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Obamacare's Failure In One Chart

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Confirming our fears from a few days ago, the early numbers are in for Obamacare... and they are not good. Of course, listening to "bloggers" an be bad for your health, but it seems, very few of the million of "uninsured" have decided that it is as crucial as the "leader" has exclaimed. As Millard Brown Digital reports, fewer than 1% of those trying to register for health insurance under Obamacare have completed the enrollment process. The following inverted pyramid highlights the dismal reality of the Affordable Car Act so far...

 

 

Via Compete.com,

Over the course of Obamacare’s first week, 9.5 million people visited healthcare.gov, the federal government’s official healthcare website and the de facto exchange for residents of two thirds of the states. In addition, the 16 operational state-run exchanges combined to attract over 3.1 million visitors during the same period. In total, 11.3 million consumers visited the federal and state exchanges during their first week of operation. Unfortunately, what started as a fire hose of interest, resulted in only a small trickle of actual healthcare enrollments.

 

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In the end, just 36,000 consumers, or 1% of all those who attempted to register for the federal exchange, successfully enrolled in Obamacare.

Those curious to learn more about the Obamacare exchange rollout trainwreck can do so here.

 

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Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:08 | 4066969 TeamDepends
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Killin' it!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:10 | 4066978 localsavage
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Probably good for a government run program

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:14 | 4067003 12ToothAssassin
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Where does the all seeing eye fit in on that pyramid?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:21 | 4067032 TeamDepends
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Near the bung hole.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:24 | 4067041 Bay of Pigs
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WE DID IT!

WINNING...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:36 | 4067079 Keyser
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But, but, but, it's a mandate. So sooner or later there are either going to be a lot of registrations or a lot of very busy IRS agents. 

I promise not to snicker much when this turd falls flat on it's face. 

 

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:47 | 4067113 F-Tipp
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People can't uninstall an app from their ipad 9 or whatever it is now. I can't believe that the government expects them to be able to navigate a maze of web pages and fill in hundreds of boxes appropriately.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:51 | 4067127 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Turn the triangle lavendar and there we go. This administration in a nutshell.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:55 | 4067146 remain calm
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Their you have it, the top 1% taking all the goodies. Fucking bastards

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:55 | 4067338 ndotken
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So we've endured all this shit for 36,000 people in a nation of over 300 million??? ... WHAT THE FUCK!!!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 22:00 | 4067516 El Oregonian
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Off like a herd of turd-tles.

Obumbles, you and you're crew are a bunch of worthless pricks.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 03:23 | 4067991 Fish Gone Bad
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Most peole are outside, drinking by their McMansion-rent-free pools.  I guess they weren't paying attention. 

The only way to win is to not play.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 04:11 | 4068010 Supernova Born
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Hopefully, Chief Justice Robert's --------- ------ will have a better chance of receiving care.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 06:48 | 4068071 Ying-Yang
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Obama talks about growing jobs for Americans.

The Canadian company’s subsidiary, CGI Federal Inc., was awarded the $93-million contract for the Affordable Care Act project in 2011.

Healthcare.gov website is broken and is there a money back guarantee?

If TPTB cared about American jobs they would not outsource contracts to other countries.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/obamacare-website-glitches-linked-to-canadi...

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 08:01 | 4068169 overmedicatedun...
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to be fair, why can't I buy millions in life insurance at 80 while those young 20 somethings get much better rates?? damit .gov do something to right this wrong...

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:36 | 4068615 hedgeless_horseman
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This is following the standard 12 step .gov web development cycle:

  1. Assess
  2. Design 
  3. Invent a market (often through legislation)
  4. Outsource
  5. Develop
  6. Implement
  7. Declare a success
  8. Promote / Re-Elect project participants
  9. Fix the bugs in maintenance
  10. Render obsolete
  11. Profit
  12. Wash, rinse, repeat
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:43 | 4068680 Steve in Greensboro
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Progressivism: ideas so great they have to be enforced at gunpoint.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:17 | 4068829 slotmouth
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You didn't build that website!

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:38 | 4068664 Apathetic or Wh...
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I can guarandamntee you that all 36,000 have a pre-existing condition

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:42 | 4068679 hedgeless_horseman
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Finally, she can afford health insurance!

