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December 1, 2013 - 11:04 am
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Today is the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline for Healthcare.gov to be “fixed.”

After initially promising a complete fix of the broken Web site by “the end of November,” the White House has incrementally lowered expectations, moved the goalposts and backpedaled on earlier promises as the depth and intractability of the site’s problems became apparent during November’s “tech surge.”

But the deadline itself could not be moved because of unchangeable schedules built into the Affordable Care Act — the most significant being that everyone in the nation is now required by law to have health insurance by January 1, 2014. Healthcare.gov — the only place where the federal subsidies could be obtained to offset the new sky-high insurance plans — had to be working by December, or Obamacare would collapse under the weight of tens of millions of people breaking the law through no fault of their own.

So the administration had absolutely no choice but to declare victory today and deem Healthcare.gov to be sufficiently “fixed” for them to claim that they kept their promises and met the deadline:

HealthCare.gov team claims victory: ‘We have met the goal’

The Obama administration claimed victory Sunday for making HealthCare.gov workable for the vast majority of users….

But even during their victory dance itself they were still moving the goalposts and backpedaling further:

The agency that oversees HealthCare.gov said “we believe we have met the goal” of making the system navigable for most people, but cautioned that more problems may lie ahead.

“Dramatic progress has been made,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stated in a report released Sunday morning. “[But] there is more work to be done to continue to improve and enhance the website.”

Administration officials acknowledge that there are more errors to fix with HealthCare.gov. The severity of these issues is unknown, and it is possible that some have yet to be discovered.

“As with any web project, there is not a magic moment [for completion], but a process of continual improvement over time,” CMS communications director Julie Bataille said Sunday.

The problem for the administration is that they moved the goalposts so often over the previous five weeks that they have already lost the messaging war.

One is reminded of the “Mission Accomplished” gaffe which many pundits now see as the PR snafu which began the unraveling of the Bush administration: Shortly after the successful 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bush appeared on an aircraft carrier to give a speech to the troops, and behind him was a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished.” In truth, the specific mission of invading Iraq, overthrowing the government and occupying the country had been accomplished — but over the subsequent months it became clear that quelling the Iraqi insurgency was far from accomplished, and that the war had just begun. Thus the moment became an iconic symbol of a broken presidential promise.

And so today’s declaration of victory over rebellious html code will come back to haunt Obama for the rest of his term.

Why?

I list five reasons on the next page.

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Like the t-shirt says: "I'm not voting for Monica Lewinsky's ex-boyfriends wife."
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Zombie has a lot more confidence n the American public than I do.

What I see is that somewhere between 5 and 15 million people have been directly affected by the obamacare disaster, and most of them are self-employed people who have never supported the marxists anyway. Certainly, that's a number, but it isn't an electoral disaster for the marxists because pravda has a year to work its magic, and the goody bag will be opened wider to win back the relatively small % of the obamabots who might have been lost during the obama knock-out game.

Now, you are probably saying, "but what about the small business market and the large employer market? A hundred million will be affected by those impending disasters!"

Sorry, they won't. The fascists will force the health care providers for those markets to keep the names of their plans; i.e., to NOT cancel people. Instead, those plans will be "transitioned" to provide birth control for men, and infant pediatrics for childless couples. Yes, deductables and co-pays willl change somewhat, but your lovable fascists in DC will insure that the changes are not so dramatic that people pick up pitchforks. Likewise for the doctor networks. Lord Obama will dictate to the insurers that the networks will stay in place until after the 2016 election. So you see, you will be able to keep your plan and your doctors. You will also probably find that the price is reasonably close to what you are paying today; since the insurers suckling at the teat of big government will discover that they the price to stay in business is the price that Lord Obama dictates to them.

You see, power is the only thing that matters to them, and they know how to keep their power. Some will suffer, but it won't be them, and it won't be the 51% they need to stay in power.
34 weeks ago
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"Shortly after the successful 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bush appeared on an aircraft carrier to give a speech to the troops, and behind him was a banner declaring “Mission Accomplished.” "

The entire Mission Accomplished fiasco was a product of an ignorant and/or willfully lying news media misleading an equally ignorant public. Anyone with any military experience understands that "mission accomplished" does not mean "we won the war". There is a big difference between a mission being successful and a war being won. The carrier was returning after it had accomplished its assigned mission.
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what I see and hear, is it isn't working, and the people that made the system haven't come out and told us that the last 30% of the system has been completed.
34 weeks ago
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Nothing has been accomplished except a complete destruction of President Obama’s credibility.

