How many people onstage with Obama today have successfully enrolled in ObamaCare?

posted at 2:01 pm on October 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

The White House communications team had three weeks to find 10-15 people who’ve actually enrolled in O-Care via Healthcare.gov to serve as human props for an Obama press conference on this subject. Three weeks. And yet, according to the WH’s own mini-biographies of the people invited to the Rose Garden today, just … three have successfully registered so far. Last week, Bob Laszewski estimated that no more than 20,000 people had managed to enroll in the site’s first 14 days or so online. If the White House had this much trouble finding a dozen or so for one of O’s biggest photo ops this year, I’ve got to wonder if the real number’s significantly less than that.

Byron York has reproduced the full White House release on today’s attendees. Among the lucky 13 is someone who’s “looking forward to enrolling for health coverage this fall,” someone who “recently began researching her options” on California’s state exchange, someone who “plans to comparison shop” on Healthcare.gov, and someone who’s “exploring what new coverage options will be available,” as well as a few people who are happy they can stay on their parents’ insurance under the new rules about age. All of which, ironically, is true to the spirit of today’s presser: In theory, this was going to be a “mea culpa” moment for O in which he explained in some detail what’s gone wrong with the site and set a timetable for when it would be running smoothly. Instead it was an infomercial for ObamaCare with a few perfunctory references to the “kinks” crippling Healthcare.gov. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” O said at one point about the site meltdown — except that the whole point of the presser was to sugarcoat it, right down to inviting people onstage who haven’t managed to actually register yet thanks to HHS’s Geocities-caliber tech. Says Peter Suderman:

Just a few weeks ago, Obama was telling people that the exchanges would be as simple to use as Amazon, or an online travel reservation site like Kayak.com. Now he’s telling people they must rely on a phone and paper process that is, at best, extremely slow.

Obama’s speech, in other words, was designed to tell people how Obamacare could work without the online exchanges. Which strongly suggests that he and the rest of the administration believe that, at least for the time being, that’s the only way it’s going to.

Exactly. Today was all about buying time for website repairs and trying to combat ominous polls like this, which show the public’s perceptions of Healthcare.gov bleeding over into their perceptions of the ObamaCare program generally. Which it should: After all, the website’s problems are a direct function of the premium hikes mandated by the law itself.

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Turns out even the call-center experience touted by Barack “Popeil” Obama today as a fallback option is confusing and frustrating. As icing on the cake, here’s a new spot from the propaganda ministers at HHS, who found the one guy in America who thinks it’s “pretty easy” to comparison shop on Healthcare.gov. Why wasn’t he onstage with O today?


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Yep, that woman who suddently realized what was happening became ill…I felt the same way. Sham….Wow!

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Barack “Popeil” Obama

AP at his best.

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Where does the money come from for all of the Obamacare ads?

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

You owe Ron Popeil an apology. At least he delivered the goods.

RSbrewer on October 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Today’s speech was surreal. I know Obama lives in an adolescent fantasy world, but even by his own standards, this was scary to watch. I can only conclude that behind the scenes, this regime knows that Obamacare is going to implode very soon and there’s no sense in even trying to salvage it. Otherwise he would’ve laid out at least a few token ideas today for tweaking or improving it.

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

As icing on the cake, here’s a new spot from the propaganda ministers at HHS, who found the one guy in America who thinks it’s “pretty easy” to comparison shop on Healthcare.gov. Why wasn’t he onstage with O today?

He had a casting call for a part in It’s Raining Men.

TXUS on October 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

And the GOP establishment remain meekly quiet…shhhhh. Don’t offend the Prog State Run Media.

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/21/group-behind-obama-at-rose-garden-speech-includes-only-3-obamacare-registrants/

barry is the definition of dishonesty…as in his blame shifting remarks on the shutdown.

sadly, the dishonesty of the left-wing press that are his fanboys is a bigger problem. the leftists control the narrative, the narrative is that barry is the greatest of them all, and these little tiny problems are minor in terms of thew new Barry-age that we are entering

r keller on October 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

references to the “kinks” crippling Healthcare.gov.

