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We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help with ObamaCare

November 11th, 2013 - 9:37 am

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NYT:

With millions of Americans frustrated and bewildered by the trouble-prone federal website for health insurance, con men and unscrupulous marketers are seizing their chance. State and federal authorities report a rising number of consumer complaints, ranging from deceptive sales practices to identity theft, linked to the Affordable Care Act.

Madeleine Mirzayans was fooled when a man posing as a government official knocked on her door. Barbara Miller and Maevis Ethan were pitched by telemarketers who claimed to work for Medicaid. And Buford Price was almost caught by another trap: websites that look official but are actually bait set by fly-by-night insurance operators.

Some level of fraud or abuse is predictable with any big government program, and administration officials expected a few bad actors to emerge. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services; Edith Ramirez, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission; and other officials met at the White House in September to discuss possible pitfalls.

But now, the technical failures troubling the HealthCare.gov website, as well as the law’s complexity, threaten to make matters worse. Only a tiny fraction of Americans have been affected so far, but state authorities and the F.T.C. are reviewing the issue aggressively.

Add dispersed attacks by con men (both real-world and electronic) to a single point of failure (Healthcare.gov) and you have a recipe for failure on a truly federal scale.

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Am I the only one who read that third paragraph and thought they were listing the "bad actors"?

"Some level of fraud or abuse is predictable with any big government program, and administration officials expected a few bad actors to emerge. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services; Edith Ramirez, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission; "
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Just remember; if the website actually WORKS, it's malware. The Official Healthcare.gov site does NOT work.
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I propose that Obozo-care fraud convictions have mandatory sentencing guidelines that are limited to what Ken Anderson was handed for his prosecutorial misconduct, leading to Michael Moreton's 25 years in prison.

10 days, max. Surely no amount of fraud could be worse than sending a man to prison, knowing full well he was innocent.
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This is all anecdotal right? and that's not data right? so we have to wait until we have a significance sample size before we can do any statistical analysis, right?

So until enough people have been swindled out of their life savings none of this matters. Right? Even then it will be a small percentage of the whole, so what differences does it make?
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Am I the only one who read that third paragraph and thought they were listing the "bad actors"?

"Some level of fraud or abuse is predictable with any big government program, and administration officials expected a few bad actors to emerge. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services; Edith Ramirez, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission; "
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Conned by con men, conned by Obama, the biggest con man of them all. What difference, at this point, does it make?
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Ah, the schadenfreude... it is sweeter than all the sugar in Jamaica.

I wanna know how these people voted 'cause I suspect I'd have no sympathy for them.
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The day I was reading the first of the stories of obamacare going pear-shaped, I was reading the relevant points to my son, a CS major, and said -

"Some one owns this already. Won't be long before anyone who touches this thing, or goes anywhere near it has their info stolen."

I'm certain they were compromised before they were in production, and once it was known how bad is was, the bad guys hit that thing like looters hit an appliance store in a riot.

It's not only the website that was poorly designed and untested. They appeared to have given zero thought to the human processes behind the scenes.
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