Big Media ObaminationCare

Update: Borgia politics at NBC. We’ve fed stories to Lisa Myers in the before Big Pink past so we have a degree of respect for her as she treated us fairly. We suspect Lisa Myers had a rough fight with her NBC bosses tonight because of her incendiary report about ObaminationCare.

The Lisa Myers report was linked to by many (we wrote about it below) including DrudgeReport but then it mysteriously disappeared. The Lisa Myers report then reappeared with a different URL address and a missing chunk of the most important allegations about ObaminationCare. NBC News published a tweet stating an irony filled “glitch” was to blame for the taking down of the news report.

Perhaps not so oddly, the Lisa Myers report was fully restored by NBC but only after many websites caught the important deletions to the original article and NBC discovered that the edits could not be deleted from the Internet’s cached memory. NBC succeeded in breaking links to stories already posted discussing Lisa Myers’ good work but already many, including Drudge, have updated their links to this important report. We hope Lisa Myers did not have to scream too much to get her story fully restored.

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Apple trees produce apples. Orange trees produce oranges. That’s all you really needed to know years ago to predict what Obama would produce with ObamaCare. Elect a boob – expect boobery.

Instead of the obvious, Big Media concocted myriad defenses for the glory of ObamaCare to be. When it mattered, before election 2012, Big Media protected and defended Barack Obama and ObaminationCare. Big Pink and many other websites, along with those willing to look at the evidence right before their eyes, wrote in detail what would happen. It happened. No surprises.

Now that certain campaigns for president are engaged in strategic preparations for 2016 we are warning them and waving red flags. Perhaps we will win the internal arguments happening right now. We are not alone in waving red flags.

Many Big Media outlets, the very same Big Media outlets that protected Obama and ObaminationCare when it mattered, are forced to tell the truth these days about ObaminationCare. Certain campaigns should see the red flags sheared by the hurricane force winds of ObaminationCare reality.

Ron Fournier of National Journal is not only not protecting ObaminationCare now, Fournier is quoting the very people certain campaigns generally listen to:

“Dem Party is F****d.” That was the subject line of an email sent to me Sunday by a senior Democratic consultant with strong ties to the White House and Capitol Hill. The body of the email contained a link to this Los Angeles Times story about Obamacare “sticker shock:”

“These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.”

“Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama’s signature legislation.”

In his story, reporter Chad Terhune also quoted a letter sent to a California insurance company executive. “I was all for Obamacare,” wrote a young woman complaining about a 50 percent rate hike related to the health care law, “until I found out I was paying for it.”

Also of interest to the Democratic consultant: A Josh Barro column on Obama’s promise that “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.” It was never a reasonable pledge, Barro argues, and it’s being proven false. He called this “a good thing” because “a lot of existing health plans were bad.” Reforming the nation’s health care system “was necessarily going to have to change a lot of people’s health plans,” Barro wrote.

The Democratic consultant said none of this is news to him, but he wonders why Obama wasn’t honest with Americans. He predicted surprise and outrage over higher costs and lesser coverage. “We will own this problem forever,” the Democrat wrote.”

“Forever” encompasses the years 2014 and 2016.

Politico has been one of the most dishonest protectors of ObaminationCare. But now as the Titanic sinks and rips in the hull appear the truth is even seeping into Politico “reportage”:

“White House officials insist all will work once the website is up, running and easy to use. But the intensity of the national focus on the website has saved them from having to answer questions about other potentially damaging issues that have arisen either outside the virtual confines of healthcare.gov or in conjunction with troubled portal.

Mostly, those problems are a matter of pocketbooks and politics.

Consumers are suffering from sticker shock; a major cross-section of previously insured Americans are finding out that their plans are changing to conform with Obamacare even though the president promised they wouldn’t; evidence of customer satisfaction is anecdotal; and there’s still no guarantee that the young “invincibles,” who must make up 20 percent to 30 percent of the pool to make the exchanges work, will actually enroll. [snip]

But right now, it’s not clear that the administration will be able to get enough young and healthy people to sign up for insurance through the exchanges to make the program work, and the piece of the law designed to drive those folks into the insurance market — a tax for non-compliance under the individual mandate — is becoming politically untenable even for some Democrats.

The new market rules in Obamacare take effect in January — blocking plans from charging people with pre-existing conditions more than the healthy and charging women more than men, and limiting how much more older people can be charged than younger ones.

Supporters say the new rules will make the market more fair, opening it up to people with pre-existing conditions and eliminating discrimination based on gender. But the changes come at a price.

Americans are subject to ObaminationCare “sticker shock” because Big Media lied to the people in order to protect Barack Obama. Americans are not informed about ObaminationCare because of Barack Obama’s lies and Big Media complicity in those lies. Big Media did not tell Americans the truth when it mattered and now Americans are feeling the whip and seeing the consequences of truth suppression:

“Some consumers who don’t have insurance are just finding out now that the fine will pale in comparison to the hundreds of dollars a month they would have to pay to buy coverage and deductible thresholds in the thousands of dollars. And others are discovering that they make too much money to qualify for subsidies.

“There’s been a whole lot of emphasis on what’s going on with the website, but there’s been a lot less on the people who aren’t going to get subsides,” said Jennifer Beason, an insurance broker in the Atlanta area. “Their rates are going through the roof.”

Then there are consumers who simply believe it’s unfair to make them pay a tax for not buying insurance on a website that doesn’t work. [snip]

In fact, all of these things weigh against what’s the ultimate measure of the success of the law: Can the administration enroll an estimated 7 million people by the end of March — and will they be the right mix of young healthy folks and older sicker types?

Before the exchanges launched, insurers made predictions on enrollment, and priced their premiums accordingly. Low enrollment, or a disproportionately large number of sickly people, would be devastating.

It’s not just ObaminationCare that’s devastating. Certain potential candidates for president in 2016 should watch what those with a survival instinct are doing – run away!:

“The Democratic senators facing the toughest re-election bids next year — Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Begich (Alaska), and Kay Hagan (N.C.) — all signed onto a letter that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week asking that the open enrollment period be extended beyond March 31, 2014.

And a handful of Democratic lawmakers and candidates — including Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia and the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn — have called for putting off the tax levied on those who do not sign up.

Delaying both the requirement that Americans carry insurance and the financial penalty for not complying with that mandate, which are central elements of Obamacare’s push to provide health insurance for millions of currently uninsured Americans, could be a death knell for the program. [snip]

But it may only be a matter of time before constituents force their hands.

Despite assurances from the White House, insurers are sending out cancellation notices by the tens of thousands in states around the country. [snip]

The few people who made it through the website are seeing their options for the first time, and some are not happy about what they’re seeing. Those with lower incomes are eligible for substantial subsidies, but middle income folks making 400 percent of poverty or more don’t get a thing, and the new insurance market rules are driving their premiums way up — in some cases doubling them, or more.

An important part of the rollout was going to be highlighting Obamacare success stories — focusing on, for instance, single mom-cancer survivors who were priced out of the market before but now are in. But despite an aggressive “storyboarding” operation, the administration and allied groups have not been able to feature many of these people, in part because relatively few folks are getting through to sign up in the first place.”

There are more cancellations of heath care policies than sign ups for ObaminationCare, not merely “tens of thousands” like Politico writes. About 16 million Americans will be forced out of their health plans by ObaminationCare.

The obvious truth is that anyone interested in the obvious truth knew that ObaminationCare would devastate the health plans of millions of Americans. But the courtier press, the prostitute Big Media, protected Obama. Obama lied, Big Media complied. Today there was a Question for Jay Carney: Didn’t Obama lie when he told people, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”?

Barack Obama lied, and when it mattered, before the 2012 elections, Big Media complied. Now Big Media is doing the job that should have been done, before the 2012 elections (and preferably before the 2008 elections). Even Obama protection mercenary NBC is letting out the truth via Lisa Myers:

Obama admin. knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

“This says that when they made the promise, they knew half the people in this market outright couldn’t keep what they had and then they wrote the rules so that others couldn’t make it either,” said Robert Laszewski, of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms. Laszewski estimates that 80 percent of those in the individual market will not be able to keep their current policies and will have to buy insurance that meets requirements of the new law, which generally requires a richer package of benefits than most policies today.”

ObaminationCare supporters, according to the Politico article we excerpted above, intended to exploit pitiful Americans supposedly helped by ObaminationCare as part of their glorious rollout of ObaminationCare. But they have not been able to do so. Yet even NBC News is able to locate, like grains of sand on the seashore, Americans hurt by ObaminationCare:

“George Schwab, 62, of North Carolina, said he was “perfectly happy” with his plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, which also insured his wife for a $228 monthly premium. But this past September, he was surprised to receive a letter saying his policy was no longer available. The “comparable” plan the insurance company offered him carried a $1,208 monthly premium and a $5,500 deductible.

And the best option he’s found on the exchange so far offered a 415 percent jump in premium, to $948 a month.

“The deductible is less,” he said, “But the plan doesn’t meet my needs. Its unaffordable.”

“I’m sitting here looking at this, thinking we ought to just pay the fine and just get insurance when we’re sick,” Schwab added. “Everybody’s worried about whether the website works or not, but that’s fixable. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This stuff isn’t fixable.”

Heather Goldwater, 38, of South Carolina, is raising a new baby while running her own PR firm. She said she received a letter last July from Cigna, her insurance company, that said the company would no longer offer her individual plan, and promised to send a letter by October offering a comparable option. So far, she hasn’t received anything. [snip]

Richard Helgren, a Lansing, Mich., retiree, said he was “irate” when he received a letter informing him that his wife Amy’s $559 a month health plan was being changed because of the law. The plan the insurer offered raised his deductible from $0 to $2,500, and the company gave him 17 days to decide. [snip]

For months, Laszewski has warned that some consumers will face sticker shock. He recently got his own notice that he and his wife cannot keep their current policy, which he described as one of the best, so-called “Cadillac” plans offered for 2013. Now, he said, the best comparable plan he found for 2014 has a smaller doctor network, larger out-of-pocket costs, and a 66 percent premium increase.

Mr. President, I like the coverage I have,” Laszweski said. “It is the best health insurance policy you can buy.”

Yeah, even NBC consultants like Laszewski are calling out Barack.

Jan Crawford of CBS News has been one of the honest reporters regarding ObaminationCare. Crawford’s level of honest continues to be a shock to critics of Big Media. The latest from CBS: Millions of cancellations and skyrocketing costs the big problem of ObamaCare:



The ObaminationCare website is a red flag of more Obaminations to come. American anger will only grow as month by month by month by month by month by month checks have to be written as money is extorted by ObaminationCare. Wise candidates will listen to the American people and oppose ObaminationCare.

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143 thoughts on “Big Media ObaminationCare

  1. Brilliant article Admin.—or should I say Cassandra, i.e. who had the ability to see the future, but the audience was too thick headed to wake up, until it was too late.

    There is a consensus within the Republican establishment to accept Obamacare, while pretending not to–a convenient lie which allows them to politic off it without actually changing things. At one level of corruption this is about a competition between the two parties for the campaign contributions of the health care industry, and Obamacare is the result of that effect, marketed as if it was for the benefit of the people. My frustration is in realizing that both parties are in pare delicto, such that neither party offers a safe haven for the American People, which leads me to the conclusion that the only hope is a third party who really does represent the people. The practicalities of getting there are of course another matter, and it is very difficult to fight a duopoly. It some ways it is easier to fight against a monopoly because it offers not choice, than it is to fight a duopoly which offers the illusion of choice.

    Others, like Jay Cost, are cockeyed optimists. They maintain that the Republican Party can still kill Obamacare, if they set their mind to it. On the other hand they concede that up to this point, they have done a poor job of selling their message. With big media working tirelessly against them, this is an impossible task. The answer if for them to boycott big media, but they will not do this because their interests are Washington centered.

