Video: Healthcare.gov contractor forcing hospital to miss payroll — for weeks

posted at 8:31 am on January 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier has spent the last few months reporting on the relationship between HHS and Novitas Solutions, a health-sector systems provider hired by the Obama administration on a no-bid contract to build the back-end payment systems of Healthcare.gov. Those would be the still missing back-end systems, but this report flagged by Jeryl from Houston suggests that it might not make much difference. Novitas, which provides the payment systems for Medicare, is so far behind in its payments to one Houston hospital that its employees have stopped getting paid. ABC’s local affiliate reports on the situation:

Dozens of employees at a hospital in northeast Houston have had to make it through the holidays without getting paid for weeks. The CEO of Saint Anthony’s Hospital on Little York is blaming a new Medicare payment contractor for his payroll problems.

Nearly 150 employees, ranging from doctors to nurses and administrators, haven’t been paid in nearly a month, and the CEO says it’s not his fault. …

The hospital is strapped for cash not because its not making money, but because Leday says a new Medicare payment facilitator named Novitas Solutions is taking too way long to pay out Medicare claims to the hospital.

Leday says he’s owed nearly $3 million in payments from Medicare and can’t make payroll.

It’s not the first time that problems have arisen in Novitas’ payment systems, Jeryl reminds us:

Novitas also runs the south-central region’s Medicare website which was launched just two days before the October 1 launch of Healthcare.gov.  As THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported on December 19, that site has experienced problems reminiscent of Healthcare.gov’s troubles, and the site will not be fully operational until well into 2014.

The White House keeps insisting that their ObamaCare system has just experienced “glitches,” which will all get smoothed out shortly. However, the Medicare system used to be able to pay providers until Novitas got involved, and it’s possible that the hospital might have to cease operations for lack of staff. They certainly might choose not to accept Medicare assignments in the future, and I doubt that the issue is limited to St. Anthony’s in Houston.

Just imagine what will happen when Novitas brings its payment-systems expertise to private insurers looking for subsidies to cover premiums for ObamaCare enrollees. Will insurers wait weeks and months to get those premiums — or will they dump their enrollees for non-payment? Stay tuned.


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Clearly the only solution to the free market screwing up health care for all Americans is for government to take over all aspects of the health care system.

- Barry Soetoro

turfmann on January 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

It’s been said many times. NONE of this had to happen.

labrat on January 2, 2014 at 8:43 AM

All is well

cmsinaz on January 2, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Who cares, after all, those people must be part of the one percenters. They need to have skin in the game…right? RIGHT!?!?!?! /sarc off

PatriotPete on January 2, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Suck it up comrades, it’s all in the interest of the greater glorious good. You will be compensated sufficiently and allotted unlimited time to rest in peace upon completion of the Great Lean Forward.

forest on January 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

They were receiving junk paychecks anyway, no big deal. Frau Syphilis still gets her full pay on time.

Bishop on January 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

These troll-free threads are boring as hell.

CurtZHP on January 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

It’s obvious that all our problems require a government solution remedied by no-bid contractors hand-picked by the party in power.

Another solution to this problem is amnesty for a lot of illiterate illegal immigrants.

BuckeyeSam on January 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Houston? Is this in Sheila Jackson’s district?

BuckeyeSam on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

If you like your paycheck, you can keep your paycheck.

John the Libertarian on January 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

…Novitas Solutions, a health-sector systems provider hired by the Obama administration on a no-bid contract to build the back-end payment systems of Healthcare.gov.

A company hired by the Obama administration through a no bid contract fails to successfully complete a project. A project which is probably not all that hard in today’s high tech world, I might add. We have ceased to be shocked by this how long ago?

DaveDief on January 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Food stamps should solve this problem. Big government is the answer.

Philly on January 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Which Obama/Democrat crony or bundler has this contract?Can you name that tune in 2 notes?

docflash on January 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Thank the voters for voting for banana-republic governance.

BuckeyeSam on January 2, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Nobody’s angrier about this than Barry. Well, he will be once he finds out about it.

