So let's summarize....the design and implementation of the ObamaCare enrollment website has a long list of mistakes that could have been avoided, but instead were compounded by politically motivated decisions made by the Obama administration. And problems likely won't be resolved for months.
When almost complete, the Department of Health and Human Services removed fundamental elements of the site that would have allowed consumers to actually see the cost of insurance so as to reduce "rate shock." I wonder why - it's cheaper right? I guess even to the true believers knew ObamaCare wasn't affordable or flexible in its options? The truth would have led to reduced enrollment, so HHS opted to reject transparency for the sake of political expediency - shocker! And they still got low enrollment? Odd.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius still refuses to reveal the true number of enrollees, which private sources estimate is a paltry 20% of the government's target for October.
So Obama and his cronies, fearing Republican and public criticism, opted to keep the construction and testing of the website in-house with trusted campaign tech gurus. Decisions were made behind closed doors, no oversight, etc. What's up with the no-bid contract to CGI Federal to build the site? CGI Group, the Canada-based parent company of CGI Federal, was fired by the Canadian government in 2012 for missing three years of deadlines and developing a substandard product that proved unworkable. Sounds like a good choice, right?
It will now take several months of continuous patches to a half-billion-dollar website built with decade-old technology and rife with security problems just to gain basic functionality -- like providing the correct information to insurers.
Scott perhaps you could offer you computer skills to the gov website people and get paid for it? That would be very constructive! :You could be a contractor and use your skills to fix all of the problems, that would be excellent!! ,
Here's another scary thought...the Internal Revenue Service (yes, the same Internal Revenue Service currently under investigation for targeting Conservative political groups) will be assessing the penalties. So they will garnish any federal tax refunds due. If one chooses not to acquire qualifying health insurance, the IRS will withhold the amount of the penalty that must be paid from any federal tax return refund that is owed an individual in violation of the statute.
What happens if you don’t “participate” in Obamacare but you aren’t due any federal tax refund? What if you are one of the 47 percent who does not pay federal income tax? What if you are super-wealthy and can afford a tax attorney who can figure out how you can get around your federal taxes each year?
If the 21-32 year old demographic doesn’t sign-up for the Obamacare exchanges and 47 percent of the country doesn’t pay federal income taxes, who actually pays for the expanded coverage mandated under the Affordable Care Act? Who is on the hook for Obamacare?
You guessed it: the Middle-Class! Blue-collar and union workers not covered by the Executive Branch union carve-outs of the law...and new taxes on everyone.
Durrett, what state do you live in Is it one of the states whose Governor refused to participate in the Exchanges? Has your state forced the federal government to come in & operate your exchange for you? Have you been in favor of Obamacare or are you one of Obamacare's enemies with a vital stake in wanting it to fail so your right wing ideology will feel vindicated?
I live in California so I am certainly in the minority in regards to my opinion about socialized medicine. I don't want the government to take over 1/6 of our economy, kill the quality of healthcare we have in the US, and continue to raise the deficit.
I guess we just sit back and watch it all collapse on itself over the next few months. I would have preferred that our republican representatives stood together to defund Obamacare as the majority of Americans are shouting for them to do but I guess we have too many RINO's and ball-less members in congress.
The final vote will be cast by the population as they refuse to sign up for the biggest scam in history.
Access to the sites has been hampered big time by the technical glitches, no question. But it WILL work. Should we have folded our tents and said, "I quit" after the faulty O Rings caused the Challenger disaster? No, we stuck with it and got it right and we'll stick with this and get it right. Why? Because Americans do want this: those whose alternative to medical care to now has been the ER, and the costs get passed to us when they couldn't pay. Also, those who have chronic conditions or other pre-existing medical conditions and have been turned down or kicked out when out of control private insurers find out - they want it. Also, those who want to keep their kids covered 'till they're well into their twenties - they want it. So do the kids. Also, those who see Obamacare compelling doctors and hospitals not to duplicate testing and other wasteful practices - they want it. Also, I want it because the time has come for us to join the other civilized nations of the earth who value their citizens and want the best health care possible for EVERYONE, not just the affluent - I want it.
You baggers REALLY should investigate the poll numbers on support for Obamacare - you will see that the vast MAJORIT of Americans SUPPORT the LAW or Want an EVEN STRONGER SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM!
Turn of FAUX noise bagger!
One more thing on the legality of the law...there is a lawsuit moving its way through the courts in Oklahoma that strikes at the heart of the law. The state's attorney general is filing suit alleging that the federal exchanges are wrongfully extending subsidies and tax credits, a power the law explicitly leaves only to the states. If the court agrees that the IRS illegally stretched the power of the government to extend subsidies and tax credits, the whole law could be undone. Wouldn't that be a pity?
Only the states can extend subsidies?? Are you delusional?? IF the states set up an exchange they can extend subsidies. If not the federal exchange does.
Other than whining about Obamacare what is YOUR answer?? I guess if people need an operation and can't afford it they should just die.