    Those who cannot learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. And what we learn in the process is that there was not one New Deal, but two of them. The first one, symbolized by the Blue Eagle was a fascist take-over of industry, and I remember from my days in law school the cases that came down during that period, which told farmers how much they could grow on their own land for their own purposes, how many pigs they could slaughter, micromanaging the economy down to the very last detail. It was a bust.

    After that failure, Roosevelt instituted the second New Deal which established the four freedoms, social security etc. This second New Deal eschewed the fascist approach and focused on the creation and extension of economic and political rights which lead over a period of twenty years or more to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which turned back in the fascist direction with the 1972 Amendments which institutionalized reverse discrimination.

    The point that Cost makes, which I wholeheartedly agree with is that while Obamacare is marketed as a rights driven Act, it is in fact, a fascist overreach, which seeks to micromanage every aspect of the health care system and will lead to disaster for millions of people, beyond the issue of website failure and skyrocketing premiums. It is like the first New Deal which failed and could have taken the entire country down, just as it will take our health care system down the tubes. And in the end, the Republican Party will complain but accept it because they will be bought off with campaign contributions like the dimocrats were. Jay thinks it can be defeated, which is why I say he is like the song from South Pacific, a cockeyed optimist.

  2. Via Weaselzippers http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/28/former-dem-staffer-i-spent-two-years-defending-obamacare-i-was-wrong-very-wrong/

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/23352031-452/obamacare-jacks-up-her-insurance.html

    Sue Klinkhamer has a problem.

    It’s called Obamacare.

    And the irony of her situation is not lost on her. In a recent email addressed to her former boss, Illinois Congressman Bill Foster, and other Democratic colleagues, she wrote:

    I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”

    For Klinkhamer, 60, President Obama’s oft-repeated words ring in her ears: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.”

    When Klinkhamer lost her congressional job, she had to buy an individual policy on the open market.

    Three years ago, it was $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. Each year it went up a little to, as of Sept. 1, $291 with a $3,500 deductible. Then, a few weeks ago, she got a letter.

    “Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”

    She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?”

    The sticker shock Klinkhamer is experiencing is something millions of individual policyholders are reeling from having gotten similar letters from their private insurers.

  3. Another winner admin. To see all the dems that blindly supported legislation that from the beginning was not intended to benefit the American public from a politician whose history is the antithesis of one that supports healthcare for all. There aren’t enough ‘I told you so’s’ that will comfort the millions of everyday Americans that opposed this travesty from the outset. Looking at the big picture, the transfer of wealth UPWARDS is absolutely astonishing. It’s astonishing because of how blatant it is.

    The irrelevancy of the GOP will shine through in 2014 if this isn’t the central theme of the election, and Hilary can kiss the White House goodbye if she stumps for this mess in the lead up to 2016 should she run. For the GOP to have a shred of integrity left and for them to EVER win again, they MUST rally behind the champions of their caucus that have stood fast against this bill from the start (Cruz, Paul, etc), and ALL of the turncoats MUST be primaried AND THEY MUST LOSE.

    Finally, the democrats that sold out their constituents with blatant lies (eg Nancy Pelosi) must be held to account by their constituents. There is only so much that Big Media can hide. They can not hide the letters being sent out by the insurance companies and the resulting increased bill that the recipients will be forced to pay. Democracy at its finest will be on display in 2014 and the test scores will be out Jan 20th, 2015.

    Asshats.

    Hillary 2016

  4. Here is the NBC report. Obama is in trouble when even they are starting to report the truth in order to cover their asses…that or they just got notice NBC is dumping their employees into the exchange.

    Question: Maternity coverage is mandatory under the new rules. Why should a 50 year old single male (outside of George Clooney) have to have this coverage?

    http://youtu.be/L6Y11aKQnIA

  5. I find myself in the unique position of defending Sebelius against skeptical friends, and are calling for her head.

    My argument is as follows:

    1. Selibus did not design this flawed program. Dr. Megele Emanuel did.

    2. Selibus did not rush it through congress without time to read it. Pelosi and Reid did.

    3. Selibus did not select CGI to handle the website. Me shall did.

    4. Selibus did not promise the country that their health care costs would go down. Obummmber did.

    5. Selibus did not warrant that if you want your doctor you can keep him. Others did. Obummer did.

    6. Selibus did not give up the ghost on seeking a delay. The RINO did–Cruz and Lee high and dry.

    7. Selibus did not call this the greatest civil rights victory since 1964. NYT did.

    Why should she take the hit for the failure of this program to get off the ground immediately? The hardships this program has imposed on the American People, from job loss, to loss of doctors, to loss of coverage, to astronomical increases in coverage are the real problem, and they have nothing to do with the poor launch of this program.

    Issa has the high moral ground on this one. Put the blame on the real culprits, and give her time to fix this piece. The Republicans do not have the balls to push the defund and they will seek to claim victory by having her removed and giving the delay now demanded by red state democrats. Gutless wonders they are. Why give them cover.

  6. “Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy..”
    (snip)
    “That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them. ”
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    The people who wrote the NBC script didn’t read the IRS July 19, 2010 Bulletin. It’s 40-60% of the individual policies loose their “grandfathered” status each year. So at the end of three years, only 1-2 million out of the 14 million individual policies will still be “legal” and that is probably optimistic.

    Here is the 2010 IRS bulletin:

    http://www.irs.gov/irb/2010-29_IRB/ar08.html#d0e573

  7. VotingHillary

    October 29, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Question: Maternity coverage is mandatory under the new rules.

    I didn’t know that this was a requirement. It only makes sense if you have a corresponding maternity leave act for men like they do in Iceland.

    Did you hear what the White House reporter (Alexander is his name, I think) said was the WH response to sticker shock? The WH claimed that they have always said that there might be some increase in premiums. Is that the White House lie Big Media won’t cosign for?

    Asshats.

    Hillary 2016

  8. The White House has come to the rescue of all Americans!! Hooray! They have fixed the problem! I knew they could do it!

    http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-oks-limited-waiver-health-penalty-231006785–politics.html

    But if the new deadline is March 31st without penalty, if I file my taxes before then, how will I be penalized in the same calendar year? And how will they assess any penalties in the next calendar year if I get insurance within the 2014 calendar year?

    Asshats.

    Hillary 2016

  9. Update: Borgia politics at NBC. We’ve fed stories to Lisa Myers in the before Big Pink past so we have a degree of respect for her as she treated us fairly. We suspect Lisa Myers had a rough fight with her NBC bosses tonight because of her incendiary report about ObaminationCare.

    The Lisa Myers report was linked to by many (we wrote about it below) including DrudgeReport but then it mysteriously disappeared. The Lisa Myers report then reappeared with a different URL address and a missing chunk of the most important allegations about ObaminationCare. NBC News published a tweet stating an irony filled “glitch” was to blame for the taking down of the news report.

    Perhaps not so oddly, the Lisa Myers report was fully restored by NBC but only after many websites caught the important deletions to the original article and NBC discovered that the edits could not be deleted from the Internet’s cached memory. NBC succeeded in breaking links to stories already posted discussing Lisa Myers’ good work but already many, including Drudge, have updated their links to this important report. We hope Lisa Myers did not have to scream too much to get her story fully restored.

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  10. As i said on the previous thread, did not take long for Valerie Jarrett to order the NBC piece down, did it, ( we all know she did it).

    Amazing how the WH can order news down, total pravda situation, was too late, the piece was out there, dont think we didnt see it beforehand Val. Totally shamed of the soviet tactics.

  11. Perhaps not so oddly, the Lisa Myers report was fully restored by NBC but only after many websites caught the important deletions to the original article and NBC discovered that the edits could not be deleted from the Internet’s cached memory. NBC succeeded in breaking links to stories already posted discussing Lisa Myers’ good work but already many, including Drudge, have updated their links to this important report. We hope Lisa Myers did not have to scream too much to get her story fully restored.
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    I think it was more the former than the latter. Once it was published initially, it was a matter of record. And when it was reposted minus the points critical of Obama those deletions were likewise a matter of record. By comparing the before to the after one could see how the network was manipulating the news and deceiving their audience. Whoever tried to delete critical parts of her original report should be drawn and quartered, then fired. If I were a shareholder, I would want to know his or her name, and make sure that individual never worked in the field of journalism ever again.

  12. As i said on the previous thread, did not take long for Valerie Jarrett to order the NBC piece down, did it, ( we all know she did it).

    Amazing how the WH can order news down, total pravda situation, was too late, the piece was out there, dont think we didnt see it beforehand Val. Totally shamed of the soviet tactics.
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    If that is what happened, then they can thank that idiot for ruining their reputation. How they will recover from this naked betrayal of the first principals of journalism, is an imponderable.

  13. Jarrett is a vampire. As long as it is nightfall she can suck human blood. But if she is forced to come out of night and into the full light of day, then she wilts. This is the reason why anything too big can never be transparent. It is also why anything big eventually becomes totalitarian. In Nazi Germany, Martin Boreman occupied a similar role. He was feared as long as he had Hitler’s ear, but left to his own devices he was absolutely nothing. The saying power does not corrupt so much as power attracts corrupt people has full application here.

  14. Corruption…. The Chicago Way: Failed ObamaCare web firm connected to Michelle, Jarrett; Oh and No-Bid….surprise surprise.

    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/102813-676947-jarrett-balkissoon-wedding-influenced-cgi-selection.htm

    Health Fail: Healthcare.gov’s implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism. Perhaps the White House was hoping for a friends and family discount.

    Why pick a Canadian firm with a French name to help develop the official ObamaCare website? It certainly wasn’t based on the track record in developing health care software of CGI Federal, the IT contractor that orchestrated most of the Healthcare.gov website.

    CGI Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada’s CGI Group (CGI stands for “Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique” in French, which roughly translates to “Information Systems and Management Consultants”).

    Its performance on Ontario, Canada’s health care medical registry for diabetes sufferers was so poor that officials ditched the $46.2 million contract after three years of missed deadlines, the Washington Examiner has reported.

    CGI is also the company behind the $2.7 billion failed, Liberal-launched Canadian Gun Registry that was so plagued with corruption and mismanagement it brought on an investigation by Canadian Auditor General Sheila Fraser.

    The company is deeply embedded in Canada’s single-payer system, which is the direction President Obama’s health care policies are driving us. CGI has provided IT services to the Canadian Ministries of Health in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan, as well as to the national health provider, Health Canada, according to CGI’s website.

    George Schindler, CGI Group president for U.S. and Canada, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company won the ObamaCare contract, a pattern we’ve seen in green-energy stimulus money going to companies like Solyndra.

    As it happens, the Daily Caller reports that Michelle Obama’s college roomie Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is a senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million ObamaCare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov.

    There may be another Canadian connection as well.

    Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, Laura, is married to Tony Balkissoon. He is the son of Bas Balkissoon, a member of the Ontario legislature whose jobs have included, among other things, a stint as parliamentary assistant to the minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2007-10. It’s all in the family.

    A major decision such as choosing Healthcare.gov’s prime developer certainly would not be made without Jarrett’s approval. Her influence is so great, as we have pointed out, she called off raids to get Osama bin Laden three times for political reasons.

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    If I was a member of the house, i would be investigating this…….impeach, remove, Jarrett and ask why this money is going where it is going.

  15. Fred Barnes wrote an article in the current issue of the Weekly Standard, devoted to the familiar bromide that all presidents lose their power and become lame ducks at some point in their second term, and the disastrous roll-out of Obama care marks that turning point for The Joker. I find his analysis unoriginal and uninspiring and failing to grasp the essential point that there is far more than a law of nature operating here. This situation is driven by a compendium of lies, such that the only way to survive is to do as Scheherazade did and tell a new lie, and then another, and then another, until there comes a point where your most ardent supporter must step back and say if I go on defending him then I will be the ultimate casualty. Now bear in mind, in the case of big media, I want them to stay the course and continue lying through their teeth as all the contrary evidence comes in and their audience, obtuse as it is, reaches the inevitable conclusion that they are not worth listening to. The remedy I am hoping for is for them to cease being the source of truth for the American People, and that they be rejected root and branch for that reason.

  16. There is one word to describe the current state of big media, and that word is mortally ill. In the case of CBS, this was on full display when they do an investigative piece on corruption based on a blockbuster book which indicts the Obama Administration and Congress, and CBS neglects to mention anything about the Obama Administration and confines itself to people in Congress whom nobody has ever heard of.

  17. moononpluto
    October 29, 2013 at 4:40 am

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    which is why I say taking Selibus scalp is not the answer. The dark movers behind the scene are the ones who must be made to suffer. I believe the RINOS are such cowards that they will settle for the low hanging fruit rather than going after the real puss pocket of evil here, namely the people you mention. I would do as Issa suggests, spare Selibus and go after the Jarrett and Michelle. This assumes of course that Kathleen does not hang herself in the hearing. So far, she has not done too well with tough questioning.

  18. The preference cascade has begun. ValJar can’t even keep an NBC “expose” off the radar. The insurers have until 10/31/2013 to yank exchange policies if the the federal government is in “material breach” of contract such as no way to enroll subsidized customers. Will they stand up to ValJar or go broke? Last weeks meeting with the insurance execs was for the threats I’m sure. She probably should have waited until closer to the deadline because blaming the insurers is not going to go over so well. And ValJar’s shills appearing on tv all have crossed arms and mulish expressions not to mention can’t get a word in edgewise without people laughing at them. Stomping on fires is no way to stop a preference cascade.

  19. One of the things to watch is how far the Dimocrats will go to defend Selibus. They could do as Kwalija does and start the hearing by declaring this whole thing is a witch hunt, but to do this at a time when their own constituents want to boil them in oil for agreeing to this and forcing a government shutdown to defend it become a slightly more precarious proposition. For those reasons, after some supportive speeches, I would not be surprised if in a passive aggressive rebuttal to the administration they sit back and let her twist in the wind. I like the way Issa has teed this thing up. He handles himself remarkably well.

  20. I do wonder if we are at a tipping point, could Obama be totally undone by the one thing he actually set out to do….Obamacare….something is afoot and i have always suspected, if they can somehow manage to get rid of Jarrett who is the master gatekeeper, Obama will fall quicker than we could ever expect. Get past the pitbull and get the squeaky toy.

  21. wbboei
    October 29, 2013 at 4:59 am
    which is why I say taking Selibus scalp is not the answer.

    I agree that Selibus is just the crash test dummy. She decided nothing and runs nothing and is there to run “crash tests” without a helmet. She has already lost several appendages in the “crash test” and should be ignored. Onward and upward!

  22. One thing for sure, when it comes down to Big Business Insurance will save its own ass and hand Jarrett to the wolves, has she taken it too far….probably, who knows, but you know as well as I, when outrunning a pack of wolves you only have to run faster than the other guy.

  23. Mormaer
    October 29, 2013 at 5:01 am
    —————-
    As Obama comes closer to being a lame duck, ValJar will become the puddle of piddle we saw in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and Todos House landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, and quashed her to smithereens.

  24. One thing for sure, when it comes down to Big Business Insurance will save its own ass and hand Jarrett to the wolves, has she taken it too far….probably, who knows, but you know as well as I, when outrunning a pack of wolves you only have to run faster than the other guy.
    ———————–
    Ya think? !

  25. Jarrett who is the master gatekeeper
    —————-
    With a growing chorus of barbarians at the gate, armed with fire launchers and spears, who will not be deterred by the same false charges of racism they have traded on up to this point. As they say in the movies, the kingpins of the Obama administration are going down. But is will not be by some big bang, but by the death of a thousand cuts as negative news trickles in every day about what god Obama hath wrought. Shills will be summoned forth to indefensible points along the walls of the castle as mounting ladders are staged by the attackers, and defensive positions must be abandoned until all of the defenders retreat into the sanctor sanctorum or fuherer bunker if you will and play he is the one we have been waiting for chants until their luke warm hell freezes over.

  26. Jarrett is the junkyard dog. As long as she had the media running interference for her and Obamacrare Barack had the souped up “popularity” numbers in the polls she got away with it. She is a bully. Everyone has to turn on her en masse. I think it started happening last week. There are too many moving parts going wrong for her to control. She has ruled by fear and favoritism. Beggaring the country for her ego and enrichment (and anger and resentment) is too far finally. I think she will go down fast with a lot of people kicking her on the way down. Let Issa investigate those contracts with her fingerprints all over them. That is her bailiwick from Chicago.

  27. An island hopping strategy is herein indicated. Vault over Selibius to the real culprits. Let those calling for her head stew over it, and go for the real gold here which is the dark movers behind the scene of iniquity.

  28. Mormaer
    October 29, 2013 at 5:24 am
    ——————–
    And that does appear to be the signal Issa is sending. With Gowdy at his side, he may look at this thing almost as a RICO case, and examine the various predicate acts and use them to indict the principals being it–as opposed to the foot soldiers in the world of public opinion. To be a Secretary in this Administration is to hold no real power. You are simply a chess piece to be moved on the board. The real power here is held by Obama his wife Jarrett and Soros. I am sure Soros is in the middle of this.

  29. moononpluto
    October 29, 2013 at 5:08 am
    ….when outrunning a pack of wolves you only have to run faster than the other guy.

    You have to stop eventually and kill some of them or throw someone from the sleigh. Telling the wolves that something is for their own good just doesn’t cut it. Just saying. LOL Also blaming the insurance companies and saying their prior products which consumers wanted and bought by the millions of policies (which state insurance commissioners carefully vetted) are shit is not a very smart thing to do.

  30. wbboei
    October 29, 2013 at 5:32 am
    And that does appear to be the signal Issa is sending.

    It is a wealth redistribution scam like in Chicago. Only insiders and co-conspirators profit and everyone else gets screwed including the business sector being milked. They took it nation wide. The Obama-ites are organized criminals. But Godfather Obama and consigliere ValJar love the little people when they aren’t robbing or extorting them.

  31. Now this i did laugh at…….

    Letterman: “Things are so tough right now that Obama called Hillary Clinton and asked if she could start early.”

  32. Mormaer
    October 29, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Jarrett is the junkyard dog. As long as she had the media running interference for her and Obamacrare Barack had the souped up “popularity” numbers in the polls she got away with it. She is a bully. Everyone has to turn on her en masse. I think it started happening last week. There are too many moving parts going wrong for her to control. She has ruled by fear and favoritism. Beggaring the country for her ego and enrichment (and anger and resentment) is too far finally. I think she will go down fast with a lot of people kicking her on the way down. Let Issa investigate those contracts with her fingerprints all over them. That is her bailiwick from Chicago.
    ________________

    This is a spot on description of Jarrett, and I hope it accurately predicts her descent from the throne she has constructed for her boss and herself.

    Great article, Admin. The good news is Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost. The bad news is that Americans are being showered with chicken droppings in the process.

  33. moononpluto
    October 29, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Corruption…. The Chicago Way: Failed ObamaCare web firm connected to Michelle, Jarrett; Oh and No-Bid….surprise surprise.

    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/102813-676947-jarrett-balkissoon-wedding-influenced-cgi-selection.htm

    Health Fail: Healthcare.gov’s implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism. Perhaps the White House was hoping for a friends and family discount.

    ———————————————–

    The RINO is so invested in his own corruption that he has no time for the affairs of the nation. Still, there are a handful of solid conservatives in the House, and a grand total of four (4) in the Senate, i.e. Cruz, Lee, Sessions, and Vitter who may actually do the work of the people while their colleagues (I use the terms loosely) do all they can to stonewall any investigation and protect Obama because he is a black flavor of thug. Simply put, there is an important precedent on point, namely Tea Pot Dome. In the next day or so, some conservative writer will tap his way through to this obvious comparison. And well they should, because the case at bar here is even more compelling, and the injury is direct and immediate to all Americans, whereas the Tea Pot Dome, no similar effect was felt by the public

    TeapotDome

    On April 15, 1922, Wyoming Democratic Senator John Kendrick introduced a resolution that set in motion one of the most significant investigations in Senate history. On the previous day, the Wall Street Journal had reported an unprecedented secret arrangement in which the secretary of the Interior, without competitive bidding, had leased the U.S. naval petroleum reserve at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome to a private oil company. Wisconsin Republican Senator Robert La Follette arranged for the Senate Committee on Public Lands to investigate the matter. His suspicions deepened after someone ransacked his quarters in the Senate Office Building.

    Expecting this to be a tedious and probably futile inquiry, the committee’s Republican leadership allowed the panel’s most junior minority member, Montana Democrat Thomas Walsh, to chair the panel. Preeminent among the many difficult questions facing him was, “How did Interior Secretary Albert Fall get so rich so quickly?”

    Eventually, the investigation uncovered Secretary Fall’s shady dealings and Senator Walsh became a national hero; Fall would end up as the first former cabinet officer to go to prison. This and a subsequent Senate inquiry triggered several court cases testing the extent of the Senate’s investigative powers. One of those cases resulted in the landmark 1927 Supreme Court decision McGrain v. Daugherty that, for the first time, explicitly established Congress’ right to compel witnesses to testify before its committees.

    Reference Items:

    Diner, Hasia. “Teapot Dome, 1924,” Included in Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., and Roger Bruns, eds. Congress Investigates: A Documented History, 1792-1974. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1975.

    U.S. Congress. Senate. The Senate, 1789-1989, by Robert C. Byrd, S. Doc.100-20, 100th Congress, 1st sess., Vol. 1, 1988.

  34. The Abject Failure of National Review–the presumptive keeper of the flame of conservatism and traditional values. It has fallen from grace and become the personification of Mitch Moneybags McConnell. I threw that fundraiser for him because he was unwilling to lift a finger to help our company on a project with was a benefit to the American People unless we put money in his pot. No thought was given by him to the welfare of the nation. All he (and Trent Lott) cared about was the money.
    ————————-

    Like much of the Republican Leadership, National Review wants to win majorities before unleashing hell, but history shows us repeatedly that Republicans never unleash hell once they have the majority. They become well-fed denizens of power, using it to reward friends and influence people, instead of willingly surrendering it to shrink the leviathan. More often, these Republicans often have help from the very voices that should be urging restraint and accountability. Accommodation of pro-life statists among the GOP should not be the hallmark of conservatism’s standard bearer.

    In William F. Buckley’s 1955 mission statement, he wrote,

    The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties(under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as “national unity,” “middle-of-the-road,” “progressivism,” and “bipartisanship.”) Clever intriguers are reshaping both parties in the image of Babbitt, gone Social-Democrat.

    Babbitt is a 1922 novel by Sinclair Lewis and the word, though little used now, came to mean “a person and especially a business or professional man who conforms unthinkingly to prevailing middle-class standards.” At this point, National Review more and more conforms unthinkingly to prevailing establishment standards in New York and Washington, D.C. and reminds me of the recent buoy at the North Pole.

    Environmentalists flipped out earlier this year that the North Pole was a pool of water. It was further proof global warming is real. A buoy placed 25 miles from the North Pole rendered a dazzling picture of the North Pole ice completely melted into a lake as far as the eye could see. The buoy had actually drifted 375 miles south into warmer water. The North Pole wasn’t melting after all.

  35. Scott Rassmussen is gone and Soros now has his hooks into Rassmsussen Reports. The results speak for themselves. While Gallup and other pollsters have Obama’s approval rating in the high 30s Rassmussen gives him high marks at 47%.

    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: 47% Approve of Obama’s Job Performance (Rassmussen)

  36. I betcha most of the uninformed Obots are all singing this tune while they cry in their beer…

    “I was all for Obamacare, until I found out I was paying for it.”

    The koolaid has finally run out.

