Billion-dollar ObamaCare contract pays people to do … nothing?

posted at 9:21 am on May 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

What kind of business could possibly survive by simply hitting refresh buttons every 10 minutes while no business comes across their desks? If you guessed public sector, congratulations, and claim a bonus for specifying ObamaCare. St Louis’ KMOV News looked into an ObamaCare contractor with a billion-dollar contract after hearing employee complaints that the well-motivated workforce is getting paid to do nothing — a whole lot of nothing (via Daniel Halper):

“A billion dollar government contract involving hundreds of local workers at an Obamacare processing center … But now employees on the inside are stepping forward, asking, Is this why we’re broke? Some of them claim to spend most of their day doing nothing,” reports a local St. Louis reporter.

The contractor is called Serco and local reporter discovered that, despite there not being any work to be done, the government contractor is still hiring.

“The company is still hiring,” says a local reporter. “A current employee wonders why … After providing proof of employment, this Serco employee agreed to speak through the phone with their voice altered. The employee says hundreds of employees spend much of the day staring at computer screens, with little or no work to do.”

The reporter asks the employee, “Are there some days where a data entry person may not process one single application?”

“There are weeks when a data entry person would not process an application,” the employee responds.

The reporter explains, “The facility is one of three Serco locations that process paper applications, people seeking to qualify for insurance.”

“It’s no secret, the rollout for the website was a mess. But now that the website is running, this employee says the paper applications are trickling in less and less. Our employee doesn’t appear to be the only one complaining. On April 16, a person claiming to be a former Serco employee posted this online, ‘This place is a JOKE. There’s nothing to do–NO WORK.’”

These Serco employees aren’t the only people experiencing a disillusionment in government solutions and spending. The New York Times finally gets around to reporting an ObamaCare phenomenon that has been well-known for months — that the so-called savings in the system came from substantially limiting access to physicians in provider networks (via Jeff Dunetz):

In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.

These so-called narrow networks, featuring limited groups of providers, have made a big entrance on the newly created state insurance exchanges, where they are a common feature in many of the plans. While the sizes of the networks vary considerably, many plans now exclude at least some large hospitals or doctors’ groups. Smaller networks are also becoming more common in health care coverage offered by employers and in private Medicare Advantage plans.

Insurers, ranging from national behemoths like WellPoint, UnitedHealth and Aetna to much smaller local carriers, are fully embracing the idea, saying narrower networks are essential to controlling costs and managing care. Major players contend they can avoid the uproar that crippled a similar push in the 1990s.

This has been reported all over the country since last October, perhaps most dramatically in California, where the ObamaCare exchange erroneously included physicians in the networks while consumers chose their plans. But this quote should be remembered for a very long time as the best description of ObamaCare ever:

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

The “choice habit”? Funny, insurers seemed to be doing OK before ObamaCare while enabling that “choice habit.” In fact, this isn’t just the best description of ObamaCare — it will probably end up being the best description of the Obama administration and progressivism in the end. If only government took away the “choice habits” from Americans, then we could establish Utopia on Earth!


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It could be worse – we could be paying them to do something.

gwelf on May 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

What kind of business could possibly survive by simply hitting refresh buttons every 10 minutes…

Maybe if Sec. of State Killary kept hitting the Reset button every 10 minutes…
Oh wait..

We have the media to do that……

Electrongod on May 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Sometimes nothing is a pretty cool hand.

jmtham156 on May 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

Yeah…uh…that “choice habit” is something the leftie trash have been screaming about for quite a while. What? Not in this case? Oh.

Had to be Golden Valley, didn’t it, GV is my hometown.

Bishop on May 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Expect more of this “you have too many choices” meme in general from the left, especially if. God help us, a Dem takes the White House in 2016.

Cass Sunstein published “Nudge,” how people should be nudge to make the “correct” choices.

Then came Sarah Conly’s (professor at Bowdoin, “Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism.”

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

― C.S. Lewis

Wethal on May 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Will they get performance bonuses, too?

Rix on May 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Not sure if any of you receive these phone calls or not. The ones I get go something like this. “Are you available to acquire a GSA contract?” I’m half way tempted to take the contract and rob the government blind.

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

The contractor is called Serco and local reporter discovered that, despite there not being any work to be done, the government contractor is still hiring.

