With 1 Week Left Until November 30 Obama Scrambles To Boost Obamacare Enrollment; Propaganda Enters Overdrive Mode

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With just a week to go until the Obama-promised "all clear" healthcare.gov date of November 30, the president is scrambling to boost enrollment in the 11th hour. As reported by Reuters, the administration announced a flurry of fixes to its troubled HealthCare.gov website on Friday that officials said would soon double its current capacity, a crucial step toward getting the system working by a November 30 deadline. It also pushed back a deadline for people to enroll in insurance plans for 2014 under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act in a nod to millions of applicants who have been unable to sign up because of technical glitches for nearly two months. The reason for the push is that consumers need to make decisions on healthcare plans in December if they want insurance in place by January.

The problem as discussed ad nauseam is that with its 500 million lines of code, its accessibility problems and its security concerns,  healthcare.gov is simply not a viable option in the long or short-run. And yet Obama keeps insisting on band aid fixes only now the president has decided to boost direct enrollment as a workaround would the latest attempt to fix the site crash and burn again.

Jeffrey Zients, the troubleshooter named by Obama to oversee fixes to HealthCare.gov told reporters on Friday that the website will soon be able to handle 50,000 simultaneous users - twice its current capacity, and up from fewer than 1,000 in the days after its botched launch on Oct 1.


Some of the technical fixes will allow insurance companies to more easily directly enroll consumers in health plans, a senior administration official said.


The administration will run a pilot program for direct enrollment in three states with large numbers of uninsured people - Texas, Florida and Ohio - and use the results to expand the availability of the "direct enrollment" option.


"We do believe that it's substantial. We're looking at hundreds of thousands of people who we believe may well opt to do this," the official told Reuters.

In the meanwhile the first delay to the rollout was announced: it will, however, hardly have a meaningful impact:

People needing health insurance by January 1, 2014 will have eight extra days to sign up, officials said. The original deadline for year-end coverage was December 15, but now will be moved to December 23.

More importantly, the administration has also decided to push back the deadline for the second yearof enrollment, which just happens to fall at a critical time - just after the midterm elections which also means Americans will not know how high premiums surge as a result of Obamacare until after the election.

With the first enrollment period barely off the ground, the Obama administration also has decided to delay enrollment for the second year of the program to give insurance companies more time to calculate rates, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.


The delay will mean consumers will start shopping for insurance for Year Two of Obamacare on November 15, 2014 - more than a week after voters go to the polls for midterm elections, when congressional Democrats are expected to face tough questions about the policy they supported.


"That means that if premiums go through the roof in the first year of Obamacare, no one will know about it until after the election," said Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. But Carney rejected any assertion that politics was behind the extension.

"The fact is, we're doing it because it make sense for insurers to have as clear a sense of the pool of consumers they gain in the market this year, before setting rates for next year," Carney said.

And as usual, the White House is convinced it can just lie and just keep getting away with it thanks to a press that is infatuated with a president who until recently could, in the eyes of the "independent" media, walk on water but no more.

Elsewhere, in an attempt to artificially boost excitement in a program that has gone from Obama's crowning achievement to his most abysmal failure, the WaPo reports that there has been a surge in enrollment after the abysmal results from the first enrollment month:

After anemic enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace, several states running their own online exchanges are reporting a rapid increase in the number of people signing up for coverage, a trend officials say is encouraging for President Obama’s health-care law.


By mid-November, the 14 state-based marketplaces reported data showing enrollment has nearly doubled from last month, jumping to about 150,000 from 79,000, according to state and federal statistics. The nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, which has been tracking the data, called the most recent numbers “a November enrollment surge.


The latest figures from the state-run exchanges, combined with totals on the federal exchange, bring the national number to at least 176,000.

One wonders how much of the "surge" is due to the change in crtieria to just needing to have Obamacare in one's checkout cart. Either way, even if one believes the propaganda, and it is unclear why anyone would after the endless barrage of lies in the past 5 years, "while the pace of enrollments increased this month, sign-ups are still well below early projections."

A far bigger problem beyond simple propaganda is that once again just like with jobs, it is a quality not quantity issue something which central-planning regimes everywhere are unable to grasp - as reported before, if only older, treatment "troubled" individuals sign up and younger Americans skip the healthcare experiment, the outcome would be even worse than if Obamacare had not been unleashed as the Ponzi Scheme (by definition) is critically reliant on younger payors who don't extract more from the system than they put in, at least not early on. Then again, what is central-planning without propaganda:

Some of the state exchanges are seeing the pace of enrollment pick up daily. California has been out in front; the state’s enrollments have grown steadily in November and now account for nearly half of all health law sign-ups. The state has had its strongest two weeks of enrollment this month.


