WaPo: HealthCare.Gov, working by the end of November? Yeah, about that…

posted at 8:41 am on November 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

A few weeks ago, the Obama administration blithely imposed upon themselves a deadline of November 30th as the target date by which HealthCare.Gov’s many prohibitive glitches positively should be and absolutely would be finally worked out:

“We are confident that by the end of the month of November, HealthCare.gov will operate smoothly,” said Jeff Zients, the former White House budget director tasked with finding a way to get the enrollment process back on track. He said a group of technology experts has developed a “punch list” of problems they need to fix in order to get HealthCare.gov on track. At the top of the list, he said, are problems with the information the site is feeding to insurance companies.

If [very] recent history is any indication, however, the Obama administration doesn’t really have much of a problem making promises they are egregiously well aware they have no way of keeping, and they seem to be well-poised to take yet another ObamaCare-related egg to the face. The evidence has been mounting that the website still won’t be ready after a full two months into the (as yet) six-month enrollment period, and the Washington Post has another report out on that front:

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.

The insurance exchange is balking when more than 20,000 to 30,000 people attempt to use it at the same time — about half its intended capacity, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose internal information. And CGI Federal, the main contractor that built the site, has succeeded in repairing only about six of every 10 of the defects it has addressed so far. …

Government workers and tech­nical contractors racing to repair the Web site have concluded, the official said, that the only way for large numbers of Americans to enroll in the health-care plans soon is by using other means so that the online system isn’t overburdened.

Ruh, roh.

Zients mentioned above that one of the biggest problems still plaguing the site is successfully feeding the inputted information to insurance companies, and in that same vein, as Politico reports, that transferring problem has some mightily inconvenient implications for the one part of ObamaCare actually showing signs of life: Medicaid signups. If the system was working like it’s supposed to, Medicaid applications submitted via HealthCare.Gov would be getting approved by the federal government and then transmitted to the states, who would then finalize them and begin coverage for new enrollees on January 1st. …Except that the system isn’t working.

But HealthCare.gov hasn’t begun transferring those applications yet. The Obama administration has delayed the process twice and hasn’t made public a new start date. If it’s not up and running by December, several state Medicaid officials meeting in Washington warned Tuesday, those would-be enrollees might miss the start of new coverage.

And they might not even know it until they show up at a clinic or a doctor’s office or a hospital and try to get care. After all, they had signed up — and wouldn’t necessarily know they were caught in another Obamacare glitch. …

Obama administration Medicaid chief Cindy Mann told reporters Tuesday that her agency is actively working with states to get the application transfer online.

“We’ve been testing those systems with states and hopefully soon we’ll be able to do the full account transfers,” she said.


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Repeal.

Bmore on November 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

November 2016 is what was meant. It’s not a lie. It’s an omission.

Wino on November 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

It will never work…

OmahaConservative on November 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

I would put the hackers in charge of fixing it. You know they are working faster and more effectively on the site than the government is. They are the real experts.

neuquenguy on November 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

At some point you just have to walk away and abandon a project, this is that point IMO.

Johnnyreb on November 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I said weeks ago that it will be March before it works most of the time

J_Crater on November 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
-”That is, until my law boots you off it.”

“We will have the website up and running by November 30th, the tech surge will work”
-”That is, unless it won’t, which as you can guess, it won’”

Gatsu on November 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

At some point you just have to walk away and abandon a project, this is that point IMO.

Johnnyreb on November 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Obama would never do that… He will never admit to being wrong…

sandee on November 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

“Working” is not synonymous with “functioning” in this imbecile administration.

platypus on November 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

The insurance exchange is balking when more than 20,000 to 30,000 people attempt to use it at the same time — about half its intended capacity

Wait, what? The intended capacity is only 60,000 users? Isn’t that kind of low?

mbs on November 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

How inconsiderate of Teh One to make ID thieves wait for their noms…

CPT. Charles on November 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. Anyone hosting this year should sit the liberals in their family at the children’s table. Let them know that if they grow up then they can join the grown up table next year.