Serco used to have the contract for DEERS and ID cards with the Navy and they over hired on that contract also. A local DEERS office was in the basement of the building I worked and I used to walk by their office all of the time and saw four people sitting there doing nothing with no customers most of the time.

Johnnyreb on May 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

― C.S. Lewis

Wethal on May 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Wow: Idon’t know when he wrote this(atleast 51 years ago) but it sure hits home today.

jmtham156 on May 13, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Will they get performance bonuses, too?

Rix on May 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

No..

Obama would be the first to come out chastising bonuses…

Protesters would rent buses and drive to the employee’s houses…

The Dems would demand that the IRS penalize these people at 95% of their bones…

Electrongod on May 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Courtesy of President Barack “Eat Your Peas” Obama. You didn’t like having money and a doctor you knew and trusted anyway.

JeremiahJohnson on May 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

bones……hehe

bonuses…

Electrongod on May 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM

gwelf on May 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

You’re right!

Anyway, I guess this just illustrates Pelosi adamant “There are no more cuts that can be made!” The government worker is too busy producing nothing! Pelosi is right!

Reset…

Chuck Ef on May 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Will they get performance bonuses, too?

Rix on May 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Yes, while they watch porn…this sad, pathetic
excuse of an American Government will eventually
collapse..and a segment of our population will
be left wondering…just wondering…..

because in Life there are three kinds of people:

Those who Make things happen
Those who Watch things happen
Those who Wonder what’s happening

ToddPA on May 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Funny, I seem to remember a certain snake-oil salesman saying, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

Funny how the NYT missed that.

northdallasthirty on May 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I expect that the answer may lie in who owns Serco.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Once again a local healthcare story where people would only speak to the media under the condition that they obscure their identity and voice.

We’re talking about healthcare data entry here, and witnesses are quite sensibly acting like they are testifying against the mob.

Hope. Change.

forest on May 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Gosh democrat utopia is great.

Murphy9 on May 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM

When is their awards banquet?Will the public get a chance at tickets?

docflash on May 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Obama is awesome!!!…

PatriotRider on May 13, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Print More Money…easy peasy…

*blech*

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,”

Unless of course you want to kill your baby.

Ward Cleaver on May 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I am not sure if I find this deplorable or delightful?

On the one-hand this is a waste of my tax dollars and everytime I drive on a shitty road i wonder why the heck am I paying some beuracrat to do nothing!

On the other hand, any government employee actually doing nothing means they are not up in my business. They are leaving me alone and that delights me.

I have to ask, if many of the people hired realize that we are broke because we hire people to do useless tasks, do they still vote Democrat?

libbyscooter on May 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM

If only government took away the “choice habits” from Americans, then we could establish Utopia on Earth!

I’m sure there’s an app for that…and likely a # hashtag soon to follow.

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

How come EVERYBODY gets these gigs but ME?

tree hugging sister on May 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Serco opened an office in my home town and did a major hiring blitz. I sat down for an interview with them. It would have been a paycut but I know a few people that took jobs there. I’ll have to ask around and see if they notice that people are basically doing nothing.

Dino V on May 13, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Now I’ve seen it all. Americans and their addiction to “choice habits” must be demonized and broken at all costs! Paid for by the taxpayers, of course. Low info ‘citizens’ and their dumbed-down cohorts will waddle in lock step to ‘medical mills’, dragging the few leftover refusedniks with them. And through ‘re-education’, we’ll all be grateful for any boon granted by the permanently ruling Socialist Elite.

vnvet on May 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Once again a local healthcare story where people would only speak to the media under the condition that they obscure their identity and voice.

We’re talking about healthcare data entry here, and witnesses are quite sensibly acting like they are testifying against the mob.

Hope. Change.

forest

So true. You’re on fire today, forest. (Smokey the Bear will not be pleased.) So often now, I wonder what’s become of our country.

werewife on May 13, 2014 at 9:56 AM

‘A whole lot of nothing.’ Exactly what will be left in our wallets by the end of the Won’s term. Fits the regime appropriately.

Kissmygrits on May 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The 1973 movie The Sting comes to mind. Obamacare is just one giant con game in which a few get paid really well while many others get poorer quality healthcare.

it used to be
I pay X dollars for +1 healthcare.
Now
I pay X + Y dollars (more money) for -1 healthcare.

