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An Inauspicious Debut
Weekly Standard, by Michael Astrue

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Posted By:StormCnter, 10/13/2013 4:45:44 AM

For over a year it has been common knowledge within the Obama administration that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could not launch its network of health exchanges for the Affordable Care Act in a minimally acceptable way. That knowledge did not stop the HHS publicity machine from constantly assuring the American public that its computer systems would be ready for the first enrollment period.(Snip) HHS also blundered when it built its computer system in violation of the Privacy Act. In short, if you enroll in a health plan through an exchange, family members and recent ex-spouses can

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Did we know that just anyone could go into our plan and change it without permission?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Nimby, 10/13/2013 4:50:39 AM     (No. 9562940)

The audacity of exhibition of sheer incompetency by this administration is mindboggling. And Sebilius is still collecting salary!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 10/13/2013 5:36:31 AM     (No. 9562954)

Liberals have a luxury people in the private sector don´t have and couldn´t afford and that´s being judged on intentions, not results. A sane person would demand accountibility for a $600 million expenditure but not in world liberal. I mean hey they´re trying to get the site up and glitches happen to everybody,even Google.

There´s a central reason for this website not working and we´ll never find out what it is but you can be sure it was a forseeable problem by a lot of people and they charged ahead anyway.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 10/13/2013 6:33:30 AM     (No. 9562984)

I couldn´t halp bu be amused when the article mentioned that the Massachusetts system, which had been working well for years, became inoperable when it was required to integrate with the federal system.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/13/2013 6:54:27 AM     (No. 9562993)

I read somewhere a few days ago that the government should have consulted Amazon, which interfaces efficiently and quickly with all kinds of different areas.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Desperata, 10/13/2013 7:08:17 AM     (No. 9563000)

It´s just mind-boggling. The website developers responsible for this got fired by Canada last year because they couldn´t meet deadlines after three years of effort. Doesn´t anyone in the government check references anymore, or was it bound to be better than ours because, you know, Canadian nationalized medicine.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dittohead, 10/13/2013 7:33:51 AM     (No. 9563025)

It was never intended to work - it´s all a shell game - let´s get everyone frustrated enough to actually think a one payer system is the solution.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Jebediah, 10/13/2013 7:47:47 AM     (No. 9563041)

Hillary has shown up in our local Ct. paper as THE speaker to be at some event, and she is pictured with a new haircut and a Christian cross on a chain round her neck, smaller than Madonna´s but......... I am ALMOST tempted to attend and ask about Benghazi, but am sure, since partisans are sponsoring her, that I would be booed and ushered from the room. But the question remains: how can a secretary of state with such a horrendous record (mostly most air miles) culminating in unnecessary deaths (while she went off immediately to a wine tasting in the West) even be CONSIDERED for the Presidency. Guess we will have to find some totally unqualified but half Black candidate to run against her?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jebediah, 10/13/2013 7:49:49 AM     (No. 9563043)

My point being that Hillary is not only FOR Obamacare, but recall that HERS was Hillarycare: same idea and I am SURE same disaster. And here we have this train wreck and she is STILL considered the front runner, cross on chest, for the Presidency.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Trust No One, 10/13/2013 8:13:13 AM     (No. 9563066)

#7 I encourage you to go. Think like a liberal looney and don´t care about getting booed or booted.

Go in quietly wait for best opportunity pull your bigger cross out hold it up and ask..

Mrs Clinton, as a Woman of God Now, can you please explain why our ambassador and soldiers were Killled in Benghazi?

Hopefully, you will get pass Mrs. Clinton.. Lol



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Reply 10 - Posted by: guybee, 10/13/2013 9:19:02 AM     (No. 9563150)

Hillary wearing a cross? I hope she gets nailed to it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: chillijilli, 10/13/2013 9:20:08 AM     (No. 9563154)

I´ve been playing, "Where´s Hillary?" forever. Whenever things get tough, she predictably goes into hiding and the press gives her a pass. But in doing so, she gives away her vulnerabilities and the GOP is too stoooopid to call her or the collusive media on it. Here she is, the supposed shoe-in for Prez, completely out of sight during the shutdown, lying low during the negotiations, tucked away during the debt ceiling debate, underground during the snafu-filled healthscare rollout.
Yes, #7...GO! Be a SILENT protester: whip out a small handmade sign that uses liberal words against her: "Hillary SHAME: Benghazi" and then be prepared to respond, "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you´re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration." But try not to screech.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: Grambo, 10/13/2013 9:35:09 AM     (No. 9563176)

What if the purpose was to bring chaos and destruction to American society as a means of escorting in a new socialist order to save the day? What if a seriously deranged madman without a past was given the keys to the government by a foolish electorate, and he and his evil cabal then set about to drive it off a cliff, while sensible sat by in stunned disbelief?

This whole thing is surreal.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Avogadra, 10/13/2013 9:37:23 AM     (No. 9563181)

They would have done better with a Big Chief tablet and a pencil.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: EnsignO, 10/13/2013 10:13:32 AM     (No. 9563232)

As a practical matter, these navigators are unaccountable, and yet they will be asking people for Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. It will not take long for navigators to become predators,...

