OMB director: Er, no, I can’t gaurantee that HealthCare.gov will be running smoothly by mid-December

posted at 5:01 pm on October 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to the Six Month Enrollment Period That Wasn’t, as the bottlenecked rate at which registrations to and applications through HealthCare.Gov turn into successfully insured enrollees continues to move at a crawl. The revelation of the March 31st-but-actually-February-14th cutoff date paired with the moving target that still is the “the online signup will be super easy and painless!” start date is every day shrinking the window in which people can either obtain health insurance or get stuck with the individual-mandate penalty, and as Speaker Boehner put it the other day, “how can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn’t work?” If they can’t iron this thing out soon, even the political fiasco that would result from once again delaying the law might be more attractive than the from-all-sides criticisms with which their failure of a rollout will be rightfully saddled — and it certainly doesn’t sound like they’re sure they’ll have it under control any time soon, does it?

AL HUNT: But if people can’t sign up, they can’t get affordable care, and can you guarantee the public that by December 15, say, which is a little over 2 weeks before they can really join, that these problems will be largely rectified?

SYLVIA BURWELL: I think that the administration is working deeply on the problems that exist and I think it’s also important to recognize that there are other places and ways, in terms of whether those are the phone numbers, the navigators, and other tools and choices that people have to do that. I think also, from an OMB perspective, it’s also important to also recognize, in addition to the issue of health care for in the uninsured, the issue of people who have children up to 26 being covered, the issue of preexisting conditions, all of those are being worked on in a very successful way in terms of the substance and reducing costs.

HUNT: Cautiously optimistic you’ll have it rectified by December 15th?

BURWELL: I am optimistic that we’ll continue to make progress on the issue.

Yes, but “making progress” and having it fixed by a foreseeable date aren’t exactly the same thing, are they? The Obama administration doesn’t usually have a problem glossing over facts, issuing blithe assurances and dismissals, and making promises they can’t keep, so the unwillingness to even nonchalantly commit to a date almost two months from now bodes rather ill. I mean, they aggressively insisted that everything was peachy-keen and ready to go for October 1st, and that didn’t work out too well for them, did it?


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Notice how the State Run Media keep pushing back the ObamaCare red line…soon it will be June, 2014.

d1carter on October 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM

For those who aren’t good with math…

If their goal is 7,000,000 signed up in six months, then that means they have to sign up 38,888 people per day. Factor in that it’s not actually six months but 4 1/2 months because you have to be signed up by Feb. 14 to be signed up “in time” because of the waiting period. That means they need to sign up nearly 52,000 people a day (starting Oct. 1).

Does it really SOUND to you like they are signing up 52,000 people A DAY or that they have done that since Oct. 1?

UnderstandingisPower on October 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

the front page of hotair has turned into the inquirer magazine but unfortunately these headlines are all true.

phatfawzi on October 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Who set the 7 million number and what does it mean..?

d1carter on October 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

AL HUNT: But if people can’t sign up, they can’t get affordable care…

You keep using that word (kinda like HA writers and the word ‘default’) – I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Midas on October 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Curella said it would be good to go on October One.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Who set the 7 million number and what does it mean..?
d1carter on October 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Supposedly, that is the number of paying customers needed to make ObamaCare work. What they are not telling you is that a vast majority of those who managed to sign up are being sent to Medicaid and therefore are not paying for their insurance.

fbcmusicman on October 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

If only those obstructionist Tea Partiers would introduce a bill to delay Obamacare implementation by a year!

rbj on October 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Given the level of concern shown by Dear Leader, and the total failure to provide care, can we now refer to the tax, er, program as “Obama-don’t-care”?

trubble on October 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Next..
The Government will mandate that we all have to drive electric cars by Oct 2016….or pay a fine.
Sounds simple…

Electrongod on October 20, 2013 at 5:29 PM

If there were no sign up troubles what would people be talking about with ObamaCare?
Because they are not now.

albill on October 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Er, no, I can’t gaurantee that HealthCare.gov will be running smoothly by mid-December

That would be a suckers bet. And because of all the lies that Burwell and others told about the process and HealthCare.gov before it became clear that it is an Error 404 generator means that she can’t be caught lying her ass off again.

Happy Nomad on October 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Now, Bill Clinton would have issued a statement that sounded like he was saying “yes, ” but had enough trap doors to save his hid no matter what happened. Something along the lines of “why, yes, I’m basically optimistic that by December 15th I’ll be able to say most of the problems the public is now aware of will be handled to my satisfaction.” Optimistic, reasonable and meaningless all in one.

