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In 4 Short Weeks, The Administration Claims Obamacare Has Achieved 'Private Sector Effectiveness'

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Submitted by F.F.Wiley of Cyniconomics blog,

As we noted last month, President Obama sat down for an interview with Chuck Todd on November 7 and said:

You know, one of the lessons — learned from this whole process on the website — is that probably the biggest gap between the private sector and the federal government is when it comes to I.T. … Well, the reason is is that when it comes to my campaign, I’m not constrained by a bunch of federal procurement rules, right? …When we buy I.T. services generally, it is so bureaucratic and so cumbersome that a whole bunch of it doesn’t work or it ends up being way over cost.

Well, this week we learned that the gap’s been closed. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told us so. In its official, December 1 “Progress and Performance Report” on the Obamacare website, HHS not only announced that it had “met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users,” but wrote that “the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.” That sure was quick.


Sarcasm aside, we found it hard to read HHS’s eight page document without cringing. Needless to say, it’s not a genuine “progress and performance” report. It’s not even close.

Consider that shortly after accepting his position as website czar in October, Jeffrey Zientz let us know that he’s working from a list of problems on a “punch list,” which included over 100 issues according to an anonymous spokesperson. Zientz added that the system’s failure to deliver accurate reports to insurance companies was at the top of the list. This seems a reasonable prioritization, right? If the exchange can’t deliver the necessary information to insurance companies, the whole process collapses. But HHS’s report doesn’t even mention this critical problem.

And how about measures to protect website users’ personal information, which are widely reported to be full of holes? Again, not a word.

You won’t find expense figures, either, which is unfortunate in light of Bloomberg’s analysis showing that the largest 10 contractors were already paid an astounding $1 billion. Considering the administration’s private sector aspirations, the absence of any information on the website’s soaring costs seems a conspicuous omission.

Instead of checking off accomplishments against what still needs fixing, while revealing the taxpayers’ bill, HHS’s report combines vacuous “achievements” such as “2X a day standup war room meetings” with unverifiable statistics for response times, capacity, error rates, uptime and software fixes. The report reads like a baseball team’s declaration of success on its spring training goals of learning each others’ names, knowing which base is which and memorizing the infield fly rule. We don’t doubt there’s been some improvement in the metrics, but it’s unlikely that the last two months’ progress gets the website to much better than inadequate, from its earlier status of epically inadequate.

Worse still, HHS seems to think we take their propaganda seriously. Displaying #AskJPM-like ignorance of how the administration is perceived, they act as if we believe what we’re told. On the contrary, there seems only a shrinking minority of loyalists who still trust the official narratives, as shown by Obama’s plummeting approval ratings. Those who weren’t predisposed to disbelieve empty rhetoric probably tuned out at “you can keep your plan if you like it.”

And while we may never know the true extent of the administration’s deceptions, here are a few links to information that Zientz doesn’t want you to have:

  • CNN reports that “the White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations to keep quiet … insurance executive feel defenseless against the White House PR team … the insurance companies are in a position to just be quiet for fear of offending basically their biggest source of income.”
  • In one of what we suspect are multiple methods of inflating its enrollment counts, HHS flouts industry standards by including “enrollees” who didn’t complete the process by continuing to the payment step. This detail is, of course, absent from official reports. (It was shared with the Washington Post by anonymous sources.)
  • Prior to and immediately after the website’s October 1 launch, HHS head Karen Sebelius kept a close wrap on all sorts of critical information, including the website’s developmental progress, initial effectiveness, the true reasons for its early breakdowns, and expenses (which were only revealed through Bloomberg’s analysis linked above and other third-party estimates).
  • This last link comes off as a total non sequitur, but I’ll share it anyway because I read the NSA’s Thanksgiving memo on the same day as HHS’s report and it was the combination of these two gems that motivated me to get this post out. As discussed here by Tyler Durden and Monty Pelerin, there’s a common thread running through this year’s Obamacare and NSA revelations. In case you missed the NSA’s latest, the institution’s leaders took it upon themselves to guide employees on how they should speak with friends and family over the holidays. Just when I thought we’d reached peak weirdness with NSA head Keith Alexander’s Starship Enterprise control room designs and porn use monitoring, the information gets even weirder.

