April Fools, Obamacare, and BS

surgical glove

When you hear the glove snap, it’s time to bend over.

 

 

 

 

April freaking fool’s day. Yes, I’m angry. For reasons I will write about later. For now, let me just state this. Bureaucracies, over time, simply exist to support themselves. Of course, some bureaucratic BS is necessary to run the world. However, if you don’t know that about bureaucracies, you haven’t given it much thought.

I’m on the White House mailing list, and today, I received the letter from the President telling us how much better life is because of Obamacare. Sorry Nancy, I’m still going to call it that.

Just to start out, if you’d like to read the entire letter, I’ve linked the White House blog to the bottom of this post. And, whether you support Obama or not, you know all the numbers are fabricated. Bad guesses at best.

Normally, I cite sources. I’m not going to tonight. (Except for Goldberg’s’ column and the White House blog post) If you need sources, you’ve not paid a bit of attention in the last two years, and it’s not my responsibility to provide them. Surf the internet for God’s sake. This has been a disaster from what’s her names “We have to pass the bill so we can know what is in it.” I mean, seriously, how has this women not been thrown out on her ass? This is how we govern in America?

Obama is citing “millions” of Americans, young adults, yada yada like he has a clue what he’s talking about. Read the following excerpt from Bernard Goldberg’s latest column, and I’ve linked the entire post at the bottom. I can’t say it any better.

 Too bad the White House forgot to tell the American people how great ObamaCare is.  An AP poll taken right before the six million number was released showed that only 26 percent of Americans support the president’s signature piece of legislation.  That’s the lowest approval rating since ObamaCare became law. (In fairness, the poll may be way off base since it wasn’t conducted of “registered voters” or “likely voters” but simply “adults” – anyone, in other words, with a pulse.)

I don’t want to be a party pooper but there are a few things we don’t know.  We don’t know how many of the six or seven million actually paid their premium.  If they didn’t, they’re not covered — and so they don’t count.

We don’t know how many fit into the key demographic – young and healthy, the ones whose money is desperately needed to keep the plan afloat.

We also don’t know how many already had health insurance but got cancellation notices before they signed up for a new plan they didn’t want.   For all we know maybe only a million of those supposed six or seven million got medical insurance for the first time.

And there’s something else we don’t know.  We don’t know if the numbers the White House is putting out are even close to accurate.

Because, as Goldberg goes on to say, it’s not like Obama’s lied to us about anything else? And by-the-way, our “long broken healthcare system?” Sounds like you’ve been watching too many Michael Moore mockumentaries.

Anyway, if you had to sign up for Obamacare, good luck. You can’t pick your doctor, you can’t pick your healthcare plan. And, if you had something before, what you have now is probably more expensive. But don’t fret, he’s trying to raise the minimum wage.

 

 

http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/7-million-sign-obamacare/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog

Podcast Season 2 Episode 40: Putin, Pearl, and the Poor

Big show tonight. We’re talking Putin, we’re talking poor people, we’re talking Bruce Pearl. In short we’re talking about everything and anything. Don’t blink, you might miss something.

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Fishin's great in Crimea this time of year.

Fishin’s great in Crimea this time of year.

Hey, That’s a hate Crimea

Sorry folks, they can’t all be gems. But Putin is on the move in Crimea and I don’t think he’s stopping till he gets all of Ukraine. Who’s gonna stop him?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eff the Poor!

Eff the Poor!

Let them eat cake!

Rep Paul Ryan says the inner city is in a never-ending spiral of gov’t handouts and poverty. Does that make him a racist? Does suggesting that it makes him a racist make me a racist? We report you decide!

 

 

 

It's just an upside down A.

It’s just an upside down A.

Casting Pearl before swine.

Bruce Pearl is five months away from getting out from under NCAA sanctions for lying about recruiting violations. Auburn hires him up before anyone else can. Smart move but Knoxvillans are hopping mad Tennessee didn’t fire its coach on the eve of the tournament to bring Pearl back. Dopes.