Fred 2 on October 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

How could she guarantee? I can’t even guarantee i will get up tomorrow.

gerrym51 on October 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Al Hunt is still alive?

Del Dolemonte on October 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

No worries, the big Oaf has put out the call to the “best and brightest” techies to come bail his ass out. After spending over half a billion to launch, is there any money left to fix this or are everyone’s rates going even higher to cover it? What a collosal display of incompetence.

scalleywag on October 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Fred 2 on October 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

and the other Clinton would say…

scalleywag on October 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

as Speaker Boehner put it the other day, “how can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn’t work?”

Lol. I despise Boehner, but I have to admit, that’s some funny sh*t. A rare moment of common sense on his part?

What a debacle.

WhatSlushfund on October 20, 2013 at 5:44 PM

If they’re saying Dec. internal guesstimates must be much worse.

vityas on October 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

For those who aren’t good with math…

UnderstandingisPower on October 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Or spelling: “gaurantee”

davidk on October 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

as Speaker Boehner put it the other day, “how can we tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn’t work?”

…so!…what did he do?

KOOLAID2 on October 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Monkeys, Hamlet, and the deficit:

the chance of the monkey typing the word ‘Hamlet’ correctly is one in 15,625,000,000,

http://tinyurl.com/kqkywr6

davidk on October 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Hey YOU ARE AN IDIOT if you are working in this country.

http://youtu.be/tyMtHa-WKnM

California has the teat out and ready to suckle!

PappyD61 on October 20, 2013 at 6:09 PM

and the other Clinton would say…

scalleywag on October 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

At this point what difference does it make?

^_^

Gatsu on October 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

it’s also important to also recognize, in addition to the issue of health care for in the uninsured, the issue of people who have children up to 26 being covered, the issue of preexisting conditions, all of those are being worked on in a very successful way in terms of the substance and reducing costs.

Those things reduce costs? Liar, liar, pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire.

obladioblada on October 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

OMB director: Er, no, I can’t gaurantee that HealthCare.gov will be running smoothly by mid-December

Spell-check in aisle five.

Maddie on October 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM

What about all of the people that are losing there current plans?

newportmike on October 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

AL HUNT: But if people can’t sign up, they can’t get affordable care,

Even if they could sign up people, they still wouldn’t get affordable care.

Nice try, Al. Orwell should have used this in “1984″.

mankai on October 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

What about all of the people that are losing there current plans?

newportmike on October 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

To Obama this creates a bigger pool to sign up for zerocare.

banzaibob on October 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

it’s also important to also recognize, in addition to the issue of health care for in the uninsured, the issue of people who have children up to 26 being covered, the issue of preexisting conditions, all of those are being worked on in a very successful way in terms of the substance and reducing costs.

Al, in answer to your question, let me spew off the same talking points we’ve been using for the last 4 years.

mankai on October 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Who set the 7 million number and what does it mean..?

d1carter on October 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I believe that was the number of younger healthy people who currently do not have any insurance whatsoever to make this whole mess work. The last PR release that I saw said there are 35 million uninsured in the country.

As noted above, the people who are enrolling now are the previously uninsurable or people getting notices that their current health plans are being discontinued and they need to find something that complies with the Obamacare rules.

Johnnyreb on October 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

HUNT: Cautiously optimistic you’ll have it rectified by December 15th?

BURWELL: I am optimistic that we’ll continue to make progress on the issue.

And I know a bullshit answer when I see it.

GarandFan on October 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

HUNT: Cautiously optimistic you’ll have it rectified by December 15th?

BURWELL: I am optimistic that we’ll continue to make progress on the issue by a December 15.

/fixed for clarity

mankai on October 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

^_^

Gatsu on October 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Ding ding, ding! May that statement follow her to eternity!

scalleywag on October 20, 2013 at 6:45 PM

actually i learned something, despite al hunt.

i thought that the navigators would use the website and help the ‘poor’, illiterate, innumerate, and other D voters get their free stuff.

so i guess the navigators will just use paper. So what information do the navigators have?…or are they just there to sign up medicaid people.

too bad we don’t have an independent press…that would be interesting information

r keller on October 20, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Or spelling: “gaurantee”

davidk on October 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I was wondering if I was the only one that noticed.

