Big Media Tries To Rescue ObamaCare

Update: Happy Fiscal New Year! It’s an Oktoberfest shutdown! Big Media will at the stroke of midnight into October 1 defend and protect ‘can’t get the job done’ Obama and Judgement Day ObamaCare.

Today Barack Obama took time off from golf to say “No matter what Congress decides to do today, the Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down.” It reminded us of this:

It’s Judgment Day. Time to go nuclear with the debt ceiling John Connor Boehner.


Ross Perot never took his own sage advice “united teams win, divided teams lose”. Bill Clinton mostly takes his own advice “better to be strong and wrong than weak and right”. Republicans shooting at themselves should remember those lessons as they head to their “high noon”.

When Republicans get to the O.K. Corral they will find that once again the six shooters aimed against them are held by Big Media. It is Big Media that crowed about the wonderfulness of Barack Obama in 2008 and trumpeted the greatness of ObamaCare in 2009 and since. Now Big Media is ready to defend ObamaCare and their creature creation Barack Obama.

Typically, Politico is on the job with orders to protect Barack Obama and ObamaCare. No longer does Politico write the same article they have written before about how Obama and his henchmen have a massive and brilliant roll-out on October 1 for ObamaCare that will rally the public to ObamaCare and bring in millions of suckers enrollees the moment the ObamaCare exchanges are open for business. Now Politico parrots the new Obama rubbish about a “soft launch” for ObamaCare.

Barack Obama and Big Media are now all about the “soft launch” because ObamaCare is about to crash and that grand takeoff moment is going up in flames. That’s why Politico and Barack Obama are busy warning Big Media allies not to concentrate on the catestrophic takeoff moment:

“Can the media avoid rush judgment on Obamacare?

America’s about to take Obamacare for a test drive with an army of hungry reporters in the back seat.

When Obamacare enrollment begins on Tuesday, reporters in the Twitter age will be tempted to declare the health law a success or a failure in the first few days — a judgment that will certainly be stoked by advocates on both sides of the issue.

And any rush judgments could have a big impact on public opinion of the law. Right now, the majority of Americans in recent polls say they oppose the law, but the Obama administration is hoping that will turn around once people see it in action.

The first days of enrollment are a chance for that to happen — but there’s just as big a chance that the public could become convinced it’s a huge disaster, if technical breakdowns in the new health insurance exchanges dominate the news.

Yeah, ignore that big launch Big Media. ObamaCare swindlers over the years declared that the ObamaCare launch would be the ascension and Christmas all gift wrapped in one heavenly package. Now the warning to Big Media is ‘ignore the crash site, put on pin on your nose to avoid the stink, place earplugs on so you won’t notice what is blowing in the wind.’

Politico brings on the “experts” to warn ObamaCare allies of the danger to ObamaCare if they report on what they see, hear, and smell:

“The rollout of the health care law’s major coverage programs is, among many other things, a stress test for the nation’s diffuse — often schizophrenic — media landscape. It’s the first big social program implemented in the age of instant news, and it’s set against a TV news landscape that’s as politically polarized as the country.

But the health law isn’t a 140-character story, and its nuances won’t fit neatly into a three-minute local news segment or 10-inch column, a challenge some media experts say could play a role in public perception of Obamacare as it’s implemented. And it’s likelier than ever that journalism will reinforce diverging narratives, rather than building a national consensus. [snip]

Obamacare supporters are pleading with reporters to avoid being seduced into treating every technical snafu as a catastrophic failure. [snip]

To aid that message, White House allies are compiling feel-good stories about people, long denied health care because of preexisting conditions or benefit caps, who will now have access to potentially lifesaving insurance coverage. [snip]

Part of the challenge is the technical complexity of the law itself. On Oct. 1, new health insurance exchanges — some run by the states, many run by the feds — will open in every state and Washington, D.C., each with its own intricate technological infrastructure.

And supporters of the law have emphasized that they don’t expect people to break down the doors to enroll when the exchanges go live. Rather, they envision a slow trickle of enrollees at the outset, with a bigger rush closer to Jan. 1, when the new coverage takes effect.

As a result, covering the enrollment day will be incredibly difficult, especially for smaller news organizations that lack a dedicated health care reporter, said Karl Stark, vice president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and an assistant managing editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“There’s going to be a funny period. There’s going to be a lot of stuff flying, it’s going to take a lot of work to scan and figure out what’s what,” Stark said, noting surveys showing how unfamiliar the public is with the law. “Whenever [there’s] a huge gap between reality and public understanding that’s a great opportunity for journalism.” [snip]

“This isn’t a political fight anymore about messaging ‘Obamacare is good,’ ‘Obamacare is bad.’ Now we’re going to see what really happens as the main provisions of the law are implemented,” said Altman. “It isn’t about messaging. It’s about reality.”

