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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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my neighbor's sister-in-law makes $84 hourly on the computer. She has been out of work for eight months but last month her pay check was $12581 just working on the computer for a few hours. straight from the source........... http://www.Bay95.com
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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.
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If, as we are told, the 'back end' which makes payments to the Insurance companies doesn't even exist yet how can this TRAIN WRECK of a website be allowed to insult the public. Couple that with its SECURITY liabilities and you have a recipe for FURTHER disasters down the line.
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"The vast majority of" is Obamaspeak for 7, all on Medicaid.
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Obama, Mengela's Spawn, through your arrogance, heartlessness and stupidity, you have opened this formally blessed land and millions of innocent lives to the horror and devastation of ObamaCare...
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The Left always uses euphemisms to hide what they are REALLY doing just look at the NAZIS giving the Jews 'Resettlement' in the East and the signs over the Concentration and Death camps 'Arbeit Macht Frei' (work brings freedom) . A good rule of thumb is to look at what any Left wing moonbat calls anything then realize that the exact OPPOSITE is the truth and you wont go far wrong.
The 'euphemisms' were designed to lull the suspicions of the victims just as the DemocRATS deceive the Low Info MORONS with 'euphemisms' in America today. But they have an advantage over the NAZIS in that they have WILLING victims , already Brainwashed by Academia and a Lame Stream EneMedia, in the Low Info MORONS and RACIST Blacks.
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Many many more people have LOST their Insurance than have been able to get Insurance on Obamacare. The ostensible aim was to Insure 30-40 million people with no Insurance , however most of those INTENTIONALLY had no Insurance, but the reality of Obamacare is that MORE people will not have Insurance as a direct result of Obamacare and MOST of those signing up will opt for Medicaid meanwhile the others will PAY THROUGH THE NOSE for the feckless and workshy to get coverage as the Young Poeple designated by the DemocRATS to be the 'cash cows' for Obamacare will avoid it like the plague.
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Forget the Website it has been to OBOZO's benefit as it provided a diversion and has hidden the real TRAIN WRECK which is Obamacare itself.
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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.
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