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HealthCare.gov: How political
fear was pitted against technical needs

Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein & Juliet Eilperin

Original Article

Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 11/2/2013 8:44:55 PM

In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, President Obama’s top economic aides were getting worried. Larry Summers, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, and Peter Orzag, head of the Office of Management and Budget, had just received a pointed four-page memo from a trusted outside health adviser. It warned that no one in the administration was “up to the task” of overseeing the construction of an insurance exchange and other intricacies of translating the 2,000-page statute into reality. Summers, Orzag and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war

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Long WaPo piece, one of many to come fed by insiders trying to CYA...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 11/2/2013 9:08:14 PM     (No. 9595709)

Indeed, OP. WaPo was one of the biggest cheerleaders for Obamacare, and is now tsk tsking? They think the rest of the country is as dumb as their subscribers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: spincut, 11/2/2013 9:09:33 PM     (No. 9595710)

I dont´ even need to read this long lie. It will make it sound like The One was let down by his staff, who were actually trying to construct a working healthcare system, and cover up the actual fact: Obamacare is meant to fail miserably, destroy the insurance companies, and end up being such a horrible mess that there´s only one answer-- single payer, run the by federal government. Oh, and God help you if you vote Republican, because you will just not get the same care as if you voted Democrat.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/2/2013 9:12:07 PM     (No. 9595713)

Yes, the law they wrote.

The law they pushed through on a straight party line vote.

The law they never read.

That same law that set the date for the roll out.

None of the matters, they were just afraid of the nasty Republicans.

S/O

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Axeman, 11/2/2013 9:15:27 PM     (No. 9595717)

I read about a bunch of paranoid tyrants trying to push for total takeover but afraid of being seen as that. So they had to sneak around so much because of the ba-a-a-ad Republicans lurking around every corner. That´s why they did such a horrible job trying to pass 10,000 new regulations, reshaping a sixth of the economy. It´s the Republicans fault.
Take the blaming of Republicans out of this article and it takes on more meaning.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JAN, 11/2/2013 9:25:33 PM     (No. 9595722)

Orzag was fired for speaking the truth.

O was sure the msm would swear to his lies.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 11/2/2013 9:33:08 PM     (No. 9595729)

...can´t believe I read it all. Shame on you Republicans for making it so difficult for them to pull the wool over our eyes...

...out here in the real world, FIRE the CEO for being so inept and thank you WaPo for reminding us why the gov´t can´t
be allowed to be in charge of 17% of the economy. They have NO IDEA of what to do...

...I´m ready for good old Joe to be a place setting for a couple of years...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 11/2/2013 9:44:34 PM     (No. 9595736)

A dumb article, sounds like it was written by eleven year olds. There are all sorts of classic dynamics in large project, large organizations, and this project ran afoul of a bunch of them, about as surprising as ants at a picnic.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: artsy, 11/2/2013 9:55:29 PM     (No. 9595745)

Fear? It appears more like drug induced paranoia. The details are interesting and show such astounding ignorance, it exceeds my expectations of 0bama´s incompetence.
Worth the read.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: FLCracker, 11/2/2013 10:16:05 PM     (No. 9595763)

FTA: "... the president’s top health aides — who had shepherded the legislation through its tortuous path on Capitol Hill and knew its every detail..."

They "knew it in every detail."

Really?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/2/2013 11:43:51 PM     (No. 9595822)

Every other paragraph blame fear of the Republicans.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/3/2013 1:00:44 AM     (No. 9595868)

I read the whole article. I found it interesting.

Tonight I saw a lady doctor who said she had read the entire health care act. It took her over 13 hours. Anything that complicated cannot be implemented. It is just impossible.

Why were the President and his people trying to do the impossible? Because the President did not know any better. Not knowing anything he does not see any impediment. He thinks if he orders something be done it can and will be done. He is intent on bringing about the governing principles he learned as a child.