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:43 | 4068686 Steve in Greensboro
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Miss Federal Government 2013!

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:19 | 4068839 hedgeless_horseman
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SNAP participant.  You can bank on it...Jamie does.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:24 | 4068858 Ying-Yang
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A Hunka Hunka Burning Love.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcJac6OykfM

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:45 | 4068695 RSloane
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Oh dear God, I can't unsee that.

/applies eye drops in the futile hope of washing that image away

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:44 | 4068951 El Vaquero
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That's some mighty tasty looking cake there.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:29 | 4069166 Yen Cross
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  I would rather watch Syrian rebels hack peoples heads off then have to look at that picture again! GFC H/H she should be the mascot for Goodyear® !
Thu, 10/17/2013 - 21:20 | 4067414 Element
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People can't uninstall an app from their ipad 9 or whatever it is now. I can't believe that the government expects them to be able to navigate a maze of web pages and fill in hundreds of boxes appropriately.

What's going to happen is an emergency plan will emerge to employ 2.5 million fat data-entry people armed with new iMacs and you will get a stack of propaganda in the mail saying to call a new call-center to make an appointment to see your customer-service-officer at their new office. And they will spend half a day assisting you to complete your registration after you've finished waiting the other half of the day in the reception area waiting room.

There will be coffee, daycare, a TV on permanent Oprah, and cookies.

All free ...

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:17 | 4068831 DOT
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Went into my local medical clinic for some blood work yesterday. They have a brand new facility built after tearing down a good portion of the neighborhood. Beatiful masonry, secure employee parking, all the Flat Screens tuned into some horrible screaching women. HUGE waiting area.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:19 | 4068841 Max Cynical
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According to Karl Rove on Greta's show (a couple of weeks ago), there is a company that was awarded a $1.2B (yes, that's Billion) contract for data entry from printed (hand written) applications.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:03 | 4069056 donsluck
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Hmm, 300 million Americans, say 30% need subsidies and statistically no-one can use the website. That's 100 million paper applications. 1.2 billion divided by 100 million = $12 per applicant. Sounds reasonable to me.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 20:13 | 4070803 Lewshine
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Why does NO ONE understand that Obama's entire presidency, every tyrannical act, every unconstitutional law or mandate, every vote buying handout, every illegal act has never been even mildly scrutinized in a public forum. The media sees to it we never hear a coherent argument against the man and his fiendishly corrupt politics. This guy owns the dark side.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:03 | 4067174 rubiconsolutions
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Can you begin to imagine what it would look like if the people who designed that website were tasked with building a car?

"Excuse me, wasn't this thing supposed to have an engine, brakes, transmission and steering wheel?"

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 22:13 | 4067565 Nick Jihad
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You can buy the car anyway, or have the IRS garnish your paycheck for the penalty.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 01:00 | 4067891 Deo vindice
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Actually, I thought this was about affordable cars.

The last sentence in the article reads...

"The following inverted pyramid highlights the dismal reality of the Affordable Car Act so far..."

For those of us who missed getting the free phone, can we sign up to get an affordable car now?

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:44 | 4068953 Deo vindice
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O.K.

To my downvoter: do I need to display the sarc tag?

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:05 | 4069067 donsluck
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There are people who downvote every comment when the get on the site. Don't let it worry you.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:12 | 4069105 Grinder74
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Just goosed your LIBOR to put you back to net +5

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:11 | 4067207 NotApplicable
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Yup, the ole Brown eye.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 21:04 | 4067370 Pig Circus
Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:00 | 4068761 mick_richfield
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This Hitler guy is making *way* too many videos.  And he is clearly off his meds!

And anyway -- didn't Napoleon kill that son of a bitch when he tried to invade Russia in the winter?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:14 | 4067004 negative rates
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I knew it was the cadillac plan all along. If you can't afford a cadillac, you can't afford this plan.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:27 | 4067052 TeamDepends
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budumpshhhhhh!!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:33 | 4067066 LetThemEatRand
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Take his negative rates... please.   He's here all week and don't forget to tip your waitress.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:38 | 4067085 franzpick
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See the above typo: the Affordable Car Act.  Maybe ObamaScare will become the next subprime financing bubble following FHA mortgages and have-a-pulse car loans.