They haven’t toured since the mid-90s, so stop blaming them already.

The Kinks – National Health

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

When it was quiet, you could hear the steel ball bearings rolling around in his hand…

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Barack “Popeil” Obama

But wait, there’s more! If you don’t or can’t enrol by the cut off date, we will just take our due from you!

What?

That’s not fair?

Tell you what. We will ratchet up the fine year over year then.

Any further questions can be fielded by the FAQ section on the healthcare.gov website.

Gatsu on October 21, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I tried to run the video and all I got was an Error 404 message. :0

Seriously, Daniel must have interned on the HealthCare.gov design team if he thinks he’s only paying $70 a month for health insurance. He isn’t paying $840 a year in health coverage he is paying thousands of dollars more in deductibles before any of that subsidized healthcare available to him on a student’s income.

And while on the subject. Let’s remember that the worst is yet to come. Imagine that you’re over-billed $3000 for a hospital stay. Right now, you can dispute the bill and refuse to pay your private insurer. You really think the IRS is going to wait for “their” money?

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

And the geometric logic, too.

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Barack “Popeil” Obama

HEH!!! LolZ!

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Barack “Popeil” Obama

AP at his best.

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“Operators are standing by…”

Mr. Popeil – “Weird Al” Yankovic

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I’d like to have him sit down right now and enroll his whole family. Give the thing a test run, let it try his patience and watch how long it takes him to say the hell with it.

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM

“There’s no sugarcoating it,” O said at one point about the site meltdown — except that the whole point of the presser was to sugarcoat it

I regret not having turned “It’s a good product” into a drinking game.

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Where are those half million people the administration is claiming have enrolled applied started applying visited the website once?

Doomberg on October 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Yep, it’s the old quart of strawberries enigma…

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I took a look at the exchange premiums on the Florida Blue site. The cheapest bronze plans for my husband and I have a deductible of $9000 and then a copay of 60% until the cap of $12500. Uh…that is twice what we have spent on our in medical in 10 YEARS!!! So, exactly what is the purpose of this?

BeachBum on October 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Was Chad and his dad onstage with BHO.

RickB on October 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

“Republicani sua culpa.” -Barack Obama

Glenn Jericho on October 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

As icing on the cake, here’s a new spot from the propaganda ministers at HHS, who found the one guy in America who thinks it’s “pretty easy” to comparison shop on Healthcare.gov. Why wasn’t he onstage with O today?

they found a guy named “Daniel”?
Why not Jeremy?

At home
Drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V
Dead lay in pools of maroon below

Daddy didn’t give attention
To the fact that mommy didn’t care
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

h/t Pearl Jam

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Today’s speech was surreal. I know Obama lives in an adolescent fantasy world, but even by his own standards, this was scary to watch.

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Actually, I don’t think there was a thing surreal about it. He’s still selling Obamacare as this wonderful product that people are clamoring for to the extent that they can’t keep up with the demand. And I want to test the system by calling the operators at 3am and speak with an operator. In Serbo-Croatian.

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Would you buy a product from a guy who allows his name on a product as an endorsement but wouldn’t by it for himself or his family in a thousand years?

DaveDief on October 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Why wasn’t he onstage with O today?

Because he is an actor who really doesn’t need health insurance because he is still covered for the next 4 years under his parents plan?

Johnnyreb on October 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I need a Vegematic
I need a pocket fisherman
I need a handy appliance
That’ll scramble an egg while it’s still inside its shell
Operators are standing by
How does that make you feel?
Help me!
Mr. Popeil!

I wanna shine some pennies
I wanna mend some leather
I wanna Krazy Glue my head
To the bottom of a big steel girder
Please, no C.O.D.’s
Don’t miss out on this deal
Aah, help me!
Mr. Popeil!