Akzed on January 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Dog Eater is going to kick the azz of the Novitis CEO.

Bishop on January 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I wish this administration was more transparent about how it sorts out why it deems fit to select these particular companies in no bid contracts. It would be nice if the public could see the contracts. The government is complicit if it hired this company based on cronyism. You would be pretty hot, I imagine, if this company failed in cutting you your public assistance check every month.

DaveDief on January 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

The beauty of the corporatist economy. Distribute contracts and wealth to those who are “helpful” but keep the thin veil between the State and the “private” cronies just in case blame needs to be assigned.

forest on January 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Embrace the suck….n pelosi, 2013

crosshugger on January 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

The only people I feel sorry for are the employees who didn’t vote for Obama and knew what this mess would be like.

Those who did vote for Obama – we tried to warn you.

gophergirl on January 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

We’re living Atlas Shrugged. Where I work there hasn’t been a pay raise since 2007. The only reason we still have a work force is that there no jobs with any benefits.

claudius on January 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

it’s obvious that all our problems require a government solution remedied by no-bid contractors hand-picked by the party in power.

Another solution to this problem is amnesty for a lot of illiterate illegal immigrants.

BuckeyeSam on January 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Yep, according to e.j dionne we need more government don’t you know! This is the year of the progressives (socialists/communists) Why don’t they call themselves what they truly are and quit hiding behind the word progressives.

Oh I know…even the LIV would think twice before jumping on their bandwagon. Or maybe not?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-the-resurgent-progressives/2014/01/01/3fc6c686-723c-11e3-9389-09ef9944065e_story.html

wolverinefan on January 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

These troll-free threads are boring as hell.

CurtZHP on January 2, 2014 at 8:56 AM

I go on some of the more Left-leaning sites (like NYT) just to see what is happening, and it’s definitely strange right now. In the past someone would drop a loaded talking point (“we need immigrants to do the jobs Americans won’t do”) and it was like chum in the water, and you’d see dozens of replies with varying degrees of high-fiving and full-throated boosterism.

Now? You’ll see maybe a couple of desultory agreements and as often as not an actual disagreeing viewpoint. The talking points are wearing thin and the TV shows are descending into self-parody.

Yes, it’s quite boring. Finding a reasonable troll is like finding someone who is still insisting on AGW.

AJsDaddie on January 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Nobody is madder than Obama.

Here’s an example of that private-sector velocity where an, undoubtedly, minority-owned company is given a contract for services that are far far far outside the company’s ability to deliver. Because for these people gender and race are more important than competence.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Finding a reasonable troll is like finding someone who is still insisting on AGW.

AJsDaddie on January 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Heh. Case in point.

AJsDaddie on January 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Heh. Case in point.

AJsDaddie on January 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

And the ones around here just tend to crap and run. It’s been a while since one of them really got into it to the point where they inevitably blow a gasket and get banned.

CurtZHP on January 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Oh God, I’m choking here I’m laughing so hard.

NotCoach on January 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Fail!

You can’t really be this stupid can you? Novitas is a government contractor, hired by the government to perform government work. The government has the obligation to ensure its contractors are meeting the terms of their contracts and performing the work they are being paid for with taxayers’ money.

Trafalgar on January 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Michael Moore hates him some ObamaCare.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/01/opinion/moore-the-obamacare-we-deserve.html?_r=0

Of course he’s mad for all the wrong reasons (ignorant for all the right reasons?), but whatever. It’s a brand new year, and leftist heads are exploding.

NotCoach on January 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I’m still trying to figure out why we need backend payment systems when healthcare is now free?

/liberals

gwelf on January 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

This administration continues to show how inept they are in any areas of everyday business acumen. They continue to pick losers in the private business arena and saddle the US tax payer with ineptitude.

regmgr on January 2, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Hellcare.

Shy Guy on January 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

It’s called fascism. Look it up.

