OMG, No Wonder the WH and Sebelius Do Not Want to Release the Numbers … Only 6 Individuals Signed Up for Obamacare on Its First Day
Words cannot even describe the disaster that this truly is … Talk about a failure to launch.
CMS Marilyn Tavenner would not disclose any figures when Rep. Dave Camp. HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius also would not provide a number to the committee stating that she did not have verifiable numbers. So much for transparency. Now we know why. The House Oversight Committee release documents that showed 6, yes let me repeat that, 6 individuals signed up for Obamacare on its first day. And by the days end of Wednesday, the notes showed that there were only “248 enrollments” nationwide.
It is almost impossible to conceive that only 6 individuals enrolled. However, the White House is providing no data. They claim they do not have the numbers and are unable to track them. Please, spare me the BS. How difficult could it possibly be to get such data. Sorry, I am a healthcare data analyst consultant, it isn’t that hard. As a matter of fact I have in the past been specifically asked to provide such data as well as things that are quite more difficult to track than a simple enrollment number. One would think that they had reporting functionality within the website that cost between $400 and $600 million. Doug Ross is probably closer to the truth in saying, ” They lied to Congress to hide their catastrophic failures.” The comical part of this is that have to sign up about 7 million individuals to make this work. But it can’t be Medicaid heavy which much of the early data appears to be.
For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems.
But no one in the administration has been willing to tell us how many policies have been purchased, and this may be the reason: CBS News has learned enrollments got off to an incredibly slow start.
Early enrollment figures are contained in notes from twice-a-day “war room” meetings convened within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website failed on Oct. 1. They were turned over in response to a document request from the House Oversight Committee.
The website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say “six enrollments have occurred so far.”
They were with BlueCross BlueShield North Carolina and Kansas City, CareSource and Healthcare Service Corporation.
By Wednesday afternoon, enrollments were up to “approximately 100.” By the end of Wednesday, the notes reflect “248 enrollments” nationwide.
Much more at Twitchy including Tweets from CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson who broke the story
UPDATE I: In a remarkable turn of events, SNL nailed it in predicting the exact number of people who successfully enrolled in Obamacare on the first day of it’s disastrous rollout. … “Millions of Americans of Americans are visiting Healthcare.gov … Unfortunately the site was only designed to handle six users at a time”
Posted November 1, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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Obamacare Web Site Crashed on HHS Sec. Sebelius During House Hearings on Obamacare as Sebelius Says Obama has Kept His Promise that “If You Like Your Healthcare Plan You Can Keep It” VIDEO
You just can’t make this stuff up … with the Obama administration, its keeping your promise even when you are obviously not.
Yesterday during the House hearings on Obamacare and the disastrous rollout of the website Healthcare.gov, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on the hot seat as she fielded questions from the failed rollout, to security issues, to who is to blame as to was the site even tested. However, Sebelius could not answer the most obvious questions as to whether President Barack Obama kept his promise to the American people when he said repeatedly, “If You Like Your Healthcare Plan You Can Keep It.”
During the House Hearings hearings on the Obamacare website, US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked the question on everyone’s mind to HHS Secretary Sebelius as to whether Barack Obama kept his promise to “We the People” or was he lying through his teeth?
Blackburn: Before, during and after the law was passed the president said if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it. So is he keeping his promise?
Sebelius: Yes he is.
YES? Um, what part of “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period! If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan, period!” doesn’t Sebelius quite get? Because the statement is so ambiguous, isn’t it? That would be sarcasm.
Video Hat Tip - The Gateway Pundit
In keeping with the farce and joke that is Obamacare and its unbelievable, disastrous incompetent rollout … as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the individual in charge of overseeing Obamacare and the implementation of the web site and health exchanges, was testifying before the House doing her best to spin and defend the indefensible … Healthcare.gov crashed during her testimony! As we say all the time, nothing is stranger than the truth and you just can’t make this stuff up.
Just minutes before Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was set to testify on Capitol Hill, the Healthcare.gov site crashed. Spot checks verified that the State of North Carolina, Virginia, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Hampshire are all down – which likely means the entire federal site is down.
