Saturday, October 19, 2013

Video: Hitler Learns About The ObamaCare Exchanges, Sebelius Refuses To Go Before House Hearing On ObamaCare Meltdown, & Much More

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UNREAL: Sebelius Refuses To Go Before House Hearing On ObamaCare Meltdown

I’m sure she has nothing to hide.

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today announced a full committee hearing – PPACA Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose? – to examine the health care law’s troubled rollout on Thursday, October 24 in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Thus far, the administration has rejected the committee’s invitation to participate and publicly answer questions. Committee leaders sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting the administration reconsider its participation. The letter was signed by Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX), Full Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), and Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Vice Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX).
The administration and the companies involved with implementationrepeatedly assured the committee that everything was “on track” for October 1; however, the first two and a half weeks of open enrollment have been defined by significant “glitches” that have prevented Americans from being able to even use the system.
“It’s well past time for the administration to be straight and transparent with the American people. Top administration officials repeatedly testified everything was on track, but the broad technological failures reveal that was not the case,” said Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “Either the administration was not ready for launch, or it was not up to the job. The president and top officials were quick to boast the number of visitors to, but they have since gone silent, refusing to disclose even basic enrollment figures. The rollout has been a complete mess, beyond the worst case scenario, and yet those administration officials responsible have indicated they will not be available to testify next week. This is wholly unacceptable. Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress.”
Energy and Commerce Committee leaders have sent letters to the administration as well as lead IT contractors regarding the “glitches”and failures that have plagued the roll out. The committee is also requesting enrollment figures from the administration, which have been withheld from the public and policymakers to date.
HT: Neal via Legal Insurrection

At this rate, they will have a half a thousand people signed up by the time the iPhone 7S comes out.
Via  WIFR:
There are more struggles for those trying to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We’ve learned today the Federal Website is experiencing some new glitches. Out of the 17 million people qualified only about 20,000 of them have been able to enroll in new coverage.
Cynthia Shafer has tried to pick a health insurance plan every day for the past two weeks.
“I now four times have had to re-fill out parts of the application, it’ll come up and say the application is not completed and I complete it every time.”
Shafer says she hasn’t actually seen struggle for tens of thousands of people trying to enroll in new health insurance under Obamacare since the website launched earlier this month. The site crashed its first day and since then there have been more glitches.

NBC Report: White House Taking ObamaCare Website Offline Again For "Repairs" Spanish  Language Site Delayed 

The third time by my count.

[Ed; and with CMS Track Record & the Current CMS Director Obama appointed, no one suspected that was going to turn into a an even greater FUBAR?

[Watch NBC News Vid at link]
Just keep throwing money down the hole.  It’ll fix itself eventually.
The government contract for the company that built the glitch-prone website for Obamacare has ballooned to three times its original cost, and some Republicans are demanding the resignation of the cabinet secretary who oversees it.
Since its launch, on Oct. 1, the site has been plagued by crashes as Americans to try log on and enroll for health insurance. The Obama administration has conceded that the launch has been rockier than it had hoped.
The U.S. arm of a Canadian company, CGI, had the biggest role of the many contractors that worked on the rollout. It won the contract in October 2011. At the time, it had an estimated cost of up to $94 million. By May of this year, that cost ceiling had swelled to $292 million.

Two weeks after the launch of the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace, it’s still unclear how many Michiganders have been able to buy insurance there.
Comments earlier today by the chief deputy of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services underscored the lingering confusion over health insurance exchanges, the centerpiece in each state of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Ann Flood, who on Nov. 1 will become the director of the department,said she checked with her staff and “we actually do not have any confirmation of anyone (in Michigan) signing up on the exchange.”
Michigan is among those states whose exchange is accessed through, the federal site that has been plagued by technical glitches since it launched Oct. 1. 

Number of Alaskans Who Signed Up For ObamaCare Jumps All The Way To . . . Seven

More reeking failure.
ANCHORAGE — Online healthcare exchanges are a major part of the Affordable Care Act (commonly know as Obamacare), but in Alaska and more than 30 other states using the federal Healthcare.govmarketplace, website troubles are keeping people from signing up for insurance.
Outreach to sign up Alaska’s nearly 140,000 uninsured has been extensive, including efforts by trained healthcare navigators working with the United Way, application counselors stationed at more than a hundred community health centers and partnerships with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
Despite those efforts, by Thursday, outreach officials could only confirm seven Alaskans had signed up for coverage. That’s in stark contrast to more than 25,000 people signed up in states like New York, Washington, and Kentucky. Other states have devised their own health exchanges, but in July of last year, Governor Sean Parnell decided that Alaska would use the federal exchange that launched October 1.
“I haven’t signed anybody up,” Joan Fisher said flatly from her office at Providence Hospital on Thursday.
As the lead healthcare navigator for Alaska, she said she’s spoken with about 150 people since the exchange opened. With not cooperating, she hasn’t been able to get anyone fully insured.

The Good: Washington State Signs Up 25,000 For ObamaCare, The Very Bad: Majority Are Welfare Cases And Won't Pay Anything

The birth of America’s newest bloated entitlement program.
Enrollments in health care plans through Washington state’s new health care exchange continue to increase, but it turns out a majority of the enrollees so far won’t be paying for their plans.
“The Medicaid newly eligible population accounts for a little more than half of the 25,000 that we’ve seen,” Michael Marchand, with the new Washington Health Care Exchange, tells KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross.
A Medicaid expansion under Obamacare raised the income threshold for those eligible.
“So that’s the new population that’s part of the expansion that the state undertook,” says Marchand. “It’s quite possible that those people may have never had health insurance in the past and have been able to go to Washington Health Plan Finder and determine that their eligibility actually qualifies them for free insurance.”
In addition to the 25,000 enrolled, an additional 37,000 residents have completed online applications that are awaiting payment that is due in December.
The state estimates about 1 million Washington state residents do not have health insurance, or about one in seven people.
Marchand says they’ve found the bulk of those uninsured will likely get fully-subsidized health care or assistance of some kind.

Obama Admin Spent $9 Million To Sign Up Only 712 People In Vermont's ObamaCare Exchanges, More Than $12,000 Per Person

Our tax dollars hard at work.
Just 712 people in Vermont have enrolled in the state’s new health insurance exchange, despite $9 million in outreach, advertising and other PR expenses paid for by the federal government.

Which is 23 more than most states are reporting.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — At least 23 people in South Dakota have signed up for health insurance in the first two weeks policies have been offered through an Internet exchange that’s part of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
South Dakota is one of 36 states letting the federal government run its health exchange, where consumers can compare plans and buy insurance. But computer glitches have prevented many people from using the online marketplace.
Avera Health Plans, Sanford Health Plan and Dakotacare are approved to offer plans in South Dakota.
Deb Muller of Avera Health says that company has had 21 enrollments, while Sanford Health reports two signups. 

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