Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead. The shutdown drama has distracted from the fact that Obamacare’s debut is worse than many realize — and it threatens the fundamental viability of the law itself. The administration claims the Obamacare online exchanges crashed because the Web site got more than 8 million hits in the first week. Please. You know how many people visit Amazon.com every week? More than 70 million. The difference is: 1.) Amazon seldom crashes, and 2.) on Amazon, people actually buy something.
I thing the 0ba´me crew screwed up sooo badly that people will be open to not letting them make it worse to make it better. The usual federal recipe. "We wasted so much money we need to raise the debt limit." "Detroit is unworkable so lets try to save it." Etc.
I am with #4....Single Payer is where Obama wants to go, he said so 5-6 years ago. Make the Obamacare website so noxious that America will just throw up it´s hands and demand ´single payer´...which, of course will be really easy to sign up for...right??
I don´t agree with the conclusion. Republicans are NOT helping obama hide from this disaster, because of the budget/debt limit deal.
obamacare is a disaster today, will be tomorrow, as well as next year, when millions who had insurance in 2013 will no longer have insurance. The obamaCare disaster will certainly get headlines either soon or early 2014. The Kenyan Wonder boy is fading fast.
My 12-year-old grandson asked me why the ObamaCare web site didn´t work.
I said that it was well-funded, but it was so important to the administration that people working on it may have taken advantage of that...wasted money, written sloppy code in a hurry (i.e., not putting in the working hours claimed) and passing off faulty or untested code as actually working in order to move on to the next stage of the massive software as the schedule required. And then THAT software was coded on faulty software, and probably for more stages because they had a deadline to meet.
Corruption, too much money, no oversight.
And there is little reason to think that things will improve in the future, as far as I can see.
But much damage will be done in the meantime, as people must give up their insurance companies and doctors (or, the insurance companies go out of business and their doctors retire---thus abandoning their customers) in exchange for something that does not work.
I hope he wanted to know for a school project of some kind, but I didn´t ask.
The problem is that we have more than 3 years before Obama leaves the White House. He will not let go of ObamaCare and it will remain until our health care is completely destroyed according to plan. He will also do whatever he can to destroy whatever is left of this country behind the scenes. Repubs may keep the House which will protect us from single payer, but it won´t matter because Obama has the law in place that will do plenty of his dirty work for him. Anything short of Obama dropping dead of a heart attack is not going to help much until 2016. It´s going to be a rough ride.
The problem is #1, the Obama-ites are like robots, they blindly believe it all. Hannity had Jemu Green on panel that was discussing this. No matter how many times people discussed the terrible consequences of not knowing what is in a law BEFORE you pass it, (thank you Queen Pelosi) Jemu maintained she believed it would get better and finally people could get healthcare for $100. Nothing anyone said penetrated her mindset at all.
Yes, very even handed, the GOP should always quit whatever it is doing and take up a different fight which it would surely then win. Like Iraq, the bad war, and Afghanistan the good war - only when Obama tried that strategy we just found him losing both, due to no credibility.
The Obamacare implosion is not worse than we thought. It is worse than the Washington Post thought. There are a few liberal nutters still feebly trying to defend this mess but most of them are smart enough to keep their mouths shut. Just wait until the first social worker jackass shows up at someone´s door to re-educate them on their lifestyle choices. It´s in the Bill.
The irony is, the shutdown was intended to stop Obamacare. Instead, it is rescuing Obama from his own incompetence.
In that case, the shutdown has done exactly what it was supposed to do and for that, I am grateful.
But the last part, I don´t get. How is Obama "rescued" from his own incompetence? Does Thiessen mean that if implemented as planned, Obamacare would have been a disaster, but since it´s not implemented at all, Obama is somehow saved? I don´t think so.
Everything he´s touched has turned to cah-cah. He´s got the Colitis Touch. And for that, I am also grateful.
But I´m still waiting for the IRS to stop preventing conservative groups from getting tax-exempt status.
I´m still waiting for Benghazi to have some individual accountability.
I´m still waiting for this Administration to give back the $ they pi$$ed down the rathole of Solyndra and TARP and SNAP and all the other crony boondoggles.
While I pray Thiessen is right, you can be sure Obama will find other ways to "punish his enemies" and right now, his enemies are us.
I don´t understand why Fox, Boehner, Cruz, et al don´t hammer on the fact that this is not about health care. It´s about INSURANCE and eventually single payer.
There is not a person in America that can´t get "HEALTHCARE." The people who have to pay are those who have insurance and pay the premiums and still have a deductible. Then there are those self-employed and those working for small companies who would like to buy GOOD insurance but can´t get decent coverage. These are the people forced into bankruptcy.
