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November 30, 2013 - 7:22 am
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As I’m sure you know, today is the day that all America has been waiting for: the day that the Obamacare website — HealthCare.gov — is supposed to work for the “vast majority” of users.

How’s that coming, guys?

Whoops…

A crucial weekend for the troubled website that is the backbone of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul appears to be off to a shaky start, as the U.S. government took the HealthCare.gov site offline for an unusually long maintenance period into Saturday morning.

Just hours before the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline to get the insurance shopping website working for the “vast majority” of its users by Saturday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it was taking down the website for an 11-hour period that would end at 8 a.m. EST on Saturday.

It was unclear whether the extended shutdown of the website – about seven hours longer than on typical day – represented a major setback to the Obama administration’s high-stakes scramble to fix the portal that it hopes eventually will enroll about 7 million uninsured and under-insured Americans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

At the very least, the shutdown suggested that nine weeks after the website’s disastrous launch on October 1 prevented most applicants from enrolling in coverage and ignited one of the biggest crises of Obama’s administration, U.S. officials are nervous over whether Americans will see enough progress in the website to be satisfied.

For the administration and its Democratic allies, the stakes are enormous.

How’s this for supreme irony? The White House is eager to get people signed up for Obamacare through the website — but not that eager. They are actually urging people not to visit the site today so that it doesn’t crash due to the crush of users.

It’s fascinating to see how the administration has moved the goalposts on progress for the site:

Officials, over the past few weeks, have steadily lowered expectations for that Nov. 30 deadline. First, they said it would be fixed. Then they said it would be significantly improved. On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the site is “on track” to give a “significantly different user experience” by this weekend.

The comments reflect concern that traffic could once again overwhelm the site, despite improvements made since the Oct. 1 launch.

Does it sound like the administration is going to achieve its goals?

According to Jeff Zients, a former administration official brought in to lead efforts to fix the website, success would mean that 800,000 people can successfully visit HealthCare.gov each day, with up to 50,000 of them online at the same time.

He told reporters at a White House briefing on Tuesday that teams working 24/7 still were making improvements intended to boost capacity to handle an expected surge in visitors with the end of November deadline.

“What we are comfortable with is that the 800,000 consumer visits a day will handle the demand across the coming months,” Zients said.

It better. Republicans already are declaring the website and the sweeping health law a failure.

While the website exposed a serious flaw in executing the program and was a political embarrassment, Obama’s poll numbers have slid sharply over individual policy cancellations that disproved his repeated refrain when selling the program publicly that people could keep their coverage if they preferred.

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They will declare victory and move on.

Pravda will provide the cover.

It will work because the vast majority of the population does not need to use the website at this time. All they need is for pravda to stop reporting the disaster. Hear no evill see no evil.
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Maybe I'm an old codger, an old coot, but I don't really get the whole PPACA "web-site" imperative. How is this essential, or why is it integral, to the whole reform of health insurance, and health care? Carbon copies and triplicate are well understood. Pay stubs and 1040s are well-understood, at least by some few. Hard copies are storable and unhackable. Private medical considerations are supposed to be unsearchable, but now they are not only hackable, but demanded to be downloaded to the government for "reimbursement" purposes. (If I pay cash to my doctor, must this information still be reported to the government?)

How hard is it to contact five or ten (or as it has been regulated for some reason by the government, two or three) insurance companies, by their web site, by phone or (as I like to do) by walking in the door? We had four years to do this. Does anyone really think that 150 million families could not make their way into an insurance office in that time?

Heck, we could have gone into the social security administration's offices and used the employees there, or used their computers.

And the internet!! One of the chief information and identity theft areanas in the world! Why the internet? Instead of protecting the US, its electronics and the power grid from EMP pulses, whether natural or man-created, the government writes a new massive law (that can only be created, or put down on paper by high-speed printers) that can only be implemented by computers.

