Breaking: Healthcare.gov czar promises site will work right by … end of November

posted at 12:34 pm on October 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Well, what’s an extra month among friends, anyway?  Just days after Barack Obama appointed his new top economics adviser Jeff Zients to head up the so-called “tech surge” to fix Healthcare.gov, Zients promised that Americans will be able to behold the power of a fully operational ObamaCare by … er … the end of November.

It’s a good thing that Obama brought in an expert from the web-portal field to make that determination, right? Er, not exactly.  Zients comes from the private sector all right, but in venture capital. His most prominent position before now was with Bain Capital — the same company that Obama demonized during the 2012 campaign, and the same company run by Mitt Romney.

Something tells me that the deadline for beholding the power of the fully operational ObamaCare’s going to look something like this:

But maybe this is a better Star Wars reference:

If this can’t get fixed by the end of November, the White House will have to beg Congress for the delay they insisted was the fantasy of anarchists just three weeks ago. They will find themselves in a trap of their own making.


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Trick or treat?

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

See this

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Yeh, right!

LeftCoastRight on October 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

And what are the consequences if it doesn’t?

Yeah, the same as the name of the buffoon in the Spite House: Zero

ShainS on October 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Zients promised that Americans will be able to behold the power of a fully operational ObamaCare by … er … the end of November.

I seem to recall that a fully operational Death Star exploded or something.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

We have functional retards dictating our personal health care choices. Thanks again, 52 percenters.

Cicero43 on October 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Caricature of incompetence — David Gregory

Schadenfreude pure!!!

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

The website is not the problem

Ellis on October 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

FLASH: We are being played here.

The website was working and tested in September.

Then 2 weeks before launch, the Obama admin decided to hide the prices from the public, unless THEY LOGGED IN AND SIGNED UP.

This crashed the website.

They need a delay to fix this part.

From the testimony

“It appears that one of the reasons for the high concurrent volume at the registration system was a late decision requiring consumers to register for an account before they could browse for insurance products,” Mr. Slavitt says in prepared remarks. “This may have driven higher simultaneous usage of the registration system that wouldn’t have occurred if consumers could ‘window shop’ anonymously.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/24/obamacare-contractors-set-take-heat-missteps-sprea/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS#ixzz2ikie0c5W
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faraway on October 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Yeah; right. Bite me!

pbundy on October 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

It’s likely that the ObamaControl website will never work properly. It’s good money after bad trying to fix it.

skspls on October 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

It’s better for them that it doesn’t work. Having people focused on how bad the website is keeps them from noticing how bad the law is.

Chris of Rights on October 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Black Friday hardest hit.

txhsmom on October 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

“Take no small slips.” – Fred Brooks

Purple Fury on October 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

No Kidding TURKEY at the end of November…. what mental Giants

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

They will find themselves in a trap of their own making.

Can’t happen to a ‘nicer’ bunch.

They and the media, burn, slowly. I’d like to hear you sizzle, you destroyers of all which is good.

I hope that your PC and Utopian pipe-dreams will destroy you all.

YOU shamed the once good land.

You killed the last shred of decency, shame and respect the US had left.

The entire world laughs at you now.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Fox propaganda.

rogerb on October 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Which year??

NullUnit60 on October 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Does “fixing it” include getting the promised lower premiums back to pre-coronation numbers?

smoothsailing on October 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Obama hiding the prices is like a car lot.

Usually you can walk around the lot and see cars. Obama’s website change is like forcing people to line up inside and ask for certain cars to be pulled into the showroom for them to see one by one.

Obama crashed the system by trying to hide the prices.

They can fix this quicker than we think.

faraway on October 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Obama is gonna have to pardon more than just a turkey.

txhsmom on October 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one twenty five sixty one?

verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

NotCoach on October 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Gee, the White House has made a promise…looks like I need another trip to the bank for that deposit, eh?
/sarc

the administration’s credibility on “health care” continues to flush itself, and the media still thinks his farts smell like unicorn Skittles breath…

And hat tip to Bishop.

DublOh7 on October 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Seriously, though, it’s important for everyone to remember that Obama, Sebelius, the current administration, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had nothing to do with this. It’s just the website, and it has no association with any of the former.
 
Is that about right, red_herring?

rogerb on October 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Breaking: Healthcare.gov czar promises site will work right by … end of November

Just in case, Susan Rice will be standing by………..

