost like they wanted this thing to fail. Because then, single
payer!. But before you libtards go all "yeah, that's the ticket" on me,
consider this. These asshats can't run a website. What makes you think they
can provide us with decent health care?
They're still clinging to the "too much traffic will crash our New And Improved website" excuse. So sorry Obamabots, no Healthcare.gov for you this weekend!
White House officials are urging their own allies to avoid the ObamaCare website they've spent the last two months trying to repair.
The administration, ahead of its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov, specifically is asking allied groups not to drive traffic to the site this weekend -- out of concern that a surge in users could crash the page. A White House official, who confirmed they made the request in a meeting earlier this week, said they want to first see how the website handles traffic before encouraging grassroots efforts to enroll more people.
That's Obama, lowering expectations since 2008!
Meanwhile, Organizing For Assholes, aka Dear Leader's Ministry Of Propaganda, is busy distributing pro-Obamacare talking points, and encouraging their Obamabot zombie army to pitch this turkey to their presumably rational family members over Thanksgiving dinner.
Because Obamabots are the voice of reason, or so Mooch's frantic fund-raising emails would lead you to believe. They've even got propagandized Thanksgivukkah cards! These guys have thought of everything. Except, you know, how to actually code a website.
Just repeat after me America. No matter how big your turkey is this
Thanksgiving, Obamacare is the biggest turkey of all. And since we're
mixing metaphors, when the inevitable Obot cousin pipes up with her
paean to bureaucratic ineptitude, remind her that Dear Leader himself
is asking folks to lay low for a few more weeks, and finish with "put
a fork in it Toots, Obamacare is done."
NJ Blue Cross and Blue Shield isn't buying what Obama is shoveling. They're not willing to deal with the uncertainty of keeping what he calls a "crummy" health plan around for another year, even if he wants them to.
So another 90,000 New Jerseyans are getting booted off their affordable Basic And Essential health plans and into the nightmare of Obamacare.
Ninety thousand New Jersey residents next year will lose their low-cost bare-bones health plans issued by the state's largest insurer — forcing them to purchase new Obamacare policies, possibly with subsidies, or pay a fine.
The announcement by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey came just 90 minutes after Governor Christie said he would leave the decision about whether to renew all kinds of canceled health policies to the insurers, which President Obama said earlier this month they could do with state approval.
Calling the Affordable Care Act "a mess," Christie said, "New Jersey has decided to let the free market dictate the way forward."
The most popular type of coverage for people who buy their own insurance — a so-called basic and essential plan — would have to be redesigned to do away with its $600 annual limit on preventive care, $700 limit on visits to doctors for illness and $500 limit on outpatient testing, according to the state Insurance Department.
Such a redesigned plan "would cost substantially more," Horizon said in a statement. We do not consider that a viable option for our individual members."
Who buys B&E plans? Young, healthy people, who don't require a lot of medical attention. Who does Obama need to subsidize all the sick, elderly folks signing up for Obamacare? Young, healthy people!
Welcome to Wealth Transfer on an astronomical scale.
Or as the Obamunists describe it, From each according to his abilities, to
each according to his needs.