Thank our federal corruption and GoBomb'em's victorious cadre, just call 'em the new Funding Fathers.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:42 | 4067097 TeamDepends
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Can't afford the kidney transplant?  We've got a '98 Honda that will get you to Canada where you can get in line....

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:18 | 4067237 Jena
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Canadians go south to the US to get private medical care.  People from the US who want to stay on this continent will go south to Mexico to get private medical care.

What is "snow bird" in Spanish? pájaro de la nieve?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 23:36 | 4067782 Chuck Walla
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What is "snow bird" in Spanish? pájaro de la nieve

Gringo.
FORWARD ASS NAPKINS

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 10:28 | 4068608 youngman
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Come down to Colombia...we have great medical care..and cheap...I think this is a big growth industry for Colombia...a health tourist....come down for an operation or whatever....beautiful new hospitals and equipment...very clean and nice people...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:45 | 4067107 nmewn
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Cash for Convalescents!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:14 | 4067204 HardlyZero
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0.38% SUCCESS (fail) RATE !!!

All the rest (99.62%) are the lottery winners.

If you succeed to sign up and complete enrollment...you lose...its gone!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:39 | 4067087 sj213
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They should call the help line...

800-318-2597 | aka 800-F_U-CKYO

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 07:52 | 4068160 kralizec
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Leave it to Prez Douchenozzle and his merry band of theives and slave-drivers to devise such a demonic plan...

And it kind of looks like a douchenozzle too, dunnit?

Fedcoats!  They have a hell of a swing coming!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:29 | 4067270 agNau
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Come November 6th, it will work flawlessly.

Got IP Address?

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 00:31 | 4067863 torak
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Six Stages of a Project


  1. Enthusiasm
  2. Disillusionment
  3. Panic
  4. Search for the Guilty
  5. Punishment of the Innocent
  6. Praise and Enthusiasm for the Uninvolved

 

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:57 | 4069025 DanDaley
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Hey, don't judge us by our results, judge us by our intentions. We MEAN well; results are for losers.

 

The Kenyan

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:18 | 4067017 nmewn
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36,000.

They jacked up my health insurance premiums by 110%, caused untold private sector layoff's and personal bankruptcies...for 36,000 people.

Fucking perfect.

What's the encore...immigration "reform"?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:22 | 4067036 krispkritter
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That's next.  Can't ignore the Democrat voting block for the upcoming elections...they promised amnesty before the last two elections, they'll do it again.  Obamacare gonna care for all dem Dem's!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:26 | 4067051 nmewn
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No shit, whip em onto the government plantation and keep them there.

And Booz Allen, Northrop Grumman, CGI etc. made a killin...so did...guess who ;-)

http://www.nationaljournal.com/health-care/obamacare-contractors-were-big-campaign-donors-20131010

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:59 | 4067100 knukles
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From a very rational, detached and coldly analytical perspective, those programs to which you refer are truly a modern form of slavery.
No different than EBT cards being the new, electronic bread lines.

Just ain't visible no more, so things must be OK.
In our loving tolerant, diverse, society. 
Then add in the propaganda outlets 24/7/365 efforts including Dancing with the Gimps and oui voila!

Whatchu got?
bread and circuses
All promoted by the King's Crier.

Don't get much more fucked up than that, now do it?

---------------

Nah, not unless you add in a gubamint with No Debt Ceiling...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:59 | 4067161 nmewn
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Its just the goddamned thievery knukles.

Is Buffet worried about his secretary now? Fuck no, she can just go sign up for the governments Quarantine & Irradication Project now, paid for by the Bennie/Yellen Magical Money Machine, he's got his and he just can't afford her sorry ass now creeping into his bottom line.

He got his.

He's no more concerned about another batch of low-skilled-high-maintenance greedy fucks with their hands out being introduced into society than the last time when they PROMISED this would be fixed...if we just granted amnesty.

Trust-Us.

He got his and he intends to keep it.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:01 | 4067171 Moe Howard
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At least great-grandma can get that free abortion she always wanted.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:12 | 4067212 nmewn
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And yet everyone freaks out when its proposed, that if you're going to be a ward of the state, of child bearing/producing age, you must be sterilized.

Its like, wut?

I can't do with my body, with other peoples money, whatever the fuck I want?