Flange on November 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

It needs to be shut down. The lack of security alone should have prevented it from going live to begin with.

forest on November 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM

This debacle is the same as the FAA’s “New” air traffic control computer system that was begun almost 20 (twenty) years ago! It is still not operational today. Let’s face it, the government is incapable of producing anything efficiently. What ever they get involved with is so bureaucratic and unwieldy that trying to make small changes to it never works and only creates an unworkable system that defies solutions.

inspectorudy on November 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I depends on what they mean by the word “work”. It may be just fine the way it is now for what they want to accomplish.

FOWG1 on November 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Surprise! Or not.

Only those gullible enough to believe Obama when he said they could keep their plan would have been gullible enough to believe this could be fixed by the end of November.

What will be the next fairy tale the administration tells the gullible?

taznar on November 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

So the promise that the website would be fully functional by the end of November was yet another lie? It is going to be interesting to see how they deal with the “volume” when millions are trying to get insurance in December because they’ve been cancelled by their “substandard” plans with no way of doing what Obama is demanding that they do.

In the meantime, let’s hear the lecture again about how Obamacare is the law of the land and rolling out perfectly with just a few “glitches” that really don’t matter to the tiny number of people who find themselves having to give up their sub-par insurance for the awesomeness of paying for some slut’s birth control.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. Anyone hosting this year should sit the liberals in their family at the children’s table. Let them know that if they grow up then they can join the grown up table next year.

Flange on November 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

This, 1000x this.

SoRight on November 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

My schadenfreude erection is now going into the fourth week, I think I need to seek medical care.

hillsoftx on November 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Impeach the Lyin MOFO & Repeal this debacle.

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Meh, what’s one more lie at this point, America? You’ll take what we give you and don’t care as long as our media lapdogs keep this train on the rails.

Keep spending your time trying to use the portal your time is worth nothing to us. We don’t care that the site doesn’t protect your information, costs more, can’t tell you if your doctor/hospital is “in network”, and is the gateway to rationed care.

NickelAndDime on November 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

It needs to be shut down. The lack of security alone should have prevented it from going live to begin with.

forest on November 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The security issue isn’t really even being talked about at this point. So desperate are the Dems to even get the public side of the website working. Accurate transfer of data and security issues beyond the hiring of felons as navigators has yet to come into focus.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

The website is the tip of the iceberg of problems with ObamaCare.

albill on November 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Hilariously, just this morning I watched a snippet of Morning Joe where Larry Summers (formerly the PResident’s closest economic advisor, nearly a nominee to run the Fed and famous for criticizing female scientists) was blaming this failure on “an entrenched opposition to success”.

Yup– Larry Summers believes that Republicans joined hands together and projected their minds all at once, in a powerful mind-meld, and this effort has caused the failure of dedicated Democrat software coders in building 404Care.gov.

Maybe Larry thinks better mind-control shielding is where they should spend some money before building any improvements into the code. Ace suggested last week that Democrats believed this tripe and now I think there is proof he is right.

MTF on November 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Number one topic at the Thanksgiving table will be ObamaCare and how liberals and Obama lied about it.

albill on November 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I’m tellin’ ya, every single number that libs use in their schemes is thought up on the spot, every one.

Whether it’s the min wage or the stimulus or the time it takes to “fix” DeathCare.gov, they just pick a random number from the ether and blurt it out; there’s no critical thinking behind it.

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Every year has a November, right? There’s always next November, 30th.

Now for some cut and paste troll fun since the trolls seemed to have abandoned Hot Air because of ObamaCare:

Ed Erika –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one forty four?

verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

*snort*

Yeah, if only Republicans would have done “something”. So instead the Dems do “something” and we get premium increases of 100%, and reduced choice, and mandates…yeah thanks for doing something chump. I’ll take doing nothing any day to the crap we now have.

NotCoach on October 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Your trumpeting hysterical B.S.

Like I said, I’ve been through this – and all the scary ‘end is near’ panicky rants.

verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

NotCoach on November 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

“Though a sideshow throughout Obamacare’s passage and litigation, Medicaid’s pivotal role in President Obama’s health care reform effort has become apparent following the law’s October 1 implementation. In many states, Medicaid enrollment through the Healthcare.gov portal is dwarfing the number of “private” insurance plan purchases.