We told Clinton we did not want the health care act Hillary was working on. We told Obama we did not want his. I hope we can recover after this falls apart and never have to say it again: We don´t want it!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/3/2013 1:23:37 AM     (No. 9595895)

The media and the left have been pretty successful at spinning and lying their way out of other Obama mishaps and boondoggles.Fast and Furious was a right wing conspiracy lie,among many others.Only 3 people got killed in Benghazi compared to thousands in Iraq.Who cares if Stevens many requests for security were ignored.It was caused by republican budget cuts.

Nowthey´re up to their a** in alligators tryingto spin and lie their way arud Obama´s Obamacare lies.They wuld loveto say Obama knew nothing about millions osing their insurance under the ACA.

If we had an honest media,they would be curious about what else has Obama lied about since being in office.These people´s brains have been trained to believe the end justifies the means.How we got to national healthcare doesn´t matter,it´s still an accomplishment.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/3/2013 4:01:12 AM     (No. 9595931)

Oh please. To say that Obama administration was afraid of the Republicans is laughable. With the media in their back pocket, there was no need to be afraid. I believe their progressive mindset was their undoing. They live in la la land. Reality rarely makes an appearance there. They believe if they believe hard enough things will magically happen. Why throw so much money on the green boondoggles when time after time they are proven to be utter failures. Obamacare is no different. They want everyone to have health care. Therefore if they pass it, it will just automatically work. These people are naïve ideologues who don´t have a fully functioning brain between them. They are stuck in a juvenile mindset and reject all reality. They are just really not that smart. They only thing they excel in is the game of politics and an ignorant and disinterested public make that possible.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 11/3/2013 4:22:53 AM     (No. 9595940)

The article says they were trying to build a program for 24 million uninsured.

Well, that´s part of the problem. Thanks to the ACA, there are going to be about 100 million uninsured soon.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/3/2013 5:33:58 AM     (No. 9595971)

Sooo, fellow libtards on an Economic Council and the OMB foretold libtard incompetence. Amazing that these mucky muck libtards with their elitist degrees foretold what the paeons already knew with an 8th grade education.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FleetUSA, 11/3/2013 7:06:01 AM     (No. 9596037)

The article reads like a CYA for Choom.

I don´t believe he was that involved.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: chiller, 11/3/2013 7:28:06 AM     (No. 9596058)

Excellent exposé IMHO. Blaming republicans appears as no more than trying to hide the deficiencies and bad policies.

Dems constructed an unworkable foundation and then Obie hired trusted incompetents to build a fancy mansion on it. Not a chance in hell will it ever work.

Typical liberalism.....out of touch with reality.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: leesum, 11/3/2013 7:32:47 AM     (No. 9596060)

An article which shows the complete incompetence of this administration. As you read it, do as one of the comments says, whenever you read about the GOP´s opposition, read justifiable criticism. The comments I looked at were are opposed to Obamacare.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Wizard of IS, 11/3/2013 7:43:46 AM     (No. 9596076)

After describing a three year long Chinese Fire Drill and blaming it all on the Republicans, the WAPO´s concluding sentence describes the Obamacare launch thusly, "Yet on that day, using a simplified demonstration application, the Web site appeared to work just fine."

Is there anyone in DC with an ounce of integrity?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: chiller, 11/3/2013 7:49:15 AM     (No. 9596083)

So the next question is; How does Obie escape this one ? He´d need something working perfectly very quickly and that can not happen. They´ll need to demolish and start from scratch, more or less. The rotten infrastructure assures no quick fixes. Dems fighting for their jobs and reputation may be forced to ask for and support repeal......or face a decade of irrelevancy for the liberal cause.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: strike3, 11/3/2013 7:49:23 AM     (No. 9596084)

There are many amateurish reasons for the failure of this clustercluck that any private industry CEO would have avoided from the outset: 1) Changes of management and responsibility in the middle of the project. 2) Expecting IT resources to program it before critical decisions were made. 3) Using people who were involved in the earlier Clintonian failure of the same attempted takeover of healthcare. 4) Giving Sebelius 200 clueless people and no money or decision-making authority. 5) Not testing the individual pieces of the system as a whole. 6) Involvement of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in the decision-making process. I would sooner have input from a poodle. 7) Planning in secret so the nasty republicans would not know what was going on. 8) Hiring a disreputable IT firm for reasons of cronyism and affirmative action.

There were regular progress meetings at the White House since 2010. How could Obama not know that failure was inevitable? If they needed to keep it all secret, wasn´t that the first glaring clue that it was not going to be popular with anybody?


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Reply 22 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/3/2013 8:32:50 AM     (No. 9596141)

Come on guys. Obama had no idea that the web site was fatally flawed, nor did he realize that he had been lying to the American people repeatedly for 3 years. He heard about it all on the news just like we did.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Freeloader, 11/3/2013 8:38:56 AM     (No. 9596149)

Just a reminder of how this gigantic leftist "Rube Goldberg" SNAFU, all 10,535 pages, got it´s start in life..."We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what´s in it."

Anybody remember the name of the "brain surgeon" famous for that bit of goobermint "wisdom"?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Starlady, 11/3/2013 8:46:51 AM     (No. 9596166)

If you read the article it is clear the blame rests with the WH trying to control things they had no knowledge of. I lived this quote FTA, "for months beginning last spring, the president emphasized the exchange´s central importance during regular staff meetings to monitor progress. No matter which aspects of the sprawling law had been that day´s focus, the official said, Obama invariably ended the meeting the same way: " All of that is well and good, but if the Web site doesn´t work, nothing else matters."
Again FTA, "on Dec. 19 (2012), Obama met with roughly a dozen senior WH and HHS officials, including Sebelius. They discussed important policy issues, such as how to persuade more young healthy Americans to sign up for insurance. But the president had a deeper message. The health-care law, he told the gathering, according to participants, was "the most important thing" in his presidency. " We´ve got to do it right."
Do these quotes make it sound like the president can claim ignorance? He had regular updates, and planning meetings all along after the passage of the bill. He even kept Dem supporters in Congress out of the information loop. The blame goes straight to the top for this fiasco.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 11/3/2013 8:59:47 AM     (No. 9596191)

All the comments are excellent, but re-read #22, cuz IMHO it´s an analytical homerun!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 11/3/2013 9:13:52 AM     (No. 9596216)

What the Oministration put short term political gain ahead of doing something right?

I´m shocked, shocked I tell you

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Reply 27 - Posted by: stryker714, 11/3/2013 9:26:55 AM     (No. 9596244)

Always worried about those pesky republicans. Sounds like a guilty conscience re the strict party line vote, the fast one they pulled to stop Scott Brown from blocking, etc. More consensus might have allowed them to stop looking over their collective shoulders.

The idiot dems should have know better than to let Obama task himself with this. Hint: the sealed college records. The only things Obama is good at are: campaigning, lying, cheating at elections. Alas, his elementary school science project crashes and burns, lol.

I see big psychological reasons this will never fly: the way they passed it; exempting themselves; the failure to launch; increased costs to citizens. They will keep up the denial for a very very long time. Single payer cavalry all allude to won´t fix it either-too much damage already done from failed launch.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 11/3/2013 9:36:36 AM     (No. 9596259)

FTA: "The president had already made up his mind"

"I will not negotiate!"

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 11/3/2013 9:44:12 AM     (No. 9596272)

This law was never about improving healthcare, it was about transforming the US from a two party democratic republic to a two bit fascist despotism. To that end, it has been fabulously successful. Obambi as used this law to issue to trash the other two branches of the goobernment and render them useless. He has issued exemptions, delays, and refused to enforce the very law he enacted. All these actions are unconstitutional and the hallmark of a despot. And all the while Obambi and the Kneepad media have set up the Rebublicans to blame. The rebulicans were to blame for the secrecy, for lack of cooperation and for delaying the people´s work in enacting this fascist law. Sheer genius in that the Rebublicans have absolutely nothing to do with tis law yet get all the blame. Now that the law has completely collapsed, it offers Obambi the opportunity to complete the transformation of this country to a fascist despotism. He will issue orders, use the military and complacent Kneepad media to eliminate the other branches of the goobernment and completely oppress the people. Hitler did in in Germany and now Obambi will do it in the former USA.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/3/2013 9:44:38 AM     (No. 9596273)

Democrats will always fail when they try to undertake complex missions. The reason is that those missions require management. That means establishing a hierarchical structure of superiors and subordinates.

The superiors must:
-- come up with an overall model to accomplish the task including deciding what is to be done, how that task can be broken down into manageable parts, and how many people with what skills will be needed to accomplish each part;
-- hire the right people to do the myriad tasks involved in the undertaking such as finding people to develop computer systems to handle bits of information necessary to make sure that everything is happening when and how it should and in compliance with whatever rules are important,
-- launch the undertaking, follow its initialization, and stay on top of its implementation to make sure that everything is on track,
-- understand the job to be done, follow the progress that’s being made, and uncover the problems that are arising and take swift and successful actions to correct the parts that are failing.

That’s what management does.

Democrats seek the prestige and benefits of command but they believe that the entire job is simply to say to their subordinates, “Handle it!”

And that’s why Obamacare failed.


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Reply 31 - Posted by: walcb, 11/3/2013 10:33:03 AM     (No. 9596364)

A long read but easy to see that the fault is with the Republicans--good. They were voted in to fight this obamanation, fie on any who refuse credit for, at least at this point, slowing it down.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/3/2013 10:47:22 AM     (No. 9596381)

The root cause of the fear was that they had perpetrated fraud on the American People and were afraid they would be exposed. That meant that contracts were delayed until after elections. When negative feedback came in, like amazing low enrollment in the Preexisting Conditions pool or the cost of the pool running 3X the average per person of state pools, they buried the data. Even though they knew that even more sick with Preexisting condition would sign up to start coverage in Jan. Now they must drive people off employer plans and individual plans in order to get enough revenue to keep the program afloat for even a year.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Grambo, 11/3/2013 11:04:39 AM     (No. 9596419)

Mr. President, we have met the enemy and he is us.

President Choom meets Reality, but doesn´t recognize it.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/3/2013 11:08:43 AM     (No. 9596427)

**Meanwhile**

NYC Marathoners getting TSA Treatment to run a race
Fast and Furious ignored
SEALs ordered to remove Gadsen Flag from uniforms
SPLC blames Christian & patriots for LAX shooting
Jim Angle calls ObamaCare and Operator identifies HIS VOICE as the media
Police arresting smokers in Massachusetts - @bus stops

.. and Obama blows out Congress and the entire Constitution by seizing powers to force Agenda 21 Climate Change Tyranny



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Reply 35 - Posted by: nevernaught, 11/3/2013 11:48:01 AM     (No. 9596483)

Now a Dem is calling for doctors to be forced to treat all Medicaid/Medicare patients. Good, that ought to send the whole mess back to the SCOTUS for further waffling.

I don´t know why Chairman Mao-Obama doesn´t just issue another one of those Unconstitutional Executive Orders declaring all doctors are wards of the state and must treat the masses (or else).

How would you like to be treated by a doctor who doesn´t want to be there and who has regressed into curing patients by bleeding them.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: NotaBene, 11/3/2013 12:48:59 PM     (No. 9596567)

Obamacare: How political needs to pander to amnesty Illegal Aliens was pitted against Medicare Advantage and Americans with insurance.

Or: Medicaid for All.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 11/3/2013 12:58:23 PM     (No. 9596577)

The issue of "Health Care" is an in intentional misnomer. The U.S. has, for the moment, the best health care system in the world. The real problem is health insurance and the solution to this problem is as follows:

U.S. Health Insurance Reform (In 25 words or less)

Tort reform
Across state lines
Health Savings Accounts
Reduce regulations
Doctor-Patient decisions
Patient-Insurer choices
Privatize Medicare
Reform Medicaid
Annual means testing
Citizen oriented
Alien averse
(25 words)

Feel free to attack, add to, amend, or otherwise address this draft.



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Reply 38 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 11/3/2013 1:32:36 PM     (No. 9596626)

Excellent #39. You managed to sum up very nicely in only 25 words what our poltitians and talking heads have not been able to clarify in over 3 years of incessant bloviating.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: billa, 11/3/2013 1:34:55 PM     (No. 9596629)

It is truly unbelievable the stupidity of the vast majority of the American people, the world-wide media and most importantly the entire medical community for not aggressively opposing this law and spending every cent they earned to demolish it. The irony is that docs and nurses are really going to be hit with this law in the loss of their high earnings, massive increase in working hours to tend the uninsured and illegals, dislocation by docs & nurses being recruited from Inda, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc., who will accept from 1/2 to 1/4 the pay without the training, credentials, & language & writing skills.

Worse, since specialists´ referrals are going to require a Congressional hearing to get approval, the pool of specialists is going to evaporate. Have a rare cancer, require cardiovascular surgery, knee or hip replacement, don´t be too old because by the time you get approval, if you even are able to obtain it, you´ll be dead.

If the government cannot even manage a web site, how are they going to treat people with complicated illnesses?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 11/3/2013 1:47:40 PM     (No. 9596650)

Wow, #39!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: LittleRedHen1, 11/3/2013 3:26:41 PM     (No. 9596794)

Read the four page memo by David Cutler, which is linked to the first page of the article. That is management. Blaming the Republicans demonstrates that the Obamacare team were neither managers or politicians. A real manager would have put together a team like the one proposed by Cutler and a real politician would have figured out a way to work around political opposition, while clearly seeing the reasoning behind objections. Rotting garbage is still rotting garbage despite suppressed discussion. By hiding the problem from the Rinos, the situation became so bad that the LoFos can figure out that Obamacare does not work.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/3/2013 3:36:41 PM     (No. 9596804)

Not to send folks away from this fine web site, but various articles today on the National Review site regarding Obamacare are devastating. I definitely learned information I was previously unaware of, such as HHS bureaucrats having the absolute right to shut down a physician´s practice. We have left our Democracy and have entered a State of tyranny.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: steph_gray, 11/3/2013 6:03:19 PM     (No. 9596941)

Copying #39 for future reference, great job!

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/3/2013 6:06:47 PM     (No. 9596946)

like the signup site this article is now not available--non connections et all.
gallop today has the won at 40% --now don´t lament that because that is 7% lower than the 47% that LOVED HIM.
With the return of the ignored report that he bragged he really knew how to kill people via drone is now giving the numbers of civilians caught in the assassinations.
Can we now start to think his evil isn´t clever because he is too damaged to even do that well.
If he did actually brag about those strikes we need to just once bow to the world and turn him over to the World Court for prosecution.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 11/3/2013 6:17:05 PM     (No. 9596950)

I might know someone who cares ´´why´´ the damn thing broke. They are cautious enough not to mention that to me. We are just glad that it broke.

That San Francisco harlot said on TV today that the criticism of O-care is strictly politically motivated. Hard to decide which to hate first.

Memory jog: this SNAFU of a health debacle started life in Hillary Clinton´s top drawer many years ago. Some troll has been guarding it until they trotted it out.

Triple Dittos to #31. Amen and Amen

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Reply 46 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 11/3/2013 11:46:47 PM     (No. 9597234)

#44 The Dept. of Insurance in most states already had the power to shut down a physician´s office for noncompliance.

For those that always wondered about the lavish vacays and the numerous people We paid to go along, now you know what they were planning.