The availability of decent coverage has gradually been changing, no thanks to the government, but rather marketplace demand. It might be expensive, but wait till ObamaCare kicks in.
The indigent don´t pay a thing and get all the healthcare they want. Check the ERs on a weekend. They are jammed with frequent flyers needing a fix. And they don´t pay a dime. I can personally name case after case of examples of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of care and no pay! I recently read that 50% of the child births are never paid. Just one example.
Hospitals and doctors are charging exorbitant amounts for their services. Then the health insurance companies come in and negotiate a better rate for those insured. Gotten a bill from the hospital lately? The system is broken. Everyone wants to be a millionaire the day after they graduate from medical school. Everyone is fighting and scratching for their piece of the pie and we´re just about out of pie now. If politicians were serious about health care they would pass tort reform. They would pass laws to allow companies to offer insurance over state lines like auto insurance does. They would unleash the free market. Government intervention has done nothing but increase cost. Obamacare will implode in order to justify single payer. Politicians could have passed laws to strengthen our health care in this country but they were too interested in laying the keystone of communism, government run health care, i.e., single payer.
I think this is the greatest money laundering scheme in the history of the world. Pay over $600 million for a program that doesn´t work. Health insurance companies pay in to participate,i.e. Louisiana BC/BS paid $60 million - results 1st day - zero, zip, nada signed up. This is really adding to Obama´s stash! By the way, where is the Mooch? Haven´t seen her lately, maybe her pay for staying with the king comes under the government shutdown.
Obamacare is sinking more than just Obama and the Democrats. It is also sinking the liberal media. The liberal media knows it, and they are starting to bail out. This article from the Washington Post is a good example. Another is this article from yesterday’s New York Times:
So this ACA website dysfunction is all intentional? So the Feds will just a flip a switch and the website will go from bad to good and they´ll say, here let us fix it? ha That´s a possibility but a stretch. Just take it at face value-everything Obama touches turns to dust and this is no different. Just what other tangible accomplishments does he have to point to? None.
Why do some pundits on Fox say this cost 400 million when it is well over 600 million? We´ll never get this money back, just like the money we supposedly aren´t paying park rangers(even though they are there and will eventually get their pay) for supposedly not being on duty yet still being there to block US citizens from accessing property we jointly own.
Lets not forget the unforgivable in all of this propaganda by the media. This law was passed when the Democrats had control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency with the total backing of a shameful mainstream media.
No matter how much they stutter and point fingers, they own this mess. The current Republican majority in the House is just doing a job that needs to be completed. They need to kill this law and impeach that festering sore in the White House. The man is totally and fatally incompetent.
The Supreme Court had a chance to correct a great wrong but they turned turtle. Thank you John Roberts. All those Republicans like John McCain and other bogus Republicans had better hurry back from the dark side. Our memories are long and the wounds are deep.
This Republic is the greatest experiment in world history. Throw the crooks and enablers out or it is finished.
#12 That´s what I believe. It wasn´t planned to work but big money was used not spent on it to fleece tax dollars for their pockets and eventual theft by cronies. I think the EBT card two hour shut down was a trial run for something in the future because it never happened before. Obamacare is no care at all never will be. What next a fuel shortage to have people fighting at gas pumps. Planned chaos is what this all adds up to. Obama and his communist cabal are taking bigger bites out of America to complete their plans.
GOP squandered their opportunity here. Now they are fighting among themselves and calling each other names, turning against each other and generally making fools of themselves trying to run from the shutdown mess and dropping the blame any where they can. I´m tired of trying to defend how they handled this and why. They blew it. Now Harry Reid is calling the shots and playing the great negotiator and unifier. You couldn´t make this train wreck up if you tried. In the mean time all the attention on Obamacare is barely mentioned as just a few glitches. When you don´t have the media in your pocket you better have a plan to work around that. They didn´t and they got creamed.
Obama´s disdain and disrespect for the American people is breathtaking. It´s never appeared more obvious to me than now.
It seems he wants us all ´under his thumb´, so to speak, and events unfolding now just confirm that chilling suspicion. When something´s not working and completely dysfunctional (as with the Health Care law which was shoved down our throats) you at least try to fix it, and stop shoving. And ´our national parks and memorials´ issue is mind-boggling.
It´s as if there is an ominous, very dark, storm cloud gathering over our heads and, unfortunately, Obama´s countenance is squarely in the middle of it.
No Marc, Ted Cruz helped make the details of this debacle front and center. He rang the bells of warning with deep conviction and love and concern for America, the Beautiful. He burst the DC bubble of denial and resignation and/or acceptance.
And for that I am extremely grateful. We WILL prevail.