While this development represents a major financial threat to the survival of Obamacare, new regulations established by Obamacare to cover Medicaid enrollment have created a major threat to the United States’ ability to administrate that far larger benefit program.

* Non-citizens are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). This is not a new development. However, the documentation and verification process for such enrollments was significantly eased by regulations in the Affordable Care Act.
* Getting fraudulent applications for Medicaid or CHIP approved is now easier, and thus more likely.
* The risk is increased by the security concerns inherent in the Navigator/Assister program. (For background on these concerns, read: “DRAINING THE SWAMP: Top 40 Troubling Listings from the Obamacare Navigator/Assister Security Nightmare”, and “Identity Theft Russian Roulette: Healthcare.gov Refers Users to Uncertified Navigators and Assisters”.) Also watch James O’Keefe’s undercover sting, which reveals the inevitable results of creating such an unaccountable program.)

While troubling, final approval of fraudulent applications represents a lesser element of the problem regarding non-citizen enrollment. The greater concern is initial approval:

* Applicants attempting to register for Medicaid as non-citizens by using Healthcare.gov will have their identification checked in real-time by the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) database. But if SAVE verification fails, the applicant is not prevented from enrolling in Medicaid/CHIP.
* In fact, the opposite occurs: the applicant is likely enrolled in Medicaid immediately.
* The applicant is then given a 90-day period to clear up the identification problem.
* This “enroll first, confirm later” regulation, combined with the ACA’s easing of verification requirements, allows anyone, from a computer anywhere in the world, to successfully auto-enroll for 90 days of Medicaid by entering fraudulent information about being a certain category of legal alien living in the United States.
* There is no guarantee that state governments will take action to cancel these enrollments at the end of each application’s 90-day period if identification is never provided. The cancellation of unverified enrollments is left to each state’s available manpower and political will.
* At the end of the 90-day period, if states do indeed ask the applicant to produce identification or to have the enrollment canceled, the applicant is allowed to ask for an extension of the 90-day period. The applicant can get the period extended for significantly longer.
* Obamacare does not allow any information entered into Healthcare.gov to be used for legal action against illegal immigrants. Like “catch and release,” an applicant could attempt to fraudulently enroll repeatedly.

* Foreign entities looking to flood the Medicaid rolls with fraudulent auto-enrollments are, of course, beyond U.S. prosecution and able to cause such chaos.
* An organized effort by domestic or foreign entities to create countless numbers of these fraudulent enrollments could challenge Medicaid with an unsolvable administrative situation.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/medicaid-for-al-qaeda-obamacare-flaw-allows-anyone-on-earth-to-fraudulently-enroll-through-healthcare-gov/

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. Anyone hosting this year should sit the liberals in their family at the children’s table. Let them know that if they grow up then they can join the grown up table next year.

Flange on November 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

All good and fine until the actual children get quiet and grim-faced as the libs sit down at their table, and then pick up their plates and move to the couch.

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. Anyone hosting this year should sit the liberals in their family at the children’s table. Let them know that if they grow up then they can join the grown up table next year.

Flange on November 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I intend to sit them at the “liberal’s table” and promise them a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Then I’ll throw a loaf of Wonder Bread and a package of turkey balogna on the table with the explanation that there were “glitches” in the kitchen that prevented providing roast turkey until at least December. Bon Appetit.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Number one topic at the Thanksgiving table will be ObamaCare and how liberals and Obama lied about it.

albill on November 13, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Not with my family. Politics are strictly off limits thanks to a vile sister-in-law.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Maybe they want the system to stay down at this point, less bad press than the crazy cost changes.

Ukiah on November 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I intend to sit them at the “liberal’s table” and promise them a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Then I’ll throw a loaf of Wonder Bread and a package of turkey balogna on the table with the explanation that there were “glitches” in the kitchen that prevented providing roast turkey until at least December. Bon Appetit.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

You need an outrageous cover charge, and then a per serving charge as well until they have paid for 3 servings of a loaf of Wonder Bread and a package of turkey balogna.