The site was still down thirty-minutes into Sebelius’ testimony.
UPDATE I: Kathleen Sebelius apologizes for Obamacare website fiasco while Obama defends law in Boston.
Go figure, Barack Obama was less contrite in his tone and instead of apologizing, he doubled down and defended it.
Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, apologized to the nation for the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
“In these early weeks, access to health care has been a miserably frustrating experience,” the former Kansas governor said.
“Let me say directly to these Americans: you deserve better,” Sebelius said. “I apologize.”
President Obama struck a less contrite tone in Boston as he defended the law by touting successes of the Massachusetts measure it was modeled on.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Admits Democrats Knew Americans Would Not be Able to Keep Their Current Health Care Plans Under Obamacare … #You Lie
HEY AMERICA … IT WASN’T JUST OBAMA WHO LIED TO YOU, IT WAS THE ENTIRE DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT MISLEAD YOU ON OBAMACARE!!!
From the National Review Online, House Demorat Whip Steny the Hoyer (MD 5th District) admitted that Democrats knew that Americans would lose their current healthcare plans under Obamacare even as President Barack Obama, Democrats and their minions repeatedly gave a quite different message to “We the People”. It was Barack Obama who continually said over and over and over … If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. period! Basically, the Democrat party that passed Obamacare on a purely partisan vote and rammed Obamacare down the throats of Americans knew that the tag line and talking points were a complete and total lie. Hot Air has much, much more on the liars.
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period! If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. period!”
“No one will take it away, no matter what.”
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer conceded to reporters today that Democrats knew people would not be able to keep their current health care plans under Obamacare and expressed qualified contrition for President Obama’s repeated vows to the contrary.
“We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Hoyer said in response to a question from National Review.
Asked by another reporter how repeated statements by Obama to the contrary weren’t “misleading,” Hoyer said “I don’t think the message was wrong. I think the message was accurate. It was not precise enough…[it] should have been caveated with – ‘assuming you have a policy that in fact does do what the bill is designed to do.’”
Oh what tangled webs we weave, when we practice to deceive. Democrats are in a tough place as they not only must attempt to defend Obama’s promises of being able to keep your insurance under Obamacare, but know being questioned as to whether they knew that Americans would lose their coverage, and when. Democrats are going to have a hell of a time getting out of this one as they have been caught in a lie. Either you admit you lied or you say, I never read the bill I signed that forced this upon the American people, Democrats and Republicans alike. Although Democrat Majority Leader Harry the Reid took a different tack. The true believer Reid said President Obama “didn’t say anything that was wrong. That’s true.” Really?
Johnson’s bill, which will be introduced on Wednesday, could put Democrats in a tough spot. Asked Tuesday to explain the news that millions of Americans were losing their insurance policies, contrary to the president’s promise, Senate Democrats responded with a mixture of denials, evasions, and historical revisionism. Nearly all refused to say if they opposed Johnson’s bill.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire expressed shock that so many Americans are losing their current plans. “We knew that they would need to sign up again, but obviously I don’t think anybody thought people would be kicked off their health insurance plan,” said Shaheen, who refused to say if Americans should be able to keep the plans they had in 2013.
“He didn’t say anything wrong,” Senate majority leader Harry Reid said when asked about Obama’s promise. “That was true.”
According to Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Democrats had only promised that Americans could keep their insurance if it was “good insurance.”
“We said when we passed that, ‘If you had insurance that was good insurance that you wanted to keep it, you could keep it,’” Landrieu said.
She declined to say if she would support a measure to let Americans keep the plans they had in 2013. “I haven’t looked at it specifically,” Landrieu said.
“We can look at that,” said Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. “That’s something we can look at.”