Rovin on October 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

BAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

William Eaton on October 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

so were drawing another red line, but ill take the over on that.

phatfawzi on October 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Czar .. hahahahaha

Frankly, I prefer to think of these folks involved with healthcare.gov MIS (Management Information Systems) specialists, headed by a MIS-manager.

J_Crater on October 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Oh good,will the premiums and deductibles still be high?

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Obama is gonna have to pardon more than just a turkey.

txhsmom on October 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

He’ll have to pardon himself, the turkey.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

End of November huh? That date couldn’t possibly be based upon this idea that it takes 15 days to turn around confirmation of coverage could it? Two weeks to get everyone who got a cancellation notice enrolled, and two weeks to confirm?

During the holiday season.

Question for the legal eagles out there: If your insurance was cancelled as a direct result of the Obamcare requirements, AND you were unable to secure new Obamacare-approved insurance by January 1, AND something happened to you that required medical attention during the period in which you were uninsured, who would ultimately be liable?

BKeyser on October 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM

It probably will be more or less working. It’s not rocket science, it’s just a website, and not even a technologically advanced one at that. And if not in a month, then in two, or three. Who’s counting.

The point is that they have even managed to use the website failure as just another Shiny Squirrel that distracts from the underlying horror of ObamaDontCare itself. And that law is where the criticism should be focussed. That is where the sunlight needs to be shined. The Sheeple have now been lulled into a mentality that says “That damn website! If they can just get the website to work, then everything will be just fine again”.

It’s amusing to watch the gyrations caused by the software debacle, but then what do we do when it’s fixed (or fixed enough to at least work a little), and America heaves a giant sigh of relief and goes looking for that next squirrel?

bofh on October 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Folks. search this site for the year 2009 and look at how prophetic conservatives were about this law, and how kook and incorrect all the obamacare cheerleaders were.

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

The sooner they fix the website the sooner a lot more Americans can become enraged at ObamaFail.

“We fixed the website. Now run for your lives!!”

HotAirian on October 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

so were drawing another red line, but ill take the over on that.

phatfawzi on October 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

You could give 100-1 odds and I’d still not bet a penny.

Rovin on October 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Breaking: Healthcare.gov czar promises site will work right by … end of November

Just in case, Susan Rice will be standing by………..

Rovin on October 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

“Isn’t there a YouTube video we can blame this on?”

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

no mention of cost????

RonK on October 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

And when it is, there will be a huge propaganda push by Obama and the media to declare (after a minor false start) ObamaCare is overwhelmingly successful, wonderful, and great….
and over 47% of the population will believe it.

albill on October 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Does “fixing it” include getting the promised lower premiums back to pre-coronation numbers?

smoothsailing on October 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Oh, you’ll get used to the new prices soon enough. When was the last time you complained about $4 a gallon gas or grocery prices that have doubled?

The benefits of the Obama Presidency just keep spewing forth.

Cicero43 on October 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I still like this line from an article in QOTD last night

The agency quarterbacking the repair process told reporters Thursday that any fixes to HealthCare.gov would be “incremental.” Consumers may not even detect them…

Either you can get onto the site and perform the task or you can’t, how can it be “incremental”?

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

no mention of cost????

RonK on October 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

ObamaDollars grow on trees.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

If this can’t get fixed by the end of November, the White House will have to beg Congress for the delay they insisted was the fantasy of anarchists just three weeks ago. They will find themselves in a trap of their own making.

A massive government program that is only a month overdue? Granted, they’ve got the grotesquely over-budget part down but I think Zients should be drug tested. If they declare victory, my guess it that it will be some sort of half-assed band aid approach and not a real fix.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Oh, you’ll get used to the new prices soon enough. When was the last time you complained about $4 a gallon gas or grocery prices that have doubled?

The benefits of the Obama Presidency just keep spewing forth.

Cicero43 on October 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

All part of the New Normal.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

The end of November, eh?

Any chance this promise will end in the same result as all the previous O’care promises?

antipc on October 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Either you can get onto the site and perform the task or you can’t, how can it be “incremental”?

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

They won’t detect them because no one will be trying to access it anymore.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

OH YA, heard that song,er, crap before, like…

……….and Change is really Hope!!

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

New and improved site—coming in November:

Yes, Healthcare.gov is up and running. NO, you may not browse the high prices until we’ve got your entire life recorded and archived for the IRS. This IS NOT A GLITCH, it’s a commandment. Obey your lord god Obama, or face serious penalties and/or imprisonment.

Rovin on October 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Bwahahahahah. That’s definitely worth a giggle. The project needs to be re-architected. Right now they’re at the stage of topping out the last floor of the skyscraper and deciding to re-architect the building. This should be a classic for management schools for decades.

JimK on October 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I still like this line from an article in QOTD last night

The agency quarterbacking the repair process told reporters Thursday that any fixes to HealthCare.gov would be “incremental.” Consumers may not even detect them…

Either you can get onto the site and perform the task or you can’t, how can it be “incremental”?

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I’m wondering how many undetected problems are going to show up once the public is able to get beyond the third screen. And this slow drip is only going to add to the length of time sticker shock hits people who were stupid enough to believe that they won’t be paying more than $2500/year including their deductible. That’s what Obama promised them but that isn’t what Obama is going to deliver- even for the perfectly healthy young people who this Ponzi scheme needs to prevent implosion.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Beware of Jeffery Zients..! He is the truest of true believers and he has no integrity…he’s perfect for this job!

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Obamacare website to be fixed by ‘end of November,’ says Jeffrey Zients, official tasked with fixing site – @DomenicoNBC

24 secs ago by editor
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https://twitter.com/DomenicoNBC

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Zients promised that Americans will be able to behold the power of a fully operational ObamaCare by … er … the end of November.

End of November, really? Did the Administration think this out beyond the knee jerk reaction to get a working site out as quickly as possible?

End of November = Early December for people to find out that their premiums are doubling while their deductibles skyrocket. Just in time for Christmas. Furthermore, as others have said, if you’re not signed up by December 15th, you’ll have no coverage January 1st. Waiting for the kludge shoe to drop for that fix on December 16.

Speaking of which, that millions of dollars earmarked for promoting the healthcare.gov website to be spent this month, is that still a go?

parke on October 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

And then the real fun starts.

LtGenRob on October 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Breaking: Healthcare.gov czar promises site will work right by … end of November

Ok Ill be the first to ask. How much is this going to cost us?

canditaylor68 on October 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

They are pushing it back to December 15…I heard a Prog last night say that is the drop dead date….

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Progressivism is imploding in front of our very eyes.

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

bofh on October 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I don’t believe the website debacle is an intentional squirrel. You give the tyrants far too much credit — they’re really not that bright.

It is merely a glimpse of things to come. Like meeting for breakfast the doctor who’s about to perform brain surgery on you, and watching in horror as he continually plunges his fork into various parts of his face, missing his mouth, and realizing that he’s not even capable of feeding himself …

ShainS on October 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

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canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Skip the focus on the website. The system in toto will NEVER work. Absent repeal it will be left on the doorstep of the next president like a flaming bag of redolent dog doo.

Mason on October 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Wait… WHICH November?

LtGenRob on October 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

If this can’t get fixed by the end of November, the White House will have to beg Congress for the delay they insisted was the fantasy of anarchists just three weeks ago. They will find themselves in a trap of their own making.

Fixing the website, delaying the individual mandate and/or extending the enrollment period does NOTHING to change the underlying problems with Obamacare like skyrocketing premiums. A delay will only delay the sticker shock…possibly past the 2014 elections, which is why Red State Dems are willing to do it.

A delay has nothing to do with being a Good Samaritan. At this point, it is a crass political calculation by Democrats, who are afraid of their own constituents.

The majority of the ‘unsuspecting public,’ who is now facing reality, voted for Obama.

It is time for Americans to learn that elections DO HAVE consequences.

Let the pain rain…hard.

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Refreshing to hear MSM ABC radio news lead off with this, complete with some snark, i.e. “…will work by the end of the month – next month…”

I can’t recall the last time I’ve heard a hint of MSM sarcasm in anything about Obama – up to the last few days.

Drained Brain on October 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
Name ONE forecast, estimate, schedule, or prediction regarding money, the economy, budgets, or technical systems the Dems have EVER made that was accurate.

dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

No conservative wants things to get worse. We just know things will get worse. Obamacare will be deeply destructive. People are already seeing it. The only way Obamacare would ever work is if people behaved irrationally. It is a system that requires the young to go out and by their own insurance, but allows them to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are well into their twenties. The law operates only if people do not behave like people.

Republicans should be opposed to any and all fixes of Obamacare. The GOP should not lift even half a finger to accommodate Democrat demands for changes. The Democrats planned and implemented Obamacare without a single Republican vote. They made clear they did not need the votes. They used a budgetary procedure in the Senate to get around a filibuster after the people of Massachusetts sent a Republican in Ted Kennedy’s steed to try to stop it.

So the Democrats can own it. They can own every deleted application, every delayed entry into the website, every denial of insurance, every decline in full time work, and every denial of care that comes from this horrible law.

The Democrats can own it all.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Well Cornyn is great for a laugh every once in a while.

txhsmom on October 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

The project needs to be re-architected. Right now they’re at the stage of topping out the last floor of the skyscraper and deciding to re-architect the building. This should be a classic for management schools for decades.

JimK on October 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

This is more akin to that 47-floor luxury condo they built in Spain. Without an elevator.

I suspect that whatever “the fix” entails is going to be more expensive than if HHS had scrapped the whole thing and started over. That, of course, is a political impossibilty. But this is definitely going replace the Space Shuttle O-ring story in buisness school case studies.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Republicans who have said forever that the law will crumble on its own (looking at you, Paul Ryan), need to step back and let it collapse. I hope the lawsuit seeking an end to subsidies in states without state run exchanges is a smashing success.

Americans should not suffer. Barack Obama promised that Obamacare would relieve Americans’ suffering. So now it is time to see if he is right with the law as the Democrats wrote it. Let’s follow the law and see where it leads.

If it leads to worse, it is not that conservatives wanted it to be, just that we knew it would be so and the Democrats refused to listen.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Progressivism is imploding in front of our very eyes.

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Now, you know what Americans must have felt like in the last few years of Woodrow ‘America’s First Fascist President’ Wilson’s administration.

There was a reason that ‘Progressives’ became ‘Liberals’ around that time.

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

DEMOCRAT PLAN:

#1 Lie about what is going to be accomplished and when. Shut down critics, pass amnesty.

#2 As deadline looms, say “It’s on track to be an unprecedented success so quit barking, people.” In fact, shut up. And unicorns. And Republicans are racists.

#3 Not ready, not fixed by deadline b/c Tea Party. BUT, even though the site is not operational, Obamacare is so freaking awesome and unprecedented that people are finding new and unprecedented ways to sign up for this unprecedentedly unprecedented healthcare solution.

#4 Throw in a free Shamwow for those who even try to sign up. The UnicornCare Navigators are in charge of doling these out per their good judgement.

LetsBfrank on October 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I have full confidence that the website is working exactly the way it was intended to work. It was meant to compliment Obamascare in displacing people from their health insurance, and to drive health insurance companies out of business. Then, when people have no insurance and no insurance companies to offer them insurance who do you think will be left to cover them? But it won’t be called Obamacare, ACA, or any such arcane name. It will be called Medicaid for all.

We lost big time when the RINO’s did not support Ted Cruz’s efforts to squash this bug. Consequences. At this point any semblance of private health care is gone, never to return.

NOMOBO on October 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Skip the focus on the website. The system in toto will NEVER work. Absent repeal it will be left on the doorstep of the next president like a flaming bag of redolent dog doo.

Mason on October 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

That’s my prediction too.

I wouldn’t be surprised if what they actually do in the next month is make the front end LOOK like it works, but your data just gets dumped somewhere. It’ll make you think you registered, but you won’t be – and everyone will have to deal with the IRS over the next year when you get fined taxed for not signing up. And what do you bet the IRS doesn’t believe anyone when they say they signed up….

dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Americans should not suffer. Barack Obama promised that Obamacare would relieve Americans’ suffering.

The majority of Americans voted for this shit.

Of course they should suffer.

How many more times must Americans be saved from burning themselves on the stove for the first time only to continue to reach for it every year and with ever greater gusto?

Let Americans have to pay skyrocketing premiums for policies with higher deductibles and without their doctors and they might just stage a full-scale Rostenkowski attack leading to Obamacare being thrown on the Progressive ash heap of history.

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Is there anything stopping me from using FOIA to get the subsidies data and provider tables and launching an eBay store for ObamaCare? I think I can have it up by the end of the … day.

Free Shipping!

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

The WaPo referred to Jeffery Zients as “Obama’s Weedwhacker”, while at OMB. He is ruthless and he believes!

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

“Fully operational.”

Ah, the Flawlessness of it all.