It’s the neo-socialism/fascism. Socialist states – even the European variety – have been thoroughly discredited as utter failures and so we’ve moved on to the next phase: instead of actually owning and operating the means of production the governments prefer fascism where they hyper-regulate “private” institutions into being defacto arms of the administrative state and hire private institutions to implement government policy and programs. This is much safer politically for the socialists because when failure happens the “private” sector can be blamed.

gwelf on January 2, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

I guess “prepare stronger intellectual arguments on Hot Air” was not a 2014 resolution of yours…

hillsoftx on January 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Oh God, I’m choking here I’m laughing so hard.

NotCoach on January 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Well, there was a lament upthread about the dearth of trolls. You don’t expect them to be intelligent trolls, now do you?

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

So, 8 years of HALIBURTON!!!!11!!1! and now we’ve come to this…

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Outstanding.

Spliff Menendez on January 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Well, there was a lament upthread about the dearth of trolls. You don’t expect them to be intelligent trolls, now do you?

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 9:34 AM

That’s probably an oxymoron.

NotCoach on January 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

That’s probably an oxymoron.

NotCoach on January 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

When it comes to nonpartisan, I’m pretty sure that he/she/it is just your garden variety moron, not the oxy type. ;-0

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

This has to be the equivalent of a paper sack full of steaming excrement left on our doorstep. Nobody can can be this dense…. but, I may be wrong in this case.

SteveInRTP on January 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

When it comes to nonpartisan, I’m pretty sure that he/she/it is just your garden variety moron, not the oxy type. ;-0

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM

:P

NotCoach on January 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Novitas Solutions, a health-sector systems provider hired by the Obama administration on a no-bid contract to build the back-end payment systems of Healthcare.gov. Those would be the still missing back-end systems,

So instead of 2.1 million “enrolled” there are exactly zero people who have bought health insurance through Obamacare. If the payment system hasn’t even been built, how can anyone buy it?

rbj on January 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Nearly 150 employees, ranging from doctors to nurses and administrators, haven’t been paid in nearly a month

These “employees” are all fat cats, perfectly capable of missing a few paychecks. Doctors, nurses and administrators are the ones who screwed our health care system up, besides, they are all jooooooooz.

–M. Moore

NOMOBO on January 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

this all falls squarely at the feet of barak hussien obama. he is responsible

ConservativePartyNow on January 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

.
Solyndra is also a “private firm.”

Not that there’s any connection, or anything like that.

listens2glenn on January 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

this all falls squarely at the feet of barak hussien obama. he is responsible

ConservativePartyNow on January 2, 2014 at 9:49 AM

BHO – “The buck stopped over there, somewhere near my golf ball produced by the private sector. I didn’t do it.”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Finding a reasonable troll is like finding someone who is still insisting on AGW.

AJsDaddie on January 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

If you’re looking for an AGW worshipper, have you checked the South Pole? I think you could three score or so.

Happy new year!

oldleprechaun on January 2, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Novitas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross.

Key West Reader on January 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

FIRST, DO NO HARM .

Primum non nocere should be our battle cry.

birdhurd on January 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Simple enough to fix. President Massengil can just issue an XO to start paying all Medicare bills with food stamps. Problem solved!

cornbred on January 2, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Nobody can can be this dense…. but, I may be wrong in this case.

SteveInRTP on January 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

There are unfortunately, way too many just like him….this talking point is already in use. The left repeats the same about CSI being part of the private sector, and are the ones to blame for the federal website debacle. The only difference is that on a lib site, everyone agrees.

lynncgb on January 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

How does that old Soviet joke go? Oh yes…

“As long as they pretend to pay us, we’ll pretend to work.”

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM

This is an old hospital that services low income patients, most of whom are Obama voter (black and hispanic)

If the hospital has to close, it will affect them tremendously.

You get the healthcare that you vote for.

txdoc on January 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Ah, here’s that other Soviet joke I’ve been looking for…

The Six Paradoxes of Communism:
1. Everyone has a job, but no one actually does any work.
2. No one actually does any work, but production targets are always reached.
3. Production targets are always reached, but the shops are always empty.
4. The shops are always empty, but everyone has all they need.
5. Everyone has all they need, but no one is happy.
6. No one is happy, but they always vote the Communists back in.

