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October 30, 2013 - 9:59 am
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy Committee today to defend Obamacare and its website, Healthcare.gov. The hearing featured the usual Washington kabuki, as most members lined up along party lines to ask questions that Sebelius had no intention of answering honestly.

Here are a few things we learned during today’s hearing.

Healthcare.gov is not secure and was not tested to ensure security

Rep. Mike Rogers blasted Sebelius for the lack of security at Healthcare.gov. As he was questioning her, the AP reported that the government knew of security issues with Healthcare.gov. The security issues mean that Americans who use Healthcare.gov are putting their personal data at risk. But the Obamacare law forces millions of Americans to use that website to buy health insurance. The government, therefore, is requiring — by law — millions of Americans to put their personal data at risk to identity thieves.

Congressional hearings on serious topics get silly to generate sound bites

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) wasted part of his question time making an analogy to The Wizard of Oz because Sebelius was elected to political office from Kansas. This prompted a Democrat to defend Sebelius and Obamacare by claiming that the wizard in The Wizard of Oz offered “wonderful things.” The wizard in that movie turns out to be a fraud whose chief capability was fooling people with technological tricks, much like the Obama campaigns of 2008 and 2012. The entire exchange was a waste of time, but will probably show up on evening newscasts to discredit the hearing.

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As a woman let me translate what we mean when we say "whatever": "f--- you".
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Wouldn't you know it. The ONE thing Sebelius comes across that really needs to be aborted, is the one thing she is unwilling to perform the act upon.
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Eric Holder has got to be loving this sh!t. Keeps the heat off his incompetence.

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glad the Democrats completely own it.
1 year ago
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Check this error on the California site:

https://www.coveredca.com/shopandcompare/

Click "Home" up at the top.

That is a poorly declared javascript statement. Professional developers not only would not do it that way in the first place, but that this could pass multiple layers of QA people - and then go live to production - is pretty amazing.
1 year ago
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If the majority of Americans didn't want Obamacare, what makes anyone think that the majority of programmers and developers on the project want to do some serious hacking to make it work?
1 year ago
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But if it meets the government's specifications?

Cheers
1 year ago
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Their taking over health insurance is a nightmare, but imagine the horror when these ghouls take over LIFE INSURANCE!
1 year ago
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CNN ran an article fact-checking S.'s claim not be allowed to use Healthcare.gov. Turns out it's true, although not for the reason stated. If she was covered ONLY by FEHB, she could sign up, albeit losing her employer subsidiary (approx $10K pa). But she is Medicare eligible by age, and thus not allowed to purchase health care on the exchange.
1 year ago
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"If the problems Americans are experiencing now had taken place in October 2012, Mitt Romney would probably be president."

No. The millions who are getting shafted by O-Care will still vote for the same politicians that gave them the Democrat's Health Care mess. Their cognitive dissonance is too great to overcome, especially for the "takers" who still want all the other gumming goodies.
1 year ago
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A delay in the individual mandate would benefit obama since the people who would otherwise be hurt will have their pain delayed and may not vote for repeal minded Congress critters. I think that people need to be flaming mad at the time of the mid-term election or many of them still won't bother to vote.
1 year ago
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So...who here still buys that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee made fools of themselves for fixing in the Low-Information Public's mind that ObamaCare belongs EXCLUSIVELY to the DemocRats?

Who?

Anyone? Anyone? Buehler.....Buehler?
1 year ago
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"Democrats from President Obama on down oversold Obamacare to get it passed, and despite that shabby sales job . . ."
"Having oversold the law with a Gatling gun of lies . . ."

I am sick of hearing this law described as being "sold"! It was never sold - it was forced onto us by a pack of distortions, exaggerations & flat-out lies. To be sold, there MUST be a willing buyer. America was not a willing buyer for this monstrosity.
1 year ago
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It was sold to certain members of Congress and their tools, shills and lackeys. And fools. Most people, whatever their political views, thought the "pass it to see it" business was and is evil and wrong.
1 year ago
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I'm feelin' ya.

The "sell" for ObamaCare, like HillaryCare before it, was the notion sold to the public that Health Care is a "Right"...and that somehow this means that someone is OBLIGATED to provide it to you, regardless of your ability or even desire to pay for it.

Funny that it doesn't work that way with food or shelter, or even with the Rights enumerated in the Constitution.

Using government power to compel someone's labor for the private benefit of someone else is Slavery

ObamaCare is Slavery

We can sell THAT...as long as ObamCare is fully implemented and the extra expense of insuring the 40-some million uninsured,9plus however many tens of millions more are allowed in under their "Path to Amnesty" is fully realized by even the most benighted of the dullards.

1 year ago
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Oh wait. Those things will be coming soon, unless they crash the system first.
1 year ago
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Let's see, yep, it's just about time for aptly named "Dick" Durbin to come up with another racist lie to "squirrel" the hearings.
1 year ago
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I think Sebelius is an ncompetent government lackey and distrust everything she says, but she is accurate about not being able to apply for an Obamacare plan. Calling it "illegal" to apply is a stretch, but a person who has access to health insurance through their employer is not eligible for an Exchange plan, unless their participation in the employer's plan costs them more than 9.5% of their annual gross income.
1 year ago
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From a strictly partisan point of view, the GOP has acted rather sluggishly to the entire debacle. Yes, there are always Republican lawmakers willing to grandstand in front of the cameras. But, no one of any stature within the Republican Senate or House caucus is calling for the repeal of ObamaCare. Even the so-called conservative Tim Cruz only offers up a weak call for delaying the IM for 1 year.

If the GOP isn't careful, it will be an unindicted co-conspirator of ObamaCare. Where are the GOP policy wonks? Why aren't they on the TV and blogesphere 24x7 telling the voters that October is only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much wrong with ObamaCare that isn't fully documented that it would floor the Average Joe if he was told now. Nothing but crickets from the Loyal Opposition.
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>>>If the GOP isn't careful, it will be an unindicted co-conspirator of ObamaCare. Where are the GOP policy wonks? Why aren't they on the TV and blogesphere 24x7 telling the voters that October is only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much wrong with ObamaCare that isn't fully documented that it would floor the Average Joe if he was told now. Nothing but crickets from the Loyal Opposition.<<<

If you believe Angelo Codavilla's postulate of a "bipartisan" Governing Party/Class -v- the "Country Class"; the Institutional Republicans are merely the second string for the Democrats' team, trying to qualify for first string. So a victory for the Democrats in expanding the State is not a defeat for them, but a victory for their own team. Loyal Opposition is not a term that applies without further qualification as to who they are Loyal to.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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"the GOP has acted rather sluggishly to the entire debacle" since the 1960's.
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