NotCoach on November 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

President Obama is sorry you are upset that you misunderstood the in-artful way he spoke. What he said was “It will be fixed by November 30th, if nobody really wants to use it to buy insurance.” How you dolts missed that, he’ll never know and he is as upset as anyone that you are all so stupid.

dirtseller on November 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I intend to sit them at the “liberal’s table” and promise them a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Then I’ll throw a loaf of Wonder Bread and a package of turkey balogna on the table with the explanation that there were “glitches” in the kitchen that prevented providing roast turkey until at least December. Bon Appetit.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

ROFL

I’m going to bring a street bum in to sit next to my liberal bro-in-law, and just as my BIL is handed a heaping plate of food I will snatch it away and give it to the bum. “Spreading the wealth, brutha, and by the way your share of the meal cost is $200. Pay up.”

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

You need an outrageous cover charge, and then a per serving charge as well until they have paid for 3 servings of a loaf of Wonder Bread and a package of turkey balogna.

NotCoach on November 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Not a bad idea. Not only are they paying for their serving but for those of individuals who should be getting their turkey balogna for free.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

None of that should surprise anyone. The Obama administration admitted recently that it has been paying out millions in prescription drug benefits to illegal aliens, despite the fact that federal law expressly make illegal aliens ineligible for such benefits.

This year alone, the administration has paid out more than $91 million in prescription drug benefits to illegal aliens.

AZCoyote on November 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Oh, I’m pretty sure they will make it since Thanksgiving comes late this year, on November 28, actually, and the end of the month occurs on a Saturday. I, for one am confident that the Federal employees and contractors will be cheerfully spending all the overtime needed to complete this Herculean task by the appointed time, in spite of Public Union Work Rules and accumulated time off and calender year vacation time usage policies.
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In spite of past results, there is no reason to doubt in this instance, Comrades! Be Strong! and Believe!
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That is all. Announcement concluded.

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

“We’ve been testing those systems with states and hopefully soon we’ll be able to do the full account transfers,” she said.”

You see, there it is again.

If I used the term ‘hopefully soon’ in the private sector, I would be frog-marched out of the building.

Tsar of Earth on November 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I’m going to bring a street bum in to sit next to my liberal bro-in-law, and just as my BIL is handed a heaping plate of food I will snatch it away and give it to the bum. “Spreading the wealth, brutha, and by the way your share of the meal cost is $200. Pay up.”

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Definitely sit them at the kids table then. And don’t use the nice silverware.

Flange on November 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I intend to sit them at the “liberal’s table” and promise them a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Then I’ll throw a loaf of Wonder Bread and a package of turkey balogna on the table with the explanation that there were “glitches” in the kitchen that prevented providing roast turkey until at least December. Bon Appetit.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I’d pay good money to see that…

OmahaConservative on November 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Basic point: DEMOCRATS OWN OBAMACARE! Mantra, mantra, mantra – Dems own this fiasco.

WHy make promises you can’t keep? Maybe this is the ultimate in political arrogance.

MN J on November 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

None of that should surprise anyone. The Obama administration admitted recently that it has been paying out millions in prescription drug benefits to illegal aliens, despite the fact that federal law expressly make illegal aliens ineligible for such benefits.

This year alone, the administration has paid out more than $91 million in prescription drug benefits to illegal aliens.

AZCoyote on November 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

si si puede!

In 187 languages

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Next time Obama, don’t go to Nigeria to set up the website…just a suggestion.

Wait for the emails stating of a wonderful new medical program, just pay the deductible up front, and you never have to worry about a deductible again.

Just a $500 deductible, paid at time of signup, and it covers you for life…
Here let me give you the website….here

right2bright on November 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Oh, I’m pretty sure they will make it since Thanksgiving comes late this year, on November 28, actually, and the end of the month occurs on a Saturday. I, for one am confident that the Federal employees and contractors will be cheerfully spending all the overtime needed to complete this Herculean task by the appointed time, in spite of Public Union Work Rules and accumulated time off and calender year vacation time usage policies.
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In spite of past results, there is no reason to doubt in this instance, Comrades! Be Strong! and Believe!
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That is all. Announcement concluded.

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

You forget that we’ve also got the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah combination this year. That could be the factor that, sadly, will result in the November fix of Healthcare.gov turns out to be just another lie. This administration blames the Jews almost as much as they blame GWB.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

My schadenfreude erection is now going into the fourth week, I think I need to seek medical care.

hillsoftx on November 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Sorry comrade, only those with ladyparts are covered under obamacare. Enjoy, your pap smear.