The obvious substitutions work terrifyingly well.

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

If the hospital has to close, it will affect them tremendously.

You get the healthcare that you vote for.

txdoc on January 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Actually, in this case, you get the healthcare you pay for. Asking staff to work for IOUs for a month is reprehensible and, yet, something tells me that neither the state nor HHS is going to hold anybody accountable.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Great.

Alana on January 2, 2014 at 10:42 AM

And yet, I’m certain that Novitas has been getting the money from the government. I wonder where it’s going?

Oh, yeah. Campaign contributions for President Choom’s cronies.

RoadRunner on January 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonintelligent on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Because they’re working for the government, Rocket Scientist.

Now pardon me, I’m off to clean my flare gun, which is solely designed to kill and has absolutely no other function.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 2, 2014 at 11:14 AM

This is a textbook case of why any libtard who insists health care is a right doesn’t have a f’ing clue what they’re talking about. How can anything be a right when you have a finite number of hospitals, doctors, nurses, and drugs and all of those cost money? What happens when the government starts demanding health care workers and providers do with less(or in this case via Novitas, nothing at all during the holidays!)? The whole system will collapse.

Doughboy on January 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM

It is your patriotic duty to not get paid by the Federal Government.

portlandon on January 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

seems if someone else confused MEDICARE with MEDICAID, two different population groups.

RonK on January 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Nobody’s angrier about this than Barry. Well, he will be once he finds out about it.

Akzed on January 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Patience, dear Akzed. Patience. He’ll get right on it as soon as he gets back from Hawaii or the nearest golf course, whichever comes first.

GrannyDee on January 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Gosh darn Obama pinned his name to the most destructive piece of legislation from my lifetime. Perfectly apt. It’s just a damn shame that we all have to suffer the folly of the ignorant imbecilic fools that voted for the retard.

Murphy9 on January 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

seems if someone else confused MEDICARE with MEDICAID, two different population groups.

RonK on January 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Yeah the ones with their hands out with liver spots and wrinkles are the Medicare ones. The ones with their hands out with Obamaphones are the Medicaid group.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

These are the wages of compromising with Republicans.

This is where helf-measures cause problems.

We wanted stimulus, but didn’t do enough of it, and so we have a lousy economy.

We wanted healthcare for all, but didn’t go all the way to single-payer, and look at the mess we have.

We untie untie the hands of our experts in Washington and let them rule!

-Stu PidLib

Meremortal on January 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Oops!

ConservativePartyNow on January 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Yeah the ones with their hands out with liver spots and wrinkles are the Medicare ones. The ones with their hands out with Obamaphones are the Medicaid group.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

MEDICARE paid in the bulk of their working years, and still have to pay for MEDICARE

RonK on January 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

From ConservativePartyNow’s link

“I’ve been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act since I heard about it and I assumed that it was designed for people in my situation,” Holly, a freelance yoga instructor, told KOIN. “I was planning on using the Affordable Care Act and I had done the online calculator in advance to make sure I was going to be able to afford it.”

America will not survive this pervasive ignorance.

Murphy9 on January 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 2, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Last night I finished reading

The Last Tsar

. Reading about the Soviets then and contemplating currents events is terrifying.

That old quote about learning from history…true, true, true.

jazzuscounty on January 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

There does exist Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) that all government agencies are supposed to follow. While no-bid contracts are allowed under special circumstances, it appears the Obama Administration, as with other laws and regulations, chooses to abuse them. I believe an IG inspection and audit are in order for all Obamacare contracts awarded.

Not that it would be a surprise, but every no-bid contract awarded can probably be traced to political payoffs, union cronyism, friends of the Obama’s, or other nefarious purposes that are tied to the Obama administration and/or the DNC.