Dis is Ameri-Corp dammit!!! I have rights!

Just put it on the American Taxpayer Platinum-Plus Card, the one we don't ever have to pay ;-)

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:24 | 4068861 DOT
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Union membership must be included with any amnesty program or the Blue Team loses alot of troops.

Bonus!

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:04 | 4069062 RSloane
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There is nothing new with the notion that someone has the right to do anything they want with their body and rest of us have the right to pay for it.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:24 | 4067042 Running On Bing...
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What's the number? I think 15 million enrolled is their threshold for profitability. Above 15 million is pure .govie profit.

Let's see how desperate they are to make those Social Security payments by robbing Peter..

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:08 | 4067191 hmmmstrange
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The amnesty bill coming up is going to give citizenship to anyone who signs up for obamacare.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:24 | 4067045 NoDebt
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.....And gun control.  Don't forget gun control.  It's for the children, after all.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:38 | 4067084 El Vaquero
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Anything that could lead to a trip to the hospital or poor health is now going to be considered fair game, because it will be costing the government money.  Especially with people not signing up and costs going up with median wages being stagnent or declining, because it will be a lot of people getting subsidized.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:03 | 4067175 Grexlag
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That is why state run medicine has always been the authoritarian holy grail. Once in place they can band ANY hobby, food, object, thought.... Because it leads to higher costs.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:53 | 4069000 Redhotfill
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Oh well, if it's for  "the children" it must be A-ok!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:26 | 4067048 DaddyO
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Where's Charlie Sheen when you need a bit of humor?

#WINNING

DaddyO

 

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:28 | 4067055 arby63
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Same insurance here for 10 years: AETNA. Received five increases in the last 24 months--nearly doubled my premiums. I've never even really used my insurance. I hope those 36,000 are happy.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:35 | 4067075 texas sandman
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We get to pay 1/3 more for a $5, 000 deductible vs. our current $1, 750.  Of course, what do you expect from the government that paid $500 for hammers and $1, 000 for toilet seats.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 22:12 | 4067559 Quantum Nucleonics
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God, I can't believe I'm doing this...  In defense of $500 hammers.  The government never really paid $500 for a hammer - well, the defense department didn't in that infamous instance.  The contractor allocated overhead for R&D straight line across all the parts and sub-assemblies.  In reality, the government paid $15 for the hammer, and $485 dollars for R&D to design whatever the contract was for, an aircraft (the B-1) I think.  By the way, the actual cost of the hamer was $435, in mid-1980's dollars.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 00:09 | 4067827 combatsnoopy
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Had to cancel mine with Aetna.  HAve to admit, they were better than the others before Obammyscare jumped into the picture.  I can't finance it.
Not for the quality of healthcare I DID NOT get.  For what they're expecting in copays now that one generic Tylenol in the hospitals costs a ripe $16/EACH.

 

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:08 | 4069086 RSloane
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Unfortunately a lot of people are experiencing that same type of premium increases. ACA is nothing more than a new revenue stream for the fed gov't.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:28 | 4067057 texas sandman
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Compared to Zero's freign policy fuckups, this is a freakin homerun.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:54 | 4067143 BlackChicken
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Agreed.

The chart might be a summary of failure, but to make a chart that shows every failure of Obama would be like making a map of the US in one-to-one scale.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:53 | 4067136 firestarter_916
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36K sounds high, I've heard just a handful of people actually got to the end and confirmed coverage.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:50 | 4067322 NeedtoSecede
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Just wait for the "seasonal adjustments" and it will all look just swell.  I am sure the same guys that work at the BLS will be working these numbers too.  We are fooked.

Secession anyone?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:14 | 4067218 A Nanny Moose
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Don't forget the $600 million we don't have, that was spent on all this horseshit.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 23:02 | 4067707 Gift Whores
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I get my healthcare free through my employer and have my kids on a separate policy.  My kids policy just got terminated as of Jan 1.  The good news is my kids new plan will only cost me 150% more.  For that extra money I'm paying, I get to enjoy a higher deductible, higher copay, and less coverage.

Somehow Barry's "It won't cost you a dime" comment has me a bit frazzled.