It would appear that Democrats are going to try and pull a Bill Clinton and contort their words to create a new talking point. With Slick Willy, “It all depends on what is, is.” As stated at the Lonely Conservative, the new Democrat talking point will be “You Can Keep Your Plan If It’s ‘Good’ Insurance”. Hmm, how do you think that would have played out in the passage of the bill and the run up to the 2012 presidential election? The comment would have been overshadowed by the follow up question of what is considered a “good” insurance and who decides that? With the millions that have lost their insurance and the millions more that will do so, how do you think that would have changed the election results? I guess we now know why Obama and Democrats lied, eh?
Hold the phone, is it possible that this scandal of lying to the American people is so bad that even the MSM has to catch up and report on the story? It appears that way. The MSM in a face-saving effort to appear to be “fair & balanced” is going after Obama and his administration on this one. Of course they were carrying the water for Obama during his reelection, now they feel the need to have some semblance of credibility.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) Says of HHS Sec. Sebelius on ABC’s ‘This Week’ … “She’s Lost Considerable Credibility. She’s the Laughingstock of America.”
HHS Sec. Sebelius is a microcosm of the Obama presidency …
During the Sunday talk show ‘This Week’ on ABC, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) stated that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has “lost considerable credibility” and that “she’s the laughingstock of America”. The rollout of Obamacare on October 1 has been nothing short of a disaster. The Keystone cops look more organized and functional as compared to the web site Healthcare.gov and the numerous glitches and major technical and coding problems. Sebelius was basically the project manager of Obamacare and has failed so miserably that even SNL could no longer avoid the situation at hand to make fun of. However, what is most sad is that the reality of the comedy of errors with the Obamacare rollout and Barack Obama’s and Sebelius’ comments and excuses were even more funny than the SNL skit. Well, it might be more funny if it had not caused so much trouble for America and is about to screw up 1/6th of the US economy.
A Republican senator called Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the “laughingstock of America” after she was lampooned on “Saturday Night Live.”
The sketch, which aired Saturday, poked fun at Sebelius’s attempts to downplay serious problems with ObamaCare’s enrollment website.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) referred to the skit Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
“She’s lost considerable credibility,” Barrasso said of Sebelius. “She’s the laughingstock of America.”
As everyone focuses on the website disastrous launch of Obamacare, we are reminded of a little tid-bit that many seem to be forgetting. From ABC’s ‘This Week,’ Sen. Barrasso also went on to say, “the website was supposed to be the easy part of this. This is just the tip of the iceberg of problems, with bigger problems to come.”
In the end, the Obama administration and presidency has been a laughingstock. It would appear that SNL thinks Sebelius is a laughing stock as well. But the joke is on all of us; however, no one is really laughing?
Posted October 28, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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The Divider in Chief Continues His Nonsense … Obama Attacks Republicans In Weekly Address, Says GOP Is Rooting for Obamacare to Fail … It Already is a Failure
Does this guy ever stop with the negativity and division? I hate to inform you President Obama, the GOP is not rooting for the failure of Obamacare … IT ALREADY IS A FAILURE.
Not only do 60% of Americans think the Obamacare implementation is a joke, but the premise and model of Obamacare is a lie and failure. President Barack Obama promised that Obamacare would lower premiums. Barack Onama promised that if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. Obama promised that with Obamacare, if you liked your health care plan, you could keep your health care plan. ALL WERE LIES. Hmm, 500,000 people lose their health insurance plans in California. Wait there is more bad news, more Americans in 3 states have had their insurance canceled under ObamaCare than have filed an exchange account in all 50 states. I believe that would be deemed a failure. But it gets even worse. The entire point of the Ponzi scheme known as Obamacare is for young, healthy, non-subsidized individuals to pay for the older, sick, poor ones. In order for the model to work at least half, if not more healthy young folks need to sign up in order to redistribute the wealth. The majority cannot be Obamacaid. However, that is not remotely occurring. As reported at Bloomberg, in almost half the states with exchanges, the overwhelming majority of enrollments are coming from Medicaid, not the new insurance markets.