Talk about rampant corruption.

iamsaved on January 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

MEDICARE paid in the bulk of their working years, and still have to pay for MEDICARE

RonK on January 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Tell that to the injured military retirees whose pensions are being cut. They paid for what they were getting too. But nobody is willing to even start talking about meaningful reform of Medicare and Medicaid.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Not that it would be a surprise, but every no-bid contract awarded can probably be traced to political payoffs, union cronyism, friends of the Obama’s, or other nefarious purposes that are tied to the Obama administration and/or the DNC.

iamsaved on January 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Clearly. My understanding is that no-bid contracts are supposed to be rare. Not $600B to build the Obamacare website or other services that could legitimately done by multiple sources.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Tell that to the injured military retirees whose pensions are being cut. They paid for what they were getting too. But nobody is willing to even start talking about meaningful reform of Medicare and Medicaid.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

you do realize the military pays into MEDICARE.

RonK on January 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

ell that to the injured military retirees whose pensions are being cut. They paid for what they were getting too. But nobody is willing to even start talking about meaningful reform of Medicare and Medicaid.

Happy Nomad on January 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

one more thing, if affects all retired veterans not just the injured

RonK on January 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

A professor who teaches constitutional law courses at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice penned a Christmas Day essay blaming “southern White radicals” for the disastrous, slow-motion train wreck failure that has been the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

The essay, by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall at the website Politics in Color, is entitled “2013: A Year of Racial Challenges.”

http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/01/professor-blames-southern-white-radicals-for-obamacare-debacle/

Murphy9 on January 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

It’s called fascism. Look it up


Most Liberals don’t know the meaning of the word “Fascism.” They simply use it to smear anyone to the right of Stalin.

Fred 2 on January 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonintelligent on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Because they’re working for the government, Rocket Scientist.

Now pardon me, I’m off to clean my flare gun, which is solely designed to kill and has absolutely no other function.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 2, 2014 at 11:14 AM

LMAO!!

Hey Del! Don’t forget that ice covered SUN DIAL!!

ToddPA on January 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Oh God, I’m choking here I’m laughing so hard.

NotCoach on January 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Yup.

ToddPA on January 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonintelligent on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Because they’re working for the government, Rocket Scientist.

Now pardon me, I’m off to clean my flare gun, which is solely designed to kill and has absolutely no other function.

F-

Del Dolemonte on January 2, 2014 at 11:14 AM

LMAO!!

Hey Del! Don’t forget that ice covered SUN DIAL!!

ToddPA on January 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

It’s currently buried under 2 feet of Gore-obal Warming in my NH back yard, where it is a balmy 5 degrees.

Del Dolemonte on January 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Fail!

You can’t really be this stupid can you?

Trafalgar on January 2, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Yes.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM

This is a perfect illustration of why it’s dangerous for a hospital to rely too much on Medicare patients. That allows payment problems from Medicare to have huge impact on the hospital’s operations, and you never know what new regulations or contracts might be causing you problems next.

A related problem is that Medicare can change its payouts for particular conditions, and suddenly you’re having to lay people off in order to meet the payroll.

If this hospital is unable to make payroll for a solid month, then they’ve had severe cash flow problems for much, much longer. They’ve probably already lost most of their best employees.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Reading about the Soviets then and contemplating currents events is terrifying.

That old quote about learning from history…true, true, true.

jazzuscounty on January 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

they reprinted “The Roosevelt Myth” in paperback. Obama’s playbook. FDR’s admin was convinced if they controlled 25% of the economy they controlled the whole thing. Straight out of Woodrow Wilson.

DanMan on January 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

..someone said that this will be what’s fatal to Obama and StupidKneegrowPOTUSCare. Of course, NOT paying docs and nurses and other med folks will be a major cause of failure.

BUT! But, the fact that stories like this will continually hit THE LOCAL NEWS where most of the mouth-breathing mirror-foggers get their daily dosage will become an incessant drum beat, the sound track accompanying all of the peeps’ real-life pain of cancelled medical insurance and sub-standard care.