Yeah, really fucking perfect.  Thanks to Barry the bullshit artist and a bunch of RINO's that have no spine.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 08:41 | 4068257 drendebe10
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Monkeyboy and fossils Pelosi and Reid the equivalrnt of the 3 stooges gave themselvrs, favored corporations and unions exemptions to monkeyboycare but not the sheeple, serfs and peasants. Of course the 3 stooges will give a free pass for monkeyboycare to all the illegal freeloaders flooding into this country unabated, and the idiot brainstem sheeple will go along witj it.  Simon is right. if u value ur liberty and assets, head for the exits b4 the 3 stooges board them up.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:22 | 4068852 RSloane
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I don't get this at all and maybe someone could explain it to me. My friend and her husband own a very small business. He is on medicare now. However, Obamacare is  taking both of their incomes into account and she will now have to pay 900$ for insurance per month. Why would a husband and wife who have a combined income of 100,000$ pay more each than one person who also makes 100,000$ ?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:09 | 4066976 q99x2
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You would need a psychiatrist if you signed up for ObamCare and that's not covered.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:15 | 4067007 kaiserhoff
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An adverse sort is a given with any such program.

Those signing up will be chronically ill, and cost a fortune.

Those not signing up are the healthy, and those aware of options.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:49 | 4067124 franzpick
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My surgeon says he is swamped with new patients with pre-existing conditions, previously uninsurable, now fully covered. The ACA may simply defund itself.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 00:30 | 4067844 Radical Marijuana
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Tragically, there is too much truth in your macabre humour, q99x2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr7W07nMiDY

Evidence Big Pharma Owns The U.S. Government.flv

That video is just another particular example of the overall pattern. Basically, the enormous corporations that dominate "health care," or rather, run the PROFIT FROM DISEASE systems in the USA, are similar to the big banks, in being effectively above the law, for the same reasons why the "Justice Department" will not prosecute the crimes of the biggest bankers.

Collectively, the triumphant runaway system of financial fraud, at the foundation of everything else, has driven the whole society psychotically insane. Furthermore, if one actually looks at the contemporary numbers regarding who are the biggest players in lobbying and funding politicians, and which systems are responsible for torturing the most people to death, the "profit from disease" systems are an order of magnitude worse than any other single aspect of what is currently happening in America.

Obamacare represents runaway social insanity, where the psychiatrists are mostly in on that scam of making money from disease, so much so that they constantly are abusing their power to market more madness!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1nbZCNDgbY

The Marketing of Madness (1/18)

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 03:57 | 4068006 Trampy
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Does anyone know why there are all these new ads running on TV selling "risk-free" StressBlock (making all sorts of unsupportable claims), a "free testosterone booster," one for women called Estronyl, and there are a few more with free trial, money-back guarantee.  Oh and there's a joint-pain ointment that says it was effective in 100% of the people using it for pain, yeah sure. 

Wilhelm Reich died in prison driven crazy by FDA persecution and to this day prune juice sellers can't say that it relieves constipation because they haven't done the needed double-blind studies to show that it relieves constipation better than placebo with 95% confidence, supposedly.  Everyone knows you don't drink a lot of prune juice if you can't get to a bathroom quickly but some of that crap on TV might even have the opposite effect of what is being claimed in some individuals with idiosyncratic metabolism or from drug-drug interactions.

So what's the deal with all these "dietary supplements" being marketed on TV with "promises" that they will treat disease states with effectiveness and safety, and they sure as hell aren't "drugs" that went through the three phases of clinical trials for NDA?

When was the law changed to allow this?  It used to be illegal.

And similarly, I have a small package of an artificial sweetener that was available to customers at a coffee shop in a pink package that says SWEET CRYSTALS, one packet contains the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar, DIAMOND CRYSTAL SALES, www. dcbrands. com and makes no mention of what it contains.  How the hell is that legal?  It's an unlabeled artificial sweetener.  Back before GHB was federally scheduled, the FDA was busting people for sending it in the mail without proper labeling, without any hint of it being sold to the public ... just sending it across state lines was a felony enforced by FDA Special Agents with people serving federal prison time after being convicted of the crime of mailing a (endogenous) "drug" in the mail to another consenting adult without it bearing FDA-mandated labeling.  What is going on?

