Admin spokesman: Never mind what WaPo says, the ObamaCare website will be ready by December 1

posted at 11:31 am on November 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

The official response to this morning’s bombshell.

The Obama administration continues to stand behind its prediction that it will fix the Obamacare website “for the vast majority of users” by the end of the month, administration spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri confirms over e-mail. Numerous reporters and analysts have steadily lost confidence that the administration can hit this target date. Last week, a spokesperson for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services told reporters, “As we have fixed certain pieces of functionality, like the account creation process, we’re seeing volume go further down the application. We’re identifying new issues that we need to be in a position to troubleshoot.”

The revelation of new, previously undiscovered problems sounded like an implicit concession that the original end-of-month target date was no longer attainable — or at least, less certain than before. Palmieri told me the administration had not backed away, writing, “What Jeff Zients said on his press call was that we have encountered more problems to be solved and even so they believe the website will be working well for a majority of users by Nov. 30th.” (I asked if promising the site would work for a “majority” of users represented a backing away from the promise it would work for “the vast majority,” and Palmieri replied that her omission of “vast” was merely an oversight.)

Three possibilities here. One: It’s a perfunctory denial of the WaPo story, issued full in the knowledge that the paper’s source is right and that they haven’t a prayer of ironing out all the wrinkles in the next 17 days. No sense confirming the truth now, though; better to play for time while insurers huddle with the White House to cobble together a Plan B. On December 1, the political world is going to feel like the scene in “Airplane!” when Julie Haggerty asks the passengers if anyone knows how to fly a plane. No need to hurry it along.

Two: Zients, HHS, and CMS are straight-up lying to the White House about the site possibly being ready in time. Wouldn’t be the first time, if you believe Obama’s apparatchiks in the West Wing. They told Politico recently that Obama met with Sebelius and Marilyn Tavenner repeatedly before the launch and had no inkling from them that the site’s problems were as profound as they are. Sebelius herself, remember, told CNN a few weeks ago that Obama didn’t know the extent of the screw-up until after the site went live. If he swallowed their BS once, why not see if he’ll swallow it twice while they work frantically to try to patch things together? Problem is, no one seriously believes that Obama didn’t know how terrible the site was before it launched. Just ask insurers:

“Everybody seemed to just have an understanding that this thing would not work at launch,” said an insurance industry insider. “Surely that was conveyed to the White House. The idea that anyone could have been surprised or not understand this was way off track would be hard to fathom.”

Insurance industry representatives spoke frequently with administration officials and relayed their concerns with the website, particularly about the transmission of enrollment data to insurers.

“They were told, ‘It’s not a big deal, they’re fixing it,’” one industry source said…

“There was such an environment of don’t do anything that can get bad press,” the insurance industry source said. “That is why nothing was being shared out of CMS. We would share stuff with them. The general viewpoint was — don’t do anything to get any bad press whatsoever. They didn’t create an environment where that would be OK.”

The White House and CMS knew but no one else did because that would embarrass O and embolden the GOP. The same reasoning explains why they’re now pretending they’re still on track for December 1.

Three: Hmmmm.

Could the White House be ready to spring a December surprise? The White House’s chief tech officer did tell Issa’s committee today that they’re “making progress at a growing rate.” And the White House is reaching out to some people who tried to apply before and encouraging them to try again, which is not something you would think they’d do if they were worried about the site being overwhelmed by a new surge in users. What if West Wing sources are feeding doom and gloom to the media, if only not to overpromise on hitting their December 1 target, and then suddenly — ta da — Healthcare.gov kinda sorta works on Thanksgiving?

