Confusion persisted Wednesday around the long-awaited opportunity for Americans to sign up for coverage through new health-insurance marketplaces, with the federal Web site for more than half the states remaining balky and health plans uncertain whether they had any new customers. The federal site, Healthcare.gov, was sluggish and flashed error messages much of the day. The Obama administration said the delays were simply the result of an initial rush of people flocking to the site — 4.7 million unique visitors in the first 24 hours — while some in the health-care industry suggested that the problem was more serious. Officials
You mean an initial rush of people trying to access the site with no intention of signing up. Remember Alinsky´s rules (#4) - make them live according to their own rules/processes and overload the system.
The Post reporters give us a clinic on how to apply lipstick to really ugly pigs, and they will be duly rewarded by the dems in power. Just my opinion, but I think that a "rush of interest" that involves 2% of the population, and results in about 1% of that 2% actually signing on, is slightly overstated.
Until the stats are in on this (and they won´t be coming from the loathsome MSM) we must prepare for the eventuality that there is, in fact, a tidal wave of interest and support for Obamacare in the US. This would be, of course, from the deluded, the "progressively" retarded, and the hopelessly ignorant - but hey, they were a big enough force to elect Dear Leader twice, and there is no evidence whatsoever that they are any less in number now than in 2008. If they believe the lie that "the rich" are now paying for their health care via Dear Leader´s benevolence, of course they will sign up, and they will be legion.
The ACA will end up being the cause of Marshall Law.... Why, you may say?
1) Peeps are logging in to see how much it costs. Many realize they have to enter ALL their personal data to see the price tag & quit.
2) Most of the others that make it to see what the monthly cost is, realize it´s way too expensive & don´t sign up.
3)Rumors abound that if you enter your data & don´t sign up, they will deduct it from your pay as a "tax".
4) Many of the new Navigators are old ACORN organizations & Planned Parenthood. If they continue to have dismal sign ups, the WH will distribute the SS database & have Navigators sign peeps up... just like they do with Voter Registration drives.
4) Illegals & unemployed will automatically be added to Medicaid.... not ACA.
Middle class Americans can´t afford it. Low incomers would rather hit the local emergency room than make payments for credits.
In other words... the program is rolled out as an option but will quickly become a mandatory tax on all Americans... ergo = Marshall Law.
The very idea of going to a government website gives me the heebie jeebies,so I won´t be trying any time soon.
The main curiosity I have is if the questionaire asks you what race you are which shouldn´t even be allowed in a supposedly color blind government program.
If there´s any funny about this,it´s the fact the Spanish language version of this won´t be ready for at least another month.. What´s funny is those people are a main target to get signed up.Of course if you´re an American citizen,you should be able to speak English as a condition of citizenship.
They´re lucky they don´t need an arab version since muslims have a blanket carve out on Obamacare.
It is now painfully evident to millions of Americans that President Obama´s promise that they could keep their current health coverage under Obamacare wasn´t true. But what has received less attention in the current uproar is that back in 2009, when Obamacare was under debate and Obama was making the promise, some Republicans saw precisely what was wrong with it, and said so. And when those Republicans challenged the White House, the White House had nothing to say. Go back to June 23, 2009. The House Education and Labor Committee, chaired by Democratic Rep. George Miller, held a hearing on
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“Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.” — Bill Clinton, Nov. 12 So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your plan” pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea. Coming from the dean of the Democratic Party, this one line marked the breaching of the dam. It legitimized the brewing rebellion of panicked
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Earlier this evening, Steve asked whether President Obama is any good at politics. A fair question. Here is another: Does Obama have any idea what is going on in his own administration? When President Obama speaks off the cuff, he is often revealing, if you can penetrate his trademark incoherence. I found this riff from today’s press conference to be particularly interesting: One way I — I described this to — I met with a group of senators when this issue first came up. And it’s not a perfect analogy, but you know, we made a decision as a society that
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Oprah Winfrey has said racism is still a problem around the world and the only way for it to end is for generations of racists to die out. In an interview with the BBC to coincide with the release of her latest film The Butler, the chat show host said generations had been ´marinated´ in racism. The 59-year-old added that President Obama was treated with disrespect because of the color of his skin and said she feels fortunate to have been born after segregation ended in the U.S. [Snip] She highlighted an incident in 2009 when Republican congressman Joe Wilson
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Last week I was informed by the agent who handles my firm’s health-care insurance that, come 2014, our group plan will be cancelled and replaced with an ObamaCare plan.SNIP Well, here’s how I see it. It sure looks to me as if the President of the United States, members of his administration, and Democratic Congressional leaders didn’t just lie. I think they intentionally perverted the truth. And I think they did it because, if they didn’t, they knew the bill wouldn’t pass through Congress.
She didn’t write about ‘Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ at all—instead, the eternally offended governor may have penned the perfect manual for another holiday altogether: Festivus. Initially I planned to ignore this week’s release of Good Tidings and Great Joy, Sarah Palin’s book waging war on the war on Christmas. Few political hucksters milking the culture war for an easy buck peddle antics more shopworn than the annual fear-mongering that secularist Scrooges are coming for our creches. But then I couldn’t stop wondering: What happens when the Queen of Grievance takes up arms on behalf of the Prince of Peace’s
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The headline is a statement to, not a quote from Boehner, but it was worth the deception to make the point. President Obama has been given so much slack by an enabling Washington D.C. media, that Obama is now hanging onto the rope to avoid falling into the abyss. The fawning media who placed all their political bets on his success, is unwilling to admit publicly (and perhaps even privately) what they know in their brains but unwilling to let their heart in on: Obama is and always was a phony.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about? In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core State Standards — which were approved by 45 states and the