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The technology doesn’t even exist to make the state insurance exchanges work in the way that the law intends. And the dirty little secret is that the administration has known this fact for months.

From the National Journal:

In an ideal world, the exchange websites need to be able to talk to several federal agencies—IRS to verify an applicant’s income and employment status, the Department of Homeland Security to determine her citizenship, and the state government to see if she qualifies for Medicaid, to name a few—all in real time, so a person could fill out a form and purchase insurance in one sitting.

Each of those departments has its own computer system and its own means of tracking information. Creating a “data hub” to share them has been a challenge, as a recent Government Accountability Office report highlighted. It is increasingly clear that the kind of Amazon.com, one-stop shopping that was once described – and that Obama himself referenced in a speech on Monday — will not be available in most parts of the country.

One health professional summed up the massively complex system thusly:

“It’s the joyous, simultaneous, nonlinear equation from hell,” said Kip Piper, a former top official at HHS and OMB who is now a consultant in close contact with IT vendors. Piper said it’s no surprise that the administration has given up on certain functions given the technological complexity needed and the short time-frame.

The constitutionality of dropping requirements or delaying mandates (see this article for more fudging on the law’s requirements by the administration) may be in question, but there is no argument that they are doing it because they are desperate. Their desperation is not a result of any interference by Republicans. The administration is running around with its hair on fire because of decisions they made all by themselves. They had three years to bring this program online and will fail because of their own incompetence and imprudence.

It is amazing that the president is still lying about how the exchanges will work at this late date. Indeed, most of the major promises the president made about Obamacare in his joint session of Congress speech on September 9, 2009, have fallen by the wayside. Millions of Americans won’t be able to keep their insurance if they want to. The idea that Obamacare will make insurance more affordable is a bad joke. The program’s cost has already nearly doubled from its original price tag.

The narrative the Democratic partisans mentioned above are trying to push is that all of these problems are the result of GOP obstructionism. If they had only done everything the president wanted, given the administration every dime they needed, and enthusiastically pitched in to inform the American public about the coming changes, everything would be peaches and cream and Obamacare would be a hit.

It’s nonsense, of course. Obamacare doesn’t need GOP obstructionism to be a disaster in both the near and long term. The exchanges may eventually become workable, although the time frame might be measured in years rather than months. Medicaid expansion won’t be too bad at first, but given the program’s ill health, you wonder how long it will be before signs of collapse set in.

Even hikes in insurance premiums may level off eventually, although that is by no means certain. In short, even with GOP obstructionism, the program will probably muddle through.

But Republicans aren’t obstructing this law because it will become one more entitlement that’s going to add to the deficit, or because they hate Obama. They are obstructing the implementation of a law that fundamentally alters the relationship between the government and the governed — alters that equation in ways that are at odds with the purposes and intent of the Founders. We embrace first principles because they supply an anchor to our past that allows us to maintain fundamental ideas of freedom and liberty in any age, under any government run by any party. Obamacare runs counter to some of those notions of liberty because it takes so many decisions about one’s personal and private life away from the individual and places it with the collective.

The obstruction charge relating to such a law should be embraced by the party, not denied.

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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Get your facts right! The final bill had 159 republican amendments - but was so riddled with pure BS and job killing ideas that it was too tough a bill for republicans to swallow.

So - how may republicans voted for the ACA?

I'm seeing full time people in my town getting cut back to part time because of the ACA. At first I thought those 'Help Wanted --- Part Time' signs were a sign that the economy around here was picking up. Seems it isn't so. Full time help is being cut back to part time - 20 hours or less from 40+ hours per week. These are people working in fast food places etc and supporting a family on the minimum wage - so now they have to go out and find another part time job to make ends meet. All thanks to the 'Affordable' Care Act. As usual the progressives run smack into the wall known as The Law of Unintended Consequences. Otherwise known as Can't Think Through a Problem without f&&king things up.

Talk about 'so riddled with spin and dishonesty ' - that would describe your post - and the 'promise' of the ACA.
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Obamacare is the law of the land.
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At one time Jim Crow laws were the law of the land. They are gone.
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If it is such a wonderful thing, then why Obama is exempted from Obamacare?
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This is truly hilarious considering even Obama doesn't want to see it go into full force, at least not until he is about out of office!
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Create a law no one can fully comply with. Then, because there is precedent law for laws being selectively enforced, selectively punish those who fail to promote the agenda. They did break the law, didn't they? (Cf. RSFRS Criminal Code Article 58 "Counter-revolutionaries")
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The Republicans must return (verbal) fire and make it clear through whatever public conduit available that the disaster of Obamacare was entirely a Democrat Frankenstein. Take no portion of the Democrat leaders, particularly the President's, responsibilities for this bassackward approach to healthcare.
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I'd be surprised if the progressives didn't take the definition of nihilism at the extreme when describing republicans and conservatives. If they could get away with it they'd pass laws outlawing republicans/conservatives using the definition below:

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ni·hil·ism

[nahy-uh-liz-uhm, nee-]
noun
1.
total rejection of established laws and institutions.
2.
anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity.
3.
total and absolute destructiveness, especially toward the world at large and including oneself: the power-mad nihilism that marked Hitler's last years.
4.
Philosophy.
a.
an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth.
b.
nothingness or nonexistence.
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(sometimes initial capital letter) the principles of a Russian revolutionary group, active in the latter half of the 19th century, holding that existing social and political institutions must be destroyed in order to clear the way for a new state of society and employing extreme measures, including terrorism and assassination.


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In reality nihilism is an apt description of many of the progressives core groups! Occupy Wall Street - animal rights organizations - Green Peace - etc etc. I find it interesting that the invectives they hurl at us actually fit them to a tee! Their core support is long list filled with kooks and all manner of enemies of what we consider normal. Too bad those core progressive groups who really believe in their group causes will be nothing but useful idiots discarded if/when the progressives have their way. This is all-out war - make no mistake about that fact. The only thing missing in this war is the shooting - and it'll come - just be ready. Seems they've already warned us the shooting could come in Texas where the lefty kooks are planning to riot over the Texas Legislature's passing of minor restrictions on abortion. I say BRING IT ON!

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The post is so riddled with spin and dishonesty that I'm not sure where to start, or why I should. I'm not sure if Mr. Moran forgot about the "death panels" or if he's finally conceded that was an outright lie. Speaking of outright lies, here we go again as Rick states verbatim that "Republicans had zero input on Obamacare". Over in the real world, the final bill included 161 Republican amendments which resulted from six bipartisan groups that met 72 times along with 30 bipartisan hearings. Zero input?

This blatant dishonesty represents the real head in the sand lie repeating position the GOP has on the ACA. The strategy seems to be an orchestrated effort to keep the public uninformed while injecting fear mongering and lies while ignoring the fact that a repeal without any type of replacement will not only kick 30 million people off medical access, but will continue to explode the deficit.

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Please do not flag Mr. Ward's post as abusive. Just because he disagrees with you doesn't mean the comment should be deleted.
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Affordable Healthcare Act.

Somehow, I don't think much else needs to be said than the name of this healthcare destroying 'telephone book' sized piece of legislation. If it is so great, why has this administration granted waivers to labor unions (payback for their votes) and big business (they realize this could completely destroy our economy)? I included the answers to make it easy. Even many liberal legislators are having second thoughts.
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If it is so wonderful and will help so many people, why does the President delay its implementation? Children may die because of his actions and that makes me sad.
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Please send me a copy of that White House handout you quoted all those numbers from.

The work done by those "bipartisan" committees were rejected by Harry Reid - including a Max Baucus led effort that tried to pare the bill down to a size that could be understood by humans. Obama also rejected several compromises and kept feeding the narrative that the GOP had no alternative ideas of its own - despite the fact that 3 different Republican bills had been introduced including Wyden-Bennett.

But you're right. I should have written "effectively zero input." My bad.

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Where should we start Rick? How about H.R. 3468, “Promoting Health and Preventing Chronic Disease through Prevention and Wellness Programs for Employees, Communities, and Individuals Act” (Castle bill); H.R. 4038, “Common Sense Health Care Reform & Accountability Act” (Republican Substitute bill); H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act” (Kirk bill), "Coverage, Prevention and Reform Act"), “Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act” (Enzi bill); H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); H.R. 4529, “Roadmap for America’s Future Act” (Ryan bill); S. 1099, “Patients’ Choice Act” (Burr-Coburn, Ryan-Nunes bill)),H.R. 4038, “Common Sense Health Care Reform & Accountability Act” (Republican Substitute bill); H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act” (Kirk bill)),House Republican Substitute; H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); “Coverage, Prevention, and Reform Act” ),H.R. 4529, “Roadmap for America’s Future Act;” S. 1099, “Patients’ Choice Act;” H.R. 3400, Republican Study Group bill; S. 1783, or “Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act” (Enzi bill))?

But your one quote that I jumped on really isn't an exception but more the norm. The Obama bashers and health care haters really have very little to argue so they simply make up silly stuff or perhaps just here and believe what they want to. Does ACA have problems or bugs? Of course. But instead of working to resolve or tweak these issues, they seem to rely on deception and manipulating facts. The real objective seems to be to keep the public uninformed as we've seem Mitch McConnell bulling the sports leagues if they helped in explaining the details.

Instead of an honest debate, you guys are still trying to perfect or top the death panel scams. And if you succeed, 30 million people will become uninsured and that problem will continue to explode the deficit. And to that argument, the opposition's heads seem to be in the sand.
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Get your facts right! The final bill had 159 republican amendments - but was so riddled with pure BS and job killing ideas that it was too tough a bill for republicans to swallow.

So - how may republicans voted for the ACA?

I'm seeing full time people in my town getting cut back to part time because of the ACA. At first I thought those 'Help Wanted --- Part Time' signs were a sign that the economy around here was picking up. Seems it isn't so. Full time help is being cut back to part time - 20 hours or less from 40+ hours per week. These are people working in fast food places etc and supporting a family on the minimum wage - so now they have to go out and find another part time job to make ends meet. All thanks to the 'Affordable' Care Act. As usual the progressives run smack into the wall known as The Law of Unintended Consequences. Otherwise known as Can't Think Through a Problem without f&&king things up.

Talk about 'so riddled with spin and dishonesty ' - that would describe your post - and the 'promise' of the ACA.
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Well, the real sickness is the death kneel to the most exceptional health care system, bar none, if this disaster is fully implemented. Not only that, but the bomblets within are lethal, to say the least.
IF one truly wants to understand what the rush to 'transform' the health care system is really about, look no further, and it has ZERO to do with better services for the less fortunate - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-towards-gun-control-runs-through-obamacare-via-its-definition-of-mentally-ill-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Much more than meets the eye. Sounds Orwellian, but no less true.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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A wonderful thing!
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