Help me!
Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!

It slices! It dices!
Look at that tomato!
You can even cut a tin can with it!
But you wouldn’t want to!

Mr. Popeil, I’m in trouble
Need your assistance on the double
Oh no, now how am I gonna make
My own vinyl car top look like new?
Mr. Popeil
Tell me!
What am I supposed to do?

Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!

Now how much would you pay?
But wait, there’s more!
It’s not sold in any store!
Now how much would you pay?
Don’t answer yet!
Just look what else you get!
Now how much would you pay?
If you order today…
You get a Ginsu knife and a smokeless ashtray!
Now how much would you pay?
Now how much would you pay?
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil
Mr. Popeil, Mr. Popeil

Make me buy a garden weasel
Make me buy a bamboo steamer
Make me take advantage
Of this amazing TV offer
Call our toll-free number
We’ll make you such a deal
Aaw, help me!
Mr. Popeil! I want it!
Mr. Popeil
Well, I need it!
Mr. Popeil
I got to got to got to have it!
Mr. Popeil!
Mr. Popeil!
Hey!

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

And this is what the GOP establishment is so afraid fight…?

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:27 PM

3 is a 300% increase over 1.

“Since the first enrollee was officially registered, ObamaCare signups have increased by 300%”

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

The man’s worse than a total fraud, he’s downright insane if he thinks anyone who’s just been reemed by his brainchild plan is buying any of his lies any more.

2014 is going to be a reckoning, even worse than 2010 for the dems as Obamacare continues to crush more people under Obama’s heel..

Expect lots of false attacks and strawman accusations in the coming year as the dems desperately try and deflect the blame for this.. trouble is, even the liberal media isn’t in lockstep as more reports of the magnitude of this disaster come forward.

mark81150 on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Actually, I don’t think there was a thing surreal about it. He’s still selling Obamacare as this wonderful product that people are clamoring for to the extent that they can’t keep up with the demand. And I want to test the system by calling the operators at 3am and speak with an operator. In Serbo-Croatian.

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Yeah, but what was so bizarre is how he can give the same stump speech from 2009 AFTER Obamacare is in the midst of its disastrous rollout where even MSDNC is acknowledging this thing is FUBAR. Does he seriously believe that people aren’t going to notice these letters they’re getting from their insurance provider informing them of massive spikes in cost or dropped plans? Does he think no one is going to notice an inoperative website or a busy 1-800 number?

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

BeachBum on October 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

FL Blue Cancels 300,000 Policies

crrr6 on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Was Chad and his dad onstage with BHO.

RickB on October 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

+1

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

I’m calling these human props what they are “Stepford Enrolees”. Obviously there must have been a programming glitch in the one that nearly fell down behind Obozo. Its either that or I have to believe that 20 Americans were willing to in essence allow themselves to be used to perpetuate a lie. Don’t think that has happened before….oh wait!

neyney on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

hey found a guy named “Daniel”?
Why not Jeremy?

ted c on October 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Why a white guy going to college? This administration tends to be far more “ethnic” when it comes to selling stuff to the American public. Remember Julia, a never married single mom who relied on government for every aspect of her life? She’s far more the norm than Daniel.

My conclusion, they deliberately went white because it is the Daniels among young people not the Rachel Jeantels.

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

This was Dear Leader in full bloom NPD….

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

So? We learned long ago that Barry was an adolescent, blame shifting POS. What’s really disgusting is that the Repubicans can’t come up with any credible alternative despite having 3+ years to think about it. That’s why I’m a Tea partier. If we don’t fix the problems, do we think these politicos will?

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Too good

Former WH / Obama Campaign Spinmeister, David Axelrod, fires off incredibly juvenile tweet highlighting the dishonest spin being foisted on American people….

“Isn’t it ironic that the most ardent opponents of the Affordable Care Act are now complaining that people can’t sign up fast enough?”

The indomitable Iowahawk sends back a couple of clue-by-fours….