HumpBot Salvation on November 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

They said if I voted for Romney, millions of Americans would lose access to affordable health coverage…

And they were right!

Sgt Steve on November 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

My schadenfreude erection is now going into the fourth week, I think I need to seek medical care.

hillsoftx on November 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Her Wifeness may wish you wouldn’t. :))

Tsar of Earth on November 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

si si puede!

In 187 languages

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

When it comes down to it, you get past the top twenty languages in the world and you are pretty quick into languages that use tongue clicking to communicate. I intend to call up and try enrolling in the Obamacare call center by tongue clicking.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I’m going to print up a 2,800 page menu for Thanksgiving promising a grand feast fit for royalty right on the front page, and then serve all my liberal relatives horse shiite sandwiches and cat piss for dinner.

If they balk and say “WTF is this?!!” I’ll answer “Man, I guess you should have read page 1,963, there’s an amendment specifically stating I would be serving you horse shiite sandwiches and cat piss instead of real food. You didn’t read the whole thing?”

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I’ve said it many times “Hope is not a business plan”

At least the press is starting to follow this issue honestly…

And seems to me a lot of people are being “mugged” by the reality of big government incompetence and deception.

Keith_Indy on November 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Definitely sit them at the kids table then. And don’t use the nice silverware.

Flange on November 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Seat them in another room, with someone banging on a drum chanting, “This is what mob rule socialism democracy looks like.” Just make sure there is extra toilet paper in all the bathrooms. I can’t get that pic of the guy wiping on a police car out of my head.

Fallon on November 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

If the system was were working like as it’s supposed to, Medicaid applications submitted via HealthCare.Gov would be getting approved by the federal government and then transmitted to the states, who which would then finalize them and begin coverage for new enrollees on January 1st. …Except that the system isn’t working.

Can’t wait to see the lines at ERs around the country: 12:01 am, 1 January 2014–”Where’s my Obamacare?”

BuckeyeSam on November 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM

it took less time to muster forces after Pearl Harbor to beat the German war machine than it has for this Administration to get healthcare.gov working .. which it still isn’t.

J_Crater on November 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I intend to call up and try enrolling in the Obamacare call center by tongue clicking.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

LOL

*Click, click, click*

Fallon on November 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM

I’m going to print up a 2,800 page menu for Thanksgiving promising a grand feast fit for royalty right on the front page, and then serve all my liberal relatives horse shiite sandwiches and cat piss for dinner.

If they balk and say “WTF is this?!!” I’ll answer “Man, I guess you should have read page 1,963, there’s an amendment specifically stating I would be serving you horse shiite sandwiches and cat piss instead of real food. You didn’t read the whole thing?”

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Be sure to call it the Michelle Obama healthy diet Thanksgiving.

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

My schadenfreude erection is now going into the fourth week, I think I need to seek medical care.

hillsoftx on November 13, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I have the same problem, but if you google DWS’ or Pelosi’ images, you can give it a temporary rest from time to time.

TXUS on November 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

All good and fine until the actual children get quiet and grim-faced as the libs sit down at their table, and then pick up their plates and move to the couch.

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

More sporting and easier to cleanup: Nail ‘em while they’re on the move.

Tsar of Earth on November 13, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Repeal and Impeach…..

d1carter on November 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I’m going to print up a 2,800 page menu for Thanksgiving promising a grand feast fit for royalty right on the front page, and then serve all my liberal relatives horse shiite sandwiches and cat piss for dinner.

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Just to be sure and say you’re sorry if they thought they were getting the grand feast based on what you told them. LOL

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I’m going to print up a 2,800 page menu for Thanksgiving promising a grand feast fit for royalty right on the front page, and then serve all my liberal relatives horse shiite sandwiches and cat piss for dinner.

If they balk and say “WTF is this?!!” I’ll answer “Man, I guess you should have read page 1,963, there’s an amendment specifically stating I would be serving you horse shiite sandwiches and cat piss instead of real food. You didn’t read the whole thing?”

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Be sure to call it the Michelle Obama healthy diet Thanksgiving.