Effectively, the daily drum beat of bad news will pierce the MSM’s “all-Obama-butt-smooch all the time” shield.

The War Planner on January 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

It’s important to note that these government drones who can’t even make a website with almost A BILLION DOLLARS…..are now between you, and your doctor.

Well done America.

KMC1 on January 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

That is what would happen all over America the minute our excellent government workers finish their take over of the health care delivery system, as the longed for Single Payer. In this case it is the No Payer system.

Fleuries on January 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Will insurers wait weeks and months to get those premiums …..

They will do whatever it takes to kiss the arse of this administration.

Carnac on January 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

So, is it incompetence, or fraud? IOW, do they have the money, and are they just spending it to keep their own cash flow going?

Greg Q on January 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Where I work there hasn’t been a pay raise since 2007. The only reason we still have a work force is that there no jobs with any benefits.

claudius on January 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

What a coincidence. That’s just about the time Nan Piglosi and Hairy Reed took over after 6 years of non-stop Bush bashing…

Lanceman on January 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Oops!

ConservativePartyNow on January 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Not too bright that one, but what do you expect from “a freelance yoga instructor” who “championed President Barack Obama’s signature health care law”

The comments on the story are ripping her to shreds!

Bless her heart!

D-fusit on January 2, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Apparently, my remarks about this program was too much for ABC. It seems that I’ve been banned when I was responding to someone called “Petra” who is busy propagandizing and speaking the party line on just about everything.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/01/a-torturous-obamacare-odyssey-ends-in-victory/

I can’t post on any story now. Anyone else had an experience like this? I’m thinking that Petra complained.

avagreen on January 2, 2014 at 4:41 PM

So, 8 years of HALIBURTON!!!!11!!1! and now we’ve come to this…

Novitas is a private firm though, so not seeing how this is blamed on the government

nonpartisan on January 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Outstanding.

Spliff Menendez on January 2, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Yet again proving that, just like the list of bleeding heart Hollyweird types who “spoke truth to power” against the Bush administration for war casualties but have all gone silent since January 2009, the typical Leftist brandishes a factoid/talking point while being allowed to be utterly logic-free in regards to understanding what that talking point means.

Yes, under FAR/DFARS, no-bid contracts are allowed, but only under very strict circumstances.

The “HALIBURTON!!!!11!!1!” shriek back in 2003 ignored that contracts that were released to be fulfilled by private companies in Iraq during the early days of OEF required those companies to be cleared for performing work in “hot zones” and their individual employees were required to hold appropriate security clearances (here is the DFARS page, enjoy). Each individual holding an L-2 clearance (SECRET) costs their employer at least $10,000 to get the clearance. Oddly enough, very few contractors can bear this cost and be ready to perform work at a moment’s notice. Companies like Halliburton, Bechtel, and SAIC have resources to do just that – but practically no other companies can meet the requirement on short notice. Hence the “no-bid” contract outcome.

As for the rest, well, it’s a simple game of “follow the money” – others have shown that every company that got no-bid contracts for healthcare.gov, oddly enough, have a link to the Obamas.

Things that make you go, Hmmmm…

Wanderlust on January 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

They certainly might choose not to accept Medicare assignments in the future, and I doubt that the issue is limited to St. Anthony’s in Houston.

That is part of the plan to fund Obamacare by cutting Medicare. Just make it as difficult to find a Medicare provider as it is to find one for Medicaid.

Nomas on January 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

If a contractor operating for a private insurance company to the extent that seems to have happened here, that contractor would have been booted for failure to perform and likely sued for breech of contract. For the insurance company bad performance, even by a third party, affects the company’s reputation and the company won’t stand for that kind of hit.

A contractor that failed in that fashion might, for a future contractee, be required to guarantee that it will pay on time and correctly or pay a penalty for every time it fails to do what it contracted to do. The penalty is the incentive to get it right.

Since this is related to Medicare, I guess the government is not concerned about its reputation which already is likely in the bilges.

Russ808 on January 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM