published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
The epic failure of Obamacare
There are so many reasons why some Democrats quietly confess they would now very much like to postpone the rollout of the "Affordable" Care Act.
The massive failure of the entire software backbone, the extraordinary 300 percent increases in costs to families who buy their own insurance, people losing their doctors, insurance plans being denied to people and insurance companies actually leaving many states due to Obamacare are just a few.
It looks like most Americans have already decided Obamacare is such an abject failure that they aren't even going to try to sign up.
How else would you explain the following?
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius put together an Obamacare Road Show featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers' Chairman, Dan Rooney.
An ad campaign swooned with Sebelius crowing, "We had some early glitches. It's getting better every day." Meanwhile, IT experts explained to America that the real trouble is the entire code.
Rooney opened Heinz Field to Sebelius, who brought in nearly two dozen of the best-trained, elite Obamacare technical specialists to get people signed up for their health insurance policies.
Signs and banners greeted Sebelius and her laptop-swinging sherpas with a throng of media, all awaiting the crowd of Pennsylvanians so hungry for affordable major medical health insurance policies that some wondered if Heinz Stadium, which holds 65,000, would be a large enough venue.
About 100 people showed up.
Yup. Heinz had plenty of room.
Ready to show the world that Obamacare is ready to serve America, the 100 people sat down in their turns with the 20 specially trained expert Obamacare navigators.
Expectations were high. Confidence overflowed. They were sitting with the best of the best, one-on-one, in a high profile setting with the woman whose job it is to make sure everything works as advertised. Everyone knew that they would be leaving the stadium with an affordable insurance policy and a great story of how the very best of the Democratic Party personally led them to the great manna of health care.
What could possibly go wrong?
Hours later, none of the now less-than-enthusiastic Obamacare supporters got online.
They waited hours and hours to see "error 404" messages and blank white screens on the laptops.
When asked how this could happen to the highest ranking leader of the agency leading the way with 20 of the most rigorously trained "navigators," Sebelius murmured, "I don't know."
A Lexis-Nexis search shows the mainstream media decided not to publish or broadcast the results.
IT experts have an explanation: the code is sloppy. The whole thing has to be rewritten.
Aetna, Blue Cross, and Coventry are being denied to policyholders by Obamacare in many states. Some of these companies are actually leaving states because the rates paid by the federal government through the exchanges are so low that the companies can no longer provide the level of services that bring them so many customers.
The President admonished, "You can keep your doctor. You can keep your health insurance."
You may have to move to another state to do so.
For example, Obamacare is denying sick children in Missouri to be treated at the best children's hospital in the state.
As reported in Kaiser Health News, "The network for the Anthem BlueCross BlueShield plans, which will be sold through Missouri's 'Obamacare' marketplace, does not include BJC HealthCare and its 13 hospitals -- among them Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the area's premier academic medical center, and St. Louis Children's Hospital."
"In California," The Daily Caller reports, "58,000 will lose their plans to Obamacare."
Oh, well. Blame it on Democrat Nancy Pelosi who insisted on opening the genie's bottle.
Obama spokesweasel Jay Carney needs to craft a spin that assures us that losing our doctors and insurance plans doesn't mean losing our doctors and insurance plans.
Either that or craft a message by January 15th that those evil Republicans have used their wiley ways to force a year-long suspension of the Obamacare rollout and work like crazy behind the scenes to fix these endemic problems which are obviously more substantive then mere glitches.
#Obamacare = #EpicFail
Rick Jensen is Delaware's award-winning conservative talk show host streaming live on WDEL.Com from 1-4 p.m. Contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter@JensenVoiceover/. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff.
Lies and more lies (by: tom walsh - 10/23/2013)
"Sick of Liars" writes that "this is just a bunch of right wing misinformation." Unfortunately Mr o. Liars, all of the above article is TRUE.
LIES (by: Sick of Liars - 10/21/2013)
Just a bunch of right wing misinformation from another "talking head". We are the ONLY first world country that does not provide universal health care to citizens.
Failure is not an option (by: Mark Forsyth - 10/21/2013)
Regardless of how anyone feels about the health care reform I find it amazing that everyone in the press blames the office of the President. I understand it was his program but our elected congress passed it. We as a people like to point fingers at one person and say "you did it" but that isn't the case here. I have watched in disgust as congress held this countries budget hostage in an attempt to erase a law they themselves already passed. I am certain there will be problems, however the problems that arise should be addressed and resolved or the law repealed. What Americans have to do is speak at the ballot box during then next few election cycles and stop being too busy to vote and complain later.
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