The problem with that theory, I think, is that stories like WaPo’s about missing the deadline risk scaring congressional Democrats into voting with Republicans this month on things like Upton’s “Keep Your Plan Act.” If Obama’s team had reason to believe they were on track, they’d tell their partners in the Democratic leadership and in the insurance industry to keep people from jumping ship. As it is, I haven’t seen a single optimistic word about the site being patched in time from anyone outside the White House itself. On the contrary, Bob Laszewski’s sources among insurers told him a few days ago that the website’s problems seem so intractable that a Plan B is urgently needed. Worst of all, every trickle of news about the site not being ready soon suggests to the public that they don’t need to pay attention to enrollment just yet, when in fact the White House will be desperate for enrollments even if the site does miraculously begin to function on December 1. Too much to lose and too little to gain by feeding the idea that the site’s a lost cause if it really isn’t.


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Peanuts

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I sure hope it is ready. I think America needs to see what these lousy plans are going to cost them both in monthly premiums, in deductibles and in co-pays.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

How hard is it to run a website?!?

The Nerve on November 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Did they hire these guys?

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

On December 1, the political world is going to feel like the scene in “Airplane!” when Julie Haggerty asks the passengers if anyone knows how to fly a plane. No need to hurry it along.

Dr. Rumack: “Elaine, you’re a member of this crew. Can you face some unpleasant facts?”

Elaine: “No.”

I think there’s a 4th possibility you’re overlooking here, AP. The administration will announce that they meant December 1….2014. And if you misunderstood them, then Obama is sorry.

Doughboy on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Translation: You will be able to type in your name to the Healthcare.gov by December 1.

portlandon on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

So will 500 faux sites, which steal your identities, dummies.

Anyone who’s dumb enough to go there is at full risk of:

1. Having NO insurance
2. Being sick, and
3. Having identity stolen,

all or any combination…

Congratulations bayam. The leftists are the technology geeks :)

p.s. the cow in the original site pictures…well, she’s really dumb…and you are racists for using her White Latina picture.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

oldroy makes a good point.

Now I wonder if they won’t have it ready so they can keep hiding the disaster that it is.

22044 on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I sure hope it is ready. I think America needs to see what these lousy plans are going to cost them both in monthly premiums, in deductibles and in co-pays. oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Sort of a Catch 22 there.

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

If you like your plan, you can keep it = The website will be reday December 1

I don’t believe them. In fact, I think they are lying again. I think they know right now it will not be ready

NoFanofLibs on November 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I sure hope it is ready. I think America needs to see what these lousy plans are going to cost them both in monthly premiums, in deductibles and in co-pays.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

And right before Christmas. The economy in free fall will really help his numbers.

txhsmom on November 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

What we knew before is becoming more visible: this law wasn’t about health care at all. it was about aggregating & centralizing more power in the Federal government that wants to turn citizens into subjects.

22044 on November 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

Catahoula on November 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

The Obama administration continues to stand behind its prediction that it will fix the Obamacare website “for the vast majority of users”

In other words.. the “vast majority of users” will be…. drumroll…

Medicaid Enrollees!

Key West Reader on November 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Peanuts

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Heh. Come Dec. 1 we’ll see. That’s when the great Obama riiisses from the pumpkin patch and… oh wait.

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I sure hope it is ready. I think America needs to see what these lousy plans are going to cost them both in monthly premiums, in deductibles and in co-pays.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

The former CIO perjured himself in the hearings today, about the pricing part of the site “being or not being” ready…

obama had them hide that part, in the last days, so people couldn’t get the prices, without giving up personal info first…the guy perjured himself, and contradicted what he told under oath before…

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

It will be ready to go in

October

November December.

PERIOD.

Welcome to Big Government Health Care, ladies and gentlemen.

Good Lt on November 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Heh. Come Dec. 1 we’ll see. That’s when the great Obama riiisses from the pumpkin patch and… oh wait.

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

…and drops to Earth like a biiiiiig turkey.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

oops lol

Good Lt on November 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

The problem is the media and WH is building up that
Website works = ObamaCare is a huge success!

albill on November 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Of course they’ll say that. Then if it is not ready all they have to do is make some more promises for “in the future” and the morons will believe it. How many more times and in how many more ways can Obama move his “line in the sand”?! A lot. When you have a blind, brain-dead population and a media propaganda machine to back you up.

Sterling Holobyte on November 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The fact that all the leftist talking heads on TV, and the media, are blaming the “Republicans for not helping to fix it, finance more billions, for nothing” is an admission that the program is an utter failure.

Don’t be mislead by anyone about the BIG 2016 squirrel.

They’re just trying desperately to change the subject.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

So a ‘surprise’ is when something works?

mjbrooks3 on November 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Never mind what WaPo says, the ObamaCare website will be ready by December 1

Doubling down on the lie? December 1st is the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend and in the middle of Chanukah. Who is going to notice?

And there is an added risk in announcing success on December 1st if it isn’t absolutely and completely true…… Even if people get far enough to enroll, what happens if their information is not accurately transferred (which is another reported problem) and what happens if one becomes a victim of identity theft for messing with Obamacare? We were told that the website would be completely fixed by the end of November. If declared ready (maybe even with a re-launch ceremony) and then bad things happen, credibility is even that more eroded and the rats will be jumping ship even faster than the final scenes of Titanic.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The problem is the media and WH is building up that
Website works = ObamaCare is a huge success!

albill on November 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Meh, they can squirrel it all they want.

Imagine if the site worked at Amazon.com and all they sold were crap. The site is the least of obama’s problems.

NO one believe a single word he says. Watch for big executive diversions. Just be alert. These are fraudulent charlatanic thugs like NO others ever, in all of history.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

And we all know 0bumble has soooooo much integrity and credibility that we can totally trust whatever he says as the absolute truth……

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

NO one believe a single word he says. Watch for big executive diversions. Just be alert. These are fraudulent charlatanic thugs like NO others ever, in all of history.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Diplomatic “surge” into Syria and Iran.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM


and drops to Earth like a biiiiiig turkey.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

My prediction, December 1st around Healthcare.gov will resemble WKRP’s turkey give-away.

“God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Welcome to Big Government Health Care, ladies and gentlemen.

Good Lt on November 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Yup.
You can have your life saving surgery in October November December January…..

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Is the WaPo article the one that sources Valerie Jarret? Anyway, I go with number 2. If it didn’t hurt so bad, watching the dumbest smartest man in the world would be entertaining.

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

“God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

“Oh, the humanity!”

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

My prediction, December 1st around Healthcare.gov will resemble WKRP’s turkey give-away.

“God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Frozen Turkeys.

VegasRick on November 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

How hard is it to run a website?!?

The Nerve on November 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

You have to build it before you run it. And they’ve only had three years and half-a-billion dollars to do that!

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Barack Obama, the Les Nessman of American politics.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

The problem is that asking for your old healthcare plan back is a bit like asking in October, 2001 if you can return to your office in the World Trade Center.

Mr. D on November 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I think there’s a 4th possibility you’re overlooking here, AP. The administration will announce that they meant December 1….2014. And if you misunderstood them, then Obama is sorry.

Doughboy on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

He won’t be sorry.

Obama will be madder than anyone that people were misled, and he’ll reassure everyone that he’s working overtime to find out who misled them and to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

But first he has to pivot to the economy…

PetecminMd on November 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

The problem is that asking for your old healthcare plan back is a bit like asking in October, 2001 if you can return to your office in the World Trade Center.

Mr. D on November 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Brilliant. I’m keeping this in my scrapbook of metaphors, similes and analogies.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

So the electric door locks will work, but the engine still has a blown rod…only a Lib would think that is groovy.

hillsoftx on November 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Diplomatic “surge” into Syria and Iran.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

In other words.. the “vast majority of users” will be…. drumroll…

Medicaid Enrollees!

Key West Reader on November 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

And when you think about the torment that has been brought on them alone. Wondering what tomorrow will bring in regards to having any medical coverage. People who have had to pay into these systems their whole life. No choice, forced to all their working life. And now who knows?