Diamond Crystal might have more than one artificial sugar.  And some of them can be toxic.  So how the hell can they give these pink packages out to people with no indication of what they contain?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:10 | 4066980 dick cheneys ghost
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aint democracy great

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:52 | 4067131 Anusocracy
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Ain't freedom imaginary?

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 06:59 | 4068081 Incubus
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Amurrika, land of freedumb.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:11 | 4066981 RaceToTheBottom
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I think the pyramid is tipping over....

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:56 | 4067149 knukles
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In the commodities business there's a position called an Inverted Pyramid due to it's analogical inherent instability.

A person puts on one contract, it goes their way and in comes variation margin.  They put on another contract depositing the newly received variation margin as initial margin for the new position.  And so it goes. 
Wondefuckful if it goes your way.
However, if the pyramid is big and it moves against you, the the whole thing crashes  "Pooof!"

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 23:17 | 4067740 RaceToTheBottom
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Thanks Mr Knuckles for the explanation.  I am not in that biz

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:16 | 4066985 4 wheel drift
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NEWS-FLASH !!!

 

the ACA has been renamed to......

 

cACA

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:37 | 4067081 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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UCA- Un-affordable Care Act!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:12 | 4066991 unrulian
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.04% complete the task....sounds like recent graduates of the public school system

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:04 | 4067177 franzpick
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Or would-be graduates of GoScarem's Common Core equal-opportunity, social justice, federal drop-out national education program.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:21 | 4067188 socalbeach
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It's 0.4%, not 0.04% (36K / 9.47m as a %).

Oops.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 08:13 | 4068194 unrulian
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I went to public school...what can i say

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:12 | 4066992 Number 156
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Its the Republicans fault.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:15 | 4067006 krispkritter
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Be specific...it's the 'Tea Party Republicans'.  Kind of like being a 'White Hispanic'...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:18 | 4067022 Running On Bing...
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You mean a Zimmerman?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:32 | 4067065 nmewn
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He's got a black grandma, so technically he's a White-Black-Native South American Indian-Hispanic...or sumpin...lol.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:58 | 4067157 knukles
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That's like the guy stopping me from getting to the refrigerator when on peyote...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:18 | 4067232 nmewn
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...I've beat the shit out of so many refrigerators in my life because of that its not even funny ;-)

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:43 | 4067303 krispkritter
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I hope they were all GE's... ;)

 

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:31 | 4068887 DOT
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My fridge wears a hoodie. I can't go in the kitchen anymore.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:27 | 4067053 mydogisprettier...
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Yeah, that concept of limited government and ending excessive spending is horrible.

 

Tell me, mcconnell sure did ensure conversative values, didnt he?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:31 | 4067062 quasimodo
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I think that Pillsbury doughbot got some kickbacks for a damn project in KY as part of the deal

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:36 | 4067078 nmewn
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I hope Matt Bevin kicks his ass...then we can work on revoking his pension.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:22 | 4067251 krispkritter
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What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino?  Elephino...

 

What do you get when you cross an elephant and a donkey?  535 jackasses in DC...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:53 | 4067139 mydogisprettier...
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*conservative

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:12 | 4066993 Running On Bing...
Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:13 | 4066998 krispkritter
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The chart should be colored in shades of brown indicating the level of crap it represents.  And they only spent what, $630mil on the site?  Will spend how many billions trying to enforce it and fund it?  How many people will ignore it until they have to throw them off their property or in jail because some people will never, ever feed this monstrosity? This will be part of the last straw and next election we'll all be eating camel soup...

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:29 | 4067058 Urban Redneck
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They spent over a year and $600 million on a website that Americans are required (basically at gun point to use) and they only sell 36,000 accounts.

A lifetime ago I got to spend a little over $6 million (and about 1 calendar quarter) on a new website that NO ONE had to use (and that was schlepping banking products while Alan GreeNZIRP was busy imposing the negative real interest tax on the masses). We got more than 36,000 accounts opened in the first week.

$600 million and full might and backing of USS Titanic and they can't outperform a dumb ass redneck. Be afraid, very, very, afraid.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:38 | 4067083 Uncle Remus
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Yeah, well, you can read.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:40 | 4067090 nmewn
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My money always rides on pissed off rednecks.

When it hits, it hits big ;-)

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:10 | 4067201 DaddyO
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I live in redneck central and more gets done by 9am here than in 10 years in Vichy DC.

