CNN: HHS lied about “Anonymous Shopper” delay in Healthcare.gov

posted at 9:21 am on November 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Why is this CNN exclusive important?  The ObamaCare website forced Americans to create accounts before looking at prices and plans, which for the first several weeks they couldn’t access anyway.  HHS officials told Congress that the part of the website that would have allowed people to see plan and pricing data wasn’t provided because it failed its tests, but documents obtained by CNN show it was one of the few functions that actually worked as planned:

When the troubled federal health care website came online, the key “Anonymous Shopper” function was nowhere to be found — even though it passed a key test almost two weeks before HealthCare.gov launched.

That successful test, noted in documents obtained by CNN and confirmed by a source close to the project, contradicts testimony from an Obama administration official overseeing HealthCare.gov, who told lawmakers earlier this month the function was scrapped because it “failed miserably” before the October 1 launch.

Like much of the HealthCare.gov rollout, the subject has become political fodder for Republicans, who claim the decision to nix the anonymous shopper was made by administration officials worried it would produce rate estimates so high they would deter potential enrollees.

Ironically, the Anonymous Shopper function actually would have spared the White House a lot of bad press, had HHS turned it on. For one thing, it would have diverted a lot of the lookie-loo traffic that arrived on the first few days of the rollout, which might have helped others get through account creation — although probably not. Another part of the frustration of the main site was the inability to even create an account to get to the data, while at the same time getting cancellations from existing insurers.  This function would have provided a little certainty to consumers, as well as a rough estimate at least of their subsidies.  Or perhaps not; the price shocks even with subsidies have outraged Americans, and maybe HHS wanted to delay the access to that bad news as long as possible.

Either way, this puts Henry Chao on the hot seat — again.  The Deputy CIO of HHS was the man who informed Congress this week that the back end of Healthcare.gov hasn’t even been built yet, estimating that 30-40% of the overall system is still missing.  That includes the mechanism for paying those subsidies to the insurers, which leaves in question whether anyone in the exchanges will actually have coverage at the beginning of the year. Insurers don’t begin coverage until they have full payment.

Now Chao has a much bigger problem. This is what Chao told Congress last week about Anonymous Shopper:

Chao said he made the decision in conjunction with colleagues and testified before Congress last week that it was because the feature “failed so miserably that we could not conscionably let people use it.”

Yet a CMS document made public by the same committee last week tells a different story. The agency and one of its subsidiaries, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, was working with government contractors on the website. It determined the Anonymous Shopper feature “tested successfully,” revealed “no high severity defects open” and that “remaining lower severity defects will not degrade consumer experience.” …

The source close to the project, however, said the anonymous shopper function did pass testing conducted in the weeks ahead of the HealthCare.gov launch.

First, let’s point out the laughably absurd proposal that HHS found any function within Healthcare.gov to have “failed so miserably that we could not conscionably let people use it.” Isn’t that a good description of the entire site? That would seem especially true considering Chao’s later testimony that up to 40% of the system was missing altogether.

But the falsehood goes farther than that:

The successful test occurred on September 17, according to a source familiar with the project. The next day, in an internal e-mail obtained by CNN, Chao wrote the shopper function “isn’t needed and thus should be removed.”

So HHS knew it had passed the testing, but Chao pulled it because “it wasn’t needed,” not because it “failed so miserably,” etc.  That looks like a pretty classic case of either perjury or obstruction of Congress. That seems to be a running theme this year in the Obama administration.


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I’ll give you 42 guesses why they shelved this part of the website, and the first 41 are wrong.

NotCoach on November 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Another day, another lie.

esr1951 on November 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Find the emails, written memos, and conversation logs from the White House. That is why it was scrapped. Because the President wanted it scrapped.

Repeal. Impeach.

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Lawless liars. We’re moving from unpopularity to illegitimacy.

forest on November 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Its time to start waterboarding some of these administration officials.

singlemalt 18 on November 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Congress will bloviate and huff and use their stern faces with Cho, and that will be the end of it.

We had a treasury secretary who cheated on his taxes and Congress did nothing, and nothing will happen here.

