Healthcare.gov, the web site for Obamacare, is the crown jewel of the American welfare state and President Obama´s signature domestic policy achievement. Hundreds of millions of Americans will use Healthcare.gov every day for decades to come if the site ever functions properly and Obamacare becomes as permanent a feature of American life as Social Security. Yes, we can! So, if you were picking the IT firm to design Healthcare.gov, you would spare no effort to make sure every potential bidder knew about the opportunity, that the integrity of the bid selection process was beyond question, and that the company most likely to create
Healthcare.gov is just one more shady government contract that is extremely overpriced and doesn´t deliver as promised. What´s all the excitement about? Oh, and the firm who was awarded the contract is a huge democrat donor.
No surprises here, except that the government is surprised that the deliverable is this bad. They usually get fair to mediocre when they spend this kind of money.
Study what Obama did before (yes, that park in Chicago again) and find out what happened.
Money disappeared. Period.
That´s what happens with these people. If you can follow the money, you´ll discover that money always get siphoned away somewhere with them.
Look a the $174,000 that went to Lautenberg´s widow as part of the deal signed yesterday!! He was worth $30 million. Whose pocket did that go into? DNC coffers? I bet a dime it didn´t go to Mrs. Lautenberg.
If you are a Democrat, can you possibly explain how this is acceptable? Of course, none are on this site to answer, since I think most Democrats can´t even read.
This is a con game, practiced so very well by the Clintons, Obama, Reid, Sharpton, Jackson (His kid didn´t learn well, did he? He got caught) and the rest.
Hillary is just aching to get her snout back in the trough. Look at Cory Booker -he doesn´t even live in NJ.
Steal the people´s money. Lie to them and take what you can: Bernie Madoff is a piker next to any democrat. That´s the idea, and agree to do whatever the DNC says, so that they can continue their con in perpetuity .
The government is demonstrating, in all its glory, its ability to take over what is really the best health care system in the world and destroy it. The panic in the WH is not over the epic fail of their website. It is because they have made it very difficult for themselves to convince people that they should go to the next step of single payer socialized medicine.
#6. There are some interesting questions about just how cozy some Democrat leaders are with organized crime. The Chicago Outfit has long had fingers in city politics. So do the street gangs. Reid is from near Vegas. Clinton grew up in the mob town of Hot Springs and had family members involved in illegal gambling.
The silver lining here is that, like Solyndra, which was a crony capitalist fraud dreamed up to soak money out of the private sector and into government, perhaps, God willing, Obamacare will go the way of Solyndra -- unworkable, non-workable, static and defunct.
We know now O´Care is a gift to some FOAs (friends of Obama), since no proof of other bids is forthcoming. So that FOA gets beaucoup bucks for putting the scheme together and soaking the taxpayers for it, while the O´Care system is known to be fraudulent.
Ah. There´s nothing like sunlight to reveal the truth. But Icarus had a bit of a problem with sunlight. I am hoping POTUS will, too.
If you look closely enough you will probably find that there is a minority or women element that is supposedly running the US subsidiary of this Quebec company that justified to the liberals that the company should be selected without bid as the contractor to design and install the healthcare.gov IT operation.
This will turn out to be just another way that the Obama crew is redistributing taxpayer´s money to the "community" this time stretching that definition out to include Quebec, Canada. Thinking that an investigation by the wimpy Republicans will change the liberal´s way of doing such business at this stage of the game is pretty naive.
Maybe I´m crazy, but I think they got just what Obama wanted. A failed system that needs tad a singlee payer to work. His ultimate goal is to destroy us. Who continues to puzzle me is Congress. What do they get out of to go along with it?
As #5 points out, and I have posted before, the amount of money poured into this project does not compute. In other words, it disappeared down the rabbit hole, just as with Solyndra. And again, as with Solyndra, the government is stonewalling on details of how and what it is doing.
One of the scariest parts of having become a growing welfare state (on steroids) is the kind of people wanting to immigrate. No longer are we attractive to those wanting to be free and independent, working hard to better themselves and their families.
Since everything about the ACA is a disaster, I´m going to have as much fun while I am still covered. So I will share this morning´s experience:
I checked out future medical coverage through BC/BS, as directed by a document I received from their company. I LOL´d a lot!! And I was laughing at the customer service rep (CSR) who "assisted" me. This whole thing is laughable!! BC/BS does not know what they are doing. The document sends me to a website that doesn´t exist. When I told this to the CSR, he said I should go to Healthcare.gov. I told him I would not do this because of the horror stories I have read. He said he would send me a "packet." He asked for my contact info. ALL OF THAT, BTW, is on the document, so why is he asking me? This whole thing is disorganized and a ruse! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing!! How much does anyone bet I will not get a "packet?" How much does anyone want to bet that CSR exists only to be in "compliance" with the ACA but doesn´t really work at all? We are all so screwed . . . I hate to be so cynical . . .
The way a for-profit organization would manage this process would be to form a team of subject experts, create then send out an RFI to a group of probable contenders, narrow the field, after that send out an RFP followed by on site presentations, followed by a decision made by the team.
Because we have the all-knowing presidente zippy, we just eliminate all those silly time-wasting steps and tell one of your big donors to come up with something and do it really fast then skip town with as much money as they can carry off in a big truck.
This is the greatest theft of American taxpayer dollars in history.
Its implementation will never see the light of day, as no doctor or hospital will likely honor an Obamacare policy (unless their/its palm(s) is/are already greased).
Why would any MD place their practice and license on the line opening themselves up to a lawsuit, with absolutely no protection or indemnity.
Worse, what screening process is undertaken for qualifying MDs who sign up to be a carrier?
And what is happening to all the private sector employees who have lost the employer-financed health insurance and/or the full-time hours reduced to part-time in lieu of the implementation of Obamacare?
Since this thing will never work, are they going to get their jobs, hours and coverage back? Doubt it.
It is absolutely true as reporters have stated, BO has transformed our economic structure that Lincoln, FDR and Truman combined could not envision.
BINO # 17 Rancher Jack....Did the people burn down or tar and feather the DC thieves...I would imagine the Muslim Brotherhood communists are involved as well...the evil in DC destroying health care, steal our every dollar...and enslaving this nation...Tar and feather is too good for them!!
Referring to #25´s comments. They are one of the reasons that Obama is now moving to cow the Republicans into passing the liberal Democrat immigration reform plan that will allow them to import hundreds of thousands of foreign doctors and nurses to service Obama-care based medical facilities. Once they start arriving there will be little or no verification of qualifications, similar to what Obama is doing with the lack of verification of income for Obama-care recipients who apply for federal subsidies to offset the cost of their Obama-care insurance premiums. If that is allowed to happen, fraud will be rampant and will be considered by the Obama crew to be an acceptable redistribution of taxpayers´ money to the "community".
The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006–07, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation — help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that, if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries, or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors — or both. The United States has given billions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan, whose Islamist gangs have spearheaded radical anti-American terrorism. Ever since a corrupt Pakistan went nuclear in 1998, it has been able to extort such
After three months and more than 50 phone calls, John Gisler gave up on buying coverage through HealthCare.gov. Gisler wanted to purchase a plan for his 45-year-old son, who has a rare degenerative condition affecting his coordination and speech. His current coverage through Utah’s high-risk insurance pool plan ends Dec. 31. By that time, the Obama administration expects enrollees to transition into health plans sold through the new health-care law. But so far, Gisler hasn’t succeeded in purchasing coverage -- but not for a lack of effort. “We’ve had three separate applications that failed to make it through,” Gisler says. “I have a
Remember when Bill Clinton was twice elected President as a "New Democrat" who wanted to get along with people in the private economy? Nowadays even writing in favor of ideas that Mr. Clinton supported can get you branded a heretic and banished from impolite liberal society. Witness the political tempest that blew up in response to the December 3 op-ed we published by Democrats Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the Third Way think tank. The former aides to Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer, respectively, would be considered liberals in most places outside of the Harvard faculty lounge. But the campus
Maybe he went into sugar shock over a Danish pastry. The president of the United States, leader of the free world, standard-bearer for everything upright, good and wholesome about the nation he leads, lost his morality, his dignity and his mind, using the solemn occasion of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday to act like a hormone-ravaged frat boy on a road trip to a strip bar. In front of 91 world leaders, the mourning nation of South Africa and Obama’s clearly furious wife, Michelle, the president flirted, giggled, whispered like a recalcitrant child and made a damn fool of himself at first
Washington -- A handful of Republican Party officials is quietly advancing a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process that many party insiders viewed as damaging to the their campaign for the White House in 2012, multiple GOP sources told CNN. In a series of closed-door meetings since August, handpicked members of the Republican National Committee have been meeting with party Chairman Reince Priebus in Washington to hash out details of a sweeping plan to condense the nominating calendar, severely punish primary and caucus states that upend the agreed-upon voting order and potentially move the party´s
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried
“Obama/Cameron Selfie Photographer to TNR: I’m Ashamed of Mankind,” the New Republic reports today: Roberto Schmidt is the AFP photographer, currently the agency’s chief photographer for South Asia, who captured that infamous snap. Reached by phone in South Africa, he sighed heavily. “Why do people care about a selfie?” he said. “This is a sad reflection of our society.” He’d gone to photograph the memorial with a team of ten photographers. They moved some 500 images on the wire. “Good images, nice, strong images,” he said. “Images of South Africans dancing, smiling, chanting, which is the way they express mourning for
The Texas Republican Party is reopening the filing period for Rep. Steve Stockman´s (R-Texas) congressional district after his last-second decision to run instead against Sen. John Cornyn (R). Stockman filed for Cornyn´s seat rather than reelection just minutes before the state´s legal filing deadline Monday night, giving aspiring politicians in the district no heads up that he was doing so. The party´s move gives candidates an additional week, with the new filing deadline set for next Monday. Texas Republican Party spokesman Spencer Yeldell said the party was reopening the filing because it´s required by Texas´s election code. Stockman is facing a steep uphill
Hill staffers that signed up for ObamaCare through the Washington, D.C., healthcare exchange, called DC Health Link (DCHL), are being told to confirm their enrollments in person, and not to rely on data provided by the website. The Hill obtained an email sent to staffers on Wednesday warning them that “it is essential that you confirm your coverage in DCHL through the Disbursing Office.” “Do not rely on your ‘My Account’ page or other correspondence from DCHL,” the email reads. “Please do not assume you are covered unless you have seen the confirmation letter from the Disbursing Office,” the email continues. Hill workers had
The Obama administration expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a Las Vegas casino hotel after pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, the Washington Times reported Tuesday. The Times, citing internal government documents, said the decision to overturn a prior, normally non-appealable visa decision ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have been heavy Democratic donors. The paper said it also came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some Asian applicants. Reid, who represents Nevada, personally reached out to the top official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, setting in motion a process that
California’s budding doctor rebellion against Obamacare appears to be genuinely spontaneous, lacking leadership from a single individual or organization. As the Washington Examiner has reported in recent days, an estimated 70 percent of California´s physicians -- ranging from general practitioners to specialists -- are "just saying no" to Obamacare´s Covered California health insurance exchange. Although it appears leaderless, some observers believe that very spontaneity may make the doctor rebellion a formidable force in California’s health-care future. “Doctors are realizing what is happening and spontaneously they are acting like this. There’s a movement growing,” said Sally Pipes, president of the San Francisco-based
Democrats make a lot of silly statements. The trick isn’t finding a pronouncement by a liberal politician which — in a way nearly unique to politics — simultaneously brings a grimace, a giggle, and a groan, but figuring out whether the speaker is an outright liar or just living in a liberal echo chamber reminiscent of Pauline Kael (or at least the political mythology surrounding her). Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is a reliable representative of the outright liar camp: No echo is loud enough to make her actually believe that Democratic candidates will
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: