The ObamaCare Meltdown


pic_giant_102313_SM_Top-Ten-Obamacare-Disasters-to-ComeSometimes politics imitates life.

It turns out the pregnant, diabetic woman who nearly fainted in President Obama’s arms at the Obamacare damage-control press event Obama held this week, isn’t herself sold on Obamacare.

The experience of Californian Karmel Allison is a metaphor for the entire rollout of the healthcare exchanges. Failure after failure, glitch after glitch, and spin, spin, spin. Allison was part of the president’s embarrassing media event this week in which a few Americans who somehow managed to sign up for Obamacare online were paraded for the dupes of the mainstream media to swoon over.

Allison’s near-collapse was captured on live TV as she was suffering a dizzy spell. Allison isn’t sure if she will sign up for Obamacare but the Obama White House wheeled her out in public as an example of someone who needs Obamacare. According to the White House:

Karmel Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was nine years old. She has stayed on the same insurance ever since, despite constantly rising costs, for fear she would not be able to find a plan that would cover her due to her pre-existing condition. Allison recently began researching her options on CoveredCA and has publically [sic] described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage.

Obamacare isn’t likely to help Allison who reportedly prefers her current coverage. She’s far from alone as Americans experience sticker shock as their health insurance premiums skyrocket — assuming they haven’t had their policies canceled outright.

Meanwhile, a Canadian company is taking the blame for the failed architecture of healthcare.gov, the federal Obamacare enrollment website. CGI Federal Inc., the primary contractor on the new website and a subsidiary of Montreal, Quebec-based CGI Inc., is in turn blaming the bunged up Oct. 1 launch of the site on a subcontractor.

CGI also screwed up a Canadian-taxpayer funded project, a federal gun registry. The Canadian government canceled the company’s contract in 2007 after that country’s Auditor General determined that the Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) being built by CGI was “significantly over budget” and was repeatedly delayed.

The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper that took power in 2006 eventually opposed the gun registry which was later repealed by Parliament.

As Joel B. Pollak notes,

In another parallel to the Obamacare controversy in the United States, the gun registry had been passed in 1993 over vehement Conservative objections, and was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000, before finally being repealed in most of the country in 2012.

With the Obama White House’s blessing, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Norman Lear Center, which has something called a “Hollywood, Health & Society program,” is helping TV producers condition the masses into supporting Obama’s sclerotic Soviet-style health care program.

USC will aim to keep producers, writers, and directors up to speed so they can incorporate the latest information into their storylines. It will also generate public service announcements to match the TV shows’ storylines. The program, which also aids in the spread of Al Gore’s anthropogenic global warming hysteria, boasts that its “storytelling resources” have contributed to more than 550 “Hollywood, Health & Society-assisted storylines over the span of three years.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and lobbyist for vulturous trial lawyers, dove deep last year, swimming with the worst of the bottom-feeders of the activist Left in a quest to recruit fellow thugs from Al Sharpton’s gang to help con the American people into supporting Obamacare. “We know that the best way to keep moving in the right direction is to get people the facts,” Sebelius said at the time. “Right now there are a lot of people who are benefiting from this law who don’t even know that’s why they are benefiting.”

Sebelius has also unleashed the leftovers of the radical crime syndicate ACORN, President Obama’s ally and former employer, on unsuspecting communities. This means that as you read this article community organizers with a track record for fraud and identity theft are getting their hands on important personal information such as income figures and Social Security numbers of those they convince to sign up for Obamacare.

Disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke’s shady union is helping people enroll in Obamacare exchanges. The United Labor Unions (ULU) Local 100 in New Orleans announced on its Facebook page Sept. 15 that it was gearing up to do mass enrollment of people in the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. (HHS has made a searchable database of Obamacare navigators available online.)

Obama’s detractors, already accustomed to the president’s gross bureaucratic mismanagement of, well, everything, are understandably aghast at the breathtaking incompetence of those who managed the website launch.

But so are some of the president’s staunchest defenders.

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the Affordable Care Act’s online debut is “excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services.”

The technical snafus that accompanied the rollout of health care exchanges were much larger than mere server issues. “This was bungled badly,” Gibbs said. “This was not a server problem, just too many people came to the website, this is a website architecture problem.”

Think tank analyst Norman Ornstein, a left-winger who is normally an Obama apologist, slammed the rollout.

To be sure, every major rollout of a new or changed social policy, including Medicare itself, is rough and takes weeks or months to resolve. But this rollout is clearly worse, and, as we learn more about its history over the past six months and more, the failures in vision and execution, in the face of clear and blunt warnings of problems ahead, are striking and troubling.