The storyline is now about consumers interacting with a complicated new health system, added Trudy Lieberman, a health journalist and press critic at the Columbia Journalism Review. Although the 24/7 news cycle is the new normal, Lieberman sees a need for “old-fashioned” consumer-focused reporting.

“I say that because people signing up, and there will be many of them, will need a lot of help,” she said. “I like to refer to this as a sort of insurance jungle they’re going to be facing … they’re going to need help hacking their way through it.” [snip]

“It’s been pretty frustrating because whereas there has been a continuous sneak peek of pricing for other states, typically states not exclusively cooperating with ACA, we’ve had a complete blackout,” said Bob Garrett, a reporter in the Austin bureau of the Dallas Morning News. “Basically, we’re not going to know anything until almost the eve of Oct. 1 as far as pricing and what insurance companies are offering plans in the Texas marketplace.”

NBC will take up the Politico baton with many programs filled with prime time propaganda for ObamaCare to help it succeed. Bob Garrett’s nonsense about a “complete blackout” of real news from ObamaCare lovin’ states demonstrates how deceptive ObamaCare proponents are. Indeed, the news is so bad for ObamaCare that contrary to Garrett’s claim print outlets have been forced to acknowledge many of the problems with ObamaCare.

Before they can go all out in defense of ObamaCare, Big Media print outlets have had to print about some of the problems. Even the big ObamaCare propaganda outfits have to acknowledge the catastrophe to come. The ObamaCare lovin’ New York Times writes:

“PORTLAND, Ore. — Rocky King, the executive director of Oregon’s new health insurance exchange, has done everything in his power to tamp down expectations for its opening on Tuesday.

He rejected the idea of a flashy downtown news conference that morning. He postponed a series of ads meant to drive customers to its Web site, In fact, Mr. King is not even allowing people to sign up for health coverage online without assistance at first; they will have to go through an insurance agent or a community group until at least mid-October.

Tuesday is the long-awaited kickoff of President Obama’s signature health care law, when millions of Americans can start signing up for new insurance options. Yet across the country, officials are issuing warnings that despite fevered efforts, their new insurance exchanges — online markets where people can shop for health plans and see if they qualify for federal subsidies — will not be fully operational for weeks or even months.

Notice how the theme no longer is that ‘ObamaCare begins on October 1 so sign up now suckers’. The Big MEdia/White House line is that this will take “weeks or even months”. Of course that is not true because ObamaCare will not work no matter how much time it is given. As to that Garrett claim, notice Oregon is an ObamaCare lovin’ state. The news from ObamaCare lovin’ states and D.C. is as bad as everywhere else:

“Last week, the District of Columbia’s exchange announced that it would not immediately be able to determine online whether people qualify for Medicaid, which about half the states are expanding under the law, or for a federal subsidy to help cover the cost of private coverage. In Colorado, for the first month, people who want to know if they are eligible for a subsidy will have to call a customer service line.

In Nevada, home to a large Hispanic population, a Spanish-language version of the exchange Web site will not be ready until mid-November. And in Maryland, small businesses will not be able to buy insurance for their employees through the state exchange until January. Federally run exchanges are having similar problems.

Many of the 16 directors of state-run exchanges are describing October as a “soft launch” period, when Americans can start exploring their coverage options — but on Web sites that may be incomplete, vulnerable to glitches and perhaps not ready for an onslaught of customers.

I have no idea what this thing’s going to look like on Oct. 1,” Mr. King said one afternoon last week as dozens of tense-looking programmers, scattered through the exchange offices outside Portland, rushed to finish testing and fix problems. “We could crash and burn and have to close it down.

The outcome could hardly be more important for Mr. Obama. With Republicans threatening to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to delay the law for a year, even small problems with the exchanges could be powerful fodder for the law’s opponents.

In an indication of the difficulty of the job, some of the states with delays, like Oregon and Maryland, have been preparing for many months and have political leaders who strongly support the law.

It makes you wonder about the exchanges that actually have been at this a shorter period of time,” said Jon Kingsdale, a managing director at Wakely Consulting Group, who is advising several state-run exchanges. “Do they even know what their problems are?