  37. ok…so now we are hearing the whole Ocare enchilada…(as we knew would eventually happen when reality started to manifest)

    O and his posse knew for over three years that they were selling a lie…Americans would not be able to keep their health plans or doctors as promised…and that’s ok, because O and his posse…and the drug and insurance companies know what is best for all those Americans anyway…and O and his corporate buddies have devised plans that reduce their choices, increase their premimiums, increase their deductibles, and include coverage that they will not need…so be thankful, Americans, that O and his peeps did this all for you…

    oh, and sorry if your work hours get cut to 30 hours or Ocare makes it even more difficult to find a job…part time or otherwise…(that’s the cost of doing business to be allowed the priviledge of securing Ocare)

    **************

    ok, that’s essentially the explanation and rationalization that we are hearing from O and his peeps…and the ‘stubborn’ dims that insist are supporting this debacle…(note to Bill and Hillary Clinton)

    …so I have one bottom line question that I would like to hear the reporters, repubs and enlightened dims ask when they get all this rationalization from O and his peeps…and that is:

    Just where do you expect the middle class to get the extra monthly money you are forcing them to come up with for Ocare? where is that extra money suppose to come from to pay for Ocare and what would you suggest they cancel from their monthly budgets to pay for Ocare?

    …should they cancel their electric bill? cancel their children’s music lessons? what should the average American sacrifice to pay for the increase in the Ocare that is being forced upon them?

    and btw…what effect will these cancellations have on the broader economy…with all this “extra” money now be drained from Americans to go to Ocare and insurance companies???

    Do O and his band of manipulators think money grows on trees? Do they understand that Americans have to live within a very structured business and many actually live from paycheck to paycheck?

    So, bottom line, where are Americans supposed to get the extra money Ocare is demanding they pay for Ocare?

  38. correction

    …Americans have to live within a very structured budget and many actually live from paycheck to paycheck…

    So, bottom line, where are Americans supposed to get the extra money Ocare is demanding they pay for Ocare?

  39. Excellent post Admin!

    I never looked at having Kaiser as being lucky, these days, it is one of the few plans that doesn’t seem to be getting the shaft.

    I guess as long as I am healthy and working, I won’t take this hit with BarryCare?

    Hopefully this pile of cr@p will be dismantled by Hillary when she is our President.

  40. Brava! Suzanne Summers slams O’care:

    ogs.wsj.com/experts/2013/10/28/suzanne-somers-the-affordable-care-act-is-a-socialist-ponzi-scheme/

    [….]
    “Boomers are smart. They see the train wreck coming… most I speak with think the Affordable Care Act is a greater Ponzi scheme than that pulled off by Bernie Madoff.”

  41. I am way behind on the posts…

    —-
    moononpluto
    October 29, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I do wonder if we are at a tipping point, could Obama be totally undone by the one thing he actually set out to do….Obamacare

    —-
    Since HellCare is Obama’s ‘signature piece’,

    his kit-and-kabootle

    and his ‘claim to fame’…all rolled up into one,

    this stinking fish that the media can no longer hide,

    that can’t be glossed over when the voters are forced to buy it or face penalties from the freakin’ IRS.

    This one uglyAss clash of American Health Care up against a pay off to the insurance companies and big pharma…

    is the single largest swindle that will bury the Obama administration like no other bamboozle in history.

    Even if the website can be repaired, it is the loss of health care and outrageous cost that will bring him down.

    No doubt about it, American’s may be gullible but not stupid when it comes to their personal income.

  42. Back in 2007 we called Obama’s health plan a “scam”. By 2009 we continued to call it a “scam” but ObamaCare opponents still discussed it as if it was a legitimate plan. Now more and more people are calling ObaminationCare a “scam”. How soon before they adopt our “flim-flam man” characterization of B.O.?

  43. Health Fail: Healthcare.gov’s implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism. Perhaps the White House was hoping for a friends and family discount.

    Why pick a Canadian firm with a French name to help develop the official ObamaCare website? It certainly wasn’t based on the track record in developing health care software of CGI Federal, the IT contractor that orchestrated most of the Healthcare.gov website.

    CGI Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada’s CGI Group (CGI stands for “Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique” in French, which roughly translates to “Information Systems and Management Consultants”).

    Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/102813-676947-jarrett-balkissoon-wedding-influenced-cgi-selection.htm#ixzz2j8zkHkJF
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  44. 80% of New York City residents voted for the flim-flam man. Now a word from their doctors:

    http://nypost.com/2013/10/29/docs-resisting-obamacare/

    New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.

    A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

    Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers.

    Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

    This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. “There’s a lot of resistance. Doctors don’t know what they’re going to get paid.”

    Three out of four doctors who are participating in the program said they “had to participate” because of existing contractual obligations with an insurer or medical provider, not because they wanted to.

    Only one in four “affirmatively” chose to sign up for the exchanges.

    Nearly eight in 10 — 77 percent — said they had not been given a fee schedule to show much they’ll get paid if they sign up.

    The survey invited doctors to anonymously share opinions about the new health care law, and many took time out of their busy days to vent.

    “Obama Care wants to start right away, but who see all these new patients???? Not me,” e-mailed one doc.

    Another said, “I plan to retire if this disaster is implemented. This is a train wreck.”

    “I refuse to participate in the exchange plans! I am completely opposed to this new law,” said a third respondent.

    One doctor recycled the mantra used to attack addictions: “The solution is simple: Just say no.”

    One physician was so disgusted, he threatened to taken only cash patients going forward.

    “I am seriously considering opting out of all insurance plans including Medicare because of [ObamaCare].”

    Some physicians said the pressure on insurance carriers to control costs is leading to rationed care.

    “OBAMACARE is a disaster. I have already seen denial of medication, denial of referrals,” one doc said.

  45. admin October 29, 2013 at 3:40 am Update: Borgia politics at NBC
    ——————————-
    As we said in NJ back in the day, admin you’ve been on this “like white on rice!”
    TY. Cross post too? Not familiar enough to be sure.
    “The ObamaCare Halloween Horror” blew up before Halloween.
    Doctors cursing.
    What’s next?

  46. This just in….Obama getting it from every direction.

    SEN. RAND PAUL (R-Ky.) will hold Janet Yellen’s nomination as Federal Reserve chair:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/rand-paul-janet-yellen-nomination-99047.html

    Sen. Rand Paul said on Tuesday that he plans to place a hold on Janet Yellen’s nomination to be Federal Reserve chair to try and force a vote on a bill he argues would increase transparency at the central bank.

    Paul has been hinting for weeks he would make the move and on Tuesday the Kentucky Republican confirmed he will take this step absent a vote on the “Audit the Fed” bill first championed by his father — former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)

  47. “How soon before they adopt our “flim-flam man” characterization of B.O.?”

    From your lips to God’s hear, Admin!

  48. Well now i know, its up shit creek without a paddle….

    Apparently THE VIEW kicked the living crap out of ObamaCare today.

  49. Ya think?

    Dem Whip Hoyer tells reporters “I think we should have been more precise” on ACA promise about keeping all insurance plans.

    No shit Sherlock Holmes.

  50. Top Dem Admits: ‘We Knew’ people would not be able to keep their current health care plans

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/362484/top-dem-admits-we-knew-jonathan-strong

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary.

    “We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.

    Asked by another reporter how repeated statements by Obama to the contrary weren’t “misleading,” Hoyer said “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.’”

    Hoyer noted that people losing access to their current plans are mostly in the individual market, which is a small segment of the overall market. He also argued that requiring those plans to follow new mandates and regulations was important for ensuring those plans included “adequate coverage so the public would not have to be on the hook for serious illnesses or other illnesses.”

    ……………………………..

    Now to us, would’nt that confirm, wilful and deliberate dereliction of duty and lying to the American public by the President and the Democratic officeholders as a whole. Sling all the bums out.

  51. How Stupid do we look about now…..

    The WH Press Sec declines to confirm Reuters report that POTUS has ordered end to eavesdropping at UN headquarters.

    Does this not confirm we have a biggest bunch of assholes in the WH, what ever happened to the CIA, have they no balls anymore?

  52. So lets see…..

    5 years of debate on Obama care went like this…

    GOP: OCare will cost people their insurance.

    DEMS: Shut up, racist.

    MEDIA: Yeah Shut up.

  53. Did HELL just freeze ove, i think Satan did….

    Wolf Blitzer just did a superb & accurate job explaining how Obama lied about people keeping their insurance.

    I think I am in shock……

    However, he did it good on most stuff but it would have been nice if he just said it was a massive falsehood instead of “not necessarily precise.”

    Cant have it all…..but its a start.

  54. ““We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,”
    *****
    I doubt if Hoyer knew shit. The law is very precise. Here is the fucking law:

    “PART II—OTHER PROVISIONS
    SEC. 1251. PRESERVATION OF RIGHT TO MAINTAIN EXISTING COVERAGE.
    (a) NO CHANGES TO EXISTING COVERAGE.—
    (1) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this Act (or an amendment
    made by this Act) shall be construed to require that an individual terminate coverage under a group health plan or health insurance coverage in which such individual was enrolled on the date of enactment of this Act.
    (2) CONTINUATION OF COVERAGE.—With respect to a group health plan or health insurance coverage in which an individual was enrolled on the date of enactment of this Act, this subtitle and subtitle A (and the amendments made by such subtitles) shall not apply to such plan or coverage, regardless of whether the individual renews such coverage after such date of enactment.
    (snip)

    There is nothing about having specific coverage or any of the 10 mandated components of a “qualified” plan. If you had a plan before March 23, 2010, it was grandfathered and you could keep it. Of course the “PRESERVATION OF RIGHT TO MAINTAIN EXISTING COVERAGE” was cynical bullshit put into the law as political cover by the lobbyists and “revolving door” congressional staffers who wrote the law. They knew, as well as didthe IRS, that the medical insurance market, especially the individual market is fluid and that 40-67% of the policies undergo some change each year. It was therefore easy for HHS to write the “rules” so that essentially any change in the insurance policy is a “new” policy and no longer protected. HHS had to force the 1-16 million people who could afford to buy insurance into the exchanges if there was to be any hope of fiscal success.

  55. ooooh Hmm… “HHS Cancels November Conference for ObamaCare Contractors”

    Last Thursday, representatives from four of the main contractors working on various aspects of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act testified at a Congressional hearing. The contractors were hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is responsible for administering the Obamacare insurance exchanges. The testimony revealed a disturbing lack of coordination and communication between CMS and the contractors throughout the development period for the website, as well as related tasks.

    As if on cue, late Friday afternoon CMS announced the cancellation of a conference originally scheduled for November 4 entitled “Contracting with CMS Conference”. The conference was announced on September 16 with the following flyer:

    The announcement of the indefinite postponement that appeared on Friday afternoon read:

    THIS NOTICE IS TO INFORM YOU THAT THE “SAVE THE DATE: NOVEMBER 4, 2013” CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE FBO FOR A NEW DATE.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hhs-cancels-november-conference-contractors_765545.html

  56. I’m glad The Current Lies are getting some attention, for we all recall 2008 when Hillary talked of potential danger in Bosnia for Chelsea and her She was off on the date by a day or so, and it yielded 3 or 4 days of HRC is a liar. All media had to do was check the index of her book “Living History” to see the problem. But is was more to their purpose just to keep running the tape of the day she mistakenly cited and show what a liar she was.

    I like this one at Forbes:

    The Obamacare Chaos I Warned About Calls For Obama To Apologize To Ted Cruz
    Obamacare was sold to credulous “Progressives” on the grounds that it was the way to achieve universal health insurance coverage for all Americans…But just one month after Obamacare went into effect, the number of uninsured Americans has gone up rather than down. Just last week, Florida Blue announced it was issuing termination notices for 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state…Senator Cruz was trying desperately to shut down this Obamacare chaos just a couple of weeks ago. But the Washington Establishment shouted him down and laughed him off. President Obama, the Democrats and that Washington Establishment owe him an apology today.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2013/10/28/the-obamacare-chaos-i-warned-about-calls-for-obama-to-apologize-to-ted-cruz/

    PS. IMO regarding RNC videos, it’s hard to say which is worst.
    Great coverage on this admin. Hope you’ve had a chance to nap.

  57. ” But the Washington Establishment shouted him down and laughed him off. ”
    ******
    Both Dems and Repubs., following orders from their paymasters in the insurance industry. The insurance companies don’t want an enrollment postponement past the March 31, 2013 date. They need to know how bad the exchange insurance pool is before April 1, 2013. By law, the insurance companies have from April 1-April 31 to announce their proposed premiums for the following year. It appears that the exchange pools will likely end up being a “high risk” demographic, lacking the millions of the “young healthy” individuals needed to stabilize the market. I suspect that the proposed rate hikes will be breath taking and a political disaster.

  58. We’ve noticed that Hillary is curtailing some of the more ludicrous defenses of Obama and noting that the 2014 election are when the people will decide on ObaminationCare. Maybe our red flag warnings are winning the argument within the campaign strategy sessions. In either case Bill is also getting our notice with his latest campaigning:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/the-redemption-of-clintonism/280933/

    “Here’s what I know from 12 years as governor and eight years as president—eight years that worked out pretty well for us,” Clinton told a few hundred supporters who had gathered to hear him stump for McAuliffe at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall here on Sunday, the first stop in an intensive four-day tour that would take him to virtually every corner of this large and diverse state.

    “I gave you four surplus budgets, all those jobs, declining poverty, the lowest poverty rate we’ve had in 30 years, and the first time in more than 30 years that there has not been an increase in inequality,” Clinton boasted. “We went forward together. We’re supposed to grow together. We didn’t do it by taking anybody down, we did it by lifting everybody up.”

    It was hard not to see a veiled critique of the current president in Clinton’s paean to himself, one that veered perilously close to the “Green Lanternism” that liberal commentators so detest—the view that if the current president just tried hard enough, he could overcome the Republican intransigence and structural impossibility that have doomed his agenda. Indeed, Obama went totally, glaringly unmentioned in Clinton’s 18-minute speech. (On Monday, Clinton’s implicit critique became more pointed: “When people sneeringly say McAuliffe is a dealmaker, I say, ‘Oh, if only we had one in Washington during that shutdown,” he reportedly said, adding that it was “exhausting seeing politicians waste time with all these arguments. People deserve somebody who will get this show on the road.”)

    Obama is set to campaign for McAuliffe just before next Tuesday’s election. That might be the kiss of death that dooms the certain to win McAuliffe’s campaign by energizing the opposition.

  59. QFE: “You heard it here, folks. Democrats think individuals are “Chump Change.”

    Bob Beckel, Live on Fox News. : : Individuals harmed by Obamacare are “chump change.”

    Honestly, are these idiots for real.

  60. Pitiful: Sebelius to blame contractors, not HHS, for Healthcare.gov problems in House testimony tomorrow

    Not only is this an egregious understatement of her own culpability, it’s horrible politics. Everyone knows that when a political crisis strikes, the surest way to soothe public/media outrage is with a phony, half-hearted “the buck stops here” statement accepting responsibility.

    Maybe it’s better this way. Why keep up a pretense of accountability at this point?

    MORE:
    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/29/pitiful-sebelius-to-blame-contractors-not-hhs-for-healthcare-gov-problems-in-house-testimony-tomorrow/

  61. and it gets better, Has CNN flipped……

    CNN reporting that Obama Administration had warnings about the site at least a month prior; even as they rejected calls for a delay.

  62. So this drops just 14 hours or so before Sebelius appears on the Hill, huh?

    One would think someone (cough VJ) was briefing against someone wanting to get them take the fall for something.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/29/politics/obamacare-warning/index.html

    Obama administration warned about health care website

    Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN.

    The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the HealthCare.gov web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones.

    On Capitol Hill on Monday, Medicaid Chief Marilyn Tavenner, whose job it was to oversee the October 1 rollout of the website, said she did not foresee its problems.

    “No, we had tested the website and we were comfortable with its performance,” she said. “Now, like I said, we knew all along there would be as with any new website, some individual glitches we would have to work out. But, the volume issue and the creation of account issues was not anticipated and obviously took us by surprise. And did not show up in testing.”

    Read documents

    But the CGI document, which describes “outstanding issues currently being mitigated” says the testing timeframes are “not adequate to complete full functional, system, and integration testing activities” and lists the impact of the problems as “significant.”

    Another element is listed as ” not enough time in schedule to conduct adequate performance testing” and given the highest priority.

    ……………………..

    Amazing if the WH is really briefing against its own HHS. Would they? You betcha…….

  63. Part 2……

    The report also gave “the highest priority” and warns “we dont have access to monitoring tools” and “hub services are intermittently unavailable” — short for the “site’s not working sometimes.”

    One concern, listed as “severe,” warned, “CGI does not have access to necessary tools to manage envs in test, imp, and prod. Specifically (1) we don’t have access to central log collection / view (2) we don’t have access to monitoring tools. We have repeatedly asked CMS and URS but haven ot been granted this access.”

    The report, which documents issues from August 2013 and was sent to at least one employee at CMS by an executive at CGI on September 6, was submitted in response to a request by the House Oversight Committee, which is now investigating the rollout of the health law.

    E-mail addresses and some names on the document were redacted before it was obtained by CNN.

    CGI also said in the document they were putting a team in place to alert whenever the hub goes down.

    CMS pointed to part of the report that said all “upcoming major milestones” were seen as “on track.”

    Brian Cook, an agency spokesman, said the report was “not a dire warning” but more of a “list of things to do” if read in full.

    “What’s been done, what needs to be done, what needs to be resolved. It is misleading to cherry pick a few lines,” he said, adding that the report identified issues and “we worked to address those issues and all issues identified.”

    It is not clear if a later report detailed that the issues were resolved. But the warnings run counter to Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ stated optimism to CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that when she woke up October 1, things would go smoothly.

    Cheryl Campbell, a Senior Vice President for CGI Federal told lawmakers on Capitol Hill October 25, “no one ever gets enough time for testing.”

    Campbell, whose company has a contract worth a possible total of more than $200 million for its work on the system, noted than an end-to-end test conducted within two weeks of the launch caused the system to crash. She said it was up to CMS to decide on proceeding with the rollout.

    Campbell did not raise any alarm bells on Capitol Hill back in September, when she told a House Committee CGI was confident it could get the job done.

    “To date, the marketplaceimplementation 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,” before the website went live.

    Read More: Contractors blame government for Obamacare website woes

    Up on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Tavenner, kicked off testimony by saying she’s sorry for the Obamacare rollout.

    “We know that consumers are eager to purchase this coverage and to the millions of Americans who have attempted to use healthcare.gov to shop and enroll in healthcare coverage,” she said. “I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should.”

    It was a big switch from August, before CGI’s report, when Tavenner told lawmakers the rollout was “on track.”

    “CMS is ready for October 1 and we’re motivated and ready for the hard work ahead,” she said at that time.

  64. Kathleen Sebelius, welcome to the very cramped Bus Wheels, your service is hereby terminated by Valerie Jarrett and she would like you to be scapegoated to saver her and Obama’s ass and we all thought the GOP would try and get her out……..nope your own snakeass Boss just stuck a huge knife in your back.

  65. Well it goes on……..

    HHS response to CNN-obtained memo: “What’s done is done.”

    …………………

    Really…WTF sort of answer is that. Looks like open warfare but between whom, i do not know, is it CGI saying they warned it was not ready, is it VJ briefing against Jarrett……whoever leaked this MEMO just before Sebelius’s testimony, leaves her very little room for movement, tomorrow should be fun.

  66. moononpluto
    October 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm
    and it gets better, Has CNN flipped……

    It had crossed my mind that the WH was considering a delay at the last minute and act all statesmanlike and say it would be harmful, baloney, hooey, blah, blah. Until Cruz and Lee exposed them saying it was garbage insurance and a mess so delay it until Congress could fix it. The Republicans who owned by big insurance could not go along with this because the insurers would be in jeopardy and they had bought and paid for Obamacare and they wanted what they paid for delivered on the date promised. And the Obamacare WH could not let this happen either with Cruz and Lee saying I told you so. Thus the disastrous incompetent roll out of fraud that was supposed to be presented as fait accompli so shut up and sit down. It is the most incompetently run scam ever. Now it is Keystone cops with a probably soused ValJar tweeting lies at cocktail hour.

  67. Mormaer, MoonOnPluto, our take on this rather astonishing story:

    (1) The Sebelius testimony for tomorrow is released in which she blames the contractors.

    (2) The contractors blow up her testimony by giving CNN the bomb to place under Sebelius.

    (3) Hilarity ensues.

    On another unrelated/related topic, the NSA is as upset as the contractors because NSA says Obama knew but is trying to blame them.

    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-spying-phones-20131029,0,3235295.story

    Yes, it’s popcorn time.

  68. oh its so much fun, its hard to know, is’nt it, its like a game of Clue/Cleudo…Who killed the HHS in the Capitol building with the knife.

    So we have identified, The HHS was done in, in the capital Building, with a large knife in her back but who was it….

    Was it a…Val Jar and Bambi.

    was it B…CGI

    was it C…both A and B.

  69. Things that are making House Dems and Dem Senators, sleep very badly……

    FACT: Obama might not be up for reelection but a lot of Dems who lied about being able to keep your health insurance sure are. Must be some very sleepless nights coming up between now and Nov 2014.

  70. To add to Dem woes….Video at link…….

    http://therightscoop.com/bob-beckel-calls-individuals-who-will-pay-more-for-health-care-chump-change/

    Bob Beckel said today that if your health care costs are going up because of Obamacare, it doesn’t matter because in a country of 300 million you are “chump change”. Dana then calls him out and hits the nail on the head.

    Watch Beckel live on Fox just label the american people who lose insurance as “chump change”.

    Amazing…..this is what these high and mighty think of you America.

  71. Admin and moon, LOL. They are screwed. From what is leaking out about nepotism and CGI, CGI and ValJar/Michelle are the same entity. Their hiring policy is the “friends and family” plan. They need an audit. LOL. CGI is their baby and nobody hurts baby. Tough luck for HHS.

  72. moononpluto
    October 29, 2013 at 7:08 pm
    “Watch Beckel live on Fox just label the american people who lose insurance as “chump change”.

    As one of the Democratic elite I am surprised he has so little self control that his hatred of “little people” spewed out of his fat hateful mouth. He usually is studiously dense. I heard that he is cussing on air too. Fox needs to keep pushing his buttons as he was placed there by the Democrats.

  73. …not to be redundant but if they are any reporters reading this blog, I have some questions I would like to hear them asking O, his staff and the Dims…

    (1)the obvious – How can American citizens believe anything O or the dims say after they now admit they have lied and broken their promises regarding allowing Americans to keep their health plans and doctors and reduce Americans’s health care cost by $2500?

    (2) How can they believe their actual health care will not also decline after all those lies? What about the “death panels” and longevity and care for seniors? …especially after all the money that was taken from medicare to pay for Ocare?

    (3) How are people who live in rural areas going to receive health care if more and more doctors are denying medicade patients treatment and there isn’t much for people who live in rural areas to rely on for actual health care? What happens to them?

    (3) If thousands/millions of Americans are having their current health plans cancelled and their only option is more expensive Ocare that they cannot afford… and because they cannot afford Ocare they end up with no insurance because their plan was cancelled and the O admin and IRS make them pay a penalty…

    so what happens if the ‘unintended consequence’ of Ocare results in many, many, many more people with no insurance because they cannot afford Ocare and on top of that they get a penalty, especially when they were happy with the insurance they once had…now they have nothing…no health insurance…and a penalty??

    (4) Why is it fair for O to pick and choose waivers for his staff, Congress and their staffs, big business and O buddies and not contribute to Ocare, when Ocare is based on having a large pool of healthy and young people to keep the premiums down?