It is clear, Ornstein said, that “the stark internal warnings from tech experts of deep-seated problems in the programs came months ago and went unheeded.”

Some conservatives are demanding that HHS Secretary Sebelius fall on her sword for botching the initial six-month implementation phase of the online insurance markets required by the Obamacare law.

This is, of course, a terrible idea. Americans who want to prevent the radical transformation of American society that Obamacare will lead to should do everything they can to keep Sebelius.

Kathleen Sebelius’s monumental mistakes in implementing Obamacare may be the program’s downfall. Let’s hope she continues her fine work.

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  • DogmaelJones1

    The Annenberg Norman Lear Center? It helps to inject leftist propaganda messages into TV programming? Movies? Ah, Norman Lear! No wonder I didn’t like “All in the Family,” and don’t watch much contemporary TV, either.

    • DB1954

      Norman Lear makes me want to puke.

    • truebearing

      Lear’s intention with “All in the Family” was to make people hate Archie, but it back-fired and people identified with him. Lear was successful in spite of himself and his intended propaganda.

  • davarino

    Could this be the tipping point where we set the left back 50 years? Could this result in an avalanche of public opinion that undoes the government leviathon that is wrapped around our necks?

  • Walter Sieruk

    There is an online petition to have Obama impeached. It’s the internet site teaparty.org Furthermore there is a new book out that’s entitled IMPEACHABLES OFFENSES : THE CASE FORTHE REMOVING BARACK OBAMA FROM OFFICE by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott

    • JCS

      I wonder what logical case there ever was for electing Obama a state senator, much less senator or president.

  • EVILHASWONAGAIN

    Hope and pray that liberals will not be able to get medical help for their families and they will die a horrible painful death…..

  • BS77

    It is the UNaffordable Care act

  • physicsnut

    there was a program on pbs – NOVA I think, about the Challenger space shuttle disaster and how it happened. The mess is not confined to govt agencies, but tends to get magnified there because of the adversarial atmosphere. People want to go where nobody has gone before, yet they want a launch date, or they get freaked out that it will never get done.
    I argued for the past 5 years that ACA is not an authority granted to the federal govt by the Constitution – not that the idiots in Congress or the Administration care about the Constitution. Of course, ACA ain’t the only such thing. But Democrats think that all that matters is regulations and having a ‘comprehensive’ bill – as if they know what they are talking about – it is just daydreaming.

    • lalalandish

      For an equally stupid government idea, watch the three-part PBS series on “Prohibition” that created so many problems, it had to be repealed. ACA is an example of how repeating the same idiotic interference in people’s lives does zilch to solve the problems presumed by busybody power brokers hoping to make a fortune off the gullible. Don’t think Congress and Obama haven’t received their fair share of campaign funds and stock tips off all these machinations.

  • Hilda
    • lalalandish

      Obama’s had someone faint at just about every public appearance so he can appear so-o-o-o “I feel your pain”. Propaganda.

  • Dallas25305

    So how is Obozo-Care working for you folks?? Isn’t it great your old
    policies are cancelled, the new Obozo Care policies cost you thousands
    of dollars more a year, plus most of you will have to pay a huge
    deductible and you can’t keep your old Doctor. I wonder how older white
    people feel when they find out they are being sent the hoods of
    Detroit, Phillie, DC, Chicago, etc. etc. So you get crap for a Doctor
    and you have to dodge your way threw the racist, Black power gangs of
    hood rats just looking for victims. Wasn’t it nice of Obama to give the
    racist, black gangs the nod to attack whites, asians and white
    hispanics during the Trayvon speech. Now he is making you run the
    gantlet through these racist gangs when your sick. Sick that’s the
    word, you elected a racist scumbag who’s whole marxist ideology is SICK.

    • oandroplex700

      very Informative

  • Hilda

    If OZero and all his UNaffordable UNcare Act pushers continue on this path, they will end up having all the illegals and the welfare queens and kings as the bulk of their enrollees with no one with half a brain signing up to subsidize this racket.

    BTW, USC is the major equal opportunity/reverse discrimination university of the “private” universities. They are known for their low admissions standards for minorities. I guess that makes it easier to brainwash their students.

  • JacksonPearson

    Community organizer Barack Obama can’t get anything right:

  • cedars rebellion

    If Obama was up for re-election this morning, he’d still win. The issue is not so much the failures of the Left when dealing with the real world so much as the failures of the right to figure out a way to win in the war of words and emotions that drive voters.
    I’d still predict 2014 will either be a tie or a big win for the Left.

