Obamacare troubleshooters faint from exhaustion

Website plagued with copyright violation, old technology,  sky-high costs

From WND.com, by Chelsea  Schilling, 10/17/13 – faint

President Obama and the Democrats may have won the fight to keep Obamacare  funding intact, but the president’s signature health-care takeover is  self-destructing as even Healthcare.gov contractors say they are falling ill and  “fainting in conference calls” because they can’t keep up with demand to fix the  program’s glitches.

News of Obamacare’s imploding launch went from bad to worse Thursday:

  • Soaring cost: The cost of the Healthcare.gov online  insurance website soared from $93.7 million to $292 million since April as the  Obama administration began pouring money into the project following concerns it  was in trouble.

  • According  to Reuters, “Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer at the lead  Obamacare agency, said at an insurance-industry meeting that he was ‘pretty  nervous’ about the exchanges being ready by October 1, adding, ‘let’s just make  sure it’s not a Third-World experience.’” Now the House  Energy and Commerce Committee is investigating the technical problems and  contractors who received hundreds of millions of dollars to create it.
  • Copyright violation: The Obamacare website has reportedly  violated  licensing agreements for copyrighted software. The website failed to comply  with the user agreement when it removed copyright notices from the software. The  company says it will pursue action against the Department of Health and Human  Services.
  • Nancy Pelosi complains: The glitches have become so bad, even  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – who personally pushed Obamacare through  the House when she was speaker – said the system “has to be improved,” though  she claims the problems are due to overwhelming traffic. Pelosi added, “I hope  that we would have some answers soon and that the answer would be: OK, we’ve  found the glitch or whatever it is, it’s been corrected and here’s a  demonstration of how people, when they approach it now, will be  received.”
  • Contractors fainting: And Healthcare.gov contractors claim  they’ve been working themselves sick trying to fix the glitches. “There’s a lot  of frustration,” a  staffer said. “People are getting sick, fainting in conference  calls.”
  • Navigators frustrated: Other community organizations and  nonprofit groups that had been hired to help millions of Americans sign up for  Obamacare are now  expressing frustration over the enrollment process. (Wade  Rathke, founder of ACORN, is now participating in the Obamacare “navigator”  drive.)
  • Tremendously low enrollment: Three  weeks after the website’s launch, enrollment numbers remain very low.  Washington state has only enrolled .36 percent of its population. Only .25  percent of Californians have started applications. Only .08 percent of  Nevada’s population has created an account. Just .3 percent of Kentucky’s  estimated population has purportedly enrolled. While 28,000 applications were  submitted by Kentucky residents, page views were said to have exceeded 5.5  million. About 100,000 New Yorkers were said to have “qualified” for health  insurance. Only .22 percent of Minnesota’s population has applied for coverage,  but one-third of that number is said to have enrolled. Millard  Brown Digital, reporting that fewer than 1 percent of the people trying to  enroll in Obamacare had completed the enrollment process in the first week,  released the following chart:

  • Sebelius won’t resign: Health and Human Services Secretary  Kathleen  Sebelius will not resign over the disastrous Obamacare website roll-out  despite numerous calls for her to be fired, her brother says, adding, “You don’t  resign in the middle of a fight.” Sebelius’ sister told the New York Times, “The  White House is smart enough to know that if she steps aside or they ask her to  resign, they will never get anybody else confirmed. Plus, I don’t think they  hold her responsible.”
  • Sticker shock: The  Heritage Foundation released the following chart showing that insurance on  health exchanges will cost more than existing insurance:

Meanwhile, Republicans came out on the losing end of the final deal to reopen  the government and raise the debt ceiling, but the leader of one of the most  influential conservative organizations says it only happened because  establishment Republicans deliberately and publicly undermined their more  conservative colleagues instead of focusing on the “huge liability that is  Obamacare.”

“The problem from the very beginning of this process is you had a divide  within the GOP, between those that were willing to avoid any confrontation on  the budget at any cost and those like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and a growing number  of Republicans that wanted to fight for something meaningful, wanted to do what  they said they were going to do in their last election,” Freedomworks President  and CEO Matt Kibbe told WND.

“That was our Achilles’ heel from Day 1 because more establishmentarian types  like John McCain and John Cornyn started shooting at their own instead of all of  us focusing our message on the Democrats and the huge liability that is  Obamacare.”

Twenty-seven Senate Republicans voted for the final debt deal while 18  opposed it. Many long-serving GOP members publicly slammed Cruz and Lee for  waging a battle they didn’t have the votes to win. McCain and others repeatedly  asserted that Obamacare cannot realistically be addressed until the party  controls both chambers of Congress and the White House. But Kibbe said he has no  patience for that argument.

“I’ve been in Washington long enough that I’ve noticed this pattern where politicians tell you that we have to wait until after the next election to do what we said we were going to do. There’s always another election, and they always say it’s too hard to take on entitlements, it’s too hard to take on Obamacare,” said Kibbe, who noted that Cornyn, as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, argued in 2010 that fighting Obamacare was a a losing strategy.

“There’s an upside to fighting,” he said. “Tip O’Neill, the famous Democratic  speaker, proved that when he shut down the government some 12 times to challenge  both President Carter and Reagan on his budget priorities. We’ve lost that  willingness to fight. It’s not easy reining in government, but the question is,  if you don’t like the strategy that Lee and Cruz came up with, I didn’t see  another one on the table. And not fighting is not an option.”

On Thursday, Kibbe authored a Fox News column titled, “Establishment  Republicans have given up – it’s time for the rest of us to do their job.”  The piece is more of a diagnosis than a prescription, but Kibbe said the  simplest path to progress is bringing more conservatives to Washington who will  fight for the principles they run on.

“We need to look for upgrades in both the Democratic and Republican Party,”  he said. “If you look at the electoral map in 2014, you’re definitely going to  see some establishment Republicans challenged like we did in 2012 and 2010.  You’re also going to see upgrades in open seats and pickup seats with  Democrats.”

While Democrats, some Republicans and the media disparage Sen. Lee and Sen.  Cruz, Kibbe said their argument will gain many more supporters as the facts  about Obamacare continue to emerge.

“As we see the actual implementation of Obamacare hurt actual people, people  that are herded into the exchanges even though they were promised they could  keep the health care that they had, young people that will be forced to buy  something they can’t afford and others that will see their jobs cut or their  premiums increase, all of those real factors are going to prove us right and the  Democrats wrong as we head into 2014,” he said.

cschillingChelsea  Schilling

Chelsea Schilling is a commentary editor and  staff writer for WND and a proud U.S. Army veteran. She has also worked as a  news producer at USA Radio Network and as a news reporter for the Sacramento  Union.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/obamacare-troubleshooters-faint-from-exhaustion/#1eIlzMuw653RgzjH.99

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One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    Chelsea – you did not mention requirements of an RFID chip implant within this joke of a “law”

    “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think
    things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions
    and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government
    he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable”
    … H.L.Mencken

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