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I suspect that whatever “the fix” entails is going to be more expensive than if HHS had scrapped the whole thing and started over. That, of course, is a political impossibilty. But this is definitely going replace the Space Shuttle O-ring story in buisness school case studies.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Agreed.

I was a large systems software developer for 25 years, and more often than not this was the case with most systems developed (the vast majority of which were guaranteed to fail from the beginning for numerous reasons that I won’t go into here) …

ShainS on October 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Obamacare Costs One Indiana School District $6 Million

But they opt to cut school workers’ hours instead.

And, it has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the Obamacare website.

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Not. A. Chance.

22044 on October 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

bofh on October 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I don’t believe the website debacle is an intentional squirrel. You give the tyrants far too much credit — they’re really not that bright.

It is merely a glimpse of things to come. Like meeting for breakfast the doctor who’s about to perform brain surgery on you, and watching in horror as he continually plunges his fork into various parts of his face, missing his mouth, and realizing that he’s not even capable of feeding himself …

ShainS on October 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Didn’t mean to suggest that. I meant more that they had managed to “not let a crisis go to waste” – that they’d turned the unintended website flail into something useful to them (i.e. a squirrel).

I liked the image you described, BTW. And your nick is familiar – same as on UMan’s place?

bofh on October 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM

And how many hundreds of millions is that going to cost? I’ll bet there isn’t a web site on the planet that cost as much as healthcare.gov

scalleywag on October 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

And how much is this gonna cost us?

sandee on October 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Is there anything stopping me from using FOIA to get the subsidies data and provider tables and launching an eBay store for ObamaCare? I think I can have it up by the end of the … day.

Free Shipping!

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Well, how much time you got? This administration takes years to respond to FOIA. And then it is usually heavily redacted.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Just days after Barack Obama appointed his new top economics adviser Jeff Zients to head up the so-called “tech surge” to fix Healthcare.gov, Zients promised that Americans will be able to behold the power of a fully operational ObamaCare by … er … the end of November.

Once again, let’s remember that this is the same outfit that missed half of their deadlines over the last three years on this project.

parke on October 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

“Obama’s Weedwhacker”….to the ObamaCare rescue. Benghazi not so much.

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Behold the fully operational Death star….

sandee on October 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

They have nothing to lose by making false promises. They are never held accountable anyway.

Blake on October 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Lol ED, on the Sci-Fi references of the HopeyHealthCare DeathStar Website,
about to go Fully Operational!!

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

I should make it clear that I have precisely no intention whatsoever of ceasing to “root for failure.” I am actively hoping for the abject and embarrassing deterioration of Obamacare and I am not remotely ashamed to admit it. I loathe the law as a piece of public policy, as a means by which federal involvement in health care and society is being expanded rather than reduced, and as an unlovely example of the arrogance that presidents in the modern era have come to exhibit. Like Ed Rogers, “I would like to see the project’s collapse deter those who think a bigger, more domineering U.S. government is the answer to our problems.” And, like David Harsanyi, I want the project to fail “so hard that any residual perception among voters that any part of it was prudent policy is completely eliminated.”

H/t bluegill

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Behold the fully operational Death star….

sandee on October 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

sandee:Tee-hee, send in da Clowns:)

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Obamacare Costs One Indiana School District $6 Million

But they opt to cut school workers’ hours instead.

And, it has NOTHING whatsoever to do with the Obamacare website.

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

The website debacle aside, the math still doesn’t work. And millions are getting dumped from their policy while hundreds of thousands are signing up for Obamacare. You simply can’t regulate healthcare efficiently or successfully with uniform rates for all.

What was that line from the Sham Wow speech? Something about getting Obamacare up and running so the cash registers could start ringing again? Nobody is going to have discretionary income by the time they are forced into paying for Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

“It’s all the Koch brother’s fault.”- Typical Lib.

chewmeister on October 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

So now, Sebelius is cut out of the loop….hmmmmm.

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

o/t, but breaking:

Redskins to become Bravehearts?

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

They are pushing it back to December 15…I heard a Prog last night say that is the drop dead date….

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Well yeah, the drop dead date for people whose plans were cancelled this year because the plans didn’t meet the standards of Obamacare. People need to be signed up before December 15 to have coverage on Jan 1st. December 15 is more than a day late and a dollar short.

parke on October 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I like the Fox News website right now. They’ve got the Obamacare ’13 tour t-shirt displayed with all the places the lazy stupid coward is going to visit to sell his healthcare program.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

The Deathstar.

portlandon on October 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

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