Not sure why you think that this is important. Oh sure, it would have some potential impact were Obama ever up for reelection, but since that isn't the case, he's simply not going to care. This Titanic-sized disaster is going to completely melt down the health insurance and health care industries in this country and Barry and Co. will simply say, "Hey, private insurance and industry simply don't worth for health care. It's time for Big Daddy government to come along with single payer and fix everything for you."
Of course, they won't mention that everyone will be moved into a plan in which Dr. Kevorkian is the health care provider.

I have no faith in the American people. It's not entirely their fault, of course, as the Establishment Media routinely lies to them. But you have to be kind of an idiot to believe all of those lies. The results of the last two elections show that you CAN fool some of the people all of the time. I'm actually leaning towards the "fooling all of the people all of the time" as our new reality.
34 weeks ago
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the only redeeming feature about this affecting B.O.'s credibility, is that so many libs voted and relied on him, and will be thrown under the bus.
34 weeks ago
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I lack the photo-shopping skills to do it. But I'd LOVE for someone capable to take the George Bush "Mission Accomplished" picture and adapt it.

My concepts:
- add ".gov" to the end of the banner,
- shop Obama's face over Bush's,
- Obama logo over the Seal of the POTUS.
-Add text: "If you like your website you can have it" backwards on the teleprompter.

Make it happen somebody!
34 weeks ago
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Does government by bureaucracy and boy emperor get any crazier than this?

If only we had a national media that was objective and somewhat less despising of roughly two-thirds (or, maybe, three-fifths) of the American people. And if only we had a U.S. Congress that LISTENED to The People on such matters as defense (one that shares *our* natural distrust of tin-horn dictators, communists, and Islamic hardliners), ILLEGAL immigration, socialized medicine, deficit spending, the kicking of the federal-budge-can down the road time and time and time and time again ...

It is so infuriating! We have the government, the media, academia, Hollywood, all ripping away at us and flipping our love of country and American culture into something "crazy" and "backwards" and (yes, stupidly enough) "radical." When all we want to do is make government accountable; hold firmly to the U.S. Constitution, take PRIDE in our culture and history. Liberals may hate the flag, but WE, who out-number them by legions, do not.
34 weeks ago
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Liberals often lament that regular people are "too stupid to vote in their own self-interest" because the liberals know what's best. With Obama it seems they figured out how to trick those for whom they have such contempt into voting in what liberals 'know' is their best interests.
34 weeks ago
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Though not my preferred style, the plain fact is that Obama, Sebellious, and the administration are God Damn shameless liars.

If this were only a policy disagreement between liberals and conservatives we could talk and compromise. Fact is a whole lotta folks are gonna be screwed by Obamacare.

Best Regards,
34 weeks ago
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ObamaCare Barack is a sarcasm, a burlesque, nothing but a joke.
34 weeks ago
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I'm sure by the spring, if you have a OFA magic decoder ring you will be able to avoid the penalty if you sign up or at least get a signed O poster as a present for paying.

However, those tiny deductibles in the Bronzed (Whitewashed?) start Jan 1 so any medical expenses before signing up will be on you, not credited on the deductible.
34 weeks ago
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When Reagan was sworn into office in 1981, he was 69. And everyone said, "He is so old." If Hillary is elected, we will hear how 70 is the new 50.
34 weeks ago
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Like the t-shirt says: "I'm not voting for Monica Lewinsky's ex-boyfriends wife."
34 weeks ago
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I think it was Dick Gregory, who, during a hunger strike held to try to end the Vietnam War, said, "If this war isn't over soon, I'm going to hold a press conference, declare it over, and eat." I may be wrong about the individual involved.
34 weeks ago
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All Republicans at the next State of the Union address should wear Joe Isuzu [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic0UejzZDZ8] masks in honor of Dear Liar.

ObamaCare’s healthcare dot gov, faster than a speeding bullet!

You have my word on it. Well, you know.
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