Warning - DO NOT GIVE your Social Security number out to anyone right now regarding healthcare, even if they appear to be legit.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Arby, 10/13/2013 10:14:28 AM     (No. 9563234)

I´m not sure that this helps the PIAPS. After all, this totally incompetent administration picked her as Secretary of State and Frequent Flier Miles. You can be sure that she´s grooming her flying monkeys, but by 2016 America will be exhausted by the dims´ failures and ready for new approaches. Like . . . the use of basic arithmetic and the lesson that we should stand by our allies and not fall at the feet of our foes. Or . . . use lying as an ongoing strategy. Or . . . leaving our embassy personnel unprotected. Or . . . well, you get the point.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 10/13/2013 10:36:28 AM     (No. 9563267)

Hillary doesn´t know it yet but Elizabeth Warren in going to be the communist matron the left chooses in 2016.
The Department of Heath and blah blah blah never intended this boondoggle to work and the big price tag was for nothing except to divide among it´s cronies and tax cheats. Paying money for nothing is the communist left´s scam and nothing more.
The left knows it could have had this up and running by a computer nerd from Bet Buy´s Geek Squad but wanted the money for their pockets not operating computers.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: busterman, 10/13/2013 11:12:58 AM     (No. 9563329)

This is why I don´t call them ´liberals´ or ´progressives´ anymore.

Now I call them ´perverts´. Because they pervert everything. In this case, healthcare and technology.

They are perverts.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 10/13/2013 11:16:04 AM     (No. 9563335)

A surefire way for an IT project to fail is poorly defined and changing requirements.

Blame the obama gang for that.

Obamacare has been incredibly destructive to this country, but you just have to imagine some people in government and the healthcare industry are lining their pockets over this.

The Dems will put up the biggest lefty they can find for 2016. If the Dems and their media allies could prop up the likes of Obama to win the presidency, they could likely put up anyone.

I wouldn´t be surprised to see Hillery flame out again. I keep thinking they will drag out Al Gore again. He´s a bigger lefty than Hillery, imo. Alot of money too.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: FLCracker, 10/13/2013 11:31:41 AM     (No. 9563356)

And what makes the HHS think that the professional hackers of China, North Korea and the Muslim world aren´t going to take advantage of all this, too?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: jhboatwright, 10/13/2013 11:43:47 AM     (No. 9563373)

What difference does it make now anyway, anyhow?
She´ll just preside over the solidifying of the Military Dictatorship of most of what once was called The United States of America.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jhboatwright, 10/13/2013 12:04:50 PM     (No. 9563387)

There should be no surprise that sometime in 2015 some giant CRISIS arises in America and that Lord 0 decrees that this crisis is so terrible that the Constitution must be held in abeyance and that until a solution is found there will be no elections for anything in the Entire U. S for anything.
And he´s off to play golf at a wine tasting party.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: gone2pot, 10/13/2013 12:18:05 PM     (No. 9563401)

Huhhh, wow and to think if the Weekly Standard had used its resources in 2008 to expose Obama and his staff as the Marxists that they are instead of actively destroying the lives of conservatives who tried to expose him, you may not even have had to write this article. Gosh, go figure.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: redmom, 10/13/2013 2:24:49 PM     (No. 9563542)

Why didn´t they just give anyone who couldn´t afford insurance a million dollars?

It would have been more efficient, successful, effective and much cheaper. The uninsured population of the U.S. is less than 634 million, and that only covers the initial roll out of the web site. The ongoing costs of IRS enforcement, ´navigators´, and bureaucrats have not even been considered.

Not to mention the limiting effect it would have on the Federal Government, specifically, the IRS. The freeing effect on the economy and our Republic would be self evident.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/13/2013 4:30:08 PM     (No. 9563639)

Ding, ding ding! #6, nails it. Obama needs the chaos the collapse of Obamacare brings in order to offer single payer which the masses will then gladly accept. If someone came up with real solutions to make Obamacare work, (which will never happen because it is inherently a failed system) Obama would reject those solutions. He needs the system to collapse. Lenin said government health care is the keystone to implementing communism. Let that sink in.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/13/2013 6:59:01 PM     (No. 9563803)

Um, #24, the entire population is only about 310 million. I think that you´ve confused that number with the cost of constructing the joke of a website.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/13/2013 7:10:22 PM     (No. 9563812)

#24, your point is well taken.

This whole health care roll out is costing hundreds of millions (the $634 million website included). Plus all the enforcers, the 16,000 IRS employees, the navigators, etc.

There were about 30 million uninsured, we were always being told. They could have been given insurance through some government program like Medicaid, and the rest of us could have been left alone.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: peterfleming, 10/13/2013 7:12:36 PM     (No. 9563816)

Devan 14 SAID IT ALL (cut it out, save it, send it to family and friends)... We´ll just add a few points. It’s all about Stalinist Soviet Communist Terror. Controlling the lives of the peasants, obey or die. No less. An administration and Congress, packed full of stealth, secretive Marxist Communist totalitarians controlling every possible aspect of our lives, hammering us into slave submission.
Sound a little heavy? The propaganda machine in going full blast, the Diane Sawyers TV actors protecting us from the truth of the dictators and Congress crimes is insanity run amok. Bumper sticker of the decade “I’M EXEMPT from communism”.


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Reply 28 - Posted by: Rafter, 10/14/2013 6:06:28 PM     (No. 9565110)

FTA - "Michael Astrue served as HHS general counsel (1989-92) and commissioner of
Social Security (2007-13)."

The writer has outstanding credentials and mentions several frightening aspects
of this ridiculous rollout of O-BomberKommieKare.

Repeal this 800 pound gorilla or we are doomed.



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Reply 29 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 10/14/2013 8:08:39 PM     (No. 9565220)

Right on #7--Notice Collin Powell is now being smuggled into place.Gee will he suddenly a reborn democrat Or the GOP attempt at electing their own black(well sort of anyway )president?
The substitute will probably be none other than the recovered hero of Vietnam John kerry
You know he has already replaced Hillary.

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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
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About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
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A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The


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