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

It’ll be a single static DrudgeReport-like page hosted on Dotster that list hundreds of participating providers by state. But it’ll still be riddled with broken links!

elfman on November 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

” Despite the president’s claims that the ObamaCare website would be fixed by the end of November, the Washington Post is quoting sources inside the White House as saying that it is unlikely that it is going to be fixed by that deadline.

Meanwhile, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett alluded to that fact at a New York Times event last night….”

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/11/13/presidential-advisor-admits-obamacare-website-wont-be-fixed-end-november

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

So, pay no attention to that guy behind the curtain…Right?

Oldnuke on November 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

December 1st of what year?

Brat on November 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

And in the meantime, while all eyes are on the stupid website, the 0bama EPA is on the verge of stealing every bit of land where water flows, gathers or upon which it falls from the skies:

The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States” would include all ponds, lakes, wetlands and natural or manmade streams that have any effect on downstream navigable waters — whether on public lands or private property…….
….
“The EPA’s draft water rule is a massive power grab of private property across the U.S. This could be the largest expansion of EPA regulatory authority ever,” Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said after seeing the proposal. “If the draft rule is approved, it would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States, including private and public lakes, ponds and streams……

http://pjmedia.com/blog/epa-stealthily-propels-toward-massive-power-grab-of-private-property-across-the-u-s/

LegendHasIt on November 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I would suggest that the Plan B for Obamacare should be the same Plan B that Obamacare now covers for both men and women… just abort Obamacare.

AverageJoe on November 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

If there are two constants with the Obama WH / Administration, it’s that everything said has a political basis around it. Second, there is no hesitation for the WH / Administration to blatantly lie in order to protect, define, or spin when needed.

The fact that this Administration has any measure of credibility left is fundamentally astounding given their history and readiness to lie and then perpetuate that lie even when it is obvious they are lying.

The WH might try to declare ‘victory’ around the Nov 30 date for the website repairs, but saying something isn’t the same as making it reality. The website may improve its performance, but that still isn’t a fix to the numerous fundamental issues that not only remain within the technical workflow, but that are inherent within the ACA that will impact the viability of the exchanges and the ‘reforms’.

Athos on November 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

You have to build it before you run it. And they’ve only had three years and half-a-billion dollars to do that!

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

But YOU didn’t build that – oh wait – guess who DID build that…..

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM

So the electric door locks will work, but the engine still has a blown rod…only a Lib would think that is groovy.

hillsoftx on November 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

And ya gotta pay extra for wheels….

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It’ll be a single static DrudgeReport-like page hosted on Dotster that list hundreds of participating providers by state. But it’ll still be riddled with broken links!

elfman on November 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Maybe they should hire Go Daddy.com

dentarthurdent on November 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

LegendHasIt on November 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

And didn’t SCOTUS already give them permission to do this crap?

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

It blows my mind to think that the administration thinks that by fixing the website then all will be well! IT’S THE STICKER SHOCK STUPID! Mass denial on the grandest scale is on display by this administration!

fbcmusicman on November 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

From Bret Baier…

This message came to us from Bill in Kentucky.

“Putting things in perspective: March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days. December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day. What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage. Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa, Invading Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!! And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage.”

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Translation: You will be able to type in your name to the Healthcare.gov by December 1.

portlandon on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

They don’t need your name. NSA will have their code ready by then and will fill in the blanks for you.

TerryW on November 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

No sense confirming the truth now, though; better to play for time while insurers huddle with the White House to cobble together a Plan B. On December 1, the political world is going to feel like the scene in “Airplane!” when Julie Haggerty asks the passengers if anyone knows how to fly a plane.

This is the most likely scenario, IMO. The Dems are already at their lifeboat stations waiting for the order to abandon ship. Official confirmation that the deadline will be missed after almost two weeks of being hammered for the “like your doctor/keep your doctor” lies of virtually all Dems would make this latest glitch the last straw for those Dems already wanting to jump.