The 30 states plus with the federal government as overlord for ObamaCare have already announced that small businesses are offline. Billions of dollars already spent will not resuscitate this dead turkey:

The Web portals for the exchanges have to be able to share information in real time with insurance companies, state agencies and the federal government, which has built a “data hub” through which it can verify the income and citizenship of people applying for subsidies or Medicaid. Each portal has to undergo rigorous testing to ensure, for example, that data will flow properly, that the portal is secure and that it can handle heavy volume. Much of the testing is still going on. [snip]

Peter V. Lee, the executive director of California’s exchange, joked in the conference call with Ms. Ferguson last week that he expected a total of two people to sign up for health plans on Day 1.”

As far as we can tell California is not a Republican state so Bob Garrett needs to reexamine his talking points. The problems are everywhere according to the not Republican Washington Post:

“Reports of problems precede launch of Obamacare

Buying health insurance will be as easy as purchasing a plane ticket or shopping on Amazon, the president has promised.

Maybe, but perhaps not on Tuesday — the day that millions of Americans are supposed to be able to start buying coverage under the sweeping law referred to as Obamacare.

Widespread reports of computer problems and logistical glitches are casting a pall over what many supporters envisioned would be a triumphant day for the embattled program. State and federal health officials have said in recent days that some key functions of the online insurance sites called “marketplaces” will not be ready right away. Some of the consumer guides meant to help people sign up for coverage are not yet certified to do so.

Some people who had planned events in conjunction with the opening of the marketplaces have called them off.

“We just kind of laughed and said, ‘Well, I guess we’ll have to reschedule,’ ” said Jason T. Andrews, an insurance broker in California. He had planned on Tuesday to get on the state’s online marketplace and enroll a couple of people who were excited about the health-care law and wanted to be among the first to sign up for coverage.

But he hasn’t been certified by the state to do the work. He hasn’t been able to see the exact rates his clients would have to pay on the marketplace. And he’s not confident that California’s site will be up and running, and fully functioning, come Tuesday.”

It’s not just red states, it’s not just blue states, it is the United States – threatened by ObamaCare:

“However, widespread problems on Tuesday, if they occur, will further fuel Republican attacks on the law’s viability. The program is at the center of a standoff between the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill that could lead to a government shutdown on the very day the marketplaces are to open and an eventual default on the nation’s debt. [snip]

Some problems could be worse than mere glitches:

In the District, people who use the online marketplace will not immediately learn if they are eligible for Medicaid or for subsidies.

In Oregon, people will not initially be able to enroll in an insurance plan on the Web site.

In Vermont, the marketplace will not be ready to accept online premium payments until November.

In California, it could take a month for an insurer to receive the application of someone who applies for coverage on the exchange on Oct. 1.

“Nobody is going to say we’re not starting on October 1,” said Joel Ario, a health-care consultant who formerly oversaw exchanges at the Department of Health and Human Services. “But in some situations, you may see a redefinition of what ‘start’ means.” [snip]

But as the launch nears, more delays are occurring. On Thursday, the administration announced a delay in the online shopping system for small businesses and confirmed that the Spanish-language site for signing up for coverage will be delayed until mid-October. Earlier in the week, officials said Medicaid applications will not be electronically transferred from the federally run exchange to states until November.

Jon Kingsdale, former head of the Massachusetts health exchange who is now a consultant to many states about their exchanges, described a particularly worrisome problem. In testing, he said, some exchanges have been unable to immediately send to insurers information about what amounts consumers would owe for health plans. The impact should be minimal if addressed in October.

If that isn’t working on an automated basis by the end of October, we’re really in deep doo-doo,” Kingsdale said.”

We’re already in “deep doo-doo”. It’s called Barack Obama. The threat is that by the end of October we’ll be drowning in deep doo-doo. Meanwhile Obama continues to lie:

“Now, this is real simple,” he said during his speech at Prince George’s Community College. “It’s a Web site where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans side by side the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak, same way you shop for a TV on Amazon.” [snip]

The certification site “ is constantly crashing. It’s been a complete pain,” said Wes Bissett, senior counsel for state government affairs at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.”

Kayak and Amazon should sue Barack Obama for lying about them.

Big Media will defend and protect Barack Obama and ObamaCare. Now that the ObamaCare problems box has been checked off, Big Media will proceed to all out defense of Barack Obama and ObamaCare. Seymour Hersh, astounded at the protection of Barack Obama over the NSA scandal, will be astonished by the protection afforded Barack Obama on ObamaCare and the fiscal O.K. Corral high noon to come.

Barack Obama will be playing with his crayons drawing red lines as the world laughs. But Big Media will unite and defend Obama and ObamaCare. It won’t just be treacherous liars and hypocrites in Hollywood, women’s magazines pulling hard for ObamaCare. Big Media understands that united teams win. That’s something Republicans should think about as they walk towards the O.K. Corral.