They´ve got a few weeks. But if federal officials can´t get the new online insurance marketplace running smoothly by mid-November, the problems plaguing the three-week-old website could become a far bigger threat to the success of the health law, hampering enrollment and fueling opponents´ calls to delay implementation, analysts say. "The system needs to be operating reasonably efficiently — I´m not saying flawlessly — before the middle of November," says Sandy Praeger, the insurance commissioner of Kansas, one of the 36 states relying on the federal marketplace because legislators there opted not to create their own state-based market. On Monday, President Obama addressed
Well, that was embarrassing. On Tuesday morning, the President of the United States became a salesman, hawking Obamacare in an “As Seen On TV” performance that would have Billy Mays cringing. President Obama was forced into the White House Rose Garden appearance by the deluge of news stories — a deluge that would have started two weeks earlier but for the government shutdown — about the utter failure of the Obamacare website, healthcare.gov. Americans can’t log in, can’t set up accounts, can’t get through the security questions, can’t get basic information without giving the government personal information, and most of the time, if
If there´s one thing that bugs me about the Obama years it is the palpable fact that Obama doesn´t love America. The last two weeks has intensified that feeling. We know why he doesn´t love America. It´s because he identifies with his Kenyan father´s hatred of Western colonialism.If that weren´t enough, Obama follows the cultural cues of liberal America, from his lefty mother to his lefty teenage mentors to his lefty college instructors to his lefty radical sponsors in Chicago. Liberals think they are too good for America. Ditto Obama.
If you believe press reports, Twelve Years a Slave is undeniably one of the greatest -- perhaps the greatest -- film of 2013. Not due to any skill in filmmaking, which remains to be seen, or audience response -- the film was only released last weekend. But solely because Slave (directed by Steve McQueen, not the dead one with the motorcycle, I´m pretty sure), is this year´s PC film, one made for the single purpose of preaching a very contemporary and meticulously constructed racial message.
Flanked by her doting husband and children, Samantha Lewthwaite gently cradles her newborn baby in a picture of bliss that would grace any family photo album. But the happy scene masks a burning radicalism that intelligence chiefs believe the British Muslim convert was preparing to unleash against Western targets that would lead her to become the world’s most wanted woman. White Widow Lewthwaite, 29, was later named as a key figure in last month’s horrific terror attack in a Nairobi shopping mall, which killed more than 70 people, including five Brits, by Islamic extremists al-Shabaab. Within weeks of this snap being taken by
The app store phenomenon, centered on smartphones and tablets, has been the biggest story in software for the past five years. Its next logical destination: the living room, via smart TVs and set-top boxes connected to the Internet. Smart TV apps would represent yet another threat to the struggling pay TV industry. In a new report, BI Intelligence looks at the data and trends behind the TV app market, explains why it´s still nascent and messy, and why significant growth seems inevitable. A successful TV app platform could significantly shift the balance of power in entertainment, and allow for much greater probabilities
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." This was one of President Obama´s key talking points when selling the Affordable Care Act, and it was never true — as many of the 14 million Americans currently covered by individually-purchased health plans are now learning. As Kaiser Health News reports, individual market insurers are sending out rafts of cancellation notices, telling subscribers they have to change to new plans starting in 2014. Here´s why:
As he was rushing in the tech world´s "best and brightest" to fix the badly bungled ObamaCare exchange website, President Obama tried to minimize its importance, claiming that it was a relatively minor problem. "The Affordable Care Act is not just a website," Obama said at a hastily arranged Rose Garden event Monday. "It´s much more." He said the law was providing good insurance and that "prices have come down." [snip] But even if the website problems are eventually fixed, much of the rest of the law isn´t living up to Obama´s promises, either.
Breitbart News has teamed up with Kurt Bardella, the longtime adviser to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) who helped him fiercely combat liberals and the mainstream press on their turf. Bardella’s new public relations firm, Endeavor Strategic Communications, is being brought on at a time when the online news outlet is outpacing its competition and expanding after a period of sustained and rapid growth. (Snip) He launched Endeavor Strategic Communications in September, and his first client was the historic and successful Colorado Recall effort.