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The link was to the Let’s move site…which didn’t work

Unexpectedly…

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM

You forget that we’ve also got the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah combination this year.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

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My damn Google Government Calendar didn’t tell me that! Dammit! You are exactly right!
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Add to the sacrifices of our glorious government workers that they will be foregoing the traditional observant Chanukah celebration in 2013 to instead celebrate the glorious resurrection of Healthcare.gov and its resurgent role in our glorious state! Just glorious!
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That is all. Announcement concluded.

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Thanksgiving at Chez Bat is huge- 25-30 people. Out of those: 3 conservatives, 5-6 apolitical, the rest are hard-left lib, including wife. Post-dinner animated conversation in small groups tends to get quiet when I approach. They know me.

Bat Chain Puller on November 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Meet the face of Obamacare…

“Now the truth can be known! The smiling face of Obamacare is named Adriana – and she’s not a citizen of the United States. Yet…

Speculation swirled that Adriana might not be a legal resident of the United States, and therefore not even eligible for the health care exchanges. Adriana said she was a wife and mother who lived in Maryland with her 21-month-old son and husband of six and a half years. Her husband is a U.S. citizen, as is his her son. Adriana said she had lived in the U.S. for more than six years, was currently a permanent resident and was applying for citizenship…”

http://www.ijreview.com/2013/11/94114-mystery-obamacare-website-woman-isnt-a-citizen-accuses-internet-of-cyberbullying/

workingclass artist on November 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Where did the money go?
Why is this not the most important question? Whose hands did it pass through?
Will it suddenly reappear in some form as money bombs for progressive candidates with no trail as to who and where the money came from? Millions of tax dollars for a website??…that doesn’t even work for a minimal amount of traffic???
This doesn’t seem highly unusual to anyone? Really??

Mimzey on November 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

When I was in business school, we had to study boring cases like the New Coke debacle (which I still contend worked out for them in the long run). Lucky students will get to study this crap sandwich which is far more interesting.

mankai on November 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Post-dinner animated conversation in small groups tends to get quiet when I approach. They know me.

Bat Chain Puller on November 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

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In your pre-meal prayer and blessing, make sure you give thanks for healthcare.gov and Øbamacare, not only for the premier examples of government incompetence that they exemplify but also for the implements of Democrat Destruction that they represent. That should get them riled up.

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

When I was in business school, we had to study boring cases like the New Coke debacle (which I still contend worked out for them in the long run). Lucky students will get to study this crap sandwich which is far more interesting.

mankai on November 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I think there is a possibility that it is not a incompetent debacle at all. Imo, it is a very effective money and power grab. They actually don’t mind looking foolish for a while, when in the long run they will maintain power or at the very least have skimmed off enough money and added enough chaos to destroy the country.
These people are criminals and probably like everyone focusing on their foolishness and incompetence.
A great deflection form their crimes. “We’re not criminals…we’re just dummies”

Mimzey on November 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I wonder if Cap’n KickAss will kick his own ass?

Key West Reader on November 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

These people are criminals and probably like everyone focusing on their foolishness and incompetence.
A great deflection form their crimes. “We’re not criminals…we’re just dummies”

Mimzey on November 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

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scarey… and infuriating.

ExpressoBold on November 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I intend to sit them at the “liberal’s table” and promise them a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Then I’ll throw a loaf of Wonder Bread and a package of turkey balogna on the table with the explanation that there were “glitches” in the kitchen that prevented providing roast turkey until at least December. Bon Appetit.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

ROFL

I’m going to bring a street bum in to sit next to my liberal bro-in-law, and just as my BIL is handed a heaping plate of food I will snatch it away and give it to the bum. “Spreading the wealth, brutha, and by the way your share of the meal cost is $200. Pay up.”

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM

I can see that Thanksgiving is going to be quite eventful all over America this year! Glad I’m not a beat cop anymore!

NavyMustang on November 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

So do any of these new health care plans pay for a … President-ectomy ?

J_Crater on November 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

So do any of these new health care plans pay for a … President-ectomy ?

J_Crater on November 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM

It should..he has a preexisting condition.

Mimzey on November 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM

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

Did anyone really think they could or would hit that date?

RadClown on November 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I wonder if Cap’n KickAss will kick his own ass?