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I may be a simpleton but I still think ALL that this admin does is intentional. They didn’t want the website to work. They are creating chaos on purpose.

Dannyp8262 on November 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Whateves, Obama can fix that with another EO, declaring that anonymous shopping is illegal or not real or something, the MSM will nod in agreement and we can all just move on from all this and back to the important issues:

Should hamsters be allowed to fly little hamster sized planes?

Gatsu on November 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

O is gonna be pissed when he hears about this later today on CNN.

mankai on November 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Singlemalt….. let’s use drones instead…. they seemed to be OK with Obama using this over waterboarding

cmsinaz on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Like much of the HealthCare.gov rollout, the subject has become political fodder for Republicans, who claim the decision to nix the anonymous shopper was made by administration officials worried it would produce rate estimates so high they would deter potential enrollees.

Assuming this is the case, let’s set aside the lie and potential perjury for a second. If the rates are so high that people will refuse to sign up, then what exactly is the long-term solution proposed by the regime? You can’t just delay this forever. Insurers and businesses are already instituting their plans for dealing with this law and its costs. And the Americans who have lost their insurance or are seeing massive hikes in premiums have to come up with an alternative for themselves and their families(and no, just paying the fine and going without insurance is probably not an ideal solution for them).

Obama and the Dems keep putting bandaids on shotgun wounds. Eventually this whole thing is gonna collapse. And by “eventually”, I’m thinking it’ll only be a matter of months at the rate we’re going.

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Obama didn’t want an e-commerce site, he was thinking more along the lines of the Roach Motel.

Socratease on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Should hamsters be allowed to fly little hamster sized planes?

Gatsu on November 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Only if Boeing is forced to build the “HamsterLifter” in Seattle under the strictest of Union contracts.

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Singlemalt….. let’s use drones instead…. they seemed to be OK with Obama using this over waterboarding

cmsinaz on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I don’t understand.

What possible use could Boehner and McConnell be?

ElectricPhase on November 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

When will we know when they are telling the truth?

celtic warrior on November 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

If they can’t get lying right, then they have nothing. It’s the only thing they’re good at.

Paul-Cincy on November 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Obama didn’t want an e-commerce site, he was thinking more along the lines of the Roach Motel.

Socratease on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

“Roaches check in…”

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I may be a simpleton but I still think ALL that this admin does is intentional. They didn’t want the website to work. They are creating chaos on purpose.

Dannyp8262 on November 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

If that was the plan, then it’s blown up in their faces. It’s probably gonna cost them the Senate. It could result in an even bigger margin for the GOP in the House. And it’s threatening to make Obama a lame duck less than a year into his 2nd term and legitimize the progressive agenda for a very long time.

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

When 1 of them is frog-marched through the front door of Leavenworth, I’ll think about getting hopeful, until then, they’re all going to get away with it.
Lawless, criminal enterprise–the Obama Administration.

vityas on November 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

If the boss (Obama) can lie, then so can his underlings.
If the boss (Obama) gets away with the lies, then so do his underlings.

Where oh where is Congress? If Congress lets them get away with the lies, then aren’t they as guilty as the liars?

albill on November 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I may be a simpleton but I still think ALL that this admin does is intentional. They didn’t want the website to work. They are creating chaos on purpose.

Dannyp8262 on November 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

No, they didn’t want anyone to see how much their premiums would be until they were one click away from purchasing. Maybe a troll can post and tell us how the real problem with this law is a broken website.

NotCoach on November 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

They are creating chaos on purpose.

Dannyp8262 on November 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Just following Alinsky, is all. Everything is going according to plan.

Wouldn’t it be just peachy if McConnell or Boehner were to go onto their respective floor and state that they’ve read Alinsky and that combined with reports that Obama got his start in Bill Ayers’ living room that they believe that Obama and his gang are overtaking the government, just as Obama said he would?

HiJack on November 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Assuming this is the case, let’s set aside the lie and potential perjury for a second. If the rates are so high that people will refuse to sign up, then what exactly is the long-term solution proposed by the regime?