    • oandroplex700

      I hope not

  • CurmudgyOne

    They are addicted to mediocrity, to borrow a phrase.

  • physicsnut

    Long before there was a roll-out one could complain about the fundamental Constitutionality of it.
    Some people notice this rather late.
    From the New Hampshire Union Leader 10.25.13
    QUOTE
    Obamacare does not allow Americans to buy any health insurance product they want.
    It compels us under penalty of law to buy very specific plans. They must include maternity, contraception and pediatric coverage, for instance. That makes no sense for young, single men, male retirees or couples who have surgically rendered themselves incapable of reproduction. But all must pay for that coverage or be, in the word of Shaheen and Kuster, penalized.
    They believe that the federal government should tell people what kind of
    insurance to buy, for how much, and then punish people for not obeying the
    command. If they believe the federal government should have that kind of power over every American, what else are they willing to force us to do?
    END QUOTE
    i have been saying this for 5 years – in emails to the congress critters, in
    letters to editors, in blogs, in person. What is it that they do not understand ?

  • tracy

    I suppose you people are Koch brother advocates too. Anything to make MORE money. Damn those climate people we have a money maker oops pipeline to build. Who cares who you pollute, its NOT on your land.

  • poetcomic1

    And these are the people who are going to manage your HEALTHCARE?

  • Goldcoaster

    Obama administration gets serious, threatens Syria with ObamaCare………………

    Carney: huge ObamaCare deductibles won’t look as bad come hyperinflation………..

    Al Qaeda cancels attack on USA citing launch of Obamacare as devastating
    enough…………

    Every time ObamaCare gets delayed, a Julia somewhere dies…………

    Fearing the worst, Obama Administration outlaws the fan to prevent it from being hit by certain objects………….

    And Finally:

    The President’s latest talking point on Obamacare: “I didn’t build that………..

  • Hawkeye72

    I would encourage all Americans to stay away from this Obamacare socialist program. Don’t even go to the website. When you do they can start tracking. I fully believe that’s what this is all about. It has very little to do with healthcare. It’s about
    knowing everything about you and using it to control you. Eventually the
    government will know what you dream about at night. Have you asked
    yourself why Obama and the congress and their henchmen are exempt? And
    airhead Sebilius has said she won’t sign up for it and she’s running it. That
    should tell you something. If we swallow this the next step will be
    requiring you to have a tracking chip inserted under your skin. Think it can’t
    happen?Just watch. Next year, deadbeats like McConnell,Reid,Franken,Graham
    and Boehner are up for re-election. We have to pray that the good people of Kentucky,Nevada,South Carolina,Minnesota and Ohio will
    show these clowns the door and elect men and women with courage who will get
    the impeachment ball rolling.

    • veeper

      socialist government wants people to be so dependent on government that they can not rebel….

      putting the people under full power and control of government takes the power away from the people and gives it to the government….

      the EXACT opposite of the founders vision for America as they wrote the Constitution to protect Americans from government.

      They warned Americans even then about government becoming to powerful.

  • Tim Albright

    The states are contracting with statewide organizations who sub- contract to local organizations. This is too disjointed and waters down getting the word out and the work done. ACA clients will need ongoing help making decisions about providers and claims problems which may be too much for third level contractors to handle. CMS should arrange for Obamacare application helpers to work in all 1300 SSA offices. SSA has lost 10% of staff in last 3 years. There now between 4 and 8 empty work stations in each SSA office. They total 6,000 to 10,000, altogether they are worth up to $200 million, and they are unused due to staffing losses. If not used by Obamacare, the government is wasting about $1billion over next 5 years. This would greatly simplify national PSA’a – just tell citizens to visit their local SSA office. ACA navigators should use them to reach the public. When Medicare first started, SSA offices had to be open at night and on the weekends to get everyone enrolled. We must be successful in the roll-out of customer services for Affordable Care Act. Web Site and 800# are not enough. I would not buy a car or a house that way. Many citizens need face-to-face customer service. This plan can be applied to other federal agencies and we could add a second shift of white collar workers, see http://whitecollargreenspace.blogspot.com/ or Contact timalantoo@hotmail.com or Tim at 989-701-8813

    • lalalandish

      We don’t need more blinking government workers, for $#@ sake!

  • veeper

    obama and the dems will pour billions of dollars over this horrendous program and create a new activist group just to sign up dead people for obamcare before they will allow it to be done away with….

  • winston S

    So far it’s all going according to the Progressive/Fascist plan….soon the Emperor will roll out his National Health Service in order to “….help end people’s pain and create a fairer world”.

  • oandroplex700

    obumblecare has tumbled