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From the Start, Signs of
Trouble at Health Portal

New York Times, by Robert Pear*

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Posted By:Judy W., 10/13/2013 8:23:51 AM

WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them. Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized. For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which

* with Sharon LaFraniere and Ian Austen

Devastating reporting from the New York Times. Wow.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/13/2013 8:34:29 AM     (No. 9563095)

Forgive my reply because I refuse to click on any Slimes articles. In response to the lead in posted above I must dispute one statement - the current WH is incapable of being embarrassed, deeply or otherwise. If they were, they would all have resigned and slunk back home at least 3 yeas ago.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 10/13/2013 8:40:24 AM     (No. 9563106)

´Delay´ it until Oct. 1, 2014, during which time probes into the legislation and regs will serve as cannon fire for the Nov 2014 elections...the Dims will shout louder than us to repeal it before next Oct.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/13/2013 8:49:50 AM     (No. 9563114)

FTA: The Republican-controlled House blocked funds. More than 30 states refused to set up their own exchanges, requiring the federal government to vastly expand its project in unexpected ways.

Nice attempt to shift blame. The states didn´t ´refuse´ to set up their own exchange - they were given that option, and most states exercised that option.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 10/13/2013 9:00:47 AM     (No. 9563121)

Over half a trillion dollars and the the best we have is utter failure. This, of course, is exactly what we have come to expect from years of watching goobernment failure. At least the near trillion dollar stimulus actually put some money into Union thugs hands. This near Stimulus goobernment boondoggle has put nothing into the Unions´ hands. No wonder they are so PO´ed about Obambicare. Imagine how well the Death Panels will work!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 10/13/2013 9:06:29 AM     (No. 9563128)

As usual, Barry and Co. have decided that his reputation is far more important than anything or anyone else, such as the citizens who have been forced to deal with this debacle. The government is good at one thing-screwing stuff up. An ominous sign of things to come.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/13/2013 9:16:04 AM     (No. 9563146)

The team that developed this monster knew well in advance that the launch was going to be an epic failure and so did the Obama Administration. They had different teams of developers working on different parts of the application and they were not talking to each other, nor was the system even fully tested. This is exactly how the entire federal government operates. Obama was desperate to get his new wave of entitlement addicted government dependents on board prior to the midterms so they went full steam ahead with this debacle hoping for the best. I don´t think the House needs to worry about a delay in the individual mandates. These incompetents took care of it for us.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 10/13/2013 9:26:34 AM     (No. 9563161)

Any who argues that traffic caused the problems take a look at Matt Drudge´s page where he shows traffic counts, always more then 20 million a day, sometimes much more.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stryker714, 10/13/2013 9:39:15 AM     (No. 9563185)

General Motors had a notorious reputation of releasing cars for sale to the public without first ironing out all the bugs and problems. The joke was that the public was their quality control dept. So is it any wonder they eventually needed a bailout?
Some learn slower than others, some never learn, some even make the same mistake twice-chalk up the administration to never learn category. The DC commies, the new snake oil salesman, should have reasoned the damage this would do to their ponzi scheme. They needed all hands for it to work and their launch was self-sabotaging. Fly into the window pane, enjoy their pain. ha ha. No group of people deserves more ridicule than the foolish democrats. They made their bed - time to lie down and reap the "returns". They hang themselves as interest languishes.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/13/2013 9:56:57 AM     (No. 9563211)

As I have noted previously, the program could have been run through plain old insurance brokers/ages, who would have found the best health policy for the applicant, just as the agents do for car insurance purchasers, homeowners, and the like.
And the law could have been written to use prior year income to compute government subsidies. That is exactly what a mortgage company does, when underwriting a loan.
But . All of those low brow ´navigators´ would not have been hired, and those 16 thousand IRS agents would not have been needed. And those folks will vote democrat...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/13/2013 9:57:27 AM     (No. 9563215)

This is baby stuff.

Wait until you are standing in line at the pharmacy and the Pharmacy, Insurance Company and Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) Company try and calculate the portion that you owe because of subsidies. Right now they wouldn´t have a clue because the software doesn´t exist. It will be just as bad at doctor´s offices. The real fireworks will start then.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nightvision, 10/13/2013 10:04:47 AM     (No. 9563224)

FTA: "...the government was so slow in issuing specifications that the firm did not start writing software code until this spring, according to people familiar with the process."

This is beyond belief.
Even very small companies I´ve worked for have a "system".
Each project is given a "timeline" that shows the basic steps that have to happen in order to get the project completed.
Attached to each "step" is the name of the person or department responsible for that step, and the date by which it has to happen.
Then periodic meetings are held to ensure that each deadline is met.
If they are not, the SHTF.
This is very, very basic stuff.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: brianod1, 10/13/2013 10:05:27 AM     (No. 9563226)

...and yet the "press" couldn´t be bothered to ask Obama even one question about the failed efforts of his administration in this matter in last week´s press event. Not one question.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: nimby, 10/13/2013 10:32:58 AM     (No. 9563257)

NYT does not want to state the actual numbers? More than 400 million? Is it 401? No. It is 634 million. Why not give out the actual numbers other than trying to hide the reality?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Really?, 10/13/2013 10:33:19 AM     (No. 9563258)

The Comments by supporters of the ACA on the Times article are priceless. Total denial.