Hank Willams new what the hell he was singing about don't you know?!?

DaddyO

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:26 | 4067266 nmewn
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Dats a fact.

We'll be fine, folks in the city are pretty much fucked ;-)

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 22:17 | 4067582 booboo
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"I can skin a buck, I an run a trout line...a country boy can survive"

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 08:48 | 4068185 SimMaker
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So......the site cost $630 Million....with 36K sign ups.....

 

$17,500.00 per sign up?...Fucking DEAL!........lol.

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:40 | 4069212 donsluck
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The insinuation being when the shit hits the fan, one can live off the land. Unfortunately, before long, all the deer will be gone and the streams played out. That lifestyle only works with a very low population, or as a little sideline in the modern world.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:42 | 4067098 Keyser
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History shows that everything the Federal government touches turns to shit. This fiasco is no different. 

 

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:07 | 4069075 Hongcha
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I try to hate the game not the playah ... but truly this is an abomination, an enforced drowning in goo, plastic nanny fascism at its finest.  Sink in hell, ACA.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:14 | 4067001 Sofa King
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Wait until the first round of penalties go out. The numbers will ballon up nicely. People do not realize that they are now obligated, by birth in this country, to buy insurance from those dirty-ass snake oil salesmen ( as my grandfather, God rest his soul, use to call insurance peddlers).

This is what happens when you listen to some dead-beat tell you that we have to sign a Bill into law before we can figure out what is written in it.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:44 | 4067103 Keyser
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That won't happen until 2015, so we miss this impact during the 2014 mid-terms, but it will be well in play for the next presidential election. 

 

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:21 | 4067033 El Vaquero
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Obamacare:  If you have to ask, you cannot afford it.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:23 | 4067040 Seasmoke
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I don't believe 36,000 people actually signed up for this ponzi fraud. 

 

$600 a month premium with $9,000 deductibles. LOL

 

Clearly President Netanyahu wants you to pay the penalty TAX. 

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:29 | 4067059 NoDebt
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Good comment.  If they buy a policy, the money goes to a private insurance company.  If you pay the "penalty" (don't call it a penalty- it's a tax) it goes directly to the government.  

Now all we have to do is replace all private health insurance companies with a single government insurance bureau and they will get the money either way.

We could call it..... I dunno..... "single payer" maybe.

Working on it!

 

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:48 | 4067108 Urban Redneck
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I just went online and got an formal insurance quote emailed in under 2 minutes the MOST EXPENSIVE plan available (among the 32 offered) has a 300 annual deductible, allows any doctor I want to see, but only costs 400 a month- sound like what Obama promised???

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:14 | 4067217 DaddyO
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I pay $370/mo for a family of 6 and have a $200 deductible. I get to keep it because it is through a ministry that I belong to and opted out of Obummercare on religious reasons, one of the few legitimate exemptions.

Even have a letter from the IRS saying it's OK...

DaddyO

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:37 | 4067285 Urban Redneck
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My State pool only has 1.4 million people, and the cost of living is 170% of that in NYC. So it is mathematically & economically possible to run state-mandated private insurance at a reasonable cost. But I live in Switzerland.

The US healthcare system is corrupt.
The US legal system is corrupt.
The US political system is corrupt.

If/when they "offer" single payer healthcare it will be EVEN MORE FUCKED UP, and the fucking FSA retards will think they are being offered salvation.

The people who promoted this did not have anyone's but their own best interests in mind, and until they are driven into the ground, and the underlying corruption is rooted out- the USA Healthcare system will suck.

The entire Swiss legal code isn't anywhere near as long as the ACA, much less the implementing regulations. Those ACA words aren't written for the people's benefit, they're for the special interests'.

Something tells me I will be canceling my redundant US healthcare policy this year and keeping my 187/month policy that I am perfectly happy with... (a handy foreign resident exemption that I couldn't find until I read the damn bill myself)

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 22:22 | 4067597 HerrDoktor
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How would you feel about 10% off the price of your next herniorraphy?

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 07:20 | 4068106 Urban Redneck
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I'd rather not have a hernia in the first place, since I enjoy only visiting the doctor every 3-5 years and actually paying cash for the little "healthcare" that I actually consume, but thanks for the offer.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:18 | 4067233 shutdown
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I can't believe anyone is stupid enough to enroll in this idiotic health plan. 