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Long-term solution is the same as always — print more money, to give away as subsidies. AFAIK, there are subsidies for the insurance companies built into the law, based on number of plans sold, or not sold. As always, failure means throwing more money at the problem.

Paul-Cincy on November 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Congress will bloviate and huff and use their stern faces with Cho, and that will be the end of it.
….

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

His name is Chao. I see you hate Asians too.

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Long-term solution is the same as always — print more money, to give away as subsidies. AFAIK, there are subsidies for the insurance companies built into the law, based on number of plans sold, or not sold. As always, failure means throwing more money at the problem.

Paul-Cincy on November 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

But can Obama do that? The bailout to the insurers is built into the law, but how can he just give away more subsidies without going through Congress? And what if the bailout gets repealed by Rubio’s bill? Then the law collapses. And if it doesn’t get repealed because the Dems either vote against it or Reid refuses to allow it on the floor, then the Democrat Party gets slaughtered even worse in 2014 and beyond.

Obama created his own little Kobayashi Maru here for himself and his fellow Dems and unlike Kirk, he can’t go in and reprogram the simulator(or Healthcare.gov in this case) to bail his ass out.

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Obama and the Dems keep putting bandaids on shotgun wounds. Eventually this whole thing is gonna collapse. And by “eventually”, I’m thinking it’ll only be a matter of months at the rate we’re going.

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I like that. How about this:

They are busy treating a sprained ankle (the broken website) while they pretend the fatal head wound (death spiral) doesn’t exist.

NotCoach on November 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Should hamsters be allowed to fly little hamster sized planes?

Gatsu on November 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Only after the government has built thousands of hamster-sized airports all over the country!

claudius on November 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Only if Boeing is forced to build the “HamsterLifter” in Seattle under the strictest of Union contracts.

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

That before or after the workers “rise up” and seize the plant from the evil CEOs?

Gatsu on November 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

This function would have provided a little certainty to consumers

Certainty is an anathema to totalitarians. They need to keep you uncertain – scared – so that you are to afraid to challenge them.

rbj on November 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

His name is Chao. I see you hate Asians too.

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Sekigahara Chow Mein Siam!

That’s Cambodian for “Whatever, douchebag.”

Bishop on November 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Yeah but the identity theft piece is working perfectly.

Buttercup on November 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I think I missed the part of the post that covers what could happen to him if he lied to Congress. Sometimes I read too fast.

Or maybe we don’t even bother anymore, since there really are no consequences.

Dongemaharu on November 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

That looks like a pretty classic case of either perjury or obstruction of Congress. That seems to be a running theme this year in the Obama administration.

And are the gutless Republicans going to do anything about it? or continue rolling over?

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

“Quick, bring me a low-level staffer”…KS

dirtseller on November 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Only after the government has built thousands of hamster-sized airports all over the country!

claudius on November 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Hamster TSA? Hamster scanners?

Dateline CNN: “The first model of the hamster security scanner built by the Obama administration was rolled out today to great fanfare. Built on high tech and high powered ‘micro-wave’ technology, the scanners will speed up the security process. Initial un-confirmed reports of hamster explosions in security scanners seems to have proven false…wait…what? Ladies and gentlemen…we have reports that the Tea Party and Ted Cruz has reprogrammed the security scanners…please avoid the scanners until November 15, 2014.”

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

When are we going to see someone frog-marched out of the White House.

bopbottle on November 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

That looks like a pretty classic case of either perjury or obstruction of Congress. That seems to be a running theme this year in the Obama administration.
And are the gutless Republicans going to do anything about it? or continue rolling over?