I’m paying more for things I won’t use (ob-gyn) and have more limited options. Some one’s making money off this thing, and it isn’t me or the doctors. It’s a scam.

rbj on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Hey, we can’t keep track of every nickel and dime.

- Greasy joe biden

rightside on May 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Not only does the government want to break us all away from our ” Choice habits” That is taking away all choices we used to have, while giving us what they feel is ok enough.
We also have to live in fear. We literally have to talk with the press via altered voice. For this government has also given us FEAR. The fear of firing, of ostracizing in public, of an IRS audit, of inspections of our lives by controlling legal authorities. And on and on and on. . .
They have taken away our choices – and replaced them with fear, and therefore control.
The Obama administration’s legacy.
And the Democrat party’s goal.
They got what they wanted.

builderD on May 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This reminds me of Dickens and his descriptions of the bureaucracy in British Government designed to do nothing…

Made famous in his novel Little Dorrit:

“The Circumlocution Office was (as everybody knows without being told) the most important Department under Government. No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office. If another Gunpowder Plot had been discovered half an hour before the lighting of the match, nobody would have been justified in saving the parliament until there had been half a score of boards, half a bushel of minutes, several sacks of official memoranda, and a family-vault full of ungrammatical correspondence, on the part of the Circumlocution Office.

This glorious establishment had been early in the field, when the one sublime principle involving the difficult art of governing a country, was first distinctly revealed to statesmen. It had been foremost to study that bright revelation and to carry its shining influence through the whole of the official proceedings. Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving — HOW NOT TO DO IT….

Because the Circumlocution Office went on mechanically, every day, keeping this wonderful, all-sufficient wheel of statesmanship, How not to do it, in motion. Because the Circumlocution Office was down upon any ill-advised public servant who was going to do it, or who appeared to be by any surprising accident in remote danger of doing it, with a minute, and a memorandum, and a letter of instructions that extinguished him. It was this spirit of national efficiency in the Circumlocution Office that had gradually led to its having something to do with everything. Mechanicians, natural philosophers, soldiers, sailors, petitioners, memorialists, people with grievances, people who wanted to prevent grievances, people who wanted to redress grievances, jobbing people, jobbed people, people who couldn’t get rewarded for merit, and people who couldn’t get punished for demerit, were all indiscriminately tucked up under the foolscap paper of the Circumlocution Office.

Numbers of people were lost in the Circumlocution Office. Unfortunates with wrongs, or with projects for the general welfare (and they had better have had wrongs at first, than have taken that bitter English recipe for certainly getting them), who in slow lapse of time and agony had passed safely through other public departments; who, according to rule, had been bullied in this, over-reached by that, and evaded by the other; got referred at last to the Circumlocution Office, and never reappeared in the light of day. Boards sat upon them, secretaries minuted upon them, commissioners gabbled about them, clerks registered, entered, checked, and ticked them off, and they melted away. In short, all the business of the country went through the Circumlocution Office, except the business that never came out of it; and its name was Legion….

Such a nursery of statesmen had the Department become in virtue of a long career of this nature, that several solemn lords had attained the reputation of being quite unearthly prodigies of business, solely from having practised, How not to do it, as the head of the Circumlocution Office. As to the minor priests and acolytes of that temple, the result of all this was that they stood divided into two classes, and, down to the junior messenger, either believed in the Circumlocution Office as a heaven-born institution that had an absolute right to do whatever it liked; or took refuge in total infidelity, and considered it a flagrant nuisance…”

http://www.panarchy.org/dickens/circumlocution.html

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 10:03 AM

My dh tells the story of an IT contract that required contractors (at $250 – $300)/ hour, do data entry work while the gov’t employee watched. Every day, for a year.

Daisy_WI on May 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

What really pizzes me off is the other party that will do nothing to stop
these illegalities . Why ? I think they’re all linked together trying to get
those damn borders open .
Europe we are you and we’ll let them shove anything down our throats .

Lucano on May 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM

…he’s probably trielled the number of 1%’ers in this country all by himself…with nothing to show for it …so what’s the problem?