A lot can happen in two weeks. No sense in lowering the life rafts just yet.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

The fact remains that the website will work at some point, eventually

But then the real pain and suffering will be incurred as more people see what’s behind the curtain. For all this casual talk about having Odoofus grant a return to people’s old policies, that horse has left the barn. The policies don’t exist and in order for them to reappear, they have to be rebuilt and refiled with state insurance regulators which, as many of you already know, takes a few months to complete. So what to do? Does Barry then go all-in and attempt to have the federal government usurp state authority to magically approve all these returning policies? Now that would be rich…

dpduq on November 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

So, pay no attention to that guy behind the curtain…Right?

Oldnuke on November 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

And for gosh sakes, don’t let toto run off on his own.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

“…prediction…”

Ah. It’s hard because they’re writing ‘preeeeediiiiiictive’ software. They’re heads-down working on the crystal-ball interface right now.

“…We’re identifying new issues that we need to be in a position to troubleshoot.”

Ah. Thus the steps to final resolution are:

1. Identify.
2. Need.
3. Position.
4. Troubleshoot.
5. Magic occurs on this step, hopefully reusing the crystal ball component.
6. Rinse
7. Repeat

This has been soooo educational for a 30+ year software engineer.

Tsar of Earth on November 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I would suggest that the Plan B for Obamacare should be the same Plan B that Obamacare now covers for both men and women… just abort Obamacare.

AverageJoe on November 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Yeah, the GOP position at this point should be- repeal Obamacare and we can talk about common sense reform.

Remind me again why Ted Cruz was such a whacko bird this time last month.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:10 PM

It blows my mind to think that the administration thinks that by fixing the website then all will be well! IT’S THE STICKER SHOCK STUPID! Mass denial on the grandest scale is on display by this administration!

fbcmusicman on November 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

That’s why the only Republican “fix” to the law should be that the premiums, the deductibles and the co-pays should be out front so you can see them before you sign up.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Oh My: Poll Finds More Americans Trust Fox News Than Barack Obama For Information On Obamacare…

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

So Obama has “faux” credibility?

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The official response to this morning’s bombshell.

My official response:

Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised, according to an official with knowledge of the project.

Idiots. Did they really think the best way to recover from the humiliation of promises they couldn’t possibly keep was to make more promises they couldn’t possibly keep?

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Yeah, I know I just recycled my own comment from a previous thread. No reason I should put out more effort than they did with their response.

Besides, nothing has changed.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Inside every big problem are a whole bunch of little ones waiting to get out.

I will bet a hundred that the site will still be unusable but the Obama regime will claim that it is functioning, slow but working. These are the people that came up with “Jobs saved or created” lie.

jukin3 on November 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

That, I don’t know Cindy. Wouldn’t be surprised.

Pretty much quit paying attention to anything SCOTUS says or does after Roberts was blackmailed into rubber-stamping anything 0bama really wants.

LegendHasIt on November 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

OT- Immigration reform dead for the year.

“We’ve made it clear that we’re going to move on a common sense, step-by-step approach in terms of how we deal with immigration,” Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, told reporters Wednesday. “The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House. And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”

If only Boehner had been more adamant about not voting on 1300-page bills all along, if you know what I mean.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The website that allows you to surrender all your private information to pay for more expensive access to less care?

Murphy9 on November 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Its all just a rouse.

Bmore on November 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Two: Zients, HHS, and CMS are straight-up lying to the White House about the site possibly being ready in time. Wouldn’t be the first time, if you believe Obama’s apparatchiks in the West Wing. They told Politico recently that Obama met with Sebelius and Marilyn Tavenner repeatedly before the launch and had no inkling from them that the site’s problems were as profound as they are. Sebelius herself, remember, told CNN a few weeks ago that Obama didn’t know the extent of the screw-up until after the site went live. If he swallowed their BS once, why not see if he’ll swallow it twice while they work frantically to try to patch things together? Problem is, no one seriously believes that Obama didn’t know how terrible the site was before it launched.

Looks like we need a corollary to George Constanza’s statement, “Jerry, it’s not a lie if you believe it.”

“It’s not a lie if they already know better than to believe it.”

The only way Obama doesn’t know what’s going on is if he requested not to be kept informed.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

#IncorrectPromise.”

davidk on November 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

#IncorrectPromise

davidk on November 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Peanuts

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Heh. Come Dec. 1 we’ll see. That’s when the great Obama riiisses from the pumpkin patch and… oh wait.

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

This time, I’m really gonna kick that football…

Myron Falwell on November 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

They have headhunters out looking for SW Engineers and Architects and enlisted the help of Oracle.

They won’t have it ready, whatever the Whitehouse says.

dogsoldier on November 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

“…Obama met with Sebelius and Marilyn Tavenner repeatedly before the launch and had no inkling from them that the site’s problems..”

CMS rolled-out a CYF deployment with CYA underpinning.

(For those of you technolites not in-the-know, CYF: Cross-Your-Fingers.)

Tsar of Earth on November 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The only way Obama doesn’t know what’s going on is if he requested not to be kept informed.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Or doesn’t read the front page of the WaPo. If he does, he’ll be madder than any of us.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

The Obama administration continues to stand behind its prediction that it will fix the Obamacare website “for the vast majority of users” by the end of the month, administration spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri confirms over e-mail.

Yep! All SEVEN of them!

GarandFan on November 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

“If you’ve seen my web site… I didn’t build that. Someone else… made that happen.” -0b00ba

Akzed on November 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I totally believe Obama and we should make everyone else believe Obama that the website will be working on December 1. Without hope there cannot be disappointment. We should help make sure people have all the hope in the world for Obama to get the website fixed. Great expectations lead to great disappointment.

astonerii on November 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Barack Obama, the Les Nessman of American politics.

oldroy on November 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

NO,more like Herb Tarlek!

hip shot on November 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Oh My: Poll Finds More Americans Trust Fox News Than Barack Obama For Information On Obamacare…

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Even more damning is that Obama’s regime lackeys and Dem congressmen are at 5%. COMBINED.

I betcha if it weren’t for McCant and King Peter IV publicly throwing temper tantrums at Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, the GOPe could have tied with NPR at 10% on Cruz alone. They were lucky to get 4%.

Myron Falwell on November 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM

LegendHasIt on November 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I think it is for CO2 regulations but this might be the time we are happy Cuccinelli took them to court in VA over water run off.

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

“…the vast majority of users…”

Depends on what the meaning of “vast majority” is…

What’s a few million users among friends?

NavyMustang on November 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Even more damning is that Obama’s regime lackeys and Dem congressmen are at 5% 4%. COMBINED.

DERP. I was too generous.

Myron Falwell on November 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The only way Obama doesn’t know what’s going on is if he requested not to be kept informed.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Or doesn’t read the front page of the WaPo. If he does, he’ll be madder than any of us.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

They wake the president up each day to watch the evening news, so he knows what he did that day….

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Who in their right mind would take the advice of Obama and “come back to complete your transaction”? I can see a lot of fraud coming ahead and the only benefactor of this would be the Democratic Party. Why? Because this would provide illegals identity status in order to vote. And who would they vote for? Democrats.

djaymick on November 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

November 27 – Chanukah
November 28 – Thanksgiving
November 29 – Black Shop-till-You-Drop Friday
November 30 – Recovery Saturday
December 1 - Sunday
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Not happenin’ White House… Liars

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Fakery.

Bmore on November 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

They wake the president up each day to watch the evening news, so he knows what he did that day….

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

barky gets his news in the friday newspaper. Techie dude.

VegasRick on November 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM

So it will be March or April then? Obama lies and the WaPo is his favorite praetorian guard so both are painting a rosier picture than what is true.

neyney on November 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM

The problem is the media and WH is building up that
Website works = ObamaCare is a huge success!

albill on November 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Yup. And what, exactly, is the benchmark for “the website works”? The UI is the easiest part to this, and it’s the surface by which most users will judge the functioning of the website (and by extension, ObamaDontCare itself). I don’t doubt that it will “work” soon enough (look at the clone site that a few guys put together over a couple of days). The obvious problems (ironically, the easiest to fix) will be gone, and the stubborn, subtle, really nasty ones will not be talked about.