It is the COST that is going to change a few minds.

There certainly could have been some "reforms" that would have satisfied a number of people, but this legislation went way too far.

Don´t forget....not a single Republican vote, AND it was passed through a process called "reconciliation".

I fear the impact will be devastating.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: RancherJack, 10/13/2013 10:38:28 AM     (No. 9563269)

Cluster Goat Roping Festival

*on purpose*

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Reply 16 - Posted by: gaeditor, 10/13/2013 10:43:12 AM     (No. 9563277)

FTA: "A New York Times researcher, for instance, managed to register at 6 a.m. on Oct. 1. But despite more than 40 attempts over the next 11 days, she was never able to log in. Her last attempts led her to a blank screen."

Next time some of the morons in the press try to say that this imbecilic website had X number of hits, we need to point to the NYT and divide it by 40 or more. That´s how many actual unique visitors they had.

Show us the Unique Visitors!! That is the truth! (And we all know you know!)

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jglas, 10/13/2013 10:45:45 AM     (No. 9563281)

When a "Charlie Bit My Finger" YouTube video can get 566 million views on the internet, the 17 million hits on the government Healthcare site where everyone in the entire nation who doesn´t have medical insurance is required by law to go to buy insurance are not impressive. That they blew two thirds of a billion dollars building the site is impressive. They could have just opened the competition in health care insurance to competition across state lines which would have lowered prices and sold a heck of a lot more insurance than they´re selling now plus it wouldn´t have cost them anything. Then they could have paid everyone´s first month premiums with the money they saved.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 10/13/2013 11:00:41 AM     (No. 9563310)

Ah, Semantics, and slanted truth. The "system" cost more than $400M. Yeah. A LOT more, at this point about $240M more. as the cost has approached $650M and they are rebuilding parts of the system. just like saying a new Mercedes vehicle cost more than $11K - Yup - maybe 4-5
times as much, or more. That is trash journalism at its best from the Times. Even when they tell the truth it is slanted toward the Administration.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: wtm, 10/13/2013 11:30:59 AM     (No. 9563354)

You have to remember....that the Dems actually want Ocare to fail !

They are happy that it is not working well, and going over well. That is the POINT !

The NEXT step is "Single Payer", and that word is starting to slowly be debuted in the MSM, and by Dems.

Once the insurance industry is devastated, and no longer able to provide for the country, they want the Government to take it all over to "Save it".

As things get worse, watch the Dems roll the "Single Payer" word out, for the savoir of all this mess !!!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: M2, 10/13/2013 11:32:52 AM     (No. 9563359)

Come on. It´s only the type of glitch that happened with Apple´s new OS.

“These are not glitches,” said an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange. Like many people interviewed for this article, the executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he did not wish to alienate the federal officials with whom he works. “The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, ‘It’s awful, just awful.´ ” [emphasis mine]

So it´s unworkable. But rest assured; rather than admit it´s a big mistake that needs fundamental change, or better still, repeal and replace in segments if needed, this Administration will make everyone suffer, waste billions of our taxpayer dollars to fix the equivalent of a shattered clay pot dropped from a high building, and will continue to steal OUR money to fix the unfixable.

There is no admitting wrong-doing anywhere in this White House except for that one moment of truth when Obama said, "Oops. There really weren´t any shovel-ready jobs."

What is shovel-ready, is this pile of steaming governmental intrusion laughingly called the "Affordable Care Act". Even the word "act" is wrong, let alone the other two.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Libertygal, 10/13/2013 11:54:36 AM     (No. 9563381)

Not only do I think this is a front for a program that was NOT ready for roll-out, I think it was intentional. It is a slow way to expose tge LoFo´s so 1. They avoid some sticjer shick, and 2. People that are not *required* to sign up resign themselves to doing so.

What do I mean by people not required? Well, this is something the Government and media will NOT tell you!

States that opted out of Medicaid funding, for those that qualify, they are NOT required to sign up, NOR can they be penalized! There are a lot of states that have also passed laws preventing, either through nullification or by passing laws, that prevent mandatory sign up AND prevent penalties or fining. If you give in and do it anyway, then it is out of ignorance! Educate yourself, because ignorance of the law is no defense!

Find out where your state stands!


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Reply 22 - Posted by: zzzghy, 10/13/2013 12:48:35 PM     (No. 9563446)

This is all terribly costly and truly embarrassing, but we knew it was coming.

Those of us who knew all along that the skinny little emperor was naked could do nothing but brace for the inevitable. Well, here it is, and here we are. We´re in it now, and the only way out is to push through it.

We´ll suffer, yes -- but this is all good news, in the long run.

stinky is toast; he´s done. he´s a laughingstock on the global stage, he´s reduced himself to teleprompting at community colleges, the NY and LA Times are shuffling a little dirt these days -- I read them both -- listen, a lot can happen in two years and I wouldn´t be shocked if he pulls a Nixon and bails. Seriously. No joke.

The premise will be a lie, as always, but I think he´ll pull a runner. His organ grinders will force it; the White House is in such a freaking bloody mess that its leaking into the NY Times of all places.

stinky really does stink, and he´s stinking up some hallowed liberal halls. No can do, dood. You´re out.

Better to leave it to sloe joe and mop up the mess ASAP.

This is all good Sunday morning news. The left has had their day, and they´ve wrecked it.

Morons, yes. But the difference is that their moronism is now on display 24/7, thanks to obamacare.

Hey -- where is joe biden these days?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: lencu255, 10/13/2013 1:10:27 PM     (No. 9563470)

who did the admin hire to develop the software? I have no doubt that this was crony contract and many people got their paybacks. FBI should look into this. Same was with Solyndra and electric cars. Welcome to the commie world where nothing was done properly, cost bunch of money and nobody was responsible. (Oh, American imperialism was responsible!)
Everybody, who like myself, came from behind the "iron curtain", knows that and we see more and more of it.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 10/13/2013 1:34:21 PM     (No. 9563493)

Half a trillion wasted, I wonder how many of the web site ´contractors´ are Friends of Hussein, getting their campaign contributions back 10-fold for this fraud.

Someone should be fired and/or go to jail for this debacle...but they won´t...

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/13/2013 4:32:19 PM     (No. 9563644)

#12 ~ one more time "The Chicago Way"

(1) Get an appropriation
(3) Distribute the proceeds to your buddies
(4) Blame problems on George Bush
(5) If finally caught ~ recycle old Cobol based programs of similar nature, but use a new object oriented and very colorful front end.

Issa needs to hop on this one like an Egyptian locust on grain.

Bring in the managers ~ should be cute since some of them already showed up for the IRS scandal, and it´s not unlikely that some of them will have been involved in Fast & Furious.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/13/2013 4:36:41 PM     (No. 9563647)

These are not glitches, they are features. Obama needs a collapse. He wants a collapse. He wants to be the one the people turn to who will save them, and he will gladly comply with single payer. Then we will be wards of the state, indentured servants, slaves. Pick one. What we won´t be is free. Big government will be our daddy.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 10/13/2013 5:45:07 PM     (No. 9563739)

Somewhere in time can we hope Commiecare software was infected with deliberate and fatal flaws that cannot be reversed.
In all it would be the perfect destruction of a illegal law and the ONE´s legacy legislation.
The law crafted out of a gutted house bill in the Reid criminal office with contents replaced with said Commie care and passed also illegally by one party.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Crosscut, 10/13/2013 6:39:43 PM     (No. 9563796)

Anything involving Obama or Democrat legislation is a "third-world" experience. Under Obama´s reign the U.S. is rapidly becoming one.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Ramona, 10/13/2013 9:19:24 PM     (No. 9563924)

Yes, where has all the money gone? I met someone today who says the money allocated for ACA has gone overseas to BM´s buddies (he said in London) and it is being used now to undermine the moderate middle-east alliance against Iran/Al Queda.

How do we find out where the money has gone?
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/13/2013 10:44:12 PM     (No. 9563988)

Can´t walk back those votes for Zippy now can they ?

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Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/13/2014 3:48:58 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

Goodbye tea party, hello big tent
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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/13/2014 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. He may weigh in after the primaries. Rand Paul has endorsed two very establishment

Video: Flash mob of women steal
$20,000 worth of sunglasses
from California store

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New York Daily News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/13/2014 10:50:38 AM     Post Reply
A brazen flash mob has been caught on camera storming a California store and making off with $20,000 worth of sunglasses. Surveillance footage shows eight women piling into a Sunglass Hut and crowding around display cases. Shielding workers from what they´re doing, they quickly stuff dozens of fashion specs into their bags. A store clerk pleads with them to stop, before running out of the shot to get help and dial 911. The thieves then all bolt outside and escape in a waiting SUV. The incident occurred at the Valencia Town Center mall, in Santa Clarita, at 3 p.m. on

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

Democrat Center Folds
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American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: real fifi- 4/13/2014 7:44:30 AM     Post Reply
It’s hardly been a secret that in recent years the moderate center of the Democrat party has been driven away and what remains is a conglomeration of disparate blocs which, to date, the party has been able to treat as if there were no conflicting interests between them. As the midterm elections approach and the administration’s incompetence, along with the distaste for the president’s signature ObamaCare legislation, drive the party’s chances down further, the make-believe coalition of opposites may well crumble if the opposition doesn’t blow it. Democrats hope to retain control of the Senate and recapture the House by driving

You´re in denial if
you think Steve Israel is
wrong about GOP racism

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Daily Beast, by Michael Tomasky    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 4/14/2014 6:09:58 AM     Post Reply
Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

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