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October 19, 2013 - 8:57 am
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What happens if tens of thousands of consumers get their first insurance bill and discover they’re paying more than they thought? Or get a notice from the IRS that the subsidy they thought they were getting is incorrect? Imagine: pitchforks, tar, and feathers.

CMS officials and the large insurers thought at first that the garbled data being automatically sent to insurers must be a function of some very simple problems of format incompatibility between the government and insurer systems, but that now seems not to be the case, and the problem appears to be deeper and harder to resolve. It is a very high priority problem, because the system will not be able to function if the insurers cannot have some confidence about the data they receive. At this point, insurers are trying to work through the data manually, because the volume of enrollments is very, very low. But again, if that changes, this could quickly become impossible.

Given all of the above, what are the options going forward?

The nightmare scenarios, the “unthinkable options,” involve larger moves than that—like putting enrollment on hold or re-starting the exchange system from scratch at some point. No one seems to know how this could work or what it would mean, but everyone involved is contending with a far worse set of circumstances than they were prepared for. This is a major disaster from their point of view, not a set of glitches, and they simply do not know how long it will take to fix. They dearly want to see progress day by day, but they are generally not seeing it.

The canned response from many on the right is that the system was “designed” to fail or that Obama and the Democrats want it to fail so that a single-payer system can be implemented. It’s an interesting theory but not likely, as Jim Geraghty points out:

This is where you say, “It’s designed to fail! It’s designed to collapse the existing health-care system!” That’s a really compelling theory, but the catch is that it’s got Obama’s name on it and the Democratic party has built just about all of their political capital on the idea that it would work. Democrats would be betting that after completely fouling up their signature domestic policy and one-sixth of the American economy, the voters would trust them to give it another shot, this time making even bigger, more radical, expensive, and complicated changes.

Besides, for the conspiracy to work, a single-payer system would have to get through the GOP House, not to mention needing 60 votes in the Senate. Does anyone believe that after the internal bloodletting over defunding Obamacare there are any Republicans who would vote for their own electoral execution and help pass a single-payer system?

No, this is sheer incompetence, coupled with typical dishonesty from the administration. They may pay for it by owning the biggest boondoggle in American history — the failure of a government entitlement that could discredit the idea of big government for a long time.

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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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I'm the President, you've got me on video saying we can't get to single payer right away, I know the public has the attention span of a gnat, I'm a pathological liar, I've got the media all on my side. When ACA starts to go under, I'll be ready with a plan which will be touted as saving healthcare by all the media, a plan which will be ready to go. All I have standing against me is a few conservatives in the House. I got my media steamroller all warmed up and ready to go. If I can get immigration passed, I have just that many more drones ready to believe whatever I say. How are you going to stop me, eh?
1 year ago
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It does seem that we've passed beyond dishonesty, where the ends justify the means. We are beyond sophistry with this administration. They are pathological liars.

He's not President Asterisk. He's President Pathological Liar.
1 year ago
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Well, it is clear to me that Bam has some other destroy America objective in mind.
If things are really this bad, consider the fantastic opportunity he's missed. Three weeks ago, he could have agreed to a postponement for individuals and claimed the resonableness high ground for the rest of his term. No one would have had proof of the continuing incompetence of his administration.
Thus, Bam didn't know how bad things were in his administration or he knew but didn't care.
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As I've been screaming for ages now : The notion that the collapse of obamacare will lead to single payer is risible, because of the USA's economic situation: We're beyond bankrupt. We're in slow motion economic collapse. A NHS is no longer among the even remotely feasible possibilities.

If the USA stays one nation (God forbid-a break up is now the BEST case scenario IMO), then the ACA will be just like Roe vs Wade : "Vote for us! We'll protect the unborn!" versus "Vote for us, to keep choice legal!" It'll be, "Vote for us! We'll repeal obamacare...some day!" versus "Vote for us! We'll turn obamacare into single payer FREE health care...some day!" But that day will never come.
51 weeks ago
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So... Summarizing, ObamaCare is basically really O-Bait&Switch-Care?

Wow..., who could have seen that coming...?
51 weeks ago
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They are doing what sleazy salesmen do: make it seem like the cost you are hearing is a special favor to you, because the salesman really likes you.

This used to be the norm for used cars, but the internet has been putting a stop to that- now you can go online and see the typical value for a 2007 Honda Accord with 60,000 miles. But Obamacorp doesn't want that happening here, so they've put up roadblocks on the information highway.

And now they can't explain the traffic jams.

52 weeks ago
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Forget Sebelius,she only does what she's told by BO and friends.Get them.Also,dont let anybody tell you thier health Ins costs did not go up.Almost everyone has an increase in co-pay and a big reduction in certain benifits.Who's worse,Hitler or Obama?Tough call my friends.
52 weeks ago
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One more thing. If the website failure ultimately causes obama to have a 1 yr delay to give it time to get ready, repubs should constantly remind the whole nation, especially the MSM, that the pre shutdown compromise house CR had the 1 yr delay that obama is now asking for, and obama/reid rejected that compromise CR, and shutdown the gov, rather than accept a 1 yr delay, a delay that obama is now approving himself. So given that repub house pre shutdown compromise offer, an offer that obama has now admitted was a reasonable thing to do, who was REALLY at fault for the shutdown.
52 weeks ago
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The article brings up the interesting issue of whether obamacare was designed to fail, as a stalker for single payer, and dismisses it as a conspiracy theory. But I remember numerous prominent dems specificalloy saying (generally to dem only audiences) that obamacare would not be permanent, but would one day lead to single payer, so there is a conspiracy somewhere. I think the real truth is obama was designed to fail, but not as spectacularly as it has.
It was desiogned to work well enough so the entire insurance market would eventually come under its control, and the public would get used to complete gov control of health care. Then the onerous gov regs, and the incompatable demands placed on them, would gradually undermine the private insurance markets, and any problems could then be blamed on those "evil insurance companies" who must then be replaced wth gov entities. The problem was that obamacare did not just fail in a small way, but is failing so spectacularly that the entire concept of gov involvement in health care is being discredited, which definitely was not the dem plan. So the real truth is the dems knew it would fail enough to undermine the private insurance market, but did not count on obamas gross incompetance causing it to fail quite as spectacularly as it now is, and undermining the very idea of gov control of health care..
52 weeks ago
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I simply don't understand why a 2,500 page health care law -- with 20,000 pages of associated regulations implemented by faceless bureaucrats, none of whom bear any responsibility or risk for their actions -- should be so hard to present as a webpage to people who know who Jay Z is but don't know which party Obama heads.
1 year ago
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This kind of problem in software development is well known. The more people you throw at a software project the slower it goes. It was discovered at IBM when a late operating system continued to get further and further behind schedule as more and more programmers where assigned to speed it up. I'm not sure this Obamacare project is big enough for this problem to arise, but it sure is fun to watch them make the attempt to replicate the Mythical Man Month phenomena as described by IBMer Fred Brooks in his book of that name. Fred lost his job as I recall.
1 year ago
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The sign up process is only the beginning of the failure; It's when citizens try to get health care that it will totally tip over. There is a huge difference between health insurance and health care.
BTW: What was the cost to the economy of all of the FREE care given to whomever showed up at the emergency wards? What, maybe $10-$15Billion? That's chump change compared to ACA. It could have been paid for by a simple "uninsured person" fee just like we have in auto insurance policies. This isn't about health insurance or health care; it is all about POWER!
Can you imagine all health care workers being part of some big union?
Just like the British system- ACA would be the largest employer on Earth dwarfing both India's RR and China's military.
I think we are pretty screwed.
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