That’s a problem for three reasons. First, signing up for Medicaid is a comparatively simple process, which means that we don’t really know how well things are going on the private side in many of these states. Second, insurance products need a pretty big pool of customers in order to be stable; otherwise, there’s too big a risk that you’ll have a wildly disproportionate number of sick people. Obamacare has risk-adjustment mechanisms to try to mitigate this problem, which I discussed the other day, but they only defray some of the expenses for an insurer that gets too many sick people. Besides, the mechanisms are only temporary; they go away after 2016.
The third reason to worry is our old friend adverse selection. If relatively few people are buying insurance in the private marketplace, those people are likely to be older and sicker than the population that was projected to enroll. That makes it likely that premiums will rise quite a bit next year, scaring off young, healthy people even more.
President Obama blasted GOP opponents of his healthcare law as hypocrites after Republicans expressed concerns about the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov.
In his weekly address, Obama suggested that the GOP’s focus on the issue was in bad faith because Republicans have pushed for years to repeal, defund or dismantle ObamaCare.
Republicans “spent the last few years so obsessed with denying … people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it,” Obama said.
“It’s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for [the law's] failure.”
Obama’s comments come after a tough week for the administration. HealthCare.gov, the online enrollment portal for ObamaCare coverage, remained mired in problems in its fourth week.
The rollout has drawn fire from Republicans and Democrats alike, including former members of the administration.
Sorry, but Obamacare and this Healthcare.gov website has nothing to do with helping people or making health care better. It is all about control. Why else do you think that one has to enroll first providing all their information as opposed to being able to search and review plans and costs anonymously as you can on most every insurance site?
It appears that Sebelius has learned from the master Barack Obama in blaming everyone else for everything …
UNREAL, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is blaming Republicans for the lack of testing and the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov rollout failures. These people will take blame for nothing, including their own incompetence. It is just remarkable that these individuals in the federal government will not take responsibility for what they were the project managers and CEO over. When the contractors were questioned by the House this last week in committee hearings, many of them pointed blame back at the government. Obama, Sebelius and the cronies that they gave the “no bid” contract to had three years to develop and implement the website. If Sebelius wants to blame anyone for the fact that she had a hard deadline of October 1 to go live, she has no one to blame but President Barack Obama. He delayed certain parts of Obama like the employee mandate, he well could have delayed the implementation date as well.
Everyone say along with us, GOP is to blame, GOP is to blame, GOP is to blame
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In an ideal world there would have been a lot more testing. We did not have the luxury of that with a law that said it’s go time on October 1st and frankly a political atmosphere where the majority party at least in the House was determined to stop this any way they possibly could including shutting down the United States government. So it was not an ideal atmosphere.
Posted October 26, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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Hmm, Michelle Obama’s Princeton Classmate Toni Townes-Whitley is Executive at CGI Federal That Won a “No Bid” Contract that Built Failed Obamacare Website, Healthcare.gov
ARE YOU KIDDING ME: More Obama lack of transparency and in this case an outright conflict of interest, cronyism and quid pro quo, oh but its just a coincidence …
Hmm, everybody was wondering how a Canadian based company, CGI Federal, and not a US based one received the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare website,Hhealthcare.gov. So how did CGI, the company behind ObamaCare site, with such a checkered past of failure and not meeting project goal expectations get this contract? As The Daily Caller reports, maybe CGI got the “no bid” contract because Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate, Toni Townes-Whitley, is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Also, George Schindler, the president of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract. Yup. no quid pro quo or cronyism here, EH?
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
Toni Townes ’85 is a onetime policy analyst with the General Accounting Office and previously served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa. Her decision to return to work, as an African-American woman, after six years of raising kids was applauded by a Princeton alumni publication in 1998
George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.
Conservatives for Palin might have stated it best, “I know what you’re thinking. But c’mon, I’m sure the no-bid contract was just a coincidence. No cronyism there. After all, CGI did such a competent job constructing Healthcare.gov with the taxpayer’s $678 million that there was clearly no reason to have anyone else bid on the contract. Oh wait…”. Amen brother!
HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius Says: “The Majority of People Calling for Me to Resign, I would Say, are People I Don’t work For”
Remember when Abraham Lincoln said during the Gettysburg Address, “… that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.?” Hmm, well welcome to Obamaland …
This week HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke in Arizona after a stop at an Onamacare call center stating that she will not step down as a result of the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov. Sebelius said that “the majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work …”. Really, and I thought she worked for “We the People” of the United States of America? The Obama administration appears to have forgot that concept. Sebelius best watch out, the sound she is haring is Barack Obama firing up the bus.
“No one has been fired… Well, the majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and did not want the program to work in the first place. I have had frequent conversations with the president and I have committed to him that my role is the get the program up and running.”
For the money line 8:45 mark of the Video
Nearly three dozen legislators have called for the resignation of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whom they say should be held responsible for the disastrous implementation of ObamaCare.
After a rocky introduction of the controversial Affordable Care Act – which included a widespread failure of the health care exchange website, the cancellation of thousands of private health insurance plans, and complaints from thousands more Americans who saw their premiums and deductibles skyrocket — Rep. John Fleming, R-LA, sent a letter to the White House Wednesday co-signed by more than 30 of his colleagues asking Sebelius to step down.
Posted October 26, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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53% Disapprove of the Way Obama is Handling Implementation of Obamacare … 56% Believe Problems with the Website Sign of Broader Problems
Barack Obama’s handling of the Obamacare implementation train wreck gets poor marks … EPIC FAIL!!!
As if Obamacare was not unpopular enough, President Barack Obama is getting poor marks in regard to his handling of the implementation of his signature legislation. According to a recent WAPO-ABC News poll, 53% give Obama a negative grade in his handling of the implementation of Obamacare, while only 41% approve. With all of the failures of the Obamacare web page (Healthcare.gov) only uber-partisan hack Democrats actually gave Obama a glowing review, otherwise the the poll numbers would have been far worse and more accurate. Even the liberal MSM has shown that even logging on Healthcare.gov is nearly impossible. The Obamacare rollout has been “unacceptable” and “Excruciatingly Embarrassing.” Also, 56% of those polled believe that the numerous problems with the Obamacare web site are a sign of broader problems. Only 40% see the Web site problems as an isolated incident.
Most Americans say the rocky start for HealthCare.gov is a harbinger of bigger problems for the Affordable Care Act, according to results of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Fifty-six percent of Americans say the Web site problems are part of a broader problem with the law’s implementation while just 40 percent see the Web site problems as an isolated incident. Reaction to federal insurance exchange Web site are deeply rooted in partisanship. More than eight in 10 Republicans say Web site troubles are a sign of broader implementation problems, while most Democrats call it an isolated incident. Independents resemble the public overall, with 55 percent seeing broader problems with implementation.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Says Glitches & Technical Problems in Rollout of Obamacare Trainwreck Were “Unacceptable”
If it looks like a train wreck, sounds like a train wreck and operates like a train wreck … ITS A TRAIN WRECK!!!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that the glitches and technical problems that have plagued the rollout of President Obama’s landmark health reform law were “unacceptable” and have to be fixed. Actually Nancy, the fact that this law was forced down the throats of the American people on a partisan Democrat vote is unacceptable. Pelosi can also be heard in the video below in her hyper-partisan tone that both sides were not equally to blame for the government shutdown and her ad hominem attacks against those who are for less government, wasteful spending.
Previously, former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the rollout “Excruciatingly Embarrassing” and some one needed to be fired.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the glitches and technical problems that have plagued the rollout of President Obama’s landmark health reform law were “unacceptable” and have to be fixed.
“As far as the Affordable Care Act, as I call it, the fact is, that, yes, what has happened is unacceptable in terms of the glitches,” Pelosi told ABC News’s “This Week.”
“This has to be fixed, but what doesn’t have to be fixed is the fact that tens of millions of more people will have access to affordable, quality healthcare. That no longer having a preexisting medical condition will bar you from getting affordable care,” Pelosi said.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the online insurance exchanges have created enrollment forms that misreport family members, create duplicate entries, or clear important data fields.
Posted October 20, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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