Recently, there have been many attempts to get a handle on why there is so much public discontent. I think all the reasoning can be boiled down to one idea: Americans feel powerless. Millions of us look at Washington, D.C. and see one thing and one thing only, namely a ruling class that is completely out of touch with ordinary Americans and their concerns. Fortunately that same ruling class, in their unbridled hubris, has made a critical error. They’ve presented the public with an extraordinary opportunity to give the federal government one of the grander smack downs that any public could
Years ago, my father gave me some advice as I prepared to spend the summer between my second and third year of law school working in a law firm in Washington, D.C. (snip) for most conservatives -- especially those of us in blue states -- we are openly mocked, scorned, and labeled. Our president vilifies us, Democrat leaders berate us, and journalists revel in it all. Our so-called liberal friends think we are idiots and haters. Very few people say, "We´ll agree to disagree, but I still love ya, man."
Have you checked your kids´ school assignments lately? You might be shocked if you do. Sixth-grade children in a history class in the Bryant School District in Arkansas (whose website brags that the district "has embraced" Common Core standards) were assigned a project to update the U.S. Bill of Rights because it is "outdated." They were instructed to "prioritize, revise, omit two and add two amendments." The written assignment is full of lies, such as "the government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights"; that "They (presumably the government) have determined that it is outdated and may not
A host of dignitaries from Washington to Tallahassee to Tampa Bay will be on hand to honor the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young at his memorial service Thursday. But one particularly prominent politician won´t be welcome at First Baptist Indian Rocks: Charlie Crist.Young´s widow, Beverly Young, emailed the former Republican governor and likely future Democratic gubernatorial nominee, instructing him to stay away.Charlie:This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband´s memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don´t want
Chuck Todd, with NBC, did what few reporters seem to do in the White House Press Corp when he injected a moment of honest journalism into the Obama-groupie press corps. Asking Jay Carney a tough question is like playing a frame of “the Charleston” for Fred Astaire: Carney laces up his tap dancing shoes for a series of evasions, accusations, and distractions. NBC’s Chuck Todd asked a simple question: Five days before the launch, the president said it’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health care plans, the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak. Who
The “best and the brightest” also appear to be the cloaked and elusive.President Barack Obama insists he’s culled the country’s tech elite to help repair the mangled Healthcare.gov website. But the administration hasn’t made its smart new crew public, and any of the tech companies or federal contractors involved remain tight-lipped.The silence may stem from a tangle of obstructions and fears — from the complex legal requirements for federal procurement contracts to the increasingly volatile politics associated with Obamacare.“Experts from some of America’s best private sector tech companies” have volunteered to help, Obama said from the Rose Garden on Monday.
The constipated debut of Obamacare has reduced the president of the United States to the status of TV pitchman. "Act now" to get this great product, he exhorted listeners on Monday, offering testimonials from one of the rare successful purchasers, promising limitless benefits and low prices, and even an 800 number. His operators are standing by, he urged, and they speak 150 languages! (You could sign up in Min Bei and Kazakh, if you could sign up at all.) If Obama had thrown in a free tote bag for the first 100 callers, it wouldn´t have seemed out of place.
The history of information technology acquisitions by the government is a bit like the history of helicopters. You spend a lot of money on something and most of the time, it lifts off the ground. But more frequently than you’d like, it crashes, and when it does, it leaves a big fiery mess.HealthCare.gov is but one of those fiery crashes. Whether it was USAJobs.gov, or New York’s CityTime project, governments have a history of expensive crashes. In the case of HealthCare.gov, the root cause isn’t the bugs we see in the software’s code. Instead, it’s the way that government procures
US Secretary of State arrived in the French capital amid anger over a reported National Surveillance Agency programme that collected more than 70 million French telephone records over 30 days. He called France "one of our oldest allies in the world" and said protecting people´s security in today´s world was a "very complicated, very challenging task". "Our goal is always to try to find the right balance between protecting the security and the privacy of our citizens," he said. The French government earlier in the day summoned the US ambassador for an explanation and promises that the snooping would stop.
CHICAGO– Mayor Rahm Emanuel is all but confirming reports that his new budget, being unveiled Wednesday, will propose raising the City’s cigarette tax by 75 cents, giving Chicago the highest total taxes on smoking in the nation. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports. Mayor Emanuel told a reporter he has a long history dating back to his early White House days of using cigarette taxes to pay for healthcare. “We’re gonna put a tax as the state did one, as the county did one, but we’re going to use revenue to provide 15,000 children who are Medicaid eligible but not
The idiomatic expression “doing a number” doesn’t require a number, but let’s start with a number: $24 billion. Standard & Poor’s (S&P), known for its credit ratings of various securities, including the mortgage-backed securities for which it is being sued for fraud by the U.S. Department of Justice, put out a press release within hours after the partial government shutdown ended late on the evening of October 16. The press release was picked up by many media outlets, Democratic Party leadership (Nancy Pelosi on This Week October 20, also used in that program’s interview of members of public in Lima,
Criticized by senior leaders in his own party and blamed by Democrats for inspiring a government shutdown they claim was a pricey, pointless and painful waste of time, Ted Cruz returned to his hometown Monday night to a hero´s welcome bestowed by the tea party faithful who filled the headquarters of the King Street Patriots in northwest Houston. The freshman Republican senator was greeted with cheers of "Cruz, Cruz Cruz!" and "Thank you, Ted!" from more than 1,000 supporters in a brief appearance at which he underscored his intent to keep doing whatever is necessary to undermine the "national nightmare"
Oil-rich Brunei will enforce sharia criminal law next year, the Islamic kingdom´s sultan announced on Tuesday, with possible punishments including stoning to death for adultery and flogging for drinking alcohol. The law would be enforced from April, said the 67-year-old sovereign, Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world´s wealthiest people, who has presided over a shift to more conservative Islam and anti-sedition laws in recent years. Power is concentrated with the monarchy and the country does not hold elections. "It is because of our need that Allah the Almighty, in all his generosity, has created laws for us, so that we
JonBenet Ramsey´s father doesn´t want secret grand jury indictments from his daughter´s case released to the public. John Ramsey´s attorneys sent a letter Monday to the Boulder County District Attorney saying the release of such records without releasing the entire grand jury record would only defame the former beauty queen´s parents. Only six-years-old at the time of her death, JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family´s home Christmas Day in 1996 after the girl´s mother called 911 saying a ransom note had been left. Reports earlier this year suggested the secret indictments were of both John and Patricia
SALT LAKE CITY — Two men already facing possible criminal charges for purposely toppling an ancient rock formation in a state park have now been removed from their posts as Boy Scout leaders. A northern Utah Boy Scouts council announced Monday that Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall will no longer be allowed to lead scouting troops due to what happened Oct. 11 at Goblin Valley State Park, which they filmed and posted on Facebook. The move comes on the heels of the national Boy Scouts of America condemning the men´s actions last week and promising a review of the incident. The Boy
Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s nominee to head Homeland Security, represented a disgraced scientist who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for planting a fried rat’s tail in his son’s Happy Meal french fries as part of a failed extortion attempt. Michael Zanakis took a rat’s tail from the medical research laboratory where he worked, had it fried and then placed it in a package of french fries he bought at a Long Island McDonald’s on Jan. 15, 1996, prosecutors said at the time. Zanakis threatened to go public with accusations that McDonald’s served the fried rat’s tail to his son —
The Madison Project launched a new ad Monday that bashes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, for failing to stop the health care law during budget negotiations. “After allowing his conference to sabotage the House Republican fight against Obamacare, McConnell unilaterally agreed to surrender every aspect of this unworkable law. He has also made it clear that he will preemptively surrender any future leverage against Obamacare as long as a Democrat is in the White House,” Project president Drew Ryun wrote in a press release.