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Common Guy, can’t you see they’re busy trying to pass amnesty? First things first.

dirtseller on November 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

So the one thing that worked was the ability to compare prices, which would be the most useful part of the website. Obviously it showed sky high prices so they scrapped it. Did they seriously think that would mean that people wouldn’t discover the prices were sky high? Putting off the discovery of the magnitude of the increase of few months was worth committing perjury? Mindboggling.

talkingpoints on November 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

When the troubled federal health care website came online, the key “Anonymous Shopper” function was nowhere to be found — even though it passed a key test almost two weeks before HealthCare.gov launched.
==================================================================

Piff,…..Jarrett can call up NSA for any extra information,
that she might need, that wasn’t provided!!
(sarc)

canopfor on November 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

First, let’s point out the laughably absurd proposal that HHS found any function within Healthcare.gov to have “failed so miserably that we could not conscionably let people use it.”

The calculator didn’t work correctly and the public could use that. It would seem to me if anything could not conscionably be used it would be that.

Happy Nomad on November 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

And are the gutless Republicans going to do anything about it? or continue rolling over?

neuquenguy on November 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Siiiiiit…….

Lay down…….

Roll over…….

Dead dog…….

antipc on November 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Clearly just Fox News making more stuff up, right verbaluce?

rogerb on November 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Find the emails, written memos, and conversation logs from the White House. That is why it was scrapped. Because the President Valerie Jarrett wanted it scrapped.

Repeal. Impeach.

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

VJ44 runs the show

ITguy on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

It’s really sad what this administration has done to the American people. And what’s even sadder is that they could care less. All they are capable of doing is telling more lies and try and save their political behinds. There’s no one in DC who can repair the damages they’ve done. No. One.

scalleywag on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

“The Deputy CIO of HHS was the man who informed Congress this week that the back end of Healthcare.gov hasn’t even been built yet, estimating that 30-40% of the overall system is still missing.”

NO! NO! NO! Mr. Chao said that 60 – 70 percent of the total system has yet to be built! PLEASE get this right!

Here is the video of the relevant part of his testimony. http://tinyurl.com/lp8wymn.

Here’s a partial transcript, the operative sentence being: GARDNER But the entire system is 60 to 70 percent AWAY from being complete. (My emphasis.)
——————————

GARDNER Well, how much do we have to build today?

CHAO Just an approximation, we’re probably sitting somewhere between 60 and 70 percent.

GARDNER Sixty to 70 percent that needs to be built still?

CHAO We still have to build the payment systems to make payments to issuers in January, the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled, generating enrollment transaction – that’s 100 percent there.

GARDNER But the entire system is 60 to 70 percent away from being complete.

chao There’s the back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems … they still need to be done.

BLOC on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Comment under New Yorker piece, “The Republican War on Competence” that sums it all up …

It kind of sounds like you are really saying that Obama is not competent, and he needed the GOP to sign on to his project in order for it to be done well, because with the GOP comes competence. Since the GOP didn’t help, but at the same time was unable to actively hinder development of the website since they weren’t involved, the failure is all the Democrats. So if the competent GOP had participated, then you think it would have worked.

Your reasoning goes against your explicit point, but I get what you were really saying, even under the partisan B.S. The GOP is competent, and the Democrats can’t accomplish anything on their own, they need a willing GOP to help them get things done. The GOP, on the other hand, can get things done with or without the Democrats. That is the point you have proven.

J_Crater on November 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Assuming this is the case, let’s set aside the lie and potential perjury for a second. If the rates are so high that people will refuse to sign up, then what exactly is the long-term solution proposed by the regime?

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Wait, you’re not suggesting that the brilliant Obama who doesn’t think he’s so stupid as to go out proclaiming healthcare.gov will work just like Amazon if he knew it didn’t work doesn’t have a long range plan, are you?

He’s black!
He went to Harvard law!
He was President of Harvard Law Review!
He was a Senator!
He’s President!
He got a Nobel Peace Prize!

He never had to demonstrate any competence to get any of those things, why should he have to now?

It’s Bush’s fault, the tea party, Cruz, etc. you racist hater, you.

talkingpoints on November 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Ironically, the Anonymous Shopper function actually would have spared the White House a lot of bad press, had HHS turned it on.”

Yea. That’s the kind of crap that happens when you lie.
I learned that when I was, ummm, seven.

Tsar of Earth on November 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Obama and the Dems keep putting bandaids on shotgun wounds. Eventually this whole thing is gonna collapse. And by “eventually”, I’m thinking it’ll only be a matter of months at the rate we’re going.