The website code is a mess. It can´t work. It can´t be fixed. Once the government shutdown is ended, the code will still be there and will still be a mess. And no amount of positive PR is going to cover up that reality.
Message to the White House and the MSM: What goes around comes around.
You think we´re divided now, wait until it is known that this is the greatest wealth redistribution scheme in history. We will have 50% of the nation taxed via higher healthcare rates to support the other half and their lower rates. There is going to be class warfare in both directions. Obama said your healthcare rates would go down. He was correct for half of the nation.
Most people have no knowledge that these scandals are covering something worse... it is ObamaCore (federal standards named Common Core).. federal takeover of the education of America´s children. "Stimulus" money and grants from the Gates (and some others) has been used to bribe state governors in "Race to the Top." Texts, tests, etc. are currently being written and will indoctrinate youth (think Hitler Youth Program). We may get rid of ObamaCare, but ObamaCore is long-lasting! Protest to your governor!
From the article: "It also means that President Obama may have no choice but to delay the individual mandate." Is it written in the law that Obama has imperial power to delay the individual mandate, or does he just do it by fiat like everything else?
What´s in a name? The brainwash is Obamacare. It is actually CommunistCare. Even better CommunisControl. That’s it: CommunistControl. That’s what it really is. Police state IRS enforced, mandatory self enslavement: just sign up, go stand over there, wait for the train to take you to the ovens where you will die. That sounds better. It’s right out of the old Marxist Lenin dogma: control the medical world and you totally control all of the lowly peasants. Face it, these desparate democrat/communists, all of them, are taking away America’s individual right to choose, their freedom to choose. These communists are creating chaos for the single purpose of creating fear and taking more control over the lives of all citizens. Could it ever be more obvious? And they have the rich, multi millionaire Feinsteins, Schumers, Reids, Puglosis, Obamas, Clintons, Durbins, Swayers, Brokaws, Pelleys, Williams, Courics, out every day, selling all Americans down the river of mass deceit. Communist totalitarians all. And this guy on the WaPo writing his trash just so they can prove that once, they went on the record with a weak kneed objection.
A person had to be brain dead to believe democrat claims that the Obama government could reduce health care insurance costs while paying for a new, huge government bureaucracy, add free health care Insurance for 15 to 30 million people, provide free birth control and abortion coverage, and insure existing medical issues.
Also agree with #4 ~ this debacle was never about seeing that non-insured people could get access; it was just a way to redistribute wealth. Otherwise why disrupt healthcare access of 300 million people for the 30 or so million who do not have it? Why not rather have small exchanges available for those who can´t get access any other way and if that scenario turned out to be successful it could be expanded over time to other groups? NO WAY does the government care if we have healthcare or not. And to add insult to injury they´re putting it under the IRS????????????? That inspires SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much confidence! s\
Even Obamabots are finding out that they are so screwed by Obamacare. Families are learning just how expensive this is going to become. WHY not put a few plain speaking Republicans out there to take the fight to the People? The majority are against Obamacare and they need to know that Republicans are trying to stop this train wreck. Reid calls them extremists! Time to release the People on the democrats..a phone surge of all democrats is needed.
So according to Thiessen, if the wacko right wing pubs would only reopen the government the MSM would be able to give their full attention to the failures of Zippycare. They would open all of their newscasts with exposure of Obama´s folly. Sure they would, but you can´t expect them to cover two major issues at the same time. Pffft.
It is a disaster on more than just the insured front. Having read the law- and it is a doozy to read (I have not read the 1.2 million pages of new regulations written on the law- but, they are beside the point), I saw hundreds of frightening passages that give dictatorial powers to "The Administrator" and many un-named appointed panels and committees, appointed - you geuessed it - by, "The Administrator". This law will decide everything- including how many beds are allowed in your "community hospital area" to be decided by "The Administrator" or his or her "designee"- As you read the law, you start substitutiong "Der Fuher" for Administrator and you get a cold chill up your spine. Everything- from number of doctors, to doctor´s pay, nurses, medications, treatmnets, ("age based salvation efforts"- cost effectiveness based on expectation of survival- it´s all in there, folks. a horror of bureaucracy. By the time your doctor get´s permission to do a life saving procedure from the "Administator" you will most likely be dead- and that is the plan! Read this Law!
There are 100,000 people who badly want to be on Obamacare who have been in the PCIP (preexisting conditions insurance pool). The cost to government per person enrolled is more than $30,000 per year. More importantly 4.4% of the really sick account for 50% of the expenditures. Those are the people signing up for Obamacare. Unless they get 7 million healthy people to pay the way, the whole system will need to be rewritten into an even worse system. We need the 535 Congressmen, their 10,000 staffers, and Obama and Biden signed up to pay for this monster they created.
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