– “No, irony is that its most ardent supporters demand waivers.”
– “No, irony is calling it ‘Affordable.’”

Some other responses highlighted by Newsbusters…

Dave Boccio: “Isn’t it ironic that law supposed to provide health insurance is causing people to lose theirs?”

Rick Wilson: “All the cutesy sarcasm in the world won’t polish your quarter-trillion $, Kafkaesque online turd into a diamond, hoss.”

Barbara McMahon: “it’s ironic you’re gloating over an #epicfail.”

Athos on October 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I wanna know about the latest to faint in the wake of The Lightbringer. Is the glow so powerful that some woman always has to lose consciousness when The Dear Leader speaks? You would think someone credentialed enough to get in the Rose Garden for one of his speeches would be in sufficient health to withstand it. And why do we never get a follow up on these people? Is she dead? Pregnant? It was only about 60° in DC today; it certainly wasn’t heat exhaustion. I don’t understand why this keeps happening.

BKeyser on October 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

But wait, hasn’t Pravda and Izvestia been telling us the state-run exchanges have been running a whole lot better? Isn’t Maryland, with the Governor who would be President, just a hop, skip, and a jump away? Couldn’t they come up with 13 people there without traveling all the way to California?

As far as this being a mea culpa? Obama doesn’t speak Latin.

bflat879 on October 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Does he seriously believe that people aren’t going to notice these letters they’re getting from their insurance provider informing them of massive spikes in cost or dropped plans? Does he think no one is going to notice an inoperative website or a busy 1-800 number?

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Oh! They’ll notice but did you notice the applause and laughter when he made that bluster about the people around him are not happy with the situation because the lazy stupid coward isn’t happy? Obama the savior as if he and his administration didn’t create the problems in the first part.

To me the complete disassociation of Obama from anything his administration is doing is the surreal part. He isn’t held to account for the NSA spying, the IRS engaging in partisan political activity, the National Park Service kicking around 90-year-old vets, or the Obamacare debacle. It is like he is in the audience and not the leader. That’s the part that is surreal to me.

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The lady who introduced him had gotten her plan through Delaware’s state exchange after taking 7 days to finally get through. That right there should tell you how well the Federal Exchange is operating.

weaselyone on October 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

BKeyser on October 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Look over at the Green Room for some explanation…

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM

What’s really disgusting is that the Repubicans can’t come up with any credible alternative despite having 3+ years to think about it. That’s why I’m a Tea partier. If we don’t fix the problems, do we think these politicos will?

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I think delay of the individual mandate and repeal of the medical device tax were pretty damned good alternatives. Where has the lazy stupid coward’s willingness to sit down with anybody to come up with solutions when those topics come up?

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

You owe Ron Popeil an apology. At least he delivered the goods.

RSbrewer on October 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Ron Popeil did bring a good many things to market, some good some not so great.

I have a friend who had a “pocket fisherman” and thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

UltimateBob on October 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

To me the complete disassociation of Obama from anything his administration is doing is the surreal part. He isn’t held to account for the NSA spying, the IRS engaging in partisan political activity, the National Park Service kicking around 90-year-old vets, or the Obamacare debacle. It is like he is in the audience and not the leader. That’s the part that is surreal to me.

Happy Nomad on October 21, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Yeah, but it is starting to erode his numbers somewhat. He’s consistently in the low 40′s now and that’s not likely to improve with Obamacare being the clusterfark it is. And unlike the economy and the Bush card, he has no one he can blame for this. It’s his baby and it was passed on a party line vote.

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Would you buy a product from a guy who allows his name on a product as an endorsement but wouldn’t by it for himself or his family in a thousand years?

DaveDief on October 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Apparently, his family deserves the best treatment, while he suggests we “just take a pill” and wait to die cheaply and quietly..

Heaven forbid the peasants get equal treatment to their betters..

an especially cruel remark on his part to those of us who have to depend on modern medicine for quality of life conditions. Obama was raised in a hermetically sealed Marxist bubble of wealth, and see’s nothing wrong with two tiers of caring..