At this point, this is a no-lose deal for Barky. He’s already absorbed the losses and is riding with his true-believers (and they’re not going anywhere, regardless of the evidence presented to them). Most of the “changed my mind about him” crowd are sitting with crossed fingers, waiting for their excuse to switch back to the party, as soon as (November, December, March, whatever) the thing “works” (whatever “works” means).

If they succeed in breathing even a little life into the website (which I believe they will) it will become evidence that faith in Barky was not misplaced – “he focussed on this problem, which was not even of his making, and FIXED IT”. What a guy! What an executive!”.

bofh on November 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

No president can lead from such a deep, discredited hole. And his ratings are likely to keep sinking because, once the Web site is fixed, millions more “shoppers” will get sticker shocks from the new policies ObamaCare requires. And next year comes the employer mandate, which will shake up the policies and prices of millions of others.

So Clinton’s advice that Obama “let them keep what they got,” is, in a vacuum, a perfectly logical escape route.

But even if it were possible, the reversal would be a dagger in the heart of ObamaCare. The whole Rube Goldberg scheme depends on using insurance policies to distribute wealth from healthy young Americans to older, sicker ones. Letting people keep the policies they have effectively repeals the president’s signature achievement.

Clinton’s advice, then, won’t fly. But if he, or anybody else, has another idea about how Obama can wriggle out of the mess he created, they should speak up very quickly. Otherwise, it will be too late to make a difference.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Peanuts
Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Heh. Come Dec. 1 we’ll see. That’s when the great Obama riiisses from the pumpkin patch and… oh wait.

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

This time, I’m really gonna kick that football…

Myron Falwell on November 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I know it wasn’t Schadenfreude’s original intent but it evokes so much in me that is right for what’s wrong, I just had to run with it. The stickler for me is to know in the end, alas Obama is real. And he is such a great big pumpkin.

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Not happenin’ White House… Liars

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Ironically the fake Christian preezie will be harmed by the Christian holiday season :)

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

And he is such a great big pumpkin.

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Splattered to Earth like one too. He won the contest, the charlatanic fraud and thug of the land.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Open your senses.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Oh My: Poll Finds More Americans Trust Fox News Than Barack Obama For Information On Obamacare…

Resist We Much on November 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Went to the original source of this new “poll”, which is YouGov.com, but their data refuses to indicate whether this was an online “poll”, or a legit one using traditional methods.

However, plenty of Low-IQ Dems there have already reacted!

Now we know why so many people have a distorted, incorrect perception of what the ACA is and is not.

If this is true I weep for my country.

Fox News is the media arm of the Right Wing. They are as biased as Obama.

I’ve watched FOX News, as a conservative and a liberal. FOX News is unashamed in its bias for Republicans and its outright hatred of President Obama.

All FOX News cares about is making President Obama look bad. If they are so “fair and balanced,” how many POSITIVE things have they said about the ACA? That’s what I thought.

Bahhhhhhhhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ~ this has GOT to be satire! No one with a brain would believe this!

Faith in humanity gone.

Terrifying.

“It Burns!”

Del Dolemonte on November 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

My guess is they will pull a bait-and-switch. Healthcare.gov will be a simple form that a user puts in their zip code, annual income, and number of people in their family. Once the form is submitted, the user will either be supplied with a list inks to insurance companies in their state or the link to their states Medicaid website. It’ll be something that one or two application developers could put together in a day or two.

ReaganWasRight on November 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

It looks the wheels on the bus go round n round no more. All 4 look to be flying off, all at once, in every direction, and just before the holidays.
And all I wanted was a cup that said “world’s greatest papaw”. Seriously at this point if you’re not seeing the whole bottom of the bus as it’s flying by, you’re in it.

onomo on November 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM

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