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 01:02 | 4067893 Bear
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Do you mean the Nit and Very Tan Yahoo in the White House?

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:24 | 4067044 Blame Crash
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But failure is the  "New Success"!

I thought everyone knew that already!

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:43 | 4068943 RSloane
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The new propaganda line that Obamacare is screamingly successful which is why its failing can only be matched by Baghdad Bob's assurances that the skies were sunny and beautiful on the day bombs rained down on Iraq.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:25 | 4067046 cabtrom
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What a colossal fuckup!

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:04 | 4067074 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Speaking of failure this must be one of the reasons he doesn't want us to listen to bloggers.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-website-violates-licensing...

See website for graphics

Obamacare Website Violates Licensing Agreement for Copyrighted Software Company to pursue action against HHS for using copyrighted web script.

Healthcare.gov, the federal government's Obamacare website, has been under heavy criticism from friend and foe alike during its first two weeks of open enrollment.  Repeated errors and delays have prevented many users from even establishing an account, and outside web designers have roundly panned the structure and coding of the site as amateurish and sloppy.  The latest indication of the haphazard way in which Healthcare.gov was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing agreement for the software.

The script in question is called DataTables, a very long and complex piece of website software used for formatting and presenting data.  DataTables was developed by a British company called SpryMedia which licenses the open-source software freely to anyone who complies with the licensing agreement.  A note at the bottom of the DataTables.net website says: "DataTables designed and created by SpryMedia © 2008-2013."  The company explains the license for using the software on that website [emphasis added]:

DataTables is free, open source software that you can download and use for whatever purpose you wish, on any and as many sites you want. It is free for you to use! DataTables is available under two licenses: GPL v2 license or a BSD (3-point) license, with which you must comply (to do this, basically keep the copyright notices in the software).

The software, a version of which is available at DataTables.net, contains the copyright notice in the opening lines of the code: At the Healthcare.gov website, however, the opening lines of the script appear as follows, with the copyright and all references to the author and SpryMedia deleted; a search of the entire script does not turn up the missing lines either:

Even a cursory comparison of the two scripts removes any doubt that the source for the script used at Healthcare.gov is indeed the SpryMedia script.  The Healthcare.gov version even retained easily identifiable comments by the script's author, such as the following:

Here is a screen capture from the SpryMedia script:

Here is the same section at Healthcare.gov:

 

and the punchline

THE WEEKLY STANDARD contacted SpryMedia for comment.  A representative for the company said that they were "extremely disappointed" to see the copyright information missing and will be pursuing it further with the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that runs the Healthcare.gov site.

 

Don't listen to them pesky bloggers.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 20:03 | 4067092 PLira
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Obamacare will collapse as it was designed to do. Single payor, .gov and all that . Just another hoop till total .gov control of health-care. One would be an idiot to enroll, imho.

OT: That said, here is some good weekend reading. An adventure story, written by a Navy Captain, Ret. , now deceased in his early 50's for your weekend reading, if you have time. Dunno how he died but a marvelously talented writer. Enjoy you will if, adrenaline junky you are.

http://www.neptunuslex.com/rhythms-the-compendium/

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:40 | 4067093 lead salad
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FUCK. YOU. OBUMBLES. YOU. FUCKING. FUCK.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:41 | 4067094 km4
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fewer than 1% of those trying to register for health insurance under Obamacare have completed the enrollment process.

what word comes to mind ?

Clusterfu*k

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:43 | 4067099 Atomizer
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US think tanks are going to use past UK immigration mistakes to find new ACA membership allocation goals. MSM, Oh looky here. We have a hockey stick increase for ObamaCare membership demand.. LOL

 

UK's Open Borders about to get wider to EU (14 Jan13)

Warning to the global community, Sugar daddy Obama needs you to move to US to help fund the ACA ponzi scheme.

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:47 | 4067118 ImnotPOTUS
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NEW SLOGAN for the .gov

"Dedicated to serving only the 1%!"

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:49 | 4067122 Wm the Shrubber
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Check the math.  1% is too generous.  I come up with 3/10 of 1%.  WINNING!!!!

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