 

 

 

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The ACA website, your tax dollars hard(ly) at work

moneyworkingThe Government has hired a new contractor to work on the ACA website. The Obama administration has elected not to renew its contract with the main contractor, CGI Federal. They have been replaced with Accenture PLC, anticipated to sign a contract for $90 million. An excerpt from an article in International Business Times:

Federal officials determined that CGI had not effectively fixed the computer system behind the HealthCare.gov website and decided to sign a 12-month contract worth $90 million, probably next week, with Accenture, which is based in Ireland but has operational headquarters in Chicago, according to the newspaper’s report. Accenture is the large consulting firm that built California’s new health insurance system, but it has not worked extensively for the federal government before. (ref)

Well, it’s nice that they’ve determined CGI had not effectively fixed the computer system. At least they’re making progress. Perhaps the contractors they’ve chosen has been the problem? A recent January 9 Huffington Post article titled “Obamacare: A Crisis of Crony Capitalism”  targets the Obama administration’s selection of contractors.

Michele Obama’s classmate at Princeton is a senior vice-president at CGI. The idea that this had nothing to do with using CGI stretches credulity, but the patronage parade isn’t over.

Designing the national healthcare site is Teal Media, founded by the Design Manager of Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign, Jessica Teal. Teal has alternated between claiming credit for their work on the site, and removing all online references to their work regarding healthcare.gov.

Our investigation has uncovered that the HealthCare.gov user interface contract went to a small “garage startup” company, Development Seed. Their general manager is Dave Cole who is the former Obama administration executive in charge of Whitehouse.gov. Our sources say Development Seed needed the insider connections of Cole to land the plum healthcare website contract. (ref.)

This should probably come as no surprise to anyone. The problem with this, of course, is when it doesn’t work. Which it doesn’t.

In addition, there have been problems with the hosting service, as noted in an article by Forbes.

One of the most noteworthy Terremark hosting issues occurred On October 27, as visitors faced a major roadblock – an error window that read, “The system is down at the moment,” splashed across the Healthcare.gov homepage. This lead to a series of tweets and blog posts from Terremark representatives, who scrambled to fix the network connectivity issues. (ref)

Apparently the administration intends to change service providers. However, it seems there could potentially be a big problem with this as well.

The HHS signed a contract with HP to switch hosts for Healthcare.gov. Neither Verizon nor HP has released comments regarding this hosting move. However the timing of this switch is alarming, since the Terremark contract ends on March 30 – just one day before the 2014 open enrollment period ends. (ref)

Seriously, is anyone thinking this through at the most basic level?  Sounds like this could be setting up to be a real catastrophe. This is of course, accompanied by the news that the website is still not secure. In a January 16 article by Reuters about Senate hearings about the website, David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSEC LLC, said, “HealthCare.gov is not secure today.” He went on to say:

“I don’t understand how we’re still discussing whether the website is insecure or not,” said Kennedy, who worked for the National Security Agency and the U.S. Marine Corps before entering the private sector. “It is insecure – 100 percent.” The article goes on to say:

Before the hearing, Kennedy told Reuters the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1. Hackers could steal personal information, modify data, attack the personal computers of website users and damage the infrastructure of the site, Kennedy said in an interview. (ref).

I’m not sure how this could be a bigger mess, or how this is all going to play out, but I’m sure we’re going to waste a whole lot of our money on it before we’re done.

References

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-andrzejewski/obamacare-a-crisis-of-cro_b_4445779.html

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/10/breaking-obama-administration-severs-ties-with-key-obamacare-contractor/

http://www.ibtimes.com/white-house-replacing-cgi-federal-maker-glitch-ridden-obamacare-website-accenture-1535130

http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2014/01/14/why-healthcare-gov-was-desperate-to-switch-hosting-providers/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/16/us-usa-healthcare-security-idUSBREA0F07X20140116

Podcast Season 2 Episode 29: New Year – Old News

We’re back! Welcome to season two of Unfiltered and Unfettered. Yeah Season Two. Let that sink in for a second. Not sure who made the career ending decision to green light our show for a second season, but God bless em!

A question for you, our faithful readers/listeners. Should we restart the clock on episode numbers or stay continuous. In other words should this be episode 1 of season two or should we just keep counting and call it episode 29? Answer in the comment section or e-mail us if you please.