Couldn't I just have gone to my doctor's office and picked up four or five brochures and sent in a check to one of them?

But instead I have to have my tax information, liability and payments calculated by after putting in pretty much my whole life history and social circumstances.

No wonder we need free iphones and free intenet access to be made a human right: it's the only way to communicate with our leaders.


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I have consistently got the same error on obamacare for over a month. I have had numerous chats with the useless reps explaining the error and that their "solutions" have been tried several times without effect.

Logging on today I got the error again, not surprised and the same patter of BS. If this is the extent to which they fixed the problems they have not fixed anything important.
1 year ago
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"The vast majority of" is Obamaspeak for 7, all on Medicaid.
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Let's see, if California enrolls 2,000 a day, in a year they will enroll about 730,000, which is about 2% of the entire state? Which still begs the question of who is enrolling in what? Most accounts have most "enrollees" either enrolling in nothing at all but setting up an account, or being shunted off to Medicaid, which is basically nothing, if you show up at the ER you get "Medicaid" service one way or another. More than 1,000,000 have been *cancelled* just in California already, so we're not even re-enrolling them in new policies. So, just where are all those who have suffered in silence and for the first time are getting insurance? Out of that 2,000 per day, who knows, maybe 2? 10?

How about, out of that million, how many are paying twice as much for half the coverage due to the big, fat deductibles? 500 a day? 1,000?

Even these attempts at good news are absurd, only the MSM and the lofo think they mean anything.
1 year ago
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Obama Lied! Healthcare Died!

Hit 'em with some of their own Alinsky BS.
1 year ago
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Is it secure yet?
1 year ago
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And if the website were to work, so what? Does is erase the other problems inherent in the ACA such as doctors leaving the program and rationing of illnesses that are very treatable?
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They're going to handle 800,000 /day, but the system collapses if more than 50,000 try to connect at one time? My question would be how does each of the 50K member tranches know when it's their turn? If two groups of 50k get confused and try to logon at the same time, won't that create problems? Which genius level federal bureaucrat is going to keep folks queued up and synchronized so this thing doesn't continue to fall apart like a cheap suit every 15 minutes?
1 year ago
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Tim Egan's an Illiberal useful idiot. Nikita Khrushchev would be proud of this moron's compliance.

Now it's '50 million' who don't possess health insurance?

I remember then-Uhdumbo & co. saying 30, 35, 38 million..!

The # continues to go up and up. Partly due to the ACA CANCELING people's private insurance.

The % of those denied health insurance is >1% of the nation. This government hijacking of our health insurance is built on outright lies, NWO-seeking purposes only.

The fact of the matter is the overwhelming demographic who DOESN'T possess health insurance are HEALTHY tweeners-30-something's and is overwhelmingly due to FREE WILL.

This freakin' troglodyte Egan nor the website provide insofar WHY said person is visiting the site. Perhaps due to ACA their policy has been cancelled and/ or price of their original policy has exponentially increased due to ACA.

Or perhaps those going to the site are ONLY getting on Medicare, Medicaid etc., etc.

A website that costs this much COULD and SHOULD provide said information. Though that would destroy the entire Illiberal narrative of the ACA...

1. More than 3/4's of KY's enrollment has been for Medicaid!

2. CA has been 'expanding' (lowering standards) Medicaid (Medi-Cal) since '11 when ACA became law. Whereas increased taxes (i.e. 'revenue') HAS to take place for ACA to survive there and EVERYWHERE.

I'll bet Egan and his like-minded fools believe de facto amnesty recipients in CA whom used the hospital ER and clinics for 'free' will now 'proudly' purchase health insurance too, right? Idiot.

Attempting to reason, showing decorum with the likes of Egan is a fool's errand.
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They will declare victory and move on.

Pravda will provide the cover.

It will work because the vast majority of the population does not need to use the website at this time. All they need is for pravda to stop reporting the disaster. Hear no evill see no evil.
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