KOOLAID2 on May 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Follow the money. Who owns Serco?

ctmom on May 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

The government contracts have to be revised. They award the contractor for the number of employees they have. Each contractor marks up the cost of the employee two times what they are paying under “administrative” expenses. The contractor makes out big time on these contracts, not to mention other marked up expenses.

hip shot on May 13, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The company website claims 25 years of serving the govt. The Ocare gig is the biggest contract they have. It’s located in Reston, Va. They are paper processing for the military and visas among other things. There’s too many people making money off of Ocare for it to be repealed.

Kissmygrits on May 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

We’re talking about healthcare data entry here, and witnesses are quite sensibly acting like they are testifying against the mob.

They are. The Chicago mob.

crankyoldlady on May 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The joke in the USSR was, “We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.”

Akzed on May 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Follow the money. Who owns Serco?

ctmom on May 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

When did we as Americans vote to resume being a British Colony?

Apparently the trend is for government bureaucracy
to outsource to foreign companies that specialize in inept management and no one excels at this quite like the British….No wonder this reminded me of Dickens.

From Wiki:

Serco Group plc is a British Outsourcing company based in Hook, Hampshire. Among its operations are public and private transport and traffic control, aviation, military and nuclear weapons contracts, detention centres and prisons and schools. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Serco operates in Continental Europe, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region and North America, but the majority of its turnover still comes from the UK.

Est. 1929 in the UK

In the UK: In health services, Serco’s difficulties include the poor handling of pathology labs and fatal errors in patient records.

At St Thomas’ Hospital, the increase in the number of clinical incidents arising from Serco non-clinical management has resulted in patients receiving incorrect and infected blood, as well as patients suffering kidney damage due to Serco providing incorrect data used for medical calculations.

A Serco employee later revealed that the company had falsified 252 reports to the National Health Service regarding Serco health services in Cornwall.

It emerged in November 2013, Serco, which won a contract for Suffolk Community Healthcare in 2012, had 72 vacancies after earlier cutting 137 posts.

Problems identified by Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group include “staff capacity, skill mix, workload, succession planning and morale, training, communication, mobile working, care co-ordination centre processes, incidents and near miss incidents”.

In April 2014 Serco revealed that it would lose almost £18 million on three of its NHS contracts. The firm has made provisions for losses in its Braintree and Cornwall contracts, which were cancelled early.

It has also made provisions for losses in its contract for services in Suffolk.

The company claims it will take longer to deliver the operational efficiencies it hoped for, despite saying in May 2013 that it expected to make a profit on the three-year, £140 million contract for community services.

In July 2013 Serco was awarded a $1.25 billion contract to manage the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

wiki entry link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serco_Group

Link to Serco Companies

https://opencorporates.com/corporate_groupings/serco

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Link to Serco Profile,info and executives. Site does not disclose ownership.

Business Summary
Serco Group plc operates as a service and outsourcing company serving public and private sector organizations. It operates through four segments: UK & Europe, Americas, AMEAA, and Global Services. The UK & Europe segment offers home affairs services, including custodial accommodation, prisoner escort and custody, and accommodation and transport for asylum applicants; and clinical services and custodial health services.

It also provides training, engineering, and operational support to the Royal Air Force, the Army Air Corps, and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, as well as systems engineering, safety assurance, and risk management services.

In addition, this segment offers transport, traffic management, and lifeline freight and passenger ferry services; operates both Northern Rail and Merseyrail in the United Kingdom; provides environmental services, including refuse collection, recycling, street cleansing, and grounds maintenance; and manages leisure facilities for local councils, community leisure trusts, and universities across Britain.

The Americas segment provides professional, technology, and management services focused primarily on the U.S. federal government, as well as for Canadian government, and the U.S. state and municipal governments.

The AMEAA segment offers services, including transport, justice, immigration, health, defense, and other direct services, such as facilities management in Australasia, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

The Global Services segment provides end-to-end business process outsourcing services, including customer contact, middle and back office, and consulting and technology services. This segment serves banking, financial services, and insurance; travel, hospitality, and transportation; retail, healthcare, utilities, and manufacturing; and telecom, technology, online services, and media industry groups.

The company was founded in 1929 and is based in Hook, the United Kingdom.