Key West Reader on November 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I love it.

FOWG1 on November 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I’m tellin’ ya, every single number that libs use in their schemes is thought up on the spot, every one.

Whether it’s the min wage or the stimulus or the time it takes to “fix” DeathCare.gov, they just pick a random number from the ether and blurt it out; there’s no critical thinking behind it.

Bishop on November 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Every leftist politician knows you don’t derive those numbers by critical thinking, or planning. You derive those numbers by focus groups.

“How does Nov 30th poll? Dec 31st? Nov 30th wins? Looks like it will be fixed by Nov 30th, then!”

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

At some point you just have to walk away and abandon a project, this is that point IMO.

Johnnyreb on November 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Obama would never do that… He will never admit to being wrong…

sandee on November 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

We don’t need Obama to admit that he was wrong.

What we need are 67 Senators and 290 (actually 288 due to 4 House vacancies) Representatives to admit that Obama was wrong.

Those are the numbers that it would take to fully repeal Obamacare and override Obama’s veto.

If every Republican (45 Senators and 231 Representatives), votes for full repeal, then we need 22 Democrat Senators (out of 55) and 57 Democrat Representatives (out of 200) to admit that Obamacare was a mistake which needs to be repealed.

We need to get 40% of the Democrat Senators and 28.5% of the Democrat Representatives to cross party lines and vote for repeal.

Difficult? Very.
Impossible? No.

ITguy on November 13, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Why does this story not have the awesome picture of Sebelius holding “Websites for Dummies?”

TallDave on November 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Why does this story not have the awesome picture of Sebelius holding “Websites for Dummies?”

TallDave on November 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

+1!

ITguy on November 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. Anyone hosting this year should sit the liberals in their family at the children’s table. Let them know that if they grow up then they can join the grown up table next year.

Flange on November 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

“The Adults are in charge.”

Del Dolemonte on November 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Government workers and tech­nical contractors racing to repair the Web site have concluded, the official said, that the only way for large numbers of Americans to enroll in the health-care plans soon is by using other means so that the online system isn’t overburdened

…adult rubber toys…with Duracell batteries?

KOOLAID2 on November 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I would put the hackers in charge of fixing it. You know they are working faster and more effectively on the site than the government is. They are the real experts.

neuquenguy on November 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Hmmm, let me think about this. . .

What goal do China and the Obama Administration both seek? Answer: Collapse of the American economic system. Therefore, yes, the best course would be to give Chinese hackers access to healthcare.gov with the actual goal of fixing it. Make it work, millions will sign up and become drone-slaves of the New Republic, which, consequently, will become overburdened and fail.

Thus, Obama will have fixed his website, and China will have collapsed its chief economic and political rival.

Herald of Woe on November 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I will sit my liberal SIL next to my 12 year old. The 12 year old has already earned the nickname “baby raccoon” because she’s so darn cute, but absolutely cutting with logic and debate. She has three weeks of “current events” class to prepare.

The 50 year old doesn’t stand a chance.

Daisy_WI on November 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I’d pay good money to see that…

OmahaConservative on November 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Heck, I’ll video tape it and put it on youtube!

dogsoldier on November 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

If the system was were working like as it’s supposed to, Medicaid applications submitted via HealthCare.Gov would be getting approved by the federal government and then transmitted to the states, who which would then finalize them and begin coverage for new enrollees on January 1st. …Except that the system isn’t working.

The federal government has no intention of turning its target single-payer pool supporters to the states’ control. They know more than anyone only poor and lower-middle class would sign up. Kept Chavez in control for years. They just took over Medicaid in one fell swoop. Put themselves over the state decision process and each one’s years of local political battles.

See what’s in it

Yes, chaos will ensue…but repeal it. Replace with the prohibition of states to impose mandates and ability to conduct business across state lines. Catastrophic will return and mini plans that are condition an lifestyle specific.

They are stealing our country. I despise them.

winoceros on November 13, 2013 at 12:31 PM

The one thing this administration is good at is handing out free stuff.

They’ll figure this one out in short order.

And no matter what happens with Obamacare going forward, you’ll never repeal these people from their newly minted Medicaid.

Carnac on November 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM