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Despite Three-and-a-Half Years to Prep Obamacare, A Fiasco Takes Shape

From all indications, the Mother of All Trainwrecks has arrived. Related:  First Day of Obamacare Exchanges: Crashapalooza

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Tom Blumer

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October 1, 2013 - 6:51 am
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The best clue that the initial open enrollment period for Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges is destined to be a bureaucratic nightmare which will fail virtually every benchmark came on Saturday morning. Hadas Gold and Kyle Cheney at Politico, two advocates posing as reporters, all but begged the press to avoid “any rush judgments (which) could have a big impact on public opinion of the law” during its critical first few days. They described administration officials as “pleading with reporters to avoid being seduced into treating every technical snafu as a catastrophic failure.”

I don’t see why the Politico pair or the Obama administration should be all that worried. A small number of local and regional reporters may balk at drinking the “all is well” Kool-Aid if the foul-ups are sufficiently blatant and visible, but the nation’s establishment press has already shown its bonafides. (Though in 2006 under George W. Bush, they didn’t hesitate to dwell for months on problems in the rollout of Medicare Part D, which were in retrospect relatively minor.) The national press is vested in the current venture’s success, and perhaps even less likely to acknowledge serious complications and failure than certain Obama administration officials will be in unguarded moments.

The facts, whatever the PR turns out to be, are that the administration and the press have failed Obamacare tests for three-and-a-half years. Admittedly, they have had assistance from the law’s opponents, who have inexplicably failed to highlight easily understood and financially crippling design flaws which — if conveyed to the public — would have caused the program’s meager popularity to crater.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has had since March 2010 to prepare for open enrollment’s October 2013 rollout. Besides churning out thousands of pages of regulations, what have she and her army been doing?

Someone performing as Sebelius has in the private sector would have been fired at least a year ago, when it become obvious that her implementation plan — having already missed critical deadlines almost two years ago – was still hopelessly behind.

However, this would have been an admission of failure during an election year.

Instead, Sebelius and the administration unilaterally, and illegally, delayed imposing the employer mandate requiring companies to cover “full-time” employees — defined as any employee who works an average of 30 hours per week — for one year. The political motivation behind this cop-out is so transparent, one wonders if the delay wasn’t hard-coded in the plan. There has been no change in the individual mandate, which requires individuals and families to have health insurance coverage beginning next year or face a fine. So the employer mandate delay combined with the still-present individual mandate will force more Americans into the state health insurance exchanges. The administration is likely intent on making the process of undoing the exchanges as difficult as possible.

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First question is, "What is the name of The Prophet's mother?"
43 weeks ago
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In one chart, here's why the exchanges will probably never work as planned. [http://www.nrcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/obamacare-chart.png]

Look at the green areas in the upper left. In theory (though this aspect is one of the "delayed" features), the Federal hub is supposed to communicate with computer systems at the IRS, Treasury, Social Security, Homeland Security, and HHS. Over on the right, it's supposed to communicate with state Medicaid systems.

That means the hub is supposed to communicate with 55 pre-existing computer systems, not even counting the ones in the lower half of the chart. In a secure way. While obeying HIPAA laws. For millions of users. In something close to real time.

Far, far simpler government IT projects have failed miserably, even ones internal to single departments (e.g. the FBI's Virtual Case File system). Connecting different systems this way is very, very hard. It may never happen.
43 weeks ago
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So far, so good. Took 20 minutes to get to the login/create page, was filling out the info for an account, got to the security question page, and there are no questions in drop down menus for any of the three security questions. Brilliant, and you can't enter your own questions either as far as I can tell (it isn't a text box). Will try again tomorrow. Definitely leery of providing any information to these morons now.
43 weeks ago
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42 weeks ago
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I suspect that a part of the problem is that Management set a schedule without any input from the worker-bees. After all, they have the Big Picture and clearly know best.
42 weeks ago
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Okay, heres my take on the problems with ObozoCare. They aren't prepared because they never really expected to have to be up and running. They didn't actually prepare, because they expected the USSC to slap this stupid crap down, before it even got close to being a fact. Then the USSC let it slide, and the powers that be suddenly realized, that some how they had to find a way to make this crap fest "real" - and they haven't quite done that yet.
42 weeks ago
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Since reporting your income for Obamacare is on the "honor" system. Everyone who is forced to enroll might consider reporting their income at poverty levels to receive maximum federal subsidies. Help this thing fail as it deserves to do. They lied repeatedly to us, so it's only fair that the victims of this travesty afford them the same courtesy.
42 weeks ago
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He will need a ladder to come down from this turd.
43 weeks ago
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Despite years of Equal Opportunity and loads of grants and passing grades, Obooboo is still useless. The hot question now is: can you fit a teleprompter into such a small orifice. Please someone ask the TSA Cavity Analysis & Research Department.
43 weeks ago
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I didn't mean to sound so much like the voice of doom in my posting below. I truly believe that my theory is correct, but it doesn't have to happen the way they planned. The left always makes major miscalculations when dealing with ordinary citizens because they have so little respect for us. They really don't understand that most people are endowed with common sense and get angry when insulted. Let's hope that the fight against this thing has only just begun.
43 weeks ago
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I'm not surprised that the enrollment process for ObamaCare is a mess; I'm surprised that it works at all. Most federal government computer hardware and programming projects take three years to write the specifications, put out requests for proposals, review the RFPs, and select the vendors. Getting anything up and running (well, limping) in 3.5 years is a miracle for the federal government.
43 weeks ago
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Marxist and Islamist governments are rejoicing.
For decades, the Marxist-Islamic Alliance has been trying to end America's government. They have failed. Now the Republicans have joined the effort. They are succeeding.
The Republicans are horrified that Obamacare will go into effect, meaning that poor people will get some government aid in treating their illnesses. In a country that has Medicare--socialized medicing for old farts like me--this shouldn't be too shocking. The Republicans, however, are easily shocked.
Jesus said, "The poor ye have always with you" (Matthew 26:11). Republicans are good Christians. They know that ending poverty is a sin.
Jesus Marx, Karl Christ, Mohammed--they're all the same.
http://www.jochnowitz.net/Essays/JesMarx.html
43 weeks ago
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I think these flaws and glitches aren't happenstance, but part of the insidious design of the thing, From the beginning there was something sinister going on involving the ACA. The secrecy, the backroom deals no one was willing to talk about, the fact that no Democrats - including the Speaker of The House - were even curious enough to read it before passing it into law. The ACA was sloppily constructed and bound to fail because that's what they wanted, a temporary failure used to create a portal to imposition of a single-payer socialistic system without any scrutiny or opposition. With the failures of the ACA they will gradually and quietly make the changes needed until - surprise! - the left owns all of us through socialized medicine. And this will be accomplished before Obama leaves office and will never be undone.
43 weeks ago
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I'm afraid you're all too right. I've been opposed to Osh!tcare since its inception, and loathe it more every, single, g.d. day!
43 weeks ago
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