Key Executives

Mr. Andrew Mark Jenner ACA, 45
Group Chief Financial Officer and Director 674.00k 0.00
Mr. Edward J. Casey Jr., 55
Group Chief Operating Officer, Director and Member of Nomination Committee 294.00k 0.00
Mr. Rupert C. Soames OBE, 54
Chief Exec. Officer N/A N/A
Mr. Susir Kumar ,
Exec. Chairman of Global Services Bus. and Director of Global Services Bus. N/A N/A
Stuart Ford ,
Head of Investor Relations

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=SRP.L

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The Dims and Obama should be charged and prosecuted under RICO and imprisoned for the rest of their lives.

Meople on May 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

“Choice habits.” Another new phrase we can add to our vocabulary, along with “death panels” and “bronze plans.”

ncinca on May 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

“Choice habits.” Another new phrase we can add to our vocabulary, along with “death panels” and “bronze plans.”

ncinca on May 13, 2014 at 10:58 AM

All of which should be added to the lexicons of Marxism, Socialism and Fascism.

Meople on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Follow the money. Who owns Serco?

ctmom on May 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Its a British-owned company.

(I used to work for them years ago)

BobMbx on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The company website claims 25 years of serving the govt. The Ocare gig is the biggest contract they have. It’s located in Reston, Va. They are paper processing for the military and visas among other things. There’s too many people making money off of Ocare for it to be repealed.

Kissmygrits on May 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I could be wrong, but I think it depends more on the level of those making the money. You could have thousands and thousands of “low-level employees” who do the paper pushing, and they could be gone tomorrow (except for the unions, always a factor). People making the big money off of it, that’s another story.

ncinca on May 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Follow the money. Who owns Serco?

ctmom on May 13, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Found this on a comment thread forum at this link…dated 2011
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=155540

Serco Group PLC has a total of 13 major shareholders.
Together they account for 66.11% of the total shares in issue.

Policy influence
• The “public services industry” has spent significant sums of money creating a sympathetic environment for increased privatisation.
This has helped produce a climate where there is little opposition within the main political parties to its growing role.
• Lobbying organisations such as the CBI Public Services Strategy Board, the PPP Forum, the Business Services Association and the NHS Partners Network have developed close relations with government and the media.
• The industry also devotes considerable sums to sponsoring research that supports its role, through bodies such as the Serco Institute or Aldridge Foundation, or direct funding of “think tank” activities.
• Contractors have recruited many former government ministers and senior civil servants as directors and advisors.
• The “public services industry” plays a direct role in government policymaking through bodies such as Partnerships UK and as policy advisors.

major shareholders data link:

http://tools.morningstar.co.uk/uk/stockreport/default.aspx?tab=5&vw=own&SecurityToken=0P00007OV230E0WWE$$ALL&Id=0P00007OV2&ClientFund=0&CurrencyId=GBP

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Its a British-owned company.

(I used to work for them years ago)

BobMbx on May 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Our American version of the UK NHS…managed by the British…

wonderful…just peachy

Does the NHS need to ration cancer treatments?

As the cost of cancer treatment increases and rationing becomes a reality, it is time we took better care of our resources

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/11/ration-cancer-treatments-nhs

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Not sure if any of you receive these phone calls or not. The ones I get go something like this. “Are you available to acquire a GSA contract?” I’m half way tempted to take the contract and rob the government blind.

Bmore on May 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

There was a time I’d have been repulsed at the notion.

No longer.

Don’t think I’ve gotten any of those calls – where can I go to get more information?

Midas on May 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Let’s make Serco the Democratics’ Halliburton.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The company website claims 25 years of serving the govt. The Ocare gig is the biggest contract they have. It’s located in Reston, Va. They are paper processing for the military and visas among other things. There’s too many people making money off of Ocare for it to be repealed.

Kissmygrits on May 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I could be wrong, but I think it depends more on the level of those making the money. You could have thousands and thousands of “low-level employees” who do the paper pushing, and they could be gone tomorrow (except for the unions, always a factor). People making the big money off of it, that’s another story.

ncinca on May 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Money talks…

Warren Buffett Gives $1.2 Billion To Pro-Abortion Groups…

http://weaselzippers.us/185901-warren-buffett-gives-1-2-billion-to-pro-abortion-groups/

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Money talks…

Warren Buffett Gives $1.2 Billion To Pro-Abortion Groups…

http://weaselzippers.us/185901-warren-buffett-gives-1-2-billion-to-pro-abortion-groups/

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

That’s payback from the slovenly Buffett for the permanent-hold on Keystone.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

And he got a fancy medal

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Before this is over Obama will sell the National Parks

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

 
Pro-choice is about the rights of women to make decisions about their bodies themselves.
>

rogerb on May 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Work harder, fools.

The looters/moochers/slaves of HA and Jeantels need more of your taxes.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Oh , guess I wasn’t just making a smart ass comment after all .
Thanks for the info .

Lucano on May 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Before this is over Obama will sell the National Parks

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

…to China….

dentarthurdent on May 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

“Take what is offered or we’ll take that away too!”

‘Yes, sir’

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

{Submissively looks at floor}

Tard on May 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

My Curiosity (Shoppe) piqued reading what working class artist had to say and others chiming in about this British company, I had to go looking…this is the internet age, right? Who owns the company…the board of directors…One of them, Head of Non Executive something or other…served on the “Low Pay Commission”….

It was a laugh.

Fleuries on May 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

You appendectomy.

By the lowest bidder. Who could have seen this coming?

WryTrvllr on May 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

What???? Hot water and latex gloves are EXPENSIVE!!

WryTrvllr on May 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

My Curiosity (Shoppe) piqued reading what working class artist had to say and others chiming in about this British company, I had to go looking…this is the internet age, right? Who owns the company…the board of directors…One of them, Head of Non Executive something or other…served on the “Low Pay Commission”….

It was a laugh.

Fleuries on May 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

It’s all fun and games until someone gets their eye poked out…and the Circumlocution Office loses your application for a new eye…

workingclass artist on May 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Except of course for the sacred zone of “pro-choice” choice, which of course is the kind of choice that completely annihilates another’s entire capacity to choose.

The Commentator on May 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Pro-choice is about the rights of women to make decisions about their bodies themselves.
>

rogerb on May 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Yes, but aborting your baby is a choice that your government masters approve of, so that’s a choice they’re willing to let you make.

Making a choice to home-school your kid, rather than sending your kid to a government indoctrination center, er, I mean public school, is one of those choices the government intends to break you of the habit of making. For your own good, of course.

You should be thanking them!

AZCoyote on May 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Except for that sacred zone of “pro-choice” choice which of course annihilates another’s entire capacity to choose.

The Commentator on May 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,”

Single Payer:Central Planning:Federal Power:A Boot Stomping On A Human Face – Forever

kcewa on May 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I’m paying more for things I won’t use (ob-gyn) and have more limited options. Some one’s making money off this thing, and it isn’t me or the doctors. It’s a scam.

rbj on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Well of course it’s a scam. You don’t actually believe it costs over a billion dollars to build a few websites (that don’t work). Software really isn’t all that complicated, thousands of people have been doing it well (and correctly) for decades now. Further, it doesn’t take more than a few months to do what they said they were trying to do. And yet, here we are, 4 years later, with still no working websites and over a billion clams flushed down the toilet.

That money went somewhere. But no one cares, so it’ll only get worse.

runawayyyy on May 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Do Serco provide a health care plan for their employees?

bobthm3 on May 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

“Choice habit.” That’s a left-wing euphemism for freedom of association and right to contract.

Kevin R on May 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

My sister works for Serco in the Lawton, Oklahoma facility and she’s been telling me this for months. They pretty much get paid to do nothing.

ButterflyDragon on May 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Imagine what an honest description and posting for one of these jobs must look like.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2014 at 6:13 PM

HA! Another right-wing nontroversy exposed as a big fat LIE. Boy, that 9 million new insured sure does get you baggers steamed, amirite?

As it turns out, not only is it not true that these workers sit idle, but in most cases, in order to process the applications for the 15 million new insured, they have to work 60 and 70 hours a week! And not only that, but Obama personally comes down and brings Chinese takeout to the workers if they have to stay past 7.

It’s just sad to watch all you right-wing nutters rage and pout like babies because Obamacare created 32 million new insured and has suffered absolutely no setbacks whatsoever, and is significantly under budget, and cured cancer! It’s probably because he’s black or something.

And to prove my claim, here’s a link to an opinion piece on thinkprogress.

The Schaef on May 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM