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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1008479 Oct 21, 2013
Obamacare’s Rollout Is a Disaster That Didn’t Have to Happen
by Gregory Ferenstein Oct 20, 2013 5:45 AM EDT
How cronyism, secrecy, and authoritarianism doomed Obamacare, and why it was all so unnecessary. By Gregory Ferenstein.

Editor’s Note: Another version of this article is published on Crunchgov, TechCrunch's Policy Channel.
Disclosure: I really like the principles of universal coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and I hope it will succeed. But the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov represents everything that President Obama promised would be different about his administration—but isn’t. Obama promised open innovation and transparency. Yet startups and hackers are forced to take a backseat to state-run websites, a mediocre government contractor secured the lucrative deal to build the federal exchange, and both HealthCare.gov ’s code and enrollment numbers are locked up by tight-lipped bureaucrats.

The president’s signature bill is a cluster of authoritarianism, cronyism, and secrecy. While there have been dozens of reports about the symptoms of Obamacare’s technical problems, there is a single cause: HealthCare.gov was designed as an innovation-free zone.

Authoritarianism And Backward Priorities

There does not need to be a HealthCare.gov , and there need be no state-run websites. The airline industry, for instance, happily farms out the complicated task of price-comparison e-commerce to independent developers, who build all the wonderful sites like Orbitz, Hipmunk, Kayak, and travelocity that have come to serve our airfare needs.

“It’s akin to the state wanting to build a search engine,” says Gary Lauer of the health insurance e-commerce site eHealth. Lauer and the tech startups we talked with say that the federal government could have simply opened up data on prices (like the airline companies) and let tech sites handle the shopping experience.

People familiar with HealthCare.gov argue that government-run websites are necessary to conceal the IRS income data that exchanges use to calculate discounts. Obamacare is principally designed for the 48 million uninsured Americans. Most enrolling will have some discount based on their age, family status, and income. To protect consumers, the government argument goes, only HealthCare.gov should have access to income data.

However, there are plenty of existing federal systems that securely transmit personal information with private companies. If you use H&R Block or TurboTax to complete your tax return, you already have confidence that tech companies can safely deal with your most sensitive data.“There’s nothing new in this privacy area, nothing new that we haven’t been doing for years and years,” says Lauer.

For instance, ID.me, which facilitates discounts for military veterans, has been a White House boasting point on how startups can handle the identity verification process. CEO Blake Hall tells me in an email that his system could have securely dealt with IRS data.“On the healthcare side, we could absolutely verify identity and attributes, like income, in order to match the profile of an individual with health care plans.”
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Newington, CT

#1008480 Oct 21, 2013
getit wrote:
<quoted text>Afforedable Care Act 1-800-318-2596
1-800-F-U

ROTFLMAO!!!!

How apropos for Obama & his anti-American Socialist Party.

Since: Nov 11

New York, NY

#1008481 Oct 21, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
The Tea Party is the most destructive force in American politics today. Over the last few weeks, it has demonstrated again that its intent is not to shake up the establishment but to burn down the village. As a Democrat, I disagree with its policy positions, but its policy positions alone are not what make the Tea Party so dangerous. What makes the Tea Party dangerous is its membersÂ’ willful disregard for the most basic tenets of American democracy. They do not believe in the legitimacy of our president. They do not believe in the legitimacy of decisions handed down by our Supreme Court. Unlike President Obama, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, or a host of other Democratic and Republican lawmakers who grasp the basic reality of politics, they have never, not once shown a willingness to compromise on anything. Merely uttering the word is enough to draw a primary challenge.

All this, despite the fact that the Tea Party represents the views of a small, ever-shrinking fraction of Americans. Even within the Republican Party, its membersÂ’ favorability hovers around 50 percent, the lowest of all time. Their recent legislative strategy, a word that can be used only in its loosest sense, led to 144 Tea Party House members voting against a bipartisan compromise simply to open the government and avert default. But when Reuters polled people who werenÂ’t satisfied with last weekÂ’s outcome, only 2 percent said it was because the House passed the SenateÂ’s bipartisan bill. Only 5 percent said it was because Republicans compromised. Only 3 percent said it was because default would have taught our government an important lesson. Most people said their main dissatisfaction was with the ugly process the Tea Party dragged us all through.

And yet, somehow, this small minority of Tea Party House members, who represent less than one half of one legislative body in one branch of government, has been given enormous influence over the national agenda—a situation without precedent in American political history. It’s insanity.

The president and Boehner can hang out, drink beers, play golf, and shake hands on all kinds of deals. Boehner has been open to revenue in the past. Obama has put entitlement cuts on the table that made his party uncomfortable. The Senate has already passed bipartisan immigration legislation, and there are enough Republicans and Democrats in Congress who are willing to compromise and make progress on any number of issues.

But Boehner was, in his own words,“overrun” by the Tea Party during the shutdown, and so long as he and other Republicans fear challenges from the fringe more than the frustrations of the majority, nothing will get done. And we will find ourselves in the same predicament again and again, regardless of who is elected president or speaker or majority leader.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10...
"The Tea Party is the most destructive force in American politics today."

Did not you guys said the other day that the Tea Party was DEAD?

See? We always win!!!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#1008482 Oct 21, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Was almost afraid to look...then regretted I had.
What kind of people sign a petition for an Orwellian police state?
Besides Lily and Homer?
Police state is a rightwing thing; you're all confused.
LCNLin

United States

#1008483 Oct 21, 2013
LoisLane59 wrote:
<quoted text>
Was almost afraid to look...then regretted I had.
What kind of people sign a petition for an Orwellian police state?
Besides Lily and Homer?
poor attempt to draw attention to your retirement posts?

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#1008484 Oct 21, 2013
Yet as the regulations were designed, startups take a backseat to government websites. State exchanges are given the option to interface with so-called “web-based entities.” Two of the largest states, California and New York, have delayed tech partnerships for around two years.“In the first year, we can’t custom interface, we don’t have enough bandwidth, we don’t have the technological capacity,” California state spokesperson Anne Gonzales told USA Today.

But it’s unclear why states didn’t prioritize tech companies in the first place. The federal and state governments were overwhelmed with the monstrous task of building a new database for millions of consumers. To this day, most exchanges are still offline.

The implications of HealthCare.gov ’s failure represents an existential threat to Obamacare. First, HealthCare.gov ’s own calculator may be steering individuals into a cheaper plan that could bankrupt them in the future.“People may be totally motivated by the cost of the policy and spend not an adequate amount of time looking at the deductibles and the co-pays and what is covered,” Kenneth Davis, CEO of Mount Sinai hospital, told me.

Tech startups, such as FuseInsurance, are designing more sophisticated calculators to help consumers find a healthplan that takes into account their specific circumstances.“We built a recommendation engine that compares user needs to plan structure,” says FuseInsurance founder Will Richie.“HealthCare.gov does a good job of listing plans, but it doesn’t go so far as to recommend any of them.”

But, for some reason, the states figured that these essential innovations of FuseInsurance and other tech companies could wait a few years.

Worse yet, Obamacare desperately needs the healthy young bodies of 18 to 34 year olds to subsidize the healthcare costs of their decaying elders. But it’s cheaper for young people to pay the one time legal fine of $95 rather than shell out $200/month for health insurance, so Obamacare risks higher healthcare costs for everyone if glitchy websites send frustrated consumers away permanently.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unleashed an an army of celebrity ambassadors and field brokers (“navigators” to fish young invincibles into the exchanges, but it seems like tech companies have better ideas. eHealth, for instance, is integrating with the maker of TurboTax to persuade young taxpayers to buy insurance at the moment they have to pay a fine. TurboTax can know if a citizen is uninsurance, and alert them to an easy-to-purchase health plan right before they pay $95.

At least a few states see the benefit of outsourcing the difficult work. Josh Sharfstein, Maryland’s secretary of health and human services, tells me in an email,“We’re looking to move forward with these partnerships because we identified two areas of value: 1) the ability of private partners to increase outreach; and 2) the ability of private partners to bring innovation to plan selection.”

These types of solutions will be entirely absent from California and New York. Ironically, Todd Park, the government’s Chief Technology Officer (a position created by Obama to find creative tech solutions), often espouses the principle of “Joy’s Law”(named for Bill Joy, the legendary founder of Sun Microsystems, Bill Joy), which states,“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people in the world work for somebody else.”

For a year Park has been re-organizing the federal IT system to put data in the hands of private developers, rather than have government websites be the central hub. While Park wasn’t in charge of HealthCare.gov , it is bizarre that the president’s signature initiative would ignore his principles.

Since: Nov 11

New York, NY

#1008485 Oct 21, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>I find it laughable that they didn't run a debug program...at all...ever. They are going to have to scrap it and start over. By that time the O'bama administration will have the American people laughing even harder at O'bama hope and change. Democrats are done.
Americans will STILL be fined and technology will not be allowed as an excuse, the IRS already said!!!

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#1008486 Oct 21, 2013
he's so bad and such a threat to our country, you'd think the libs would try to use him as a write in candidate next election, in order for him to finish his job of fundamentally changing this country.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008487 Oct 21, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
<quoted text>
i must agree that Obama never should have continued Bush polices.
If the Republican Government shut down killed Granny....

How many people has Obama killed because of his crappy website?

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1008488 Oct 21, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Benghazi - no lies, no stand down order from the White House , No possible way to get more help in time.
IRS _ When you ask for a report on right wing groups & the report talks only abut right wing groups, it does not mean only right wing groups were targeted.
Lets print top secret information in the newspapers.
If you don't think the NSA has been spying in foreign country for decades then you are dumber than I thought.
What have all these investigations accomplished?
A simple explanation as to why this president never called Panetta once that night for an update and why a video was still being blamed at the victims' funerals to the victims' families and, above all, why security was removed when the ambassador had requested more security repeatedly would suffice.

No one knows any of those answers yet.

Why is that?

This administration was more than happy to give top secret information to Hollywood, apparently, to make Obama look good when all he did was say "yes" to kill bin Laden after a decade of looking for him - no thanks to this administration, by the way.
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Newington, CT

#1008489 Oct 21, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh fer krissakes, everyone spies on everyone. BFD, did you just wake up from a coma or something?
Spoken like a true Marxist slob.

Since: Nov 11

New York, NY

#1008490 Oct 21, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>Hillary? ROTFLMAO--a black no one with no experience and no name recognition and no clear history came out of no where and beat Hillary the last time. Seems to me you loons will vote for anyone other than Hillary.
Only a black immigrant man would beat a white American woman!

That is what the Liberal Media had created!
Buroc Millhouse Obama

Newington, CT

#1008491 Oct 21, 2013
LCNLin wrote:
<quoted text>
Faux talking points again this morning
faux you, dummy.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008492 Oct 21, 2013
LCNLin wrote:
<quoted text>
Faux talking points again this morning
if the Republican/Tea Party shut down of the Government kills Grand ma...

How many Grandpa's have been killed by the worthless ACA website?

Since: Nov 11

New York, NY

#1008493 Oct 21, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
Grand Old Plan....

A majority of Americans says it's a bad thing that Republicans control the House of Representatives and an even larger percentage wants John Boehner (R-OH) to be replaced as speaker, according to poll numbers released Monday.

The latest CNN/ORC International poll found that 54 percent of Americans think it's a bad thing that the GOP is the majority party in the House, while only 38 percent think it's a good thing. In December of last year, a CNN/ORC showed that 43 percent thought it was a bad thing that Republicans controlled the lower chamber.

Boehner fares even worse in Monday's survey. Sixty-three percent want the Ohio Republican replaced as speaker, compared with 30 percent who would like him to continue holding the post.

It's the latest in a recent run of bleak polls for Republicans, who appear to have been damaged deeply by the recent budget and debt fights. Polls across the board showed that Americans largely blamed the GOP for the government shutdown, giving Democrats newfound hope of taking back the House in next year's midterms.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/poll-ma...
No body listen to you anymore!

Obamacare is a disaster no matter how you defend it!!!
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008494 Oct 21, 2013
DBWriter wrote:
<quoted text>
Bush never called the average American terrorists and an enemy, you moron, and he didn't spy on them in preparation for a war against the population of the United States.
Bush spied on muslim terrorists.
Obama exempts muslim terrorists from his spying network.
Now, what's wrong with that picture?
You... and your 'logic' son....
WOW

Bronx, NY

#1008495 Oct 21, 2013
THIS IS WHAT KENYANS do?'They let us down': Kenyan military face backlash over CCTV footage of soldiers 'looting terror mall' as the slaughter unfolded
Closed-circuit television footage shows soldiers taking goods from the Westgate mall in Nairobi sparking anger among Kenyans.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#1008496 Oct 21, 2013
Buroc Millhouse Obama wrote:
<quoted text>
On foreign policy issues, Obama has no clue. Just ask Putin.
You vote for the idiot anyways, idiot.
As far as domestic issues and the economy, Obama is a radical tax & spending hypocrite. After 5 years, things are getting worse.
Trolls like you just keep bobbing your heads up & down, with your hands out.
The friend of the cons... Putin!

I love this comedy channel!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#1008497 Oct 21, 2013
LCNLin wrote:
<quoted text>
Seems to lie a bit
If Snowden was a Russian; he'd have already had a cup of Thallium tea. Chinese? Firing squad.
forks_make_us_fa t

Norman, OK

#1008498 Oct 21, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
<quoted text>
Police state is a rightwing thing; you're all confused.
Hey!

If the republicans and their shut down of government can be liked with the killing of your grandma....

How many grandpa's has Obama killed since his website has not worked as advertised?

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