Getting back to the administration’s claim to have closed the gap between public and private sector effectiveness, here are relevant links to a few articles about the key players involved:

  • The firm that was awarded the new general contractor role for the website, QSSI, was quietly purchased (no press releases were issued) in 2012 by our largest health insurance firm, UnitedHealth Group. This occurred not long after a top HHS health care regulator took a new position at the UnitedHealth subsidiary that acquired QSSI. As you might expect, it triggered congressional inquiries about the glaring conflicts of interest, which changed nothing.
  • QSSI was granted its enlarged role despite complicity in the website’s launch disaster and serious questions about its ability to protect sensitive data, as demonstrated by an HHS Inspector General audit earlier this year.
  • UnitedHealth Executive Vice President Andrew Welters and his family are big-time donors and fundraisers for Obama, with reporting amounts of between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Welter’s wife was rewarded with a plush ambassadorship to Trinidad and Tobago. Maybe we can fill in the blanks on Welter’s reward.
  • White House visitor logs show a series of appearances in recent years by Toni Townes-Whitley, a senior executive at CGI Federal, the firm with the largest website contract until QSSI’s recent mandate. These visits were both professional and personal, weekday and weekend, and one of them included a photo with the Obama’s at a Christmas gathering. The professional visits were surely related to CGI Federal’s government business and included a meeting with the principal deputy Obamacare commissioner. The personal visits were explained by Townes-Whitley and Michelle Obama being old college friends, having graduated from Princeton in the same year with involvement in the same extra-curricular groups.
  • Among many recent reports of CGI Federal’s shortcomings, Newsweek published an article that includes details of “potentially aggressive bookkeeping,” “weak disclosure practices,” a whistleblower suit alleging violations of SEC fraud rules, and botched government contracts in its AMS unit.
  • In the bigger picture of all outsourced Obamacare contracts, the Sunlight foundation showed that the disastrous launch may be explained by the fact that the work was divvied up among 47 contractors, all but one of which was known to the government through past mandates. Disclosures by 17 of those contractors reveal that their lobbying expenses in 2011 and 2012 totaled $128 million.

Reviewing these facts, I suppose HHS could support their claim to “private sector velocity and effectiveness” with some semantic tricks. If you interpret that phrase as referring to the principle contractors’ adeptness at winning huge, no-bid contracts through personal connections, donations, fund raising and lobbying, then it all adds up.


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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:25 | Link to Comment HedgeAccordingly
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Greenspan is on the Coin case - 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:48 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Ultimate banana publication. What a joke lol. Thanks for pointing it out Tyler.

edit: excerpt from the thing. It's so funny I had to post it.


Achieving a system that runs smoothly of the vast majority of consumers

Response Time: Average system response time lower than 1 second
Error Rate: Lower error rate, consistently well below 1%
System Stability: Hardware upgrades and software fixes to support system uptime of 90%+
Rapid Response Team: 24/7 monitoring and operations center and team in place to ensure optimal system performance and to respond to glitches and unplanned downtimes
Concurrent Users: Capacity for concurrent user target of 50,000. supporting a minimum 800,000 visits per day


As the metrics detailed in this report reveal, dramatic progress has been made on improving There is more work to be done to continue to improve and enhance the website and
continue to improve the consumer experience in the weeks and months ahead. The new management
system and instrumentation have helped improve site stability, lower the error rating below 1%,
increase capacity to allow 50,000 concurrent users to simultaneously use the site and will help drive
continuous improvement on the site. While we strive to innovate and improve our outreach and
systems for reaching consumers, we believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work
smoothly for the vast majority of users.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:09 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Three years, 600 million dollars (initially, soon to run into billions for "website triage" and they still advise "customers" to contact private health insurance companies who "they think" they may have signed up with to confirm they have coverage.

Yeah, all going according to plan.


Here's a good one:

Washington (CNN) -- Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.

Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said."

"But it's also true that the law lets lawmakers decide if >>>their committee and leadership staffers hold on to their federal employee insurance plans, an option Reid has exercised.<<<

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson emphasized, "We are just following the law."

Fucking douchebag. We all know you're going to throw them under the ObamaBus at some point, they just don't know it.

Just a matter of time.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:29 | Link to Comment Buckaroo Banzai
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These worthless corrupt shitstains can't tie their own fucking shoelaces. The only thing they are good at is lying, stealing, and mass hypnosis.


We need to stay focused NOT on how corrupt and worthless they are. Instead we need to focus on the lawless tyranny they are trying to impose.

DISOBEY. RIDICULE. MOCK. OBSTRUCT. And recognize that they are worms in human form and understand that they are powerless without our consent.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:45 | Link to Comment lewy14
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Yes. But they're winning.

The cultural Marxists hold the commanding heights of opinion making.

The boldness of the disinformation being propagated is an indication of this.

By next summer Obamacare will be hailed as a huge success, and the facts be damned.

The public defenestration of Bob Woodward over the relatively minor issue of how the sequester came about was an object lesson for the commentariat. Do not screw with the happy fun progs. They have the power to make each and every failure, scandal and crime just disappear. Along with the whistleblowers.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:15 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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Damned right, they're winning.

"It's Fixed" isn't open for debate.  It's a statement of fact that must be accepted.  If you have a problem with accessing the site from here out, it's just that: YOUR problem.

I also like the Woodward example.  He must have lost sight of what was within the bounds of "acceptable dissent".  He knows now, though.  You'll never hear another peep out of him.



Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:20 | Link to Comment Jam Akin
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..."principle contractors"...ha ha, good one...

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:48 | Link to Comment MontgomeryScott
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'Private Sector Effectiveness'

The definition of the fascist state is the perfect marriage of the government and corporate interests.

United States 2013: Italy, 1938.


Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:19 | Link to Comment Keyser
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The administration operates under the premise that if you lie outrageously and often enough, people don't know what to believe. It's the old, "watch the shiny object" ploy... HHS should get back to us when the ACA site can handle 400 million page views a day, like the max-traffic on the top private sector sites... 



Wed, 12/04/2013 - 23:24 | Link to Comment Pairadimes
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There is no one in the Obama administration with enough experience to tell 'private sector effectiveness' from Chlamydia.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:29 | Link to Comment SkottFree
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"You won’t find expense figures, either, which is unfortunate in light of Bloomberg’s analysis showing that the largest 10 contractors were already paid an astounding $1 billion."

But hey at least when these companys go belly up next year Obama's buddys will be able to pull down a few hundred million in bonuses for a job well done!

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:12 | Link to Comment booboo
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IRON CLAD GUARANTY (take this to the bank you youngsters) anytime there is a monopoly the service will get worse and the price will increase. And if the government is bragging about acheiving private sector efficiency why the fuck are they doing it.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:28 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:35 | Link to Comment fonzannoon
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My sister got booted onto the exhanges. One of her libdouche friends who is in the group insurance biz offered to help her sign up today. I called my sister and she put me on speaker with her and the friend. They had some questions so they had to call the 800 number.

They were on hold for 2 hours before my sister had to leave. 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:43 | Link to Comment LetThemEatRand
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I don't always douche, but when I do, I use libdouche.  It's organic and slightly dangerous.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:45 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Its fucking poison.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:57 | Link to Comment The Gooch
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One of them ( a local who is #progressive OFA) graciously tweeted their name and address today in reply to #getcornered.

Shes a local OFA rep hosting a weeks long #getcornered phone drive.

I'm gonna put on my best North Face® and stop by one of these nights, 

Give 'em a hand...

Shake it up a bit.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:42 | Link to Comment nmewn
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I try to remember, they were born simple minded and are now brainwashed.

But my patience has reached its end.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:48 | Link to Comment Crash Overide
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It's worth skimming over...


“Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind”.
Theodore Roosevelt

“Malthus has been vindicated; reality is finally catching up with Malthus. The Third World is overpopulated, it’s an economic mess, and there’s no way they could get out of it with this fast-growing population. Our philosophy is: back to the village”.
Dr. Arne Schiotz, World Wildlife Fund Director of Conservation, stated such, ironically, in 1984.

A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal”.
Ted Turner, in an interview with Audubon magazine

“There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it….” “Our program in El Salvador didn’t work. The infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just too goddamned many people…. To really reduce population, quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile age females….” The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa, or through disease like the Black Death….”
Thomas Ferguson, State Department Office of Population Affairs

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill…. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap of mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself”.
Alexander King, Bertrand Schneider – Founder and Secretary, respectively, The Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution, pgs 104-105, 1991

“A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people…. We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions”.
Stanford Professor, Paul Ehrlich in The Population Bomb

“In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it is just as bad not to say it”.
J. Cousteau, 1991 explorer and UNESCO courier

“I believe that human overpopulation is the fundamental problem on Earth Today” and, “We humans have become a disease, the Humanpox”.
Dave Foreman, Sierra Club and co founder of Earth First!

We must speak more clearly about sexuality, contraception, about abortion, about values that control population, because the ecological crisis, in short, is the population crisis. Cut the population by 90% and there aren’t enough people left to do a great deal of ecological damage.”
Mikhail Gorbachev

“Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government”.
Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991

“The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer”.
Dr. Henry Kissinger New York Times, Oct. 28, 1973

“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries”.
Dr. Henry Kissinger

“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac,” and “The elderly are useless eaters”.
Dr. Henry Kissinger

“World population needs to be decreased by 50%”.
Dr. Henry Kissinger

“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order”.
David Rockefeller

“War and famine would not do. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved. AIDS is not an efficient killer because it is too slow. My favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world’s population is airborne Ebola (Ebola Reston), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. “We’ve got airborne diseases with 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that. “You know, the bird flu’s good, too. For everyone who survives, he will have to bury nine”.
Dr. Eric Pianka University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert, showed solutions for reducing the world’s population to an audience on population control

No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation”.
David Spangler, Director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations

“The present vast overpopulation, now far beyond the world carrying capacity, cannot be answered by future reductions in the birth rate due to contraception, sterilization and abortion, but must be met in the present by the reduction of numbers presently existing. This must be done by whatever means necessary”.
Initiative for the United Nations ECO-92 EARTH CHARTER

“In South America, the government of Peru goes door to door pressuring women to be sterilized and they are funded by American tax dollars to do this”.
Mark Earley in The Wrong Kind of Party Christian Post 10/27 2008

Women in the Netherlands who are deemed by the state to be unfit mothers should be sentenced to take contraception for a prescribed period of two years”.
Marjo Van Dijken (author of the bill in the Netherlands) in the Guardian

“Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature”.
Anonymously commissioned Georgia Guidestones

“If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels”.
Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Duke of Edinburgh, leader of the World Wildlife Fund

Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing”.
David Brower, first Executive Director of the Sierra Club

The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes”.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of”.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:30 | Link to Comment wisehiney
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Envious weaklings want to take out their betters in a blind self destruction. Maybe not.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:39 | Link to Comment darteaus
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So, all these twerbs pray for pestilence (infecteous disease), war, famine and death?

Why don't these types ever set the example by killing themselves?  Where is the Sierra Club Jonestown?

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 08:58 | Link to Comment BeansMcGreens
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And the parasites.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:33 | Link to Comment darteaus
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It's Drano!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:30 | Link to Comment icanhasbailout
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How the fuck do you spend $128 million on lobbying alone? Who is actually pocketing this stuff?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:36 | Link to Comment jcaz
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Welcome to doing business in DC.....

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment icanhasbailout
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I've actually seen it in action - worked in an office shared wtih a lobbying firm - and I still don't see how you can possibly spend that much in that amount of time. That's the equivalent of 12,800 $10,000 checks being written out.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:43 | Link to Comment Xibalba
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Obama has a lot of aides. 

