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Obamacare: Mind-Boggling Incompetence

Obamacare's enrollment system, the outsourced Big Dig of systems projects, is a $500 million zombie.

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Tom Blumer

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October 12, 2013 - 10:53 pm
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eHealthInsurance.com: If you like your plan, you probably won’t be able to keep your plan.

The Obama administration and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apparently had no interest in determining the best practices for setting up a health insurance purchasing website before plunging ahead with Obamacare’s.

If they did, they might have considered starting at eHealthInsurance.com, which went live in 1998. A quick visit there reminds one of how ridiculously simple all of this currently is — and very soon won’t be, as the screencap at the top of this post illustrates.

Its unstated message is simple: “After 2014, unless Obamacare gets changed, those pre-Obamacare plans will be gone.” Or, more pointedly, “Don’t get too attached to any pre-Obamacare plan you buy, because, contrary to what you were told, you won’t be able to keep it:”

On September 30, the day before HealthCare.gov’s disastrous debut, and after almost four years during which he and his employer danced around and avoided the topic, Calvin Woodward at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, acknowledged in the sixteenth paragraph of a “fact check” about “slippery claims” that Obama’s “if you like the health care that you have, that you currently have, you can keep it” pledge “was an empty promise, made repeatedly.”

Further, Woodward noted: “Nothing in the health care law guarantees that people can keep the health insurance they already have.”

Translation: “We’ve all known from the start that Obama has been lying to the American people about this, and now that lie has reached the end of its useful life. Too bad, so sad, suckers.”

For a 22-year-old male living in my zip code, answering four questions at eHealthInsurance.com relating to gender, birth date, tobacco use, and student status is all one needs to obtain a list of 70 pre-Obamacare plans offered by five different carriers. Monthly costs range from $40 to $222 per month. Over half are under $100. For a 60 year old, there are also 70 plans and five carriers, with costs ranging from $176 to $913, 50 of which are under $400.

The only credible objection to these arrangements is that those with pre-existing conditions will in most cases be unable to purchase the identified policies. Obama and his administration have tried to scare people about the vast horde of Americans excluded on this basis. But as the Heritage Foundation pointed out earlier this year, the administration’s own attempt to serve affected people until Obamacare officially kicks in “unexpectedly” found far fewer of them, blew through all of its allocated money trying to serve those who did enroll, and had to prematurely shut down new enrollments. (The “party of compassion” strikes again.)

When Obamacare kicks in, there will be no exclusions for pre-existing conditions — and look what will happen to premiums.

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Because that would interfere with their surrender plans.
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I agree with Professor William Jacobson that Obama et al are completely uninterested in the competent unveiling of Obamacare or of its longer-term management. All they care about is that it exists. It is all that matters. How many people sign up at the moment or how bad the software is or how many get screwed is immaterial. The slowly enslaving engine of it is running and will never stop and that's what counts.
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It's not incompetence, it's part of the Cloward and Piven Plan.
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It should be obvious to all Americans Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Murray, etc., are all impervious to the will of the people. Democrats continue to recycle partisan, arguments designed to manipulate the public. In short, disingenuous rhetoric & politics-as-usual trumps substance & solutions!
50 weeks ago
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The only purpose of ObamaCare is to kill off private heath care and insurance so the progressive fascists can force a soviet style healthcare system on us.
50 weeks ago
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Sadly, much truth! Few should doubt "ObamaCare" is a stealth attempt to create a massive culture of dependency in return for voting Democratically! Thus, Democrats will continue to call those opposed to 0-C ''obstructionist" while Dems continue to negotiate with themselves.
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Look to the private sector for answers?
They would rather be embarrassed and have others die.
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**The cheapest plan, which by the way comes with a $6,350 deductible**
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$6,350 deductible equals no insurance at all. $6,350 deductible equals throwing away the money you spent on premiums. $6,350 deductible equals about $10,000 out of pocket before the so-called "insurance" ever kicks in. How many young people rack up $10,000 per year in health costs?

Even assuming they might break an arm or something - an event that might happen once every 10-20 years - and it ends up costing $4,000, how long before people - even stupid young people - realize that it makes zero sense to spend $10,000 so that you save $4,000?
50 weeks ago
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"You keep using that word "Insurance" I don't think it means what you think it means."
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So an unvetted, lifelong unimpressive AA/EEO recipient continues to show his mediocrity in ALL things attached to his name/ brand?

50 weeks ago
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You get the government your electorate DESERVES. You have a Low Info, Celebrity Worshiping, Left wing Academia brainwashed , Left Wing Lame stream EneMedia misinformed and to be frank STUPID electorate and you get a USELESS Government.
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Perhaps the Financial Markets have just expressed their opinion on the Incompetent, Unqualified , Lazy, Lying USURPERS appointment of the Political Flack Janet Yeller as the dollar has just fallen through the floor overnight on International Currency exchanges since his announcement.

Thank you Obama another step in the 'Transformation' of an America you 'HATE' and HOPED to CHANGE.
50 weeks ago
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If you STILL think Obama is incompetent, you really are not paying attention.
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And this is still only half the story. The insurance companies are now saying that what applications they do receive from the exchanges are incomplete or otherwise not sufficient for them to contract for coverage. The website is, in the end, no more than a quote service. The insurers intend to fill in the blanks by phone calls which means many quotes will be re-written as new info is added. How many will be corrected up? This party is just getting started. We have yet to see a single person actually ink a policy.
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Just wait people find out what I found out this morning- in order to verify your identity in the federal exchange, your entered information has to exactly match that of Experian, or you will have to call and will likely have to mail information to Experian just to get to the next step in the application process.

Add to that the fact that most will have to front the entire premium until they file their taxes next year.
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Yes, most people seem not to know that the subsidies come in the form of refundable tax credits. Even if everything goes perfectly (ahem) people will be out of pocket all of the newly elevated premiums until they get their tax refund and G-d help you if your income went up over the subsidy threshold. For those who allegedly are forced to decide between food and medicine, that decision has now been taken out of your hands. It's medicine. Enjoy.
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It is NOT incompetence. It is blatant theft and an excuse to go to single payer, what the commies wanted all along.
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