    Don’t those special waivers and exemptions contribute to higher Ocare premiums that the middle class is getting now that their old policies are being cancelled because their old policies do not meet Ocare standards? How is that fair to the middle class being forced to pay for Ocare to subsidize others, ie those who O gave waivers to?

    (5)Our economy is stalled and very slowly healing from the recession, how does it make sense to now force the middle class to pay higher premiums they cannot afford to insurance companies and drain that money from the middle class that they could be putting back into the economy, ie, buy a new appliance, go on a vacation and support tourism, let their kids take extra curricular activities and lessons, thereby supporting small business? How does strangling all that scarce extra money and directing it to insurance companies help and support our overall economy??

    (6) How can Americans be confidant that Ocare will not continue to increase year after year, especially if the young healthy kids say no thanks and decided to go to a Rave or Miley Cyrus concert instead?

  74. moononpluto
    October 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    ***************************************

    the only problem is that that groups comprises all the working parts that have just screwed the taxpayers for over $500 million bucks…they just walk away with that and keep ringing up new bills for the rest of us to pay…

    scam is the word…

  75. If Bill Clinton could have a Fleetwood Mac theme song, then I guess this one could be Obama’s.

    And prayers for founding member John McVie who was diagnosed w/ cancer. Must be bad as the Mac has cancelled their tour until further notice.

  76. surprise…surprise…with Ocare they just keep coming…wonder how many people…and young people know this…

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/obamacare-woes-move-beyond-website-99044.html?ml=po_r

    …snip…

    “Chairman Camp, we’ll have those numbers available in mid-November,” Tavenner answered.

    She also couldn’t say how many young adults were in the mix or how the website can effectively warn adults under age 26 that they won’t get a subsidy because they can stay on their parents’ plans.

    And she didn’t have a direct answer when Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) asked whether she could guarantee that no one would have a gap in their health insurance, if their old individual policies are being cancelled and they can’t sign up for a new one by Jan. 1.

    “What I can guarantee is that we have a system that works,” Tavenner said. “It’s working. It’s just not working at the speed that we want.”

  77. CNN, Anderson’s show, is demolishing O…Sullivan and Bruni have just crucified O, example

    “he’s lazy and too much golf”

    Admin, that’s worth the video clip if you can find it…

  78. Larry Kudlow acquiesed and came up with the best solution yesterday…

    In regards to the argument to insure all the uninsured…he said, we should have just expanded medicade and subsidized that (as that is what is actually happening anyway) and left everybody else alone…especially people who were happy with policies that they selected and could afford…

    but noooooo! O and the dims had to force feed this colossal mess to the whole country…

    ***********************

    where is everyone?

  79. HHS response to CNN-obtained memo: “What’s done is done.”
    ————————————
    Maybe Kathleen can brush up her Shakespeare:

    MACBETH If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well
    It were done quickly: if the assassination
    Could trammel up the consequence, and catch
    With his surcease success; that but this blow
    Might be the be-all and the end-all here,
    But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
    We’ld jump the life to come. But in these cases
    We still have judgment here; that we but teach
    Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
    To plague the inventor:this even-handed justice
    Commends the ingredience of our poison’d chalice

    Or maybe just Doris Day. i.e. Que Sera

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJgnzQZ0aLQ&feature=player_detailpage

    or maybe just Doris Day for the feeding frenzy tomorrow, as all the real culprits on both sides of the aisle, and the bottom feeding big media line up to put her on trial. A little bit of levity might help break the tension in the room. What’s done is done.

  80. Bob Beckell just provided the sound-bite for every Republican running in 2014…you have to hear it to believe it…although we all knew that Obama and the Dems thought this about us since 2008:

  81. http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2013/10/obamacare-web-site-problems-trivial.html

    Obamacare web site problems trivial compared to what will happen when they’re fixed.

    snip

    The glitches and problems with the web site are actually, for the moment a blessing for Democrats and Obama himself, serving as a temporary smoke screen to the real problems which will soon become evident and which were inherent in the law itself, a law for those not aware, that was primarily written by the insurance industry itself ( see the PBS documentary on Frontline) after Obama gave in to their demands and dropped the public option. Which is going to make Obamacare, not the signature accomplishment of his presidency as his supporters like to trumpet, but his signature failure.

    sn

  82. What I would really like to know is whether CGI was required to do what any other government contractor would be required to do, particularly on a project of this magnitude, and post a performance bond. If so then their insurer will tender the policy limits and walk away from this thing. Litigation however would smoke out the real rats.

  83. oops…here is more from tominpaine above

    snip

    What was needed and what would have been real reform was the public healthcare option (before her own capitulation to Obama and betrayal of her conscience Nancy Pelosi called the public option “the centerpiece of healthcare reform”) which had the votes in a Democratically controlled congress to pass, was backed by the American people in poll after poll by large majorities and would have given Americans the choice of leaving their insurance companies for a government run program similar to Medicare. Obamacare is just the opposite and is predicated on trying to force 32 million uninsured people to run to the insurance companies to purchase policies despite the fact that these same insurance companies were part of the problem in the first place.

    snip

    As Robert F. Frank pointed out in the business section of the NY Times, for Obamacare to succeed, all 32 million young, healthy uninsured people need to buy into the program and purchase insurance. All of them. One look at the proposed premiums for the bottom tier plans designed to attract those 32 million and anyone not blinded by wishful thinking could have seen that Obamacare was going to fail.

    The cost alone of these low end policies are producing sticker shock when people see them. It gets worse when people see what the insurance companies are actually offering for these premiums. That’s when they get the second shock.

    Many uninsured are finding that the bronze or lowest end policies are being priced in the range of $300 a month and up on average and that they come with $6,000 yearly deductibles to be paid out of pocket before they get full coverage. Until then they pay 40% in co-pays until the $6,000 out of pocket is reached in addition to the monthly premiums. And again, this is for the bottom tier polices for a single person, not a family. Costs to a family are higher. INSANITY!

    snip

    Low end policies costing $300 a month and up are the average for single people making $40,000 a year and less but higher or lower depending on where you live ($611 in New York City, $218 in parts of upstate Rochester NY, $337 in other parts of Rochester) on top of $6,000 deductibles, 40% co-pays and the best hospitals and doctors excluded from the policy’s networks. It’s everything one would have expected from the insurance companies who authored this debacle of a law and everything the public option which Obama dropped, was designed to fix and replace.

    snip

    Congressional Democrats should start getting out in front of what is going to be a mammoth failure, and start running on the idea of having supported a public option in the first place, promoting the idea of a Democratic congress in 2014 passing the public option to make this work. If that sounds like its throwing Obama and Obamacare under the bus, it might be. But its not like he doesn’t deserve it and hasn’t done the same to almost everyone else. And is the right thing to do in terms of policy.

    For the moment the problems with the web site are buying time, obscuring and delaying and to a great extent, providing temporary cover for the failure to come. While Democrats and Democratic strategists have not exactly demonstrated great skill strategically over the last 15 years in the world of politics and messaging, especially in a crisis, and even more so in standing up to Republicans, Democrats need to take advantage of the time they are being given, get out from under Obamacare, lay the groundwork for a public option as an alternative for a Democratic congress in 2014, and not let the failures of Obama and Nancy Pelosi who went along with this mess be their own. (note to Hillary)

    snip

    UPDATE: To underscore the impending failure of Obamacare, the New York Times, on Oct.24,2013, published an article showing how Obamacare is already failing in the rural areas of the country. In Orange County Indiana, a silver policy, the second cheapest on the exchanges, for a single man, age 50, costs $487.11 per month with all the aforementioned deductibles. In Baker County Ga. the same plan is $644.05 per month. The same plan in metropolitan Atlanta is $320.06, half the cost in the rural areas but still significant for people who couldn’t afford insurance in the first place because of their incomes, and burdened with high deductibles, out of pockets and with the best doctors and hospitals excluded from the plans’ networks.

    snip

    …the benefits of Obamacare go more to the insurance companies who wrote the law than people and are designed to achieve the same goal as always — profit. Which in the end may result in Obamacare being remembered for being The Unaffordable Care Act.

    It doesn’t take a Warren Buffet to figure out that young, healthy uninsured Americans who are largely uninsured because they cant afford health insurance in the first place are not going to be flocking to buy these policies for the privilege of having a health insurance card in their wallets that requires another $6,000 out of pocket before their expenses are fully covered and includes co-pays of 40% of all initial costs until that $6,000 is reached. What most of them will do is what they have been doing — live without insurance and go to an emergency room if they need medical care where the law says they have to be treated whether they have insurance or not.

  84. Obamacare web site problems trivial compared to what will happen when they’re fixed.
    —————
    This is what I am saying and have been saying repeatedly. The website problems are fixable, whereas the policy consequences are not. The mere fact that individuals fall under this axe immediately, the incentive for young people to buy in is too weak, i.e. $95 or 1% of annual income, sets up the immediate problem of adverse selection. If they had forced businesses into the program at the same time as individuals the situation would have been salvageable, but the one year delay Obama granted to them has created an underwriters worst nightmare. That can be mitigated by a one year delay, which would have been granted by now but for the politics. But the real rub here is the long term consequences. Obamacare has set up what can best be described as a Kafkaesque system for dealing with the health care of the American People, and that will be Obama’s legacy/curse.

  85. wbboei
    October 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm
    What I would really like to know is whether CGI was required to do what any other government contractor would be required to do, particularly on a project of this magnitude, and post a performance bond.
    _______________________________________________________

    Do you really think a member of the Obama “family” would be required to do that?

    God, this more and more feels like our first Al Capone presidency.

  86. I am surprised he has so little self control that his hatred of “little people” spewed out of his fat hateful mouth. He usually is studiously dense.
    ———————
    So dense that he failed to realize he was speaking into an open mic.

    When I read your comment about hatred of the little people, I thought for sure you were talking about Obama/

  87. If the contractors are responsible then the question become WHO chose the contractors, and through what process. If the rumors I have heard are true, i.e. Michelle and Jarret did so, there was no competitive bid, and no performance bond, then as the saying goes all roads lead to Rome. If that can be shown with specificity, then Tea Pot Dome is not beyond the pale. My guess is that Jarrett work best in the shadows, and would not survive a withering cross examination under the kleig lights, by someone like Gowdy or Issa. That is a plain fact.

  88. wbboei
    October 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    ***************************

    wbboei…it’s a nightmare…ironically the only ones that really could try to save us from this insanity are dims…if they had a conscience and could admit to themselves that this is going to hurt people, hurt the middle class a lot…and hurt our economy…and a sellout to the insurance companies…they could try to start fixing the mess but they are too entrenched…

    Hillary, if she has the kahunas we hope she has…could start to distance herself from Ocare and ride in to save the day…

    it’s depressing…i feel so bad for the young people that are going to be enslaved to this for life…

  89. btw…can you imagine what a confusing mess this is going to be for temp workers and the IRS…people who float around doing temp work and different hourly rates with a variety of different companies…dealing with the IRS is going to be crazy…

  90. Do you really think a member of the Obama “family” would be required to do that?
    ——————
    This morning, the estimable Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania asked that very question of the witness. She said she thought there was one, but could not say for sure. This was a bit strange that she would not know for sure, since she was the project manager, but she promised to get back to the committee on that one. If no performance bond was posted, when one should have been, then that is circumstantial evidence of an inside deal, as opposed to an arms length transactions. The projected cost of setting up the website rose from an initial estimate of $100 million to an interim figure of $600 million, and the cure will cost another $200 million. There is a lot of room for graft in that number and it is highly unlikely that those dollars can be accounted for. Again, this could spell Tea Pot Dome, with Jarrett as the target.

  91. wbboei
    October 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    ***************************

    wbboei…it’s a nightmare…ironically the only ones that really could try to save us from this insanity are dims…if they had a conscience and could admit to themselves that this is going to hurt people, hurt the middle class a lot…and hurt our economy…and a sellout to the insurance companies…they could try to start fixing the mess but they are too entrenched…
    —————-
    Uncle Joe Stalin, that elegant bon vivant and man for all seasons had an answer for this, which has since become the manta of the Left:

    “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.”

    (True wit is nature to advantage dressed. What oft was thought but ner so well expressed–Alexander Pope)

  92. This Obamacare is essentially what the Republicans proposed to Kennedy in response to what Hillary wanted.

    A friend of mine called, told me that he watched Matthews interview two individuals about Benghazi one of whom blamed it all on Hillary. He wondered whether this belated facination with Benghazi by the same people and networks that buried the story at an early stage to ensure Obama’s re-election was accidental or represents a concerted effort by big media to pre-empt a Hillary candidacy. I congratulated him on is wisdom, and told him that with the hard left embracing the brave little Indian who slayed Scott Roberts, and with Matthews in bed with them, and hating the Clintons from the days he was denied the Press Secretary job, it is not unlikely.

  93. “The mere fact that individuals fall under this axe immediately, the incentive for young people to buy in is too weak, i.e. $95 or 1% of annual income, sets up the immediate problem of adverse selection. If they had forced businesses into the program at the same time as individuals the situation would have been salvageable, but the one year delay Obama granted to them has created an underwriters worst nightmare. ”
    ******
    The real nightmare for the administration and Congressional politicians is what is going to happen after April, when the insurances companies submit their new premium rate schedules. The exchange pools will be “an underwriters worst nightmare” and will likely require significant rate hike. If HHS denies or allows only a small increase, many insurance companies will likely leave the market; if large increases are permitted, it will be political suicide. I wonder if the decision can be delayed past the Nov. elections?

  94. Some interesting observations: fascism as it relates to Obama:

    Error cannot be admitted by the ruling class, because that would jeopardize their hold on power. The people might turn against them, which is a particular danger where voting is still permitted. You’ll notice the acolytes of the super-State are very quick to insist their “achievements” are no longer subject to dissolution through voting. They speak of the “settled law of the land” when they plant their flag on ground they are unwilling to concede. That’s another way of saying you unruly peasants are no longer permitted to dissent, disobey, or even vote for a different course of action. That’s the literal meaning of “settled law of the land,” is it not? (Of course, the ruling class and the central Party reserve the power to change or ignore any law they dislike, or find inconvenient. For them, nothing is “settled,” ever.)

    The Little Partners are taking it on the chin again. The hot new spin from Democrats about the failure of ObamaCare is that it’s all the fault of those rotten, greedy insurance companies. Top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett set up the talking point on Twitter, and it has now been repeated, in one form or another, by every faithful servant of the Party: “FACT: Nothing in ObamaCare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”

    I’m sorry to be so blunt. I know this is atomic-bomb language I’m using. But that is fascism, or at least its economic theory, distilled to its very essence. ObamaCare imposes huge new mandatory costs upon insurance companies. Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services promulgated regulations that force insurance companies to “change existing plans.” The rules were deliberately set up in such a way that most insurance plans fall into the regulatory trap automatically as they age. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has discretion over these regulations, but she will not exercise it, and President Obama will not ask her to.

    What Jarrett is saying is that these disloyal insurance companies are obeying the law, but thwarting the will of our great and benevolent leader. They could have chosen to accept gigantic losses and sold the new, mandate-inflated insurance policies at the old prices. They could have made that sacrifice for the State, and the people it represents, and perhaps appealed for bailouts from the limitless Treasury when their business models became unsustainable. And because they did not do those things, you are supposed to hate the Little Partners, while holding the central planners blameless.

    We’ve also seen a rash of stories over the last few days, in which the mainstream media finally acknowledged what conservatives have been saying all along: Barack Obama lied when he promised – repeatedly, explicitly, and without qualification – that everyone could keep their health care plans, if they liked them. It is clear that Obama knew he was lying when he said this – it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue or a mistaken belief on his part. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer admitted the same thing today, hilariously claiming that the bill of goods sold to the American people was “accurate” but “not precise enough.” But yes, it was a total lie, and Hoyer knew a lot of people were going to lose their insurance plans.

    The spin from frantic Democrats boils down to saying these lies were necessary, for the good of the American people. They had to be misled onto the proper path. They don’t really know what’s good for them. The White House has begun sneering that all the plans getting canceled were such rubbish that people were foolish to want them, but fortunately Barack Obama and his team of geniuses knew better. Now that enough lies have been told to get President Obama re-elected, and squeeze him past the recent congressional threats to repeal or defund ObamaCare, he can relax and be a bit more honest. He just had to use a bit of fertilizer to make the flower of “transition” bloom. The ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, Sander Levin of Michigan, actually dismissed the millions of “so-called cancellation notices” Americans have been receiving, saying we should think of them as tools to “help people transition to a new policy.”

    That’s not a cancellation notice in your mailbox! It’s an invitation to transition, which you cannot refuse. Yes, it’s positively Orwellian. George Orwell knew exactly what he was talking about.

  95. I agree in general with the above, with the sole provisio that big media is an integral and inseparable part of the emerging fascist state. Their role is to suppress dissent, to communicate the pro state monologue, and to provide the bread and circuses. Until you realize that part–and it only became clear to me from 2008 forward, as I saw their full court press for Obama, their vilification of his opponents (through polls, panels, headlines) best summmarized by Matthews declaration that our goal–meaning the goal of big media is to “make Obama look good.”

    Now what in the world could be clearer than that?

    This is not rocket science. It is of the same genre as Hitler who told us in his book Mein Kamf what he intended to do, and once he had power he did it. Those who failed to read his book were suprised. Those who read it and reflected upon its contents, were not.

  96. Much has changed under Obama, and all for the worse . . . .

    But of all the adverse changes he has wrought

    Nothing is more significant than this:

    The Washington game has changed

    It has become the alter ego of Chicago

    Exactly as we predicted

    Under Obama it is no longer a game of BRIBERY

    Where mega corporations bribe politicians to do their bidding

    It is now a game of EXTORTION

    Where the political class extorts money from mega corporations

    Under the rule of pay to play

    That is the game now, from alpha to omega

    And big media is in the thick of it—the very thick of it

    http://www.politicalextortion.com/

    FROM BRIBERY OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS BY BIG BUSINESS . . .

    TO EXTORTION BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS OF BIG BUSINESS. . . .

    That is a key insight on the meaning of hope and change. It is alpha and omega.

  97. I went to a town hall meeting a couple years ago which featured a former deputy of commerce in the Clinton administration who had written a book the thesis of which was that business interests which have been in competition with the political class, meaning the leaders of the nation state since time immemorial and it has now reached a point where the business interests have become too powerful, thus threatening the interests of the people.

    However, if you reflect upon the fascist tendencies of the Obama Administration, that relationship is being reshaped in a very fundamental way, such that the political class, no longer content to be bribed has taken the extraordinary and unprecedented step of setting up bills and schemes which extort money from business.

    The perfect example was the intellectual property piracy bill, which Obama used to pit Hollywood against Silicon Valley, and collect millions to his personal campaign fund from both.

    When I call this unprecedented, I mean politically and legally. Politically, the game has been bribery not extortion. In the legal sphere there is the case of Judge Martin Manton who sat on the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit along with Learned Hand and August Hand, during the 1930s. Like Obama, he took money from both sides, under the table. Unlike Obama, he had enough integrity to refund the bribe he took from the loser. Unlike Obama, he did a stretch in Sing Sing.

  98. Fin de siècle?

    The themes of fin de siècle political culture were very controversial and have been cited as a major influence on fascism.[5][6] The major political theme of the era was that of revolt against materialism, rationalism, positivism, bourgeois society and liberal democracy.[5]

    The fin-de-siècle generation supported emotionalism, irrationalism, subjectivism and vitalism,[6] while the mindset of the age saw civilization as being in a crisis that required a massive and total solution.

  99. Trying to run from it are we? We aint gonna let ya…….

    Pa. Dem Rep Allyson Schwartz removes her “Affordable Care Act” webpage

    http://www.pagop.org/2013/10/update-schwartz-removes-affordable-care-act-page/#sthash.DPwpZwKN.uxfs

    October 29, 2013
    2:43 p.m.

    Here’s another Obamacare error message you should know about. A few hours after we highlighted her broken promise on Obamacare, Allyson Schwartz removed the page from her official site that told people they could keep their existing health care plans. If you visit http://schwartz.house.gov/issue/affordable-care-act-update, you’ll now see “Page Not Found.” We’re curious if she enlisted Obama’s web team to make the update…

    Screengrab at link

    It’s clear Allyson Schwartz knows she broke her promise, and is now frantically working to hide her record from Pennsylvania families she supposedly served.

  100. Can we guess who will be behind this…..a no bid contract awared in Chicago (who could it possibly be)

    HHS quietly cancels contract with group to promote ObamaCare to recently released convicts (and only does so when Senator starts asking questions)

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/29/hhs-quietly-cancels-contract-with-group-to-promote-obamacare-to-recently/?cmpid=cmty_twitter_fn

    The Dept. of Health and Human Services has quietly canceled a contract to a Chicago-based advocacy group that planned to promote ObamaCare benefits to recently paroled prisoners, after GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions wrote a letter to the agency in July questioning how the contract was funded.

    The HHS awarded the no-bid contract to Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities in July in order to “increase insurance enrollment for… individuals involved in the criminal justice system,” but then quietly updated the solicitation’s status to “canceled” on its website, saying it would be re-issued.

    In his letter, Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, questioned why the advocacy group was awarded a special contract to promote the health care law to recently released convicts when the government has already spent over $200 million on the Navigators program, which is supposed to help educate all Americans about the law and its benefits and help them sign up.

    He asked if the contract was being funded separately from the Navigators program and if so, where the funds were coming from.

    Sessions also questioned why the contract was awarded to the group without on a no-bid basis, without offering the chance for other groups to offer the same services for less money.

    Senate Budget Committee Press Secretary Andrew Logan tells FoxNews.com the HHS had promised for weeks to send a formal response to Sessions’ letter, but has not yet done so. Logan says they found out the contract had been canceled by monitoring the solicitations page on the website for Federal Business Opportunities, which is a database of federal government contracting jobs.

    Sessions said he is glad HHS has canceled the “unjustifiable” contract, saying it “never should have been awarded.”

    “It defies common sense that the administration would create a special prisoner program in light of the millions spent already on the much-criticized Navigators program, which is said to serve all Americans. Who knows how many similar efforts are being undertaken that the public never finds out about?”

    Sessions added that such examples prove the issues with ObamaCare go well beyond its glitch-plagued website.

    “Problems like these are pervasive throughout the law and are just one reason why Congress should develop reforms that will actually reduce costs and protect patients and the taxpayers,” he said.

    The ObamaCare Medicaid expansion provides that individuals under 138 percent of the poverty line will now be eligible for health coverage. Many recently released prisoners will be eligible for these benefits under the health care law based on income alone.

    Additionally, under the law Medicaid now covers a set of treatments for mental illness and substance abuse, issues that are prevalent in prison populations.

  101. moononpluto October 30, 2013 at 4:48 am
    Trying to run from it are we? We aint gonna let ya…….
    Pa. Dem Rep Allyson Schwartz removes her “Affordable Care Act” webpage
    ————————
    That is a good catch. Because of the postcard project I have, I’ve visited all congressional websites twice recently. I’ve noticed that some Dems use their official website for politics. Allyson had this press headline on hers at one point: “SCHWARTZ OPPOSES ANOTHER BILL DESIGNED TO CLOSE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT” | September 30, 2013.

    At the same time Matt Cartwright had this press rls headline: “Cartwright votes against increasing hunger in America” September 19 2013.

    I sent out screen grabs of both those to PA’s US House Reps with a tsk tsk comment.

    Then more recently from Rep Richard Neal of MA, a press release incorporating Tea Party in a demeaning way. Don’t have the exact quote, but have called him on it in two ways. He is not the only Dem using dot gov for political … to Latinos I guess.

    Nasty.

  102. So how many excuses have we heard fly out of mouths today….heres another…..

    . . . According to Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Democrats had only promised that Americans could keep their insurance if it was “good insurance.”

    “We said when we passed that, ‘If you had insurance that was good insurance that you wanted to keep it, you could keep it,’” Landrieu said.

    She declined to say if she would support a measure to let Americans keep the plans they had in 2013. “I haven’t looked at it specifically,” Landrieu said.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bill-let-americans-keep-their-health-insurance-makes-senate-democrats-squirm_765563.html?nopager=1

    ……………

    Can anyone keep up with the deluge of excuses, wonder when we’ll get , the dog did it.

  103. Since my current mailing is related, I’ll post it:

    None in DC want to keep the program bugs in Ocare. But the bias of enforcing arm IRS against constituents of House Republicans who vote the will of the people back home and other citizens who have no representation…that bias remains. In fact, it has spread… to some of YOUR websites. Even to a Congress member from the state where the iconic, historic, nonviolent political protest of December 16, 1773 known as the Boston Tea Party, took place.
    Perhaps you were influenced by this; dated November 30, 2009:
    [Extremely cropped screen grab of associated video is located here; it is a formal portrait of 5 living presidents – all that shows is their shoes]
    http://blankonblank.org/interviews/jonathan-alter-on-how-to-interview-a-president/?gclid=CLaWt-6Lh7oCFWpk7AodOxcAUQ
    “David Gerlach: Stop the tape…rewind that part.
    “Barack Obama: …you know, the Tea Baggers
    “Jonathan Alter: He called them Tea Baggers instead of Tea Party”
    You are receiving this due to one citizen’s perception
    of a breath-taking lack of integrity throughout DC.

    It is a terrible style of writing but I’m hopeful that their minds will string it all together. I know some are reading them – they’ve written back. Surely the help in the HOB and SOB complexes have a look. But I probably have only a cycle or two more before they will be outright refused for delivery to the offices there.

  104. The breathtaking hypocrisy of this man comes frighteningly close to evil.
    ============

    Unreal… Obama on Sandy Anniversary: “We Take Care of Our Own… We Leave No One Behind”

    The gall of this man!

    Barack Obama released the following statement today on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
    Via The White House:
    That’s who we are as Americans – we take care of our own. We leave nobody behind. And as long as our fellow Americans continue to travel the long and sometimes difficult road to recovery, their country will stay with them every step of the way

    Except, of course, if you’re trapped inside a burning consulate in the Middle East Then you’re on your own.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/unreal-obama-on-sandy-anniversary-we-take-care-of-our-own-we-leave-no-one-behind/

  105. The cover-up continues.
    =======

    State Department Rejects Graham’s Demand for Benghazi Witnesses

    The State Department has no intention of providing Congress more witnesses to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, despite Sen. Lindsey Graham’s threat to hold up all nominations until he gets satisfaction on the issue.

    Graham’s Monday morning demand came after a new CBS 60 Minutes expose that featured an interview with a British security contractor who was on the ground and fought on the State Department compound and at the CIA annex during the attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The contractor, calling himself Morgan Jones, claimed that he had repeatedly warned officials about the vulnerability of the facility.

    The expose also featured Stevens’ deputy Greg Hicks, who said he was preparing a third request for more security in Benghazi at the time of the attack, and Lt. Col. Andy Wood, one of the top security officials in Libya at the time, who said he had repeatedly warned the State Department that the Benghazi mission was going to be attacked by Al Qaeda.

    “We had one option: ‘Leave Benghazi or you will be killed,’” Wood said.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/28/state-department-reject-s-graham-s-demand-for-benghazi-witnesses.html

  106. wbboei
    October 30, 2013 at 1:50 am
    Yes he spotted what Obama’s “government by regulatory fiat” piss ant lawyers were doing early. The Lois Lerners, Cass Sunsteins, Robert Bauers, Eric Holders, and various flunkies could bring a great nation to its knees by malicious intent and stealth. Let them crawl back into the cracks with the other roaches. They are now being exposed.

  107. wbboei
    October 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    Again, this could spell Tea Pot Dome, with Jarrett as the target.

    This Titanic horror of a Obamacare health insurance fiasco has her fingerprints all over it. From stem to stern it is her modus operandi just like in Chicago. It was scam real estate for the poor in Il with public money and rent extracted from the helpless and in DC it is health insurance for the needy (and stupid according to her flak catchers on her payroll) again with public money and extortion of the victims. Same scam different business sector.

  108. Cuccinelli pulls within 4 of McAuliffe……..Obamacare fiasco?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/virginia-governor-race-ken-cuccinelli-terry-mcauliffe-poll-99080.html

    With less than a week until Election Day, Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe holds a slim lead over Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in a tightening race, according to a new poll on Wednesday.

    McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli among likely voters 45 percent to 41 percent, with 9 percent for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The edge is within the poll’s margin of error.

    The poll also found that if Sarvis were not in the race, likely voters would split for McAuliffe 47 percent to 45 percent, which Quinnipiac describes as “too close to call.”

    Last week, Quinnipiac polling showed McAuliffe up 46 percent to 39 percent.

    Four percent of likely voters are still undecided, and 7 percent of those who chose a candidate said they might change their mind.

    Only 62 percent of voters who chose Sarvis said they would definitely vote for him, with 18 percent saying the were likely to change their minds.

    McAuliffe leads by double digits among women and independents, with Cuccinelli holding a 6 point lead among men.

    With Nov. 5 falling on an off-election year, experts say turnout will be key to who wins the election on Tuesday.

    …………………………….

    Could Obamacare cost McAuliffe the VA Gov……

  109. One thing is for certain, no matter how she tries..Kathleen Sebelius will never live down the fiasco now occurring, it has shot any plans she had for further elective office probably and all because of Obama.

    She will go today to the Capitol and get tore to shreds because of what she has said and what now CGI has firebombed her with last night.

    I would not want to be her today…..

  110. and it gets better for Obama….not.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/362544/sercos-checkered-history-jillian-kay-melchior

    The CEO of Serco, a British-based company whose North American division received one of the largest contracts to work on the Obamacare insurance exchanges,[1] resigned Friday amid allegations that the company had defrauded the British government of millions of pounds.

    Even as myriad other allegations emerged about its work around the globe, Serco spent heavily on lobbying in Washington, D.C., and secured a multi-year contract potentially worth $1.249 billion to handle paper applications for the Obamacare exchanges. Serco did not respond to e-mail and voice-mail requests for comment.

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    Public records demonstrate Serco’s concentrated effort to woo the U.S. government. In recent years, it has spent more than a million dollars[2] on lobbying and political activities, including $6,450 donated to President Obama’s election campaign, according to the Sunlight Foundation.[3] This year, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was considering proposals for insurance-exchange work, Serco spent $100,000[4] to hire Greenberg Traurig, former home of Jack Abramoff, to lobby regarding the “implementation of [the] Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” according to January registration papers.[5]

    Among the Greenberg Traurig lobbyists working on the Serco account was Mark Hayes,[6] a former Senate health-policy aide.[7] During his time on Capitol Hill, Hayes “was instrumental in the key coverage, financing and delivery system reform provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” according to his Greenberg Traurig bio, and “acted as lead Republican staff negotiator for the ‘Group of Six’ health-care reform negotiations.”[8] Less than a year after the ACA was signed, Hayes left Capitol Hill to become a lobbyist, representing several health-sector clients.[9]

    Earlier this year, Hayes became a central subject of a federal insider-trading investigation.[10] The Washington Post reported that Hayes had sent information on April 1 about a significant Medicare policy change to an analyst at Height Securities. The analyst then “sent out an alert to Height’s hundreds of investor clients — ahead of the administration’s public announcement — and trading in Humana, Aetna, and other health-care stocks immediately soared.”[11] Hayes could not be reached for comment, and it’s unclear whether the investigation is continuing. Papers filed in May, after the incident, stated that Hayes was expected to cease lobbying for Serco.[12]

    Regardless of the recent federal scrutiny of Hayes, Serco’s big spending seems to have paid off. In early July, the Obama administration awarded Serco a contract worth up to $1.249 billion[13] to manage paper applications for the new insurance exchanges. The company will determine eligibility for tax credits, Medicaid,[14] and exemptions from tax penalties.[15] Privacy concerns have already arisen, because in 2011, a data breach at the U.S. Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees – managed by Serco — jeopardized the Social Security numbers and confidential information of more than 120,000 participants.[16]

    Just weeks after the Obama administration announced Serco’s contract award, news broke that Britain’s Serious Fraud Office had opened an investigation into the corporation, which had government contracts to electronically monitor criminals released from prison. An audit discovered that Serco and another company had been overbilling the government by as much as $80.8 million. As many as one in six criminals whose monitoring was being paid for by the British government were reportedly either dead, back behind bars, no longer under supervision, or no longer living in the U.K.[17]

    Furthermore, although U.S. companies that are part of a foreign company are obligated to report any billing wrongdoings abroad, Serco did not give CMS such notice, Reuters reported in July.[18] Nevertheless, the Obama administration defended its decision to award the $1.249 billion contract to Serco, claiming it was a “highly skilled company” with “a proven track record in providing cost-effective services to numerous other federal agencies.”[19]

    Shortly after that, more red flags went up. In August, the London police opened an investigation into Serco after allegations that it had falsified documents for another government contract for transporting defendants from confinement to court. Serco had repeatedly delivered prisoners late, and after it received a warning last summer, evidence emerged of “potentially fraudulent behavior,” according to the U.K. secretary of state for justice.[20] Shortly thereafter, Serco said it had “identified misreporting” among its employees.[21]

    ………………..

    Read on, this Obamacare fiasco is corrupt from top to bottom…….

  111. It keeps getting worse.
    ===

    Obama admin changed language of Obamacare regs to hide loss of private insurance

    The Obama administration knew years in advance that Obamacare’s “grandfathering” regulation would wipe out many Americans’ existing health insurance plans, according to a leaked draft of a 2010 administration document.

    “As noted earlier, deciding to relinquish grandfather status is a one-way sorting process: after some period of time, most plans will relinquish their grandfathered status since plans rarely stay exactly the same. These interim final regulations will likely influence the time frame over which plan sponsors decide to relinquish grandfathered status,” according to a June 2010 copy of “grandfather plan” regulations that was leaked to the public domain before the administration was prepared to release it.

    The Heritage Foundation’s Chris Jacobs, who flagged the 2010 error, said that the administration changed or deleted key passages in the document when it published its official version of the document days later.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/29/documents-obama-administration-knew-private-insurance-plans-would-be-wiped-out-under-obamacare/#ixzz2jDBUlHxl

  112. Lenora
    _______________

    “The Heritage Foundation’s Chris Jacobs, who flagged the 2010 error, said that the administration changed or deleted key passages in the document when it published its official version of the document days later.”

    _________________________

    If we were not living in Bazarro World this would be a huge deal. Had Bill Clinton, W, or any other previous president done such a thing, the media would give “em hell. Of course, as we know, they don’t give Obama hell. They give him passes. Even with their recent tendency toward more honesty in their reporting of Obama and his failed presidency, there is still more spin than reality.

    I was talking to some die-hard Dems, real party people, just yesterday. They still didn’t get the true picture about Obama and the party – even with the recent reporting about ACA. When I mentioned the huge debacle that was ObamaCare – and the mountain of lies told in order to give birth to the atrocity – they remarked that in spite of the problems, they were sure that Obama was so very well-intentioned. What can you say? You can’t fix stupid. Some people would support the party if Beelzebub were in charge. What am I saying Obama makes Beelzebub look like an amateur.

    It takes a tiny measure of intelligence and open-mindedness to look at what happened at 2008 and still figure it was a fair fight for the primary, and that Obama won because he was just so remarkable. Those obsessed with party just can’t quite get it.

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