He’d have been a perfect Soviet yes man… living in his Dacha and having a high end lifestyle as miles away, a hundred people die as their government built apartment complex collapses from shoddy construction.. and of course, the single party state investigation finds no blame to assign a system that creates such a world..

anyone who thinks that isn’t Obama, hasn’t paid attention..

he’s a party apparatchik, and the peasants should be SILENT and do as they are told..

The cold war taught me that ev3erything Obama was taught to believe is a nightmare.. and the press, doesn’t care.. too busy helping build the one party state..

mark81150 on October 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

What’s really disgusting is that the Repubicans can’t come up with any credible alternative despite having 3+ years to think about it. That’s why I’m a Tea partier. If we don’t fix the problems, do we think these politicos will?

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The problem is the media only defines “credible” as the government spending more money and taking more control over our everyday lives.

We must “do something” about obesity in this country. Therefore in order to have a “credible” plan, we must limit personal freedoms and choices in the marketplace. Obviously a majority of the country is making poor decisions when it comes to diet, so the government must act to make those decisions on our behalf.

See how that works?

weaselyone on October 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

“Operators are standing by…”

And we all know the 1-800 number
1 800 F1***Y*

Craniac on October 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Barack Obama has become the “Bagdad Bob” of the ACA.

WisRich on October 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Consumer reports say to “stay away”.

Agreed. Enter at your peril.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Here’s a short story about other kids who developed a sycophantic relationship with a really popular world leader.

Lots of Chads and Julias…….

Keep in mind…..it was made by a fifth grader.

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Yeah, but it is starting to erode his numbers somewhat. He’s consistently in the low 40′s now and that’s not likely to improve with Obamacare being the clusterfark it is. And unlike the economy and the Bush card, he has no one he can blame for this. It’s his baby and it was passed on a party line vote.

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Come on, everyone knows Bush forced him to introduced obamacare. It was Bush that made him do it because the lawn mower was broken.

Johnnyreb on October 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/21/group-behind-obama-at-rose-garden-speech-includes-only-3-obamacare-registrants/

r keller on October 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Of the first six people mentioned, only 1, Jesica, didn’t have insurance already. Then there is Mr. Small Business Man, Mike, who is dumping all his employees onto Obamacare to prove that if you like your plan you can keep your plan.

txhsmom on October 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

This diaper-loads life is one big FRAUD.

rjoco1 on October 21, 2013 at 2:42 PM

What’s really disgusting is that the Repubicans can’t come up with any credible alternative despite having 3+ years to think about it. That’s why I’m a Tea partier. If we don’t fix the problems, do we think these politicos will?

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

WRONG! The alternative I have right now is completely satisfactory for me and my family.

The alternative that is required is not ObamaCare, but is for those who don’t have medical insurance to get off their ass, get a job, and join the working class.

If you don’t better yourself, I won’t make you better either.

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Today was all about buying time for website repairs and trying to combat ominous polls like this, which show the public’s perceptions of Healthcare.gov bleeding over into their perceptions of the ObamaCare program generally.

No, AP, that is not what today’s dog and pony show was about.

First, Brook’s Law comes into play when we talk about buying time for website repairs. The more bodies he tosses into this mess, the longer it’s going to take to fix the website. Furthermore, the technical issues go far far deeper than just the website. It’s an architectural disaster – think the Tacoma Narrows Bridge level of architectural failure.

Second, what the President demonstrated today is his callous contempt for the American people, who he obviously thinks are pretty damn stupid.

Thirdly, the President also demonstrated today that he remains supremely confident that the apparatchiks and lapdogs in the mainstream media will remain loyal lapdogs and sacrifice their credibility so that he can retain his credibility.

Throughout the last 5 years people have expected Obama to have a speech / event where he owns up to the challenges, accepts the responsibility and accountability of his office, and …

every.single.time.he.has.refused.to.do.so.