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

About 8-10 months, I’d say, since insurers recalculate their policy premiums annually. Not only will employees with plans be getting their cancellation notices starting in mid-2014, but the insurers will start setting 2015 rates based not on the assumption that younger enrollees will balance out older workers, but on the number of younger people who’ve actually signed up for ObamaCare, versus the number of older and/or high-risk patients during the first year of the program. ObamaCare basically risk pools everyone while adding high-risk cases — without the younger people to offset the costs, you’re going to hyper-inflate the rates from even the pre-ObamaCare risk pools that had been offered around the country.

The whole idea of ObamaCare for the Dems was for the program to be a slow-motion train-wreck, slowly building voter anger over their slowly-increasing plan costs, so that the Democrats could then tout eliminating the insurance companies via single-payer as the answer. Instead, the thing crashed on take-off, and Year 2 is just going to pile new wreckage on top of that, with the government’s incompetence making it impossible to claim the answer is single-payer and not either be laughed off the stage or chased with torches and pitch-forks out of town.

jon1979 on November 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

… They are creating chaos on purpose.

Dannyp8262 on November 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I think you’re on to something here.

“Henry Chao … The Deputy CIO of HHS”

Tsar of Earth on November 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Have criminal charges been filed? Didn’t think so.

SomeCallMeJohn on November 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Issa will get on this as soon as he’s done with Fast and Furious.

Akzed on November 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

jon1979 on November 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

“Come up and sit in the front row, son.”

Akzed on November 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Rule #17.

BobMbx on November 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Which is more contemptuous?

The accelerating pattern of lies, perjury, and abuses of power from the Obama Administration? Or the complete inability for the House GOP Leadership to properly exercise their constitutional oversight responsibilities and hold those who perjure, obstruct, or abuse power fully accountable for their illegal actions?

The Obama Administration is more Nixonian than even Richard Nixon was – but it’s hard to see a more feckless and scared of their own shadow House GOP Leadership over the last century.

Athos on November 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Oh come on, didn’t you hear that every liberal voter this year gets a new iPad? November 2014 is a long time away and there’s still plenty of koolaid to dispense. Yes, some Democrats may have to vote 8 times instead of 6, but where there’s a will there’s a way. I understand that not only will the dead be voting in 2014 but the unborn will also be given a change to choose their candidate prior to abortion.

katablog.com on November 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Athos on November 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM

complete inability for the House GOP Leadership to properly exercise their constitutional oversight responsibilities and hold those who perjure, obstruct, or abuse power fully accountable for their illegal actions

It is what makes me feel totally defeated and abandoned. Long ago I changed to an Independent but I still feel NO ONE in government represents me and others that believe like I do. It’s like all politicians have forgotten their “trusted” representative role.

katablog.com on November 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Assuming this is the case, let’s set aside the lie and potential perjury for a second. If the rates are so high that people will refuse to sign up, then what exactly is the long-term solution proposed by the regime?

Doughboy on November 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Long-term solution is the same as always — print more money, to give away as subsidies. AFAIK, there are subsidies for the insurance companies built into the law, based on number of plans sold, or not sold. As always, failure means throwing more money at the problem.

Paul-Cincy on November 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

No. The long term strategy is for this whole thing to completely collapse, to fail catastrophically – wiping out the private insurance industry in the process, and crippling the medical industry – so as to allow the Ds to ride to the rescue with the “only” viable option – a single payer system that converts the private (or semi-private) medical industry folk into government agency workers.

krome on November 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

When is one of these Obama appointees going to JAIL for lying to Congress ??

KenInIL on November 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Reuters Politics ‏@ReutersPolitics 5m

White House confirms it will shift 2015 enrollment for Obamacare by one month; will now start on November 15, 2014 #breaking

https://twitter.com/ReutersPolitics

canopfor on November 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

canopfor on November 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Investigate. Indict. Prosecute. Imprison.

Texas Zombie on November 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

As Ol’ Joe might put it, not a big effing deal! After all, perjury smejury, whatcha gonna do about it anyways? Take it to an newly stackedappellate court?

Good luck with that.

The lawlessness Of BHO and his enablers like Reid and Pelosi is about to kick into a higher gear by a magnitude of 10. The new 7 to 4 ratio of the appellate bench removes any check on the administration that may have still stood. that is gone now.

If Issa has any chance of making any progress in his investigations he better get those findings before a judge NOW! Before the up-coming rubber stamp politburo can be confirmed.

Archimedes on November 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

“The Deputy CIO of HHS was the man who informed Congress this week that the back end of Healthcare.gov hasn’t even been built yet, estimating that 30-40% of the overall system is still missing.”

NO! NO! NO! Mr. Chao said that 60 – 70 percent of the total system has yet to be built! PLEASE get this right!

Here is the video of the relevant part of his testimony. http://tinyurl.com/lp8wymn.

Here’s a partial transcript, the operative sentence being: GARDNER But the entire system is 60 to 70 percent AWAY from being complete. (My emphasis.)
——————————

GARDNER Well, how much do we have to build today?

CHAO Just an approximation, we’re probably sitting somewhere between 60 and 70 percent.

GARDNER Sixty to 70 percent that needs to be built still?

CHAO We still have to build the payment systems to make payments to issuers in January, the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled, generating enrollment transaction – that’s 100 percent there.

GARDNER But the entire system is 60 to 70 percent away from being complete.

chao There’s the back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems … they still need to be done.

BLOC on November 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

yeah idk why people keep saying 40% when it’s actually 60-70%. chao said 60-70% and then agreed with that number each time it was repeated until one time he for no reason changed it to 30-40%. he originally said 60-70% so why are people giving this dishonest rat the benefit of the doubt?

Sachiko on November 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

That looks like a pretty classic case of either perjury or obstruction of Congress. That seems to be a running theme this year in the Obama administration.

The other running theme is that nobody involved in this mess is getting punished in any meaningful way.

KS Rex on November 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

what’s absolutely stunning to me isn’t the continuous blatant lies. it’s the fact that most of the american people either don’t know or don’t care that people in the government are lying. these people can lie all they want and there are NO CONSEQUENCES. it’s sickening.

Sachiko on November 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Tsar of Earth on November 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

it all makes sense now!! XD

Sachiko on November 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

KS Rex on November 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

And now no one will, any indictments will have to have the blessing of BHO’s newly 7 to 4 appellate court in which ALL federal cases originating in DC get filed. Any legal actions, from Lerner’s 5th to Holder’s contempt, will summarily be swatted down by the Dhimmi’s new kangaroo court.

We are about to witness what Reagan meant by tyranny being but one generation away. Note; we are right now just past one generation since he left office.

Welcome to our Brave New World.

Archimedes on November 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Measure up the guy for a striped suit and a vacation in a secure facility.

Mason on November 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

It’s not like lying to Congress carries any penalties, so what’s the big deal?

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

It’s not like lying to Congress carries any penalties, so what’s the big deal?

oldroy on November 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

True – the Republicans won’t do anything about it, because they’re clueless.

Ward Cleaver on November 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

That looks like a pretty classic case of either perjury or obstruction of Congress. That seems to be a running theme this year in the Obama administration.

FIFY

pain train on November 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Yeah but the identity theft piece is working perfectly.

Buttercup on November 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Exactly! IMO the Anonymous Shopper function was scrapped to make everyone create an account (ie give up your personal information) so that even if one doesn’t buy a plan, they get your personal data anyway.

geekrunner on November 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Perjury traps.

How many scores of lies have officials in the Obama administration told to House oversight committees with not a single penalty of any kind meted out?

Until the Republicans get serious the Democrats will continue to lie to them at will.

RJL on November 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

CNN might still be the commie news network, but Brianna Keilar is an attack dog reporter. Just watch her sometime in the White House press room. She’s about the only one that stops Carney from filibustering.

A.C. McCloud on November 23, 2013 at 12:01 AM