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Washington — Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1978, set up a generational and ideological clash in the state’s Republican primary when he announced Friday that he would seek a seventh term in 2014. While Mr. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, has the support of many leading Republicans in the state, he is already facing opposition from Chris McDaniel, 41, a state senator aligned with the Tea Party who announced his candidacy in October and has won the support of some conservative groups. Mr. Cochran, who has raised less than $1 million

Patriot Act author: Obama’s intel
czar should be prosecuted
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Brendan Sasso    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2013 11:36:04 AM     Post Reply
Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress. "Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it," the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill. He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March. During that hearing, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked Clapper whether the National Security Agency (NSA) collects data on millions of Americans. Clapper insisted that the NSA does not

Obama defends Iran deal
at Hanukkah celebration
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2013 11:22:19 AM     Post Reply
Washington - President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his nuclear diplomacy with Iran before an audience of Israeli diplomats and senior members of the US Jewish community and officials. At a White House Hanukkah reception, Obama said that it was important for the United States to test Iran´s intentions, and pledged to keep working for a comprehensive deal to deprive Tehran of a nuclear weapon. "For the first time in a decade we have halted progress of Iran´s nuclear program," Obama said. "Key parts of the program will be rolled back even though the toughest of our sanctions remain in

Appreciation: Nelson Mandela
averted what many expected-
an all-out civil war
Washington Post, by Keith B. Richburg    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2013 9:00:14 AM     Post Reply
To fully appreciate what former South African president Nelson Mandela was able to accomplish, it is necessary to hearken back to the South Africa he found when he emerged from prison in 1990, and what the country was like in those critical four years between his release and his election to the presidency in 1994. Put simply, South Africa was a violent, dangerous and heavily-armed place teetering precariously on the edge of an all-out race war. And in the early 1990s, it was entirely unclear which way the country would go. On one side, embittered white rejectionists were refusing to

FW de Klerk: world has
lost a great unifier with
Nelson Mandela´s death
Guardian [UK], by Warren Murray    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/6/2013 8:03:38 AM     Post Reply
FW de Klerk, the South African president under whom Nelson Mandela was released from prison, has said his country and the world have lost "a great unifier". De Klerk shared the Nobel peace prize with Mandela in 1993 for brokering the end of apartheid and, when the ANC leader was elected president in the first multiracial election, entered into a government of national unity as his deputy. De Klerk, 77, said in remarks to the BBC: "It´s a very sad moment for the whole of South Africa and I´m sure millions of people around the world. "I fully associate myself

How Nelson Mandela transcended
race barriers to become a symbol
of resistance and exemplar of
human generosity of spirit
Daily Mail [UK], by Max Hastings    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/5/2013 5:44:28 PM     Post Reply
Nelson Mandela was the most famous black man in history. He transcended race barriers to become an exemplar of human generosity of spirit. His towering personality made possible the peaceful transfer of power in South Africa from white minority to black majority rule. If he was less effective as president of his country than he had been as the symbol of resistance to apartheid, he demonstrated statesmanship unmatched in Africa. He inspired love as much as respect, and became regarded by hundreds of millions of people as a secular saint. More was asked of him, and sometimes claimed for him,

Nelson Mandela, revered statesman
and anti-apartheid leader, dies at 95
Yahoo News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/5/2013 4:53:42 PM     Post Reply
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection. The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a beloved figure around the world, a symbol of reconciliation from a country with a brutal history of racism. Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after nearly 30 years for plotting to overthrow South Africa´s apartheid government. In 1994, in a historic election, he became the nation´s first black leader. Mandela stepped down in 1999 after a single term and retired from political and public life.

Shooting Victim Identified
as Alzheimer´s Patient
WTVC-TV [Chattanooga, TN], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 11/28/2013 1:29:32 PM     Post Reply
The victim in an early morning shooting in Walker County has been identified as Ronald Westbrook, a 72-year-old Alzheimer´s patient. Westbrook was shot outside the home of Joe Hendricks on Cottage Crest Court about 4 am. Westbrook lived about two-and-a-half miles from where he was shot and had apparently wandered away from home. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Hendricks has not been charged. However he said the investigation continues and did not rule out the possibility of charges in the future. The sheriff said Hendricks heard a suspicious sound outside the house and called 911.



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