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November 5, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Administration officials told senators today that they plan to respond to Americans who have had their health insurance canceled with an “outreach” program.

At the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee this morning, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asked Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner “about the administration’s plan to reach out to those Americans whose individually purchased plans are being canceled by their insurance companies.”

“There was a story in our paper in Seattle, about a 56-year-old woman who received one of those cancellation notices and who, like a lot of other people was told to blame the Affordable Care Act in that letter,” Murray said. “But of course, she wasn’t told that if she accessed the ACA marketplace it could save her and her family thousands of dollars and provide her with upgraded, more comprehensive health care coverage.”

“As I read her story, I that’s an important reminder that it’s gonna be an up-hill battle against some political and industry interest to get those individuals good information that have received those letters,” the senator added.

Tavenner said that’s “actually a conversation we’re having today.”

“Is there a way we can actively engage to reach out to people who have been canceled?” she continued. “Although they’re canceled, they are offered another policy. But I think what’s important for them to understand is, it’s not just that policy, it’s also the ability to go on the exchange. As you mentioned, in Washington state, they can — they don’t even have to apply, they can go take a look at what the rates are.”

Tavenner said they’re working on their “outreach” plan and would get back to the committee with that later this week.

She later told Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) that a public campaign coordinating with the “tech surge” will begin running at the end of November and go into December, January, February, and March.

“So, what if the site is not working?” Hagan asked.

“So the site will be working. The site is working now. What we are doing now is making performance improvements, but the site will be working,” Tavenner said.

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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Here is the truth. We cannot fight Obamacare if we sign up for it. The truth is - do not sign up for a new policy when you lose your old one. Easy to say of course, but there is no other way.

No politician will put an end to Obamacare. No matter if they are an enemy of it or a friend. No insurance company will put an end to it. No State government will put an end to it.

Only we can and I am afraid there is only one way to do that. We could have said we will vote in etc etc - but we won't. We had that opportunity and we didn't.

There is only one avenue left. Don't sign up whatever the consequence. The issue is this - we will die and we will suffer. Should this be on our terms or the Congress's term?

I have lost my insurance. So I will die. So what? I will die anyway - better on my terms than Obamacare's terms.

American cannot be born again unless it dies. Sorry to say it. Wish it weren't true. But it is.

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The ACA was sold to the American people under the guise of, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Period. If you like your doctor, you can keep them. Period.” There were no modifiers or qualifiers to those two statements at the time they were uttered multiple times.

ACA is one of the most divisive and poorly written pieces of legislation ever passed and signed into law. What else can we expect from a president that has put race relations back 25 to 30 years? And yet his supporters continue to make excuses and attempt to spin what was actually said with video recordings that provide 100% proof of what he said.

I am ashamed of the voters that put this incompetent community organizer in office and reelected him to a second term.
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According to archive.org, a website that caches websites on a regular basis, the Dystel.com website – the official website for Dystel & Goderich, Obama’s literary agents – was using the Barack Obama “born in Kenya” language until April 2007, just two months after then-Senator Obama declared his campaign for the presidency.


BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.

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BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Hawaii to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.
42 weeks ago
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I wonder what all the Politically Correct, Multi Culti, Green NAZI 'Kumbayah ' singing left wing moonbats and the incredibly preposterous Nobel Peace Prize committee think of the USURPERS private comments that 'I'm really good a KILLING people' .
This tells us a lot about their naive gullible stupidity and the USURPERS inhumane egotistical Malignant Narcissism.
42 weeks ago
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Muslims and Narcissists are PATHOLOGICAL LIARS.

Barry HUSSEIN Soetero Kardashian is a PATHOLOGICAL Liar too - draw your own conclusions.
42 weeks ago
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PROHIBITION was the Law of the Land but it damaged America so it was REPEALED

SLAVERY was the Law of the Land but it damaged America so it was REPEALED

No Votes for WOMEN was the Law of the Land but it damaged America so it was CHANGED

OBAMACARE is the Law of the Land and IS damaging America........................Fill in the blanks.

Nixon LIED about the break in but who really suffered only HIM.

Clinton LIED about sex and the intern but who really suffered only MONICA.

The USURPER LIED about Obamacare and is now LYING about his LIES but who is suffering MILLION and MILLIONS of American citizens thats who.

So I leave it up to you to decide who's LIES hurt America most and which President REALLY deserves IMPEACHMENT.
42 weeks ago
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the fraud perpetrated a fraud. go figure. whowouldathunkit?

still, we get the consolation prize of watching the fools who voted a fraud into office, twice, get put on the kenyan's death list w/ the rest of his potential victims. he is good at killing. we have 100's dead from fast & furious and Benghazi. he has never played by the rules. what makes anyone believe that health care isn't going to be rationed to friends and supporters? that's who he is. its what he does. he's good at death, remember? he finally told the truth as a joke. ha ha.
42 weeks ago
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America is like the Phoenix of legend. It will have to be consumed by the fire before it can rise from the flames.
42 weeks ago
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Here is the truth. We cannot fight Obamacare if we sign up for it. The truth is - do not sign up for a new policy when you lose your old one. Easy to say of course, but there is no other way.

No politician will put an end to Obamacare. No matter if they are an enemy of it or a friend. No insurance company will put an end to it. No State government will put an end to it.

Only we can and I am afraid there is only one way to do that. We could have said we will vote in etc etc - but we won't. We had that opportunity and we didn't.

There is only one avenue left. Don't sign up whatever the consequence. The issue is this - we will die and we will suffer. Should this be on our terms or the Congress's term?

I have lost my insurance. So I will die. So what? I will die anyway - better on my terms than Obamacare's terms.

American cannot be born again unless it dies. Sorry to say it. Wish it weren't true. But it is.

42 weeks ago
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The problem is, if you don't sign up for it, there's that fine, er, tax. It's not $95, at least for anyone making $9500 or less- and they'll get Medicaid anyhow; it's 1% of your income (AGI?). For anyone making $25,000, that's $250. In '15 it'll be 1.5%, and in '16 it'll be 2%. Those fines will go to support Obamacare, too. One way out, they can only collect it involuntarily, for now, at least, from tax returns.
So, if you are going to follow this course, make sure you have a small, i.e., less than $500, tax due every year. At least until they change the law, there'll be nothing for them to seize.
42 weeks ago
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People who lose their original policy, will not be signing up because they can not afford the outrageous premiums & deductibles in the government sponsored plans.

The unworkable website has been getting alot of hits indicating people are showing interest in acquiring any health insurance plan since they were dropped from the old ones.
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