Friday, October 04, 2013

Only person in America who signed up for Obamacare...didn't

Reason Online has the story: "But in an exclusive phone interview this morning with Reason, Chad's father Bill contradicted virtually every major detail of the story the media can't get enough of. What's more, some of the details that Chad has released are also at odds with published rate schedules and how Obamacare officials say the enrollment system works."  Truthiness: good enough for the MSM.

Extra - Mediaite: "Chad Henderson exposes the media."

More - Twitchy: "MSM enablers promote lying liar's Obamacare fable, fail to issue corrections."


Bored-to-death panels said...

Are you KIDDING me? His paperwork is less than fully completed?!? BOOM! Are you paying attention here, Pulitzer Prize committee?

Congratulations to the right for the greatest Obamacare victory they've ever had.

Eric said...

"It is extraordinary that these systems weren’t ready,” said Sumit Nijhawan, CEO of Infogix, which handles data integrity issues for major insurers including WellPoint and Cigna, as well as multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates."

Geez, Sumit, it's only been three years.

Sumit might mean "extra ordinary" said...

New York Times, January 8, 2006:
"Low-income Medicare beneficiaries around the country were often overcharged, and some were turned away from pharmacies without getting their medications, in the first week of Medicare's new drug benefit. The problems have prompted emergency action by some states to protect their citizens... Michael K. Smith, Vermont's secretary of human services, said, "The federal system simply is not working... Many factors contributed to the initial chaos... Insurance companies and their pharmacy benefit managers were swamped with calls, so pharmacists often had to wait an hour or more on telephone help lines... Thomas T. Noland Jr., a spokesman for Humana Inc., a major national insurer, said that some problems were "to be expected in a new program with lots of new enrollment taking effect all at once."

Washington Post, March 3, 1966:
"Medicare workers in Washington are learning that door-to-door selling is a rugged job. When national health insurance for elderly persons finally became law last year, proponents rejoiced that the bitter struggle had been won. They soon found out the biggest problem, enrolling senior citizens into the program, lay ahead.”

New York Times, April 23, 1966:
“I can’t say the hospitals will be prepared for Medicare... we don’t really know yet what the demand will be.” This sentiment was voiced recently by William M. Bucher, a hospital administrator here in Washington. But he might have been speaking for the country as a whole. As the trigger date of July 1, when the hospital element of the medicare program goes into operation, approaches, many of the people intimately concerned with the progrm are unsure whether they face chaos, or just bureaucratic confusion.”

Eric said...

Yup, and because those programs were passed with broad bipartisan support - and wide popular support - adjustments could be made to fix the problems. Now only one party owns this mess.

Anonymous said...

Now only one party owns this mess.

Mm hmm. And that's exactly the point that has Republican strategists wetting their beds. Progress always beats spite.

President Says Stuff: "Eventually, Ronald Reagan came around to Medicare and thought it was pretty good, and actually helped make it better... Once it's working really well, I guarantee you they will not call it Obamacare... There are going to be a whole bunch of folks who say, yes, I always thought this provision was excellent. I voted for that thing. You watch. It will not be called Obamacare."

Eric said...

As we know, President Says Stuff says stuff.

Remember when he said families would see their premiums drop $2500? When he said Americans could keep their doctors?

Remember when he took that oath of office to uphold the law? Good times.

Anonymous said...

Remember when he said families would see their premiums drop $2500? When he said Americans could keep their doctors?

Obamacare will, in fact, greet us as liberators.

Rep. Jim McDermott Says Stuff:
“Dealing with terrorists has taught us some things. You can’t deal with ’em. This mess was created by the Republicans for one purpose, and they lost. People in my district are calling in for Obamacare—affordable health care—in large numbers. These guys have lost, and they can’t figure out how to admit it. You can’t say, OK, you get half of Obamacare—this isn’t a Solomonic decision. So we sit here until they figure out they f*ckin’ lost.”

Eric said...

People in his district want affordable health care? They're going to be disappointed if they ever get through the Obamacare web site.

We did not lose. We just need more innings. said...

What was Yogi Berra's line? "Nobody eats there anymore, it's too crowded"?

Now we have Obamacare, the law that's so failed, and so unpopular, the websites and phone lines are overwhelmed.

Eric said...

Oh yeah, that's the problem. Lotsa eyeballs.

Those that can get a quote: the eyeballs go WIDE.

Anonymous said...

Well, then, a canny politician like John Boehner should run as fast as his legs will carry him to bring a clean resolution to the House floor, watch it pass, and then sit back and enjoy the carnage as eyeball-inflating sticker shock tars and sinks the Democratic brand to the point where they become the ones begging to repeal Obamacare.

It's the obvious outcome. It's nothing like concern trolling from the defeated. So what could be holding up the ultimate, Democrat-crushing vote?

Anonymous said...

President Says Stuff:
"Let the bill go to the floor and let's see what happens. Just vote."

Oh, the fool! The blind, blind fool!

Eric said...

Sorry, man, I've been at work all day. Did anybody sign up for Obamacare yet?

Anonymous said...

No, but there were eight more House votes to repeal it.

Call Congressman Black Knight (R-Camelot) and tell him he's so, so close to winning.