To a community organizer – he’s never the problem or accountable or responsible. That’s someone else (even if that someone has to fictitious).

To an academic – he’s never the problem because on paper, in theory, and in the ‘laboratory’, it always works. Someone outside has to be sabotaging the ‘experiment’.

To the ideologue – the vision, the agenda is perfect, and the only problems come from our political opponents, who even though they are immaterial and powerless, not worth negotiating with, are the reason why this is a train wreck.

Athos on October 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Lets see… they were looking for, what was it, 7 million people to sign up by 01 JAN 2014? Something like that. So that is nearly 540,000 people/week since 01 OCT 2013, more or less, that were supposed to be able to go through the entire thing, sign up, find their ‘subsidy’, and get insurance.

They’ve had three weeks and had that 500,000 ‘applications’ deal, but no idea if any of those are actually seeking insurance or just trying to get numbers and, even worse, the insurance companies don’t know if anyone has actually gotten through. Thus they now must look for 600,000 people/week to sign up to meet the ‘goal’.

Yet you can probably count out the holiday weeks and T-day, Black Friday and a few other days off in which no one will do any signing up… making it an effective 8 weeks left, or 750,000 people/week.

This is after 3 years+ of working on the system.

It isn’t called a Death March for nothing, you know.

ajacksonian on October 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM

To a community organizer – he’s never the problem or accountable or responsible. That’s someone else (even if that someone has to fictitious).

It has never been….his bad.

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

The code to repair the damaged website

skeeterbite on October 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Does he think no one is going to notice an inoperative website or a busy 1-800 number?

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Not many noticed the incredible irony of what that 1-800 number spelled out…. 1-800-F1UCKYO

Athos on October 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM

I wanna know about the latest to faint in the wake of The Lightbringer. Is the glow so powerful that some woman always has to lose consciousness when The Dear Leader speaks? You would think someone credentialed enough to get in the Rose Garden for one of his speeches would be in sufficient health to withstand it. And why do we never get a follow up on these people? Is she dead? Pregnant? It was only about 60° in DC today; it certainly wasn’t heat exhaustion. I don’t understand why this keeps happening.

BKeyser on October 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I heard she had diabetes and was pregnant. Apparently standing behind the President while he talks about healthcare is far more important than actually utilizing said healthcare.

In the end, Obamacare will unfairly choose who is worthy of care and who is not worthy of care.

weaselyone on October 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

It was a typical Obama Love Fest, not a press conference.

Finishing, desperate, touch: a female fainter, this time on stage and not in the audience.

Keep talking, O! You are your own worst enemy.

PattyJ on October 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

RCP via Drudge:

President Obama’s speech Monday morning was briefly interrupted when a young woman standing behind him appeared to come close to fainting. The president turned around to make sure she was alright, saying, “I got you, you’re ok,” before she was helped away by others nearby.

The woman, identified as Karmel Allison, suffers from Type 1 diabetes. She also announced on her blog last week that she is pregnant.

Metaphor. much?

socalcon on October 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Bonus questions:
How many of those on stage work for OFA?
How many of our HA trolls were missing from HA during that speech?

dentarthurdent on October 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

In the end, Obamacare will unfairly choose who is worthy of care and who is not worthy of care.

weaselyone on October 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

The Golgafrinchan refugees have taken control of the planet….

dentarthurdent on October 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog
Obamacare is more than just a website. It’s also a floor wax AND a dessert topping!

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Gee, I thought they would have rolled out people on crutches or in wheelchairs and oxygen tanks. Better yet they traipsed out a pregnant diabetic who faints on camera. Shameless.

jake49 on October 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM

So? We learned long ago that Barry was an adolescent, blame shifting POS. What’s really disgusting is that the Repubicans can’t come up with any credible alternative despite having 3+ years to think about it. That’s why I’m a Tea partier. If we don’t fix the problems, do we think these politicos will?

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Do you think anyone trusts the government enough at this point to believe it can actually do some good in the healthcare arena? And that is even on simple fixes, like tort reform… the ‘moderates’ offered some minor fixes and an extension on the mandate and Obama didn’t want even THAT. And yet those were positions that many Democrats supported as well.

So Obama didn’t want those.

And the system is now so awful that no one will trust politicians on anything positivist or ‘progressive’… which is a good place for it to be in the public mind if you are part of the Tea Party. Taxed Enough Already means there is too much government to start with. The ‘fix’ is less of it. You can get that only when more of government is so disgusting and toxic that no one will support politicians going on about how government needs to do more. Really, isn’t this sort of reaction the thing that Tea Partiers would look for? Disgust and revulsion over government edicts and seeing the two-faced politicians who back such things and those who don’t. In this case proposing less is the ‘fix’, and just look what it has done to both parties.

ajacksonian on October 21, 2013 at 2:58 PM

kingsjester‏@kingsjester1
That girl that almost fainted behind Obama today must have seen her new Insurance Premium. #tcot #Obamacare

kingsjester on October 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Was Fluke busy?

WhatSlushfund on October 21, 2013 at 3:01 PM

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

ROTFL…that guy is priceless.

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

I heard a few soundbytes. What a pathetic joke.

Murphy9 on October 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Another Bonus Question: Of the 3 who (are claimed to be) enrolled, did the insurance companies receive completely accurate data on them, with no false cancellations, etc.??

There’s a good possibility that even these 3 “successes” are really Obamacare fails; and/or Obamacare prevarications.

G. Charles on October 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Triumphant President Takes Victory Lap Over Huge Obamacare Success

Not to worry, Obama told consumers, the law is “working well,” and in some cases, even better than expected. He spent much of the speech insisting that the product itself is just fantastic. Rates are lower. Costs are down. Coverage is better. The system is “smoother” than ever. He used isolated anecdotes to “prove” these points, ignoring buckets of empirical evidence to the contrary. For good measure, he also blamed Republicans and the recent government shutdown for some of the glitches — totally false red herrings. He emphasized that if you’re one of the few (!) people who’ve had trouble signing up online, you’re free to simply dial a 1-800 number for assistance.

Oops! Not only did one find that calling 1-800-F1UCKYO resulted in the caller being redirected back to the failing Healthcare.gov, but another found the 1-800 number broken…

Josh Kraushaar @HotlineJosh

RT @AnnieLowrey: For the record, just called 1-800-318-2596, got a busy signal.

More from the article…

The Obamacare exchanges’ so-called “front end” issues are just the tip of the iceberg. These problems were needlessly created by the administration because they were afraid of allowing people to browse pre-subsidized coverage rates, which would lead to widespread sticker shock. The deeper malfunctions have infected the guts of the system, such that even “enrolled” people may not actually be signed up for the coverage they think they have. And we have no idea when those flaws will be resolved.

As Nan Pelosi reminded us, we had to pass the bill to see it not work….

Athos on October 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

In the end, Obamacare will unfairly choose who is worthy of care and who is not worthy of care.

weaselyone on October 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

The Golgafrinchan refugees have taken control of the planet….

dentarthurdent on October 21, 2013 at 2:54 PM

The nightmare is the same fascists who gave you a hyper partisan IRS who targets Americans for retribution, now decides if you get life sustaining treatment.. or decides if you really need those 800 dollar pain meds monthly because of a mangled spine..

“even handed or fair”?

These guys?

It’s not paranoia when they’ve already proven they’ll go after private citizens just for having an opposition opinion. Now that worry is always going to be there, which is their goal for silencing the opposition..

mark81150 on October 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Commenters on a local news story about the failure of the Federal Exchange are blaming the Republican Governor for not setting up a State exchange. See, the problem with Obamacare is the Republican Governors who refused to make it work. The problem has nothing to do with the law that was passed in Washington, DC. Priceless.

weaselyone on October 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog
Obamacare is more than just a website. It’s also a floor wax AND a dessert topping!
ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Let’s face it – the target audience for this clusterfark is the people who ate glue as kids in kindergarden – see verbaldouche and other OFA trolls.

dentarthurdent on October 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

But wait, there’s more!
Not sold in any store!