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:44 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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All his buddies and campaign contributors.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:33 | Link to Comment surf0766
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This is the utopia the progressives on the left and the progressives on the right have promised us for decade. Sit back, relax and enjoy your enema.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:38 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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They must mean private feeling effectiveness.. Kind of like Michelle stroking Bo's penis in hopes to have sex without reggie being in the forefront.  

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:38 | Link to Comment fxrxexexdxoxmx
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They just need more time and money and everything will work just fine.

This is exactly like every other government program that has ever been tried.

Wanna bet HHS employees pay union dues?

Wanna bet that union gives over 98% of campaign contributions to one party that starts with a D?

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:43 | Link to Comment navy62802
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The US government is going to get the flying shit sued out of it when the identity thefts start rolling in.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:06 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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They're exempt I'm sure.  And if they aren't, then I'm sure they will be by EXECUTIVE ORDER.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:56 | Link to Comment Occams_Chainsaw
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OH c'mon....Obooger will just change the law again and state he is God and that mere mortals must bow down and avert their eyes.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:42 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:05 | Link to Comment NIHILIST CIPHER

Barry et al have been passing the crackpipe early this year, or DC is now the Twilight Zone, or both.   

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 02:14 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Having spent over 15 years in the District of Crime area, I prefer to think of it as a cesspool.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:43 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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The ACA program will end up like Detroit, declaring bankruptcy..Handwriting is on the wall.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:44 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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they meant to say their effectiveness is private

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:45 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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That sucking sound is not just from the's .Gov in general being Hoovered into the bank accounts of lobbyists, their vampirish clients, and elected douchebags paid to hand out the dolla-bills.  Burn DC to the ground, return the power to the States, and let a new smaller .Gov grow from a non-taxing federal entity, beholden to the States, and the People.  Anyone who thinks the current system is viable or just, is part of the problem.  DC is not entitled to exist and should be outlawed with an Amendment and banned, those refusing to leave should be barged to the nearest shoal and dropped off en-masse. Oh, and fuck you Barry.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:47 | Link to Comment t0mmyBerg
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Every one of the motherfuckers involved should kill themselves immediately.  Everyone who voted for one of the motherfuckers involved should have one or both eyes put out.  The time to take up arms against the motherfuckers is coming in the distant future when the blinkered sheep wake the fuck up.  Oh wait, that probably wont happen.  Never mind.  Go back to your regularly scheduled programming

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:04 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Scum never self destructs!

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 23:06 | Link to Comment JR
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While Hillary’s husband, Bill - granted privacy rights not only in the bedroom but under the desk in the Oval Office - is out campaigning for more women’s rights, according to Mark Levin, our contraceptive-president, Obama, is out “screwing us without contraceptives.”
Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:47 | Link to Comment Lordflin
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I am certain that many of you have read of the contest run for a youtube presentation to draw young people into Obamacare. The winner was borrowed from some popular tune, with a rewrite of the lyrics telling young folks not to worry about the price, simply sign on. Well, most of them are living in their parent's living room anyway...

This country gets more Orweilian and surreal by the day...

And on a related theme... was surprised when the Military grew a pair and challenged China over their recent declaration of a defensive air space over lapping Japan's. Don't get me wrong... I am not in favor of a war with China, or anyone else for that matter. But my impression of this adminisitration was that its primary function was to follow the Soros' scheme for destabilizing and destroying national currencies... namely... make us appear weak to our enemies while distancing ourselves from our friends... Fortunately cooler minds prevailed, and it was announced today that all is fair in love, war, and air defence space, and that the rest of asia had better learn to adapt to China's new edect.

You think Japan is feeling Saudi Arabia's pain...?

Hard to know exactly what these idiots are up to... other than the fact that any kind of governance is a destration from the golf course...

I think the truth is there is really no one at the helm, and individual government agencies run amok, with the occasional after the fact managing such as today's announcement...

Anyone want to conjecture on the fate of this nation by the time this fellow exits, and Hillary comes on board?

Any chance we can stop this train so that I can get off?





Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:56 | Link to Comment suteibu
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It won't stop. Tuck and roll.

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 23:03 | Link to Comment JR
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Obama and Hillary were both close associates of Saul Alinsky and here's the proof.

To understand what Obama and Hillary Clinton really mean by “change,” it is very enlightening to read John Perazzo’s Democrats’ Platform for  Revolution at Here is a brief excerpt:

Obama never met Alinsky personally; the latter died when Obama was a young boy. But Obama was trained by the Alinsky-founded Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in Chicago and worked for an affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation, whose modus operandi for the creation of “a more just and democratic society” is rooted firmly in the Alinsky method. As The Nation magazine puts it, “Obama worked in the organizing tradition of Saul Alinsky, who made Chicago the birthplace of modern community organizing.…” In fact, for several years Obama himself taught workshops on the Alinsky method. Obama and his fellow agitators made demands for many things in the Eighties, including taxpayer-funded employment-training services, playground construction, after-school programs, and asbestos removal from neighborhood apartments. Journalist and bestselling author Richard Poe writes: “In 1985 [Obama] began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project. Later, he worked with ACORN and its offshoot Project Vote, both creations of the Alinsky network.”  (In recent years, Poe notes, both of those organizations have run nationwide voter-mobilization drives marred by allegations of fraudulent voter registration, vote-rigging, voter intimidation, and vote-for-pay scams.) The Nation reports, “Today Obama continues his organizing work largely through classes for future leaders identified by ACORN and the Centers for New Horizons on the south side.”

Hillary, for her part, actually got to know Alinsky personally. She was so impressed with Alinsky’s theories and tactics vis a vis social change, that during her senior year at Wellesley College she interviewed him and subsequently penned a 92-page thesis on his ideas. In the conclusion of that thesis, she wrote:

If the ideals Alinsky espouses were actualized, [t]he result would be social revolution. Ironically, this is not a disjunctive projection if considered in the tradition of Western democratic theory. In the first chapter it was pointed out that Alinsky is regarded by many as the proponent of a dangerous socio/political philosophy. As such, he has been feared -- just as Eugene Debs or Walt Whitman or Martin Luther King has been feared, because each embraced the most radical of political faiths -- democracy.

During her senior year, Hillary was offered a job by Alinsky but chose instead to enroll at Yale Law School. Alinsky’s teachings, however, would remain close to her heart throughout her adult life. According to a Washington Post report, “As first lady, Clinton occasionally lent her name to projects endorsed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the Alinsky group that had offered her a job in 1968. She raised money and attended two events organized by the Washington Interfaith Network, an IAF affiliate.”

Given the huge intellectual debt that both Democrat presidential candidates owe to Saul Alinsky, it is vital for all American voters to understand precisely who he was and what he taught. As you read this, you will hear in his words the echo of many familiar, outspoken leftist agitators for “change.”

John Perazzo is the Managing Editor of DiscoverTheNetworks and is the author of The Myths That Divide Us: How Lies Have Poisoned American Race Relations. For more information on his book, click here. E-mail him at

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 21:58 | Link to Comment Duc888
Duc888's picture George says to Jerry........."Jerry, just remember, it's NOT a lie if YOU believe it..."

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:03 | Link to Comment JR
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The president, it must be faced, is lawless. Obama rewrites the Obamacare law every week, changing deadlines, adding provisions, just as John Roberts et al. rewrote the Constitution and declared socialism a tax. According to our Framers, an imperial presidency is unconstitutional. Of the three branches of government in this separation of powers, one is absent. The Congress is nonfunctional. Rather than check Obama or the Supreme Court, it drifts, refuses to act.

If the American people acquiesce to Obamacare, they will have awakened to a socialistic country with no connection with their elected representatives, to rule by fiat.

Levin: Obamacare 'Is Whatever Obama Says It Is'| by James Beattie

December 4, 2013

Discussing President Obama three-week public relations campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act, Mark Levin said on Tuesday that Obamacare is "Jell-O... it is whatever Obama says it is."

"So people are losing their healthcare, they're losing their coverage, people who have advanced stages of cancer, people who suffer from diabetes, people who have heart disease, and many, many other ailments and maladies and diseases and illnesses. People are losing their doctors, as well as their coverage. This is very, very serious. That's why Obama's ratings are going down, not because of the Republicans, or the media or anything. It's because people are being adversely, miserably affected by this pathetic law, this pathetic law which is really Jell-O. It's Jell-O. It is whatever Obama says it is. 'Well the Supreme Court upheld the law.' The Supreme Court upheld which law? What law? The way the law operates today isn't even the law that the Supreme Court saw in many respects.

"So what did Obama have to say? So here we have a three week campaign effort right up to Christmas because that's all this jerk knows how to do. That's right, I said, 'jerk' and I could say worse, but I'm a nice guy.  Nobody's done more damage to the people of this country, to our economy, to our way of life, and yes to our medical coverage than this man," Levin added.

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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 22:49 | Link to Comment hawk nation
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Obama could grow a small mustache like you know who and the liberals would comment on how becoming it is on him

Americans are so fucking clueless

Wed, 12/04/2013 - 23:03 | Link to Comment MedicalQuack
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Ok let's add some history here on the fact that GAO had banned Oracle from bidding a couple years ago over the fact that some agencies didn't get the same discount as private industry was receiving.  I know there are several ways to read that and I'll tell you the government needs more support than private industry too with enterprise IT accounts.  So  DOJ bans Oracle from bidding, the one frigging company that could do such a massive project and already has a lot of Oracle technologies in place with all the insurers.  As a matter of fact it's a subsidiary of Blue Cross now that has the job of creating the 834 billing module that they lied their ass off about being done. 

I feel sorry for the guy running Cover Oregon as they chose Oracle but the darn legislature decided to have 1700 places checked for eligibility, a bomb they dropped on the folks later while the development was in progress...well most check 250-400 so that added on 9 more months of custom code to be written...duh...and everyone is all over the guy's neck and now he took a medical 3 month leave of absence which was smart.  I think it is next week when the site goes live and I hope it does well as they did the right thing in not trying to keep the site open.

Yeah the 8 page report was vague as it's getting harder even for Zeintz and his creative's a lot of boring crap to read the details but all needs to be fixed.  I have to go back and pick a bone with a NYT reporter who called and spoke to me and was not kind enough to give a reference as someone who knows something:)

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:32 | Link to Comment darteaus
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That's because, technically, the Post Office is in the private sector!

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 00:51 | Link to Comment Decimus Lunius ...
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But, hey, we  might have structural problems that prevent us from doing anything except killing people (rightly or wrongly), but let us run your fucking healthcare?  Where do these fucks come from?  I had optimism when I found that Reid and Pelosi and Boehner were old as shit and likely to die off soon.  Nope.  We get that you're a narcissist in that you believe you are an expert in every topic you opine on, we get that you never really had any innovative or original idea, and we get that your drive is based on you being remembered well (perhaps a name on a bill???), but you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.  You are reading the 5-times removed regurgitated commentary of someone who earned all the complete fuck-all merits to be read by the fuck-all merited staffer in the basement.  Thus is Amurrica. 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 01:07 | Link to Comment JR
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“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
  --George Orwell, 1984

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 01:51 | Link to Comment tturner
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It would have been more effective to just give every US citizen $3 million. Do the math, population divided into Obamacare web site costs to date. What a disaster.


Thu, 12/05/2013 - 04:52 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Think you have your math way off there Tom.  Apparently finance isn't your strong suit.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 07:00 | Link to Comment justsayin2u
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Corruption and sleaze - the hallmark of the most open and ethical administration ever run  by a community organizer.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 07:55 | Link to Comment esum
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when obumbler opens his yap lies and bullshit come forth... LIAR IN CHIEF.... the wheels fell off his redistribution vehicle and the car is in the ditch ... when will he be IMPEACHED

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 08:06 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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who cares.


Barry's socialist plan is falling apart - big surprise.


Watching Barry get bitchy in those little speeches of his is priceless.

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