“We’re seeing much larger numbers than we expected,” Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee told reporters this week.

Sure you are. Because since actions still speak louder than propaganda, we can only assume that the resignation of the official charged with launching Hawaii's troubled ObamaCare insurance exchange will resign next month, according to multiple reports. From The Hill:

Coral Andrews, the executive director of Hawaii Health Connector, is the first marketplace director to leave her post since Oct. 1, when the exchanges launched.  The Hawaii Health Connector went live on Oct. 15 due to software problems and had only enrolled 257 people in its first month of operation, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.


Andrews will reportedly depart on Dec. 6 and be replaced on an interim basis by Tom Matsuda, who headed up ObamaCare's implementation in the state. "I am honored to have been a part of implementing part of the Affordable Care Act for the people of Hawaii,” Andrews said in a statement.

Expect increasingly more resignations as the Obamacare "surge" continues.

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RSloane's picture

This is an exciting development! More people will get through to find out they can't afford healthcare.gov much faster! Progress.

TeamDepends's picture

Can't wait to watch the Demorats fleeing the sinking progressive ship!!!!

ACP's picture

Pfah! If it ain't working now, it sure the hell won't be fixed over Thanksgiving.

Dishes are done, man.

Stuart's picture

Because it is a flagship program of Obamas' administration and it is going terribly wrong, expect everything about it, including a miraculous jump in enrollment..much like employment rates, now to be lied about in the most blatant and egregious manner possible.   Just like blatant manipulation in the paper traded gold market, they don't care anymore about being caught.  Stakes are too high.  This is their MO.  FUBAR.

boogerbently's picture

I have a question for you Constitutionalists. I know I read SOMEWHERE that Congress shall make no law that doesn't apply to them. Does anyone know where that is stated? Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Bill of Rights?

JLee2027's picture

None. Proposed amendment only.

Skateboarder's picture

WOW! Fifty thousand people on the same website at the same time!? I didn't think we would get there until 2030. I'm sure glad the gubbamin cutting edge technology is the best in class.

johnQpublic's picture

aFFordable for whom exactly?

the insurance companies?

Son of Loki's picture

"If you want to keep your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance."


So why does my insurance Agent roar laughing every time I call asking them not to cancel my policy, just as Barry promised?

Sam Clemons's picture

I have a question for all military on the constitution.  "against all enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC."  What does that mean to you?  As long as the paycheck comes, you protect the DOMESTIC criminals?

Uncle Remus's picture

It means you probably don't have enough ammo.

Sam Clemons's picture

I'm going old school - crossbow.  Unlimited ammo.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Bolts break and must be replaced....

XitSam's picture

Good question, Sam.  Does anyone, after over 220 years believe that the government can self-regulate?  Separation of powers?  When all branches agree to expand government?  When the courts are nominated and paid by the other two branches? When the military and its industrial complex depends on continual war?

buyingsterling's picture

AZ rep. Shadeggg's bill requiring congress to live under the laws it passes was adopted and became law during the 'contract with America' congress. Now congress just ignores it.

JLee2027's picture


I expect the website will work and trumpets will sound. However, the data captured is crap, and that, from an IT perspective is the real issue.

I Write Code's picture

Better yet, when you *get* your policy and you go to the doctor and he still wants cash, and for the first time Mr. Lofo Voter gets to find out what that $6,000 deductible is all about.

Even if Obamabux paid for half your policy, if they won't pay for the services that 90% or more of enrollees need on an annual basis, hey now.

bigkahuna's picture

Nothing will cover up the body count that we will see resulting from the ACA AKA OBC. It will be affordable heathcare because the dead don't need healthcare.

DosZap's picture

Nothing will cover up the body count that we will see resulting from the ACA AKA OBC. It will be affordable heathcare because the dead don't need healthcare


Yep,but the dead cannot work to help pay.Only non workers will be able to get it, free.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Actually, that's a good idea. They just need dead people to sign up to pad the numbers. They certainly won't utilize too much care. Now if there is just a way for Yellen to monetize the premium debt.


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 1 Stuart.  Yes they have known.  Many of us have known.  There was plenty of warning to those who would listen, even before they passed Obamacare in June, 2012.

And now look, it is even worse than even I had predicted, and I hated this Obamidea and Obamacare before it was cool.

It is worse than ever, a huge threat and problem.

"How's That Obamacare Working Out For You?"


0b1knob's picture

Obamacare passed in March 2010.   They had over two years to prepare for this.

The Obama voter database get-out-the-vote program identiied every probable Obama voter (black, welfare, single mom etc.) and got most of them to the pols in ONE DAY.  Its all a matter of priorities.

NoDebt's picture

Stay away from the website, don't sign up, don't even register.  For security reasons alone, I would never go there.  Dropping all your vital stats (including SS number for you and all your family members) into what is likely to be the most hacked website in the history of the world is financial suicide.  

Underwithold on your taxes and tell them to shove this whole system up their ass.

Meanwhile, Medicaid enrollments are going just swimmingly.  Dwarfing the number of people enrolled in the exchanges.  Somehow that website works just fine.

DosZap's picture

Stay away from the website, don't sign up, don't even register.  For security reasons alone, I would never go there.  Dropping all your vital stats (including SS number for you and all your family members) into what is likely to be the most hacked website in the history of the world is financial suicide.  

You enter your personal info to see the plans ( you cannot afford),so you DO not buy a plan, and you are counted as enrolled.That is great math,there bamster.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Of course you could enter some bogus info...  Garbage in, garbage out!

AlaricBalth's picture

My cat JEdgar finally was able to enroll after 67 attempts. Poor little guy now has to "substitute" his Fancy Feast for Purina because of his coverage costs.

James-Morrison's picture

Most of the plans listed on healthcare.gov (and the state-run exchanges) can be purchased directly from the Issuers (Insurance Company) on their own websites.  

If you have to sign-up, for a rotten Obamacare policy,  I would go directly to the issuer.  I would not put my personal data into the rat's nest known as healthcare.gov. 

The only caveat: if you qualify for a subsidy, you have to use healthcare.gov. 

Pure Evil's picture

Obama's SS # is well known, just use that. Should get you a deep discount. And don't forget to list your home address as Indonesia.

0b1knob's picture

And you birthplace as Kenya.   For a bank account use one from an MF Global account.  Actually there's long been a suspicion that Choomboy stole his SS number from some one else.



A Nanny Moose's picture

That's exactly what I did. The angle missed on enrollment figures, is the number of people who are "enrolled" yet do not even exist. I know of at least one.

John_Coltrane's picture

For example,

Name: Joe Blow

Address:  Kokomo

Income:  Don't have no Dough

SS#: 1 800 FuckYOU


Savvy's picture

The 'anonymous shopper' option failed miserably (yah right), you couldn't see the cost unless you submitted all your info and promised your first born, then if you opt out, they know who you are and are informed of impending fines by the IRS. Lovely.

Being Free's picture

That is the answer NoDebt, Mrs. Free and I decided a while ago not to go near the thing.

Surly Bear's picture

Doubling its capacity from 10 to 20 concurrent users? Hah, what a joke.

Peter Pan's picture

It's kind of perverse but when will it be realised that low enrolment numbers are actually delaying an economic catastrophe. If Obamacare takes hold consumers are going to have far less to spend and the further growth of big pharma, medical services etc does not produce real GDP.

Pure Evil's picture

Yeah, just how many Benzes can a doctor drive at once. I mean once you've bought one for each family member do you then buy one for the dog and cat?

johnQpublic's picture

my doctor drives a lambo...benz just aint good enuf

John_Coltrane's picture

They should have given the contract to PornTube.  They have millions of simultaneous users, and you can pass the time waiting for a page to load by viewing porn.

I'm guessing they don't have 500 million lines of code to run their site.

RSloane's picture

If I were a hard core no holds barred capitalist that thought up a way to force millions of people to buy a product from the private sector then would I be a progressive?

TeamDepends's picture

First, "progressives" is what they call themselves.  Second, do you really think the people at the top are capitalists?  Not a chance!  They are all of the same mindset as John D. "competition is a sin" Rockefeller.

RSloane's picture

You mean....surely you don't mean....that Rockefeller didn't compete farily albeit viciously for his millions? Did you know that when it was proposed that a wind farm be built a mile and a half off the coast of Cape Cod the first person to challenge it was Ted Kennedy because it would disturb his view - what eyesight that guy had! The second one was Rockefeller who apparently could see those damn wind farms all the way from West Virginia. I smell a few oligarchs.

Caviar Emptor's picture

Rocky was a fair-minded guy! Rebates and kickbacks promote fairness in the distribution chain because they spawn more flee-bitten Rocky-clones

Unstable Condition's picture

Capitalism by way of Fascism?


RSloane's picture

I prefer to think of it as Cryptocapitaoligafascitotalariaprogressivism.

Uncle Remus's picture

Clusterfuck. You're talking about a clusterfuck.

CuttingEdge's picture

Corporate Fascism. End Off.

Interesting vid from a couple of years back when Max was on Press TV. Gonzalo misses on his Romney call, but hits the nail on the head with everything else.



RSloane's picture


Thanks Uncle Remus, I knew it was a word beginning with "C"!

Uncle Remus's picture

For some reason, ganging a bunch of words together in English doesn't work quite at well as it does in German.