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog
All programs work when they’re written in Microsoft Word.

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog
Who’s keeping you from your free unicorns? SABOTEURS.

ITguy on October 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Everything is a lie with this administration. But not too worry; almost 50% of the people in America believe what Obama says and does is the truth.

albill on October 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Have had meetings with Ron Popeil and perhaps his best line was/is:

But wait, there’s more!

Let’s hope the current CinC doesn’t go down tha path anytime soon

theblacksheepwasright on October 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

If 1-800-F1UCKYO can’t handle the volume, will the Administration take advantage of all the empty retail space across the country and open up thousands of ObamaCare Stores – where one can go and wait at the MoronBar for a navigator to help sign them up?

After all, the launch of Obamacare was just like Apple’s launch of iOS7….

Athos on October 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

I wanna know about the latest to faint in the wake of The Lightbringer….Is she dead? Pregnant? It was only about 60° in DC today; it certainly wasn’t heat exhaustion. I don’t understand why this keeps happening.

BKeyser on October 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM

It’s because she lacks health insurance. Obama(care) will catch her as she falls.

kcewa on October 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

What’s really disgusting is that the Repubicans can’t come up with any credible alternative despite having 3+ years to think about it. That’s why I’m a Tea partier. If we don’t fix the problems, do we think these politicos will?

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The ‘credible alternative’ is, um… leaving the current, best-in-the-world-everyone-comes-here-to-get-the-healthcare-they-can’t-get-at-home-system the f*ck alone.

Midas on October 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

“Operators are standing by…”

And we all know the 1-800 number
1 800 F1***Y*

Craniac on October 21, 2013 at 2:38 PM

It’s too bad that Lily Tomlin passed away. I would love to see her Ernestine character say “Why don’t you just call 1-800-F***-YO”

kcewa on October 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

We have become what I, as a child, imagined the USSR to be like. Zero’s stupid and ubiquitous icon is the new hammer and sickle.

Any more doubts?

freedomfirst on October 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

What’s next, having Daniel on QVC selling this heap? “Only 15 mins left, and we have 20 policies remaining–call in now, free shipping!”….

hillsoftx on October 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

stupid and ubiquitous and ominous icon

freedomfirst on October 21, 2013 at 3:40 PM

If all this Obamacare web info is confidential, how did the Whitehouse political staff find these 15 people without tapping into confidential info.

roconnell on October 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

13 Potemkin Village Idiots.

Midas on October 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

I didn’t hear the whole speech. Did he even mention a timeline for fixing this thing? If he didn’t that can only mean it will take months or it will take such a long time even he’s embarrassed. And that takes something.

Fred 2 on October 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

kcewa on October 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Lily Tomlin’s still alive.

kingsjester on October 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

“Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons!”

~Obamacare architects

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Obama is fooling us again, and we fall for it every time.

The disaster is not about whether the website works.

The disaster is that 500,000 people applied, AND DID NOT BUY IT.

Wake up, GOP.

faraway on October 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

“Have you ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons!”
~Obamacare architects

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

You’re just asking for an “inconceivable” comment, aren’t you?
lol

dentarthurdent on October 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Via Politico:

And Carney left open the possibility that the administration will seek to delay the individual mandate and the open enrollment period to enroll in healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.

He said to expect some HHS guidance “soon” on whether Obamacare’s individual mandate would require people in states that did not participate in the Medicaid expansion.

“If you do not have access to affordable insurance, you wont be penalized for not buying affordable insurance,” Carney said. “The issue is, do you have access to affordable health insurance.”

Resist We Much on October 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

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