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October 27, 2013 - 2:36 pm

President Obama answered a question this morning about the failed Obamacare website by bouncing past the press toward church.

The president last went to church on Easter; he tends to confine his churchgoing to holidays.

“Good morning, everyone,” Obama said to the White House press pool as he left to walk through Lafayette Park to attend services at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Michelle Obama and their daughters.

According to the White House pool report, the president was asked whether Nov. 30 was a realistic deadline for the Obamacare online exchange fixes. “C’mon guys, I’m going to church,” he replied.

He sat many pews ahead of the press. The pool saw Obama go toward the altar to accept communion, but couldn’t see or hear much.

After church, the presidential motorcade promptly headed toward Fort Belvoir for some golf. He spent four hours on the green with White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, Walter Nicholson, and Obama curtain holder Joe Paulsen.

In his weekly address on Saturday, Obama made yet another pitch for his healthcare initiative, saying “ultimately, the easiest way to buy insurance in this Marketplace will be a new website, HealthCare.gov.”

“But as you may have heard, the site isn’t working the way it’s supposed to yet. That’s frustrating for all of us who have worked so hard to make sure everyone who needs it gets health care. And it’s especially frustrating for the Americans who’ve been trying to get covered. The site has been visited more than 20 million times so far. Nearly 700,000 people have applied for coverage already. That proves just how much demand there is for these new quality, affordable health care choices. And that’s why, in the coming weeks, we are going to get it working as smoothly as it’s supposed to. We’ve got people working overtime, 24/7, to boost capacity and address these problems, every single day,” Obama said.

He said the website had been updated to include more information about applying by phone, mail or through a navigator.

“Don’t worry – these plans will not sell out. We’re only a few weeks into a six-month open enrollment period, and everyone who wants insurance through the Marketplace will get it,” Obama continued. “Some people have poked fun at me this week for sounding like an insurance salesman. And that’s okay.  I’d still be out there championing this law even if the website were perfect.”

The president added it was “interesting to see Republicans in Congress expressing so much concern that people are having trouble buying health insurance through the new website – especially considering they’ve spent the last few years so obsessed with denying those same people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it.”

“As I’ve said many times before, I’m willing to work with anyone, on any idea, who’s actually willing to make this law perform better.  But it’s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for its failure.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Obama continued. “Some people have poked fun at me this week for sounding like an insurance salesman.

No Obama, like a snake oil salesman.
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"The president added it was “interesting to see Republicans in Congress expressing so much concern that people are having trouble buying health insurance through the new website – especially considering..."

Sweet pea, republicans were aghast that after 3 1/2 years and at a cost somewhere between$400 & $600 million, even a straightforward website wouldn't work.

As usual, you're lying.

And I'm sure that you who didn't read the thing you signed, just as your pals in Congress didn't read the thing they passed, couldn't explain any of this.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-health-exchanges-wont-tell-you-2013-09-27/print?guid=A3C21C28-27BC-11E3-944C-00212803FAD6
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With every sickening speech about the tragic consequences of Obamacare, Obama sounds more and more like the kid who murders his parents and then asks the judge for mercy because he's an orphan.
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Hopefully, while in church the Holy Spirit convicted Obama that his health care plan is not the Christian thing to do. I get very tired of hearing people say, "what would Jesus do". You don't have to wonder. All of what Jesus taught is in the Bible for the world to know "what Jesus would do"

Jesus gave us free will and choice in all things, but also gave caution that are consequences for those choices. The eternal hierarchy has been established and no amount of argument from man will change that.

When asked by His disciples what the greatest commandments were, Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your mind and your soul. Love your neighbor as yourself"

There were commandments giving to individuals to fulfill through relationship with one another. You cannot know your neighbors needs if you do not know your neighbor. I believe Jesus would say, "instead of taking that extra vacation, donate food for your neighbor. Or instead of trading in your old car for a new one, donate it to a family in need. Or instead of those weekly manicures, there is a senior citizen someone in need of an RX filled". What would Jesus say? He'd say, DO IT!
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Wow B.O. going to a real church rather the the church of golf and fun.
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I believe he also repeatedly said while hunched over, "Sanctuary, sanctuary."
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Arguments against Obamacare have failed to activate people. Proof? It is still with us. And both true and untrue arguments against Obamacare have failed.

So we will have to see what blow back will happen when Obamacare is implemented.

And when blow back hits we will have to see what influence those who will have earned the right to say I told you so will have.

As for the IT problems. I suspect that like the rest of Obamacare we are "seeing" only the tip of the iceberg. It seems unlikely that the problem are the coordination of the individual exchanges.

It looks like a problem of their integration into one system, and this is because the servers downstream of the log on servers are so vast in numbers and so deep in cascading relationships that the scale of the IT work is useless, has to be scrapped, redesigned and started over.

The political fallout avoided now comes from hiding that the redesign will be at the earliest two years in the making and very likely four years.

Here is why. When I logged on the Google I searched for PJ Media and clicked the link in Goggle. So the relationship is 1 log to one of several hundred Google servers BUT all those servers don't talk to one another.

When the link comes up and I click it I go to the PJ Media server. Then I click on an article. Although the server environment is more complicated still we have a system that is only two or three servers "deep".

So the requirement with Google is "bandwith" - server processing power - and traffic capacity. And that's all.

Obamacare is nothing of the kind. An application made on an exchange server has to "talk" to servers at IRS, Social Security, Home land Security, CBO, HHS, and each of those have to access dozens of servers deep.

Unlike Google and PJ Media, what talking goes on in these servers depends on the age of the applicant, their income, their employment status, if they are a Vet, a retired Railroad person, single, married, and etc etc.

This talking between myriad servers is, I think, the issue here. This means the "scale" of the original implementation plan is insufficient and the solution is a few years off and if it can cost 1 billion dollars in five years, and Congress needs it done in three years, think 6 billion.
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what should be repeated are B.O.'s own words.

If you like your plan you can keep it. How many cancelations have gone out.

Your plan will cost about $2500 less, How many are getting increases

You can keep your doctor, but if your doctor is fired and let go from you plan you can't, as the cost previous

So the destruction of health care is about complete, and as Harry Reid and others have said they want the government running it completely.
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After killing Osama bin Laden Obama didn't want to "spike the football' because he didn't want to further offend his Muslim buddies, but now he not only spikes the ball he is doing a never ending "end zone celebration".

Although Obama has always been a crybaby in defeat one can't say that he has been magnanimous in victory.

He clearly has no fear of the Republican surrender monkeys and less respect for them than he has for the Taliban.

It looks like he smells blood in the water and is going for the kill.
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US Dollar is falling through the floor on the money markets. Thank you OBOZO.
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What is it with the LEFT and euphemism 'Affordable' is now the adjective of choice for the USURPER and the Democraps used all the time now that 'CHEAPER' has finally been exposed for the LIE it always was. Just like the Green NAZI's who now never mention 'Global Warming' because its demonstrably NOT happening and instead call it 'Climate Change' which of course is completely NATURAL and has been happening since time began and which has NOTHING whatsoever to do with puny MAN.
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I wrote a post above about the scale of the IT failure. Here is another scale issue your link made me think about. Prior to Obamacare people who wanted health insurance bought it and people who didn't want it didn't buy any.And whatever the premiums were they were.

Along come Obamacare and with it the claim that everyone who didn't buy insurance will now have to. OK. So why are premiums going up?

It isn't because of poor people taking insurance - money is being diverted from Medicare (our tax dollars) to Medicaid to pay for that.

So why are the other premiums going up?
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your comment is like what has happened in California with plastic and paper bags at the grocery. Usually it is your choice, and it is free.

Now if the government eliminates plastic, why did they have to institute a cost for the paper bags that the markets have to charge.
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