GOPRanknFile on October 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Just another example of what’s wrong with the federal government. They can ram through laws that the majority don’t want or like or even understand, but I’ll be damned if they can put it all together and make it work. And then the person who was in charge of making it work, and was given over 3 years and almost a billion dollars to do so, falls smack down on her face and creates a collosal mess that will take millions more and a whole swat team of IT people to try and fix, and THEN, has the nerve to decline to speak to anyone about it and we’re told the administration has FULL CONFIDENCE in her abilities!

scalleywag on October 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Now, Bill Clinton would have issued a statement that sounded like he was saying “yes, ” but had enough trap doors to save his hid no matter what happened.

Fred 2 on October 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Bill Clinton would never have let it get to this point. He would have cut a deal with Congress for a one year delay, maybe even gotten some bennies from them in the process, and slapped everyone on the back for being such good sports about it.

Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. And he knows it…

JohnGalt23 on October 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Remember this is the same lady that issued instructions to close all of the National Parks and put the barrycades around the WWII memorial. She is also the one who “interpreted” the DOD continuing resolution to exclude funding for Federal GS employees continuing to work and sent them home.

Johnnyreb on October 20, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The last PR release that I saw said there are 35 million uninsured in the country.

There are 300 million adults in this country, I don’t buy that only 35 million are uninsured. By the time the insurance companies drop all the plans that don’t meet the government coverage, there will be 100 million without insurance.

lowandslow on October 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Liar, liar, pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire.

obladioblada on October 20, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Obama the stupid sheeple did hire, then rehire
Now the nation’s future is flat-line dire

VorDaj on October 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Or spelling: “gaurantee”

davidk on October 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I’m glad I read some comments before I parsed the headline.

0_o

Rio Linda Refugee on October 20, 2013 at 7:37 PM

It’s outrageous that this ridiculous site forces people to register before even shopping.

Our side needs to be raising Hell about this, and compare it to amazon or buying a plane ticket or whatever.

It’s blatant disregard for privacy and determination by Obama to preclude people from having sticker shock.

matthew8787 on October 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

If there were no sign up troubles what would people be talking about with ObamaCare?
Because they are not now.

albill on October 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

How about talking about the sticker shock of the $12,000 deductibles? You might as well have signed up for one of those catastrophic care policies because if you have to pay in $12,000 in deductibles along with your $8000 in annual premiums, you are in catastrophe mode before you get anything out of the ACA. Even if you subsidize the premium, how will you pay the deductible?

KW64 on October 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Bill Clinton would never have let it get to this point. He would have cut a deal with Congress for a one year delay, maybe even gotten some bennies from them in the process, and slapped everyone on the back for being such good sports about it.

Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. And he knows it…

JohnGalt23 on October 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM

And yet… Billy Jeff couldn’t get it done, but Barky has.

Barky is NOT losing. He is wildly successful at his goal, to destroy America as we know (knew) it.

bofh on October 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

…HA!

KOOLAID2 on October 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

they will simply just deem these people enrolled won’t they? I mean, liberals are all about good intentions. If people intended to enroll, but they couldn’t, then what’s this say that they won’t just consider them enrolled just because of their intentions?

ted c on October 20, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Hope James O’Keefe is undercover investigating the navigators.

SheVee on October 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

SYLVIA BURWELL: I think that the administration is working deeply on the problems that exist…

They are “working deeply”. That’s reassuring. /s

HUNT: Cautiously optimistic you’ll have it rectified by December 15th?

BURWELL: I am optimistic that we’ll continue to make progress on the issue.

They will “continue to make progress on the issue”. That’s even more reassuring. /s

Basically, she said nothing. It’s all meaningless bureaucrat-speak. Spoken like a true government bureaucrat talking about a government created and run monopoly.

She probably had to stifle an urge to yawn afterwards.

farsighted on October 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Given the level of concern shown by Dear Leader, and the total failure to provide care, can we now refer to the tax, er, program as “Obama-don’t-care”?

trubble on October 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Or “Obama-care-less.”

de rigueur on October 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Obama was raised and educated by the raunchiest of the raunchiest.

He is a sicko.

Hate to belabor the point but Romney did reveal the real Obama to the world in the first debate before he went totally RINO in the last two.

Obama is an ill-educated ignorant dolt.

Sherman1864 on October 21, 2013 at 8:25 AM