Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs joined the chorus of media voices slamming Obamacare‘s rollout Monday on Now With Alex Wagner, calling the launch of his old boss’ law “excruciatingly embarrassing.” Now an MSNBC contributor, Gibbs added the architects of the website should be fired for botching the site so badly: OBERT GIBBS: This is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services. This was bungled badly. This was not a server problem, like just too many people came to the website.
Th 648 million spent should be refunded to US taxpayers. If there were no benchmarks -the fed govt bureaucrats who signed off should be fired. 648 million could have paid premiums for 30 million uninsured and subsidized premiums for middle class or been apied to tax reduction. This is intentional Failure to get to total government control e g single payer monitored by IRS And Sara Ingrahanm who already leaked personal data to WH operatives -a criminal offense. Will Eric holder file criminal charges? Will Obama give her a pardon? Treason abounds in WH.
If it works as badly as the California Courts Case Management System, the cost to fix it will increase the original price more than 10 fold, and it will be eventually scrapped. This is what happens when government awards a no-bid contract for an untested computer project of great complexity. Republicans should amend their demand for delay based upon the technical problems that are demonstrated by the roll-out. Not hard to understand, not political in content. It also would allow the administration to save face by blaming the problems on the program manufacturer rather than to admit to serious flaws in the legislation. The net result would be the same. We are spared for another year from this disaster. Meanwhile, the parties have time to talk to each other away from the press limelight.
Political appointees or affirmative action hires? Illegal aliens cost less?
The story of multiculturalism in the Federal government IMO.
When does it become part of Hitliary´s vast rightwing conspiracy. If the GOP could mastermind all they get accused of by the incompetent left, they would be better able to straighten the whole mess out and get more concessions from the would-be dictator in the white house.
And the veteran´s are marching. Go Palin. Do what you were born to do. Raise awareness. That´s why they feared her IMO and half those who the left dog whistles the "get Sarah" message to don´t even know to which party she belongs.
The young who so wanted obaMao and were so easily used by him and mass media now get their obamacare mandates. Some justice poetically speaking? Maybe won´t take them to age forty to learn about the left and their old Lenin and Marx failed experiments like the rest of the idealistic young such as we once were? But right with them if they march to end the mandate/taxes they were told differently about.
Those who broke it ought to be ones to fix it--the country? The young, the females, the leftists and the Democrat party which has let it happen to keep power--hardly statesmen to say the least.
New York Times photographer Doug Mills strode into Jay Carney´s office Oct. 29 with a pile of pictures taken exclusively by President Obama´s official photographer at events the White House press corps was forbidden to cover. "This one," Mills said, sliding one picture after another off his stack and onto the press secretary´s desk. "This one, too – and this one and this one and … ." The red-faced photographer, joined by colleagues on the White House Correspondents´ Association board, finished his 10-minute presentation with a flourish that made Carney, a former Moscow correspondent for Time, wince. "You guys," Mills said, "are
Last Thursday, in an effort to extricate himself from the political consequences of repeatedly and shamelessly lying to the American public, President Obama proposed a “fix” to ObamaCare. ”Insurers can extend current plans that otherwise would be canceled into 2014 and Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan,” the president said. ”This fix won’t solve every problem for every person, but it’s going to help a lot of people. Doing more would require work with Congress,” he added, again dismissing the legislative
Ann Coulter joined Sean Hannity to continue the Martin Bashir pile-on, and Coulter managed to find a pretty unique angle for the story, saying the Bashir is a weird, emotionless individual who just “desperately wants to keep his job,” going so far as to suggest Bashir would become a full-fledged Nazi if the suits at MSNBC asked him to. Coulter wanted to know “what kind of diseased mind” would possess someone to say what Bashir said about Sarah Palin, which she considered a “massive overreaction” to Palin’s original comments about slavery. She then threw out this observation about Bashir’s loyalties.
The White House hopes to have the Affordable Care Act federal exchange website, better known as Healthcare.gov, up to 80% capacity by November 1st. Unfortunately for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, it ain’t there yet, as the website crashed while she was watching a couple try to use it at Miami’s North Shore Hospital on Tuesday. Sebelius had first stopped by a couple enrolling with help of a navigator who said everything was going fine. But at a second table, the screen read, “I’m sorry, the system is temporarily down.” “Uh-oh,” Sebelius said. “That’s okay, it’ll come back. That happens
Toronto’s embattled Mayor Rob Ford may have gotten a major TV appearance Tuesday morning when he appeared on the “Today” show — but he found out later in the day that his reality TV show back home in Canada was being canceled. The country’s Sun News Network gave “Ford Nation,” starring the scandal-scarred mayor and his loyal brother, the axe less than 24 hours after it debuted. “No more stand alone show,” a network spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. That news came just as Ford saw more than half his staff defect to the deputy mayor’s office, a day after the Toronto
The big news story this morning is the CBS poll that has President Obama with a dismal 37% approval rating. Support for Obamacare has plummeted to 31%, with 61% disapproving of the law. The Democrats are in a panic, but there isn’t much they can do other than try to entice Republicans into joining with them to “fix” the law, thereby making the disaster bipartisan. Things are only going to get worse, as tens of millions lose their existing health insurance and a large majority of Americans, in both the employer-sponsored market and the individual/small group market, find that the cost
I don’t know how high up in the Census Bureau the orders to fake employment survey data came from, but the director of the Philadelphia region was aware of those charges against one of his field representatives back in 2010. Fernando E. Armstrong, the regional director at the time, admitted as much in an internal Census report I have reviewed. And that field representative, Julius Buckmon, who filed as many as 100 fake reports a month — and admitted to me faking household survey reports — was not the only field rep to do so, according to a Census source.
White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to say whether President Obama was specifically told in April that the launch of HealthCare.gov faced serious problems. A federally-commissioned review by McKinsey & Co. concluded in late March that the online enrollment system was risky because the design process was flawed, The Washington Post first reported Monday night. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Carney said, "The president received regular briefings on various aspects of implementing the [health care law], including the recommendations from this review and the steps that [agencies] had taken to address those recommendations."
The new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama’s approval rating is at an all-time low (42 percent). Opposition to the Affordable Care Act is at an all-time high (57 percent). And by a margin of nearly two-to-one, those surveyed oppose an individual mandate. There’s also this: for the first time in Obama’s presidency, a majority of Americans say they have an unfavorable impression of him (52 percent). Half or more of those surveyed say he is not a strong leader, he doesn’t understand the problems of “people like you,” and he’s not honest or trustworthy. There’s more data to
We received the letter in the mail a couple months ago. The good people at Regence Bluecross Blueshield were pleased to inform us that due to Obamacare our current low-monthly premium, comically-high deductible medical policy would no longer exist come January 1, 2014. Pleased, because a new and better plan would be offered in its place. Old monthly premium: $578 for a family of four (non-smoking, helmet-wearing, and paternally snipped). New premium: $1,123. A 94% increase. Once the sound of boiling blood dissipated, in my head I heard my Republican friends chuckling at the sight of a liberal Democrat hoisted ten
Incompetence, deception and lack of accountability doomed the Obamacare rollout. That´s old news. What´s new? The nagging durability of the White House´s incompetence, deception and lack of accountability. 1. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the Obama administration will consider the new online marketplace a success if 80 percent of users can buy health insurance. That is absurd. First, it´s another broken promise. The president and his advisers responded to the disastrous rollout last month by vowing to deliver an Amazon.com-quality website by the end of November. (If history remembers President Obama for one thing, other than his barrier-breaking 2008
“Obamacare: Covering What Comes Next” is the title of a January 2014 seminar for journalists sponsored by the Poynter Institute and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The seminar’s draft agenda includes a session on the “next shoes to drop” for Obamacare which seems illuminating. Let’s examine them in roughly chronological order: Where will the fraud show up first? Funny you should ask: it’s already here, both from websites fraudulently imitating government exchanges and from the so-called navigators for Obamacare. To the degree fraud becomes any sort of significant story, it will not be a political plus for the White House or
President Barack Obama told the Wall Street CEO Council Tuesday that his administration has "reined in spending" and "cut our deficits by more than half." "After years of trillion-dollar deficits we reined in spending, wound down two wars and began to change a tax code that I believe was too skewed towards the wealthiest among us at the expense of the middle class," said Obama. "And since I took office, we have now cut our deficits by more than half. Add it all and businesses like yours have created 7.8 million new jobs over the past 44 months, we´ve gone farther
´´Knockout´´ attacks have been reported in several states around the country and now investigators believe three people have been attacked in our area. Police in Lower Merion are investigating two attacks in the area, and Philadelphia detectives are investigating an attack in Northeast Philadelphia. It’s a violent crime that in other parts of the country has proven fatal. Videos from cities around the country show people being punched and beaten at random.
Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently. New revelations are now forcing even the most reluctant of President Barack Obama’s critics to concede that the Affordable Care Act’s implementation has evolved into a scandal. “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, as the way it was supposed to,” Obama told reporters on November 14.
MICHELLE OBAMA: I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was really little and then I wasn´t that great at math and science so I switched to law because my mother told me that I like to argue a lot. But I realized in high school and in college that you don´t have to exactly know, you´re kind of always discovering yourself. So I studied law, I went to law to school, but was pretty clear I just wanted to be a good student. I wanted to know how to read and write and communicate, be able to
It´s no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her. And now she´s doing something about it. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That´s now toast. Palin has now canceled Lauer´s scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It´s not because Palin is upset with Lauer or the "Today" show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir. In fact, Palin once sat
In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. "I always say my husband has got swag," said Mrs. Obama. "He’s got a little swag." The audience applauded. Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States "sings all the time." She continued, "Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing." She also praised her husband. "[H]e has got a good voice." Here´s a transcript of that exchange:
Well folks, it looks like Arizona Senator John McCain will "be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.” According to the Arizona Republic, McCain is set to attend a glitzy fundraising for his 2016 campaign in New York City. Sen. John McCain has scheduled a December fundraiser in New York City, the surest sign yet that the veteran Arizona Republican is serious about possibly pursuing a sixth term in 2016. According to a copy of the invitation obtained Tuesday by The Arizona Republic, McCain is asking supporters to join him 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the midtown St. Regis Hotel
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama says she won’t wear shorts on Air Force One again because the one time she did, it created “a huge stink.”(snip)Mrs. Obama was asked about her biggest fashion regret. She said she’s always happy with her outfits but that, quote, “sometimes I forget I’m the first lady and I’m running around in shorts.” She recalled her family’s first White House vacation, to the Grand Canyon in August 2009. Mrs. Obama said her wearing shorts getting off the plane “created a huge stink because people were like, ‘she’s wearing shorts getting off of Air Force One.’” She said her thought
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama conceded that he will have to "remarket" and "rebrand" Obamacare as public confidence in him and the healthcare law he championed has plummeted. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal CEO Summit, Obama addressed the failures of the Obamacare rollout and said while he was confident that the healthcare model his administration built, which he claimed worked off of the "existing private insurance system," would succeed, the law would have to be rebranded. “We are going to have to obviously remarket and rebrand,” Obama said. “And that will be challenging in this political environment.” When he
President Barack Obama told a gathering of corporate executives Tuesday he´s confident that his model of health care will work in the end, but he said he´s going to have to "re-brand" it to sell it to a skeptical public. He didn´t use the word "Obamacare" once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the "Affordable Care Act" seven times. "So, look, I am confident that the model that we built, which works off of the existing private insurance system, is one that will succeed," Obama told the Wall Street Journal´s CEO Council Annual Meeting
The White House has admitted that it was wrong to promise that people would be able to their health care plans under Obamacare. "With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise. We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient," President Obama said
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says although some Democrats may be voting politically to distance themselves from Obamacare, they were still supporting the law and working in their districts to implement it. "This is history and the future and progress," she stated emphatically, "It stands right there as Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, as a right, not a privilege for the few, but a right for the many." She was speaking Tuesday at an event sponsored by BuzzFeed. Pelosi acknowledged she was "really disappointed" that the technology behind the website failed, but said she was excited to see the program fully