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December 29, 2013 - 6:54 am
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The administration appears to have finally turned the corner on fixing the healthcare.gov website, removing a major impediment to consumers who wish to purchase insurance on the exchange. The White House announced early Sunday that about 1 million people had signed up for insurance through the troubled portal.

I took a turn through the site myself and while it’s not easy to navigate in some ways, at least it’s not crashing and burning.

The Hill reports:

More than 1.1 million people enrolled in ObamaCare before a December 24 deadline for consumers seeking healthcare plans that begin Jan. 1, the Obama administration said early Sunday.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a blog post that more than 975,000 people enrolled in a qualified health plan through the federal marketplace in December, following a rocky rollout in October.

Detailed demographics were not released.

Tavenner called the late surge “welcome.”

“Our HealthCare.gov enrollment nearly doubled in the days before the January 1 coverage deadline compared to the first few weeks of the month,” she said. “December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November. In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone.”

Tavenner said administration officials expect to see enrollment ramp up through the six-month open enrollment period, “much like other historic implementation efforts we’ve seen in Massachusetts and Medicare Part D.”

The administration said Friday that the HealthCare.gov website adequately handled a massive surge of Internet traffic ahead of last Tuesday’s deadline.

“There’s no question that, over this past weekend, Monday, and Tuesday, HealthCare.gov met the mark and did exactly what it was supposed to do–helping Americans from across the country find secure, quality health insurance coverage at an affordable price,” CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille said in a statement.

Bataille said that in the four days leading up to the Dec. 24 enrollment deadline, response times averaged half a second, and error rates were at less than 1 percent.

Of course, if the website were the only thing wrong with Obamacare, there would be smooth sailing from here on out. But the fact is, no one is sure what is going to happen on January 1, when coverage starts for millions of Medicaid patients as well as those who purchased insurance on the exchanges.

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Somehow, someway, they seem to have forgotten the five (5) million Americans who lost their insurance, while the crow about the one (1) million Americans who have signed up for ObozoCare. I may have my failings, but I can still subtract one from five.
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The Feds have no constitutional authority to impose their Obamacare on the country, notwithstanding "Justice" Roberts Judas stance. Boehner, were he an honorable man, could easily resolve the issue by not allowing a vote on any appropriations bill until Obamacare was permanently rescinded by the Dems. But he won't, because he is an emasculated coward, bought and paid for with CFR bucks. Ah, well...
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And I am Marie of Romania.
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If I catch you following my lady into the restroom you will be Marie of the emergency ward.
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One thinks it might be a little much to expect the RNC to match the confiscatory funds of the government.
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My fiancé was informed that her company has decided to pay the penalty rather than offer insurance to its employees. She therefore attempted to sign up for Obamacare the week before Christmas, and is today still awaiting her ability to choose a plan. She's been "verified," yet unable to access a "choice." What do you want to bet that she's in that category of "1.1 Million New Enrollees?"
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Correction: The website is now running. Running does not necessarily equate to working. It will be working if everybody who just signed up gets the insurance plan they signed up for, at the cost they were told, with correct billing and subsidies.

Picking a plan was always just the easy part.
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"Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a blog post that more than 975,000 people enrolled in a qualified health plan through the federal marketplace in December, following a rocky rollout in October."

Really? Anyone believe those numbers? How many of those so-called "enrollees" have actually paid the bloated prices for these plans? Just guessing, but I'd say a small fraction of the "enrollees". Just sayin'.
42 weeks ago
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Straw people are entitled to enroll too!
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sounds like more magic numbers
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Anyone that accepts figures from the liar of the year is a fool.  A point I make with my new parody video:

A Day In the Life (under ObamaCare)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oo-JOikE-M
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"Are Republicans smart enough to counter this propaganda with nightmare stories about sky-high premiums, the cancellation of perfectly good insurance policies, website errors, and other tragic experiences that ordinary people have had with Obamacare?"

Short Answer... NO!

Long Answer... H311 NO!
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Incorrect premise- the GOP seems complicit- they appear to be just playing the foil for our amusement. Remember they were busy not vetting the train wreck while the progressives were busy not seeing to its smooth implementation.
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Obama's own projections were that they needed 7 million signing up through the exchanges, not including new Medicaid "clients," and that at least 2.7 million of those needed to be "young healthies" paying premiums into the system to make it financially viable.
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