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Ah fresh powder.
Ah, fresh powder.

Old Faithful – on skies.

Yeah our old buddy is back and he’s badder than ever. Kim Jong Un, fresh off grinding his uncle’s bones into a fine powder, uses that powder to open North Korea’s first ever ski resort. Open to the public too. Never let it be said he’s not a man of the people.

 

Don't let them forget. Ever.

Don’t let them forget. Ever.

Chew that bone Darrell

Rep. Issa, R CA, is not letting go of the Benghazi cover up. Call him a right wing nut job if you want, but he’s one of the few in government that seems at all concerned about how four Americans were left to die in our own embassy. That makes Darrell our Politician of the Podcast.

 

Jean Luc Picard - greatest of all time? (yes)

Jean Luc Picard – greatest of all time? (yes)

2013 – Politics of the Weird

UF/UF top five list of the weirdest things in politics for 2013. The Pres tops our geek list when he confused Star Wars and Star Trek. Truly an impeachable offense.

 

 

 

All that and more as the ball drops on a new year.

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well go on and do it already

 

 

 

Obamacare and the young barbarians

obamacare

All we needs a good ad campaign

Obama got the young vote in the election. Most statistics say Obama received 60% of the 18-29 demographic. These are the same people Obama needs to make his ACA act work. Except they are not supporting it.

Obama created a piece of legislation that, as part of it’s framework for success, depends on young people to pay for it,  in the hopes that they won’t use it, to support the people that do use it.

It seems Obamacare is failing, in regards to youth support, on several counts.

  1. Whether they should or not, young people don’t care that much about health insurance
  2. They view Obamacare as too expensive and not a very good product.
  3. They don’t have a lot of money to begin with.
  4. Most of them could be included on someone else’s plan.
  5. The one thing that might have facilitated signing up, a nice accesible platform, has been and still is bungled beyond belief.

Obamacare was designed dependent on the fact that young people will buy plans, when in fact, young people care very little about buying insurance, and in addition, they do not have any confidence in Obamacare.  In a fall, 2013 Harvard University Institute of Politics poll:

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds a solid majority of Millennials disapprove of the comprehensive health reform package that the president signed into law in 2010, regardless of whether the law is referred to as the “Affordable Care Act” (56%: disapprove) or as “Obamacare” (57%: disapprove). Less than three-in-ten uninsured Millennials say they will definitely or probably enroll in insurance through an exchange if and when they are eligible. http://www.iop.harvard.edu/fall-2013-survey

Less than three-in-ten? Not good if you’re depending on them.

Then, of course, there’s the obvious. You created a program dependent on people signing up who, just naturally, are at the lower end of the economic scale. They’re just starting out, and, by the way, in a not particularly strong economy.

The problem is Obamacare occurs in a context of young people. They’ve graduated from college, those who have, a great many of them into a job market that is — unsatisfying. And they are graduating with federal student debt that they got because the Obama administration, with a flood of subsidies, caused the colleges to raise tuitions to capture the subsidies. And now they are coming out with this debt and they are greeted by the Obama administration — ‘Congratulations, you’ve got your degree. Buy some insurance that you don’t want at a price you can’t afford.’ It’s just not promising.

Realclearpolitics

Again, the legislation is dependent on the 18-29 crowd signing up. However, they made it possible for a significant amount that population to not have to sign up.  The following is off of the healthcare.gov website.

 If a plan covers children, they can be added or kept on the health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

Children can join or remain on a plan even if they are:

  • married
  • not living with their parents
  • attending school
  • not financially dependent on their parents
  • eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan

Did I miss something here? You need this population to sign up, yet most of them are probably eligible under someone else’s plan.

Then, of course, there’s one more significant problem. You made it hard for young people to sign up for something they don’t want and can’t afford.  A complete trifecta. With a group of 18-29 year olds, you prevented them from signing up by the only method many of them might have. Online. You bungled the website.

Of course, one of the legislations architects, Ezekiel Emanuel, thinks the whole thing could be solved by just a little PR.

Ezekiel Emanuel, a former health adviser to the president (and the brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel), argued the administration has been too caught up with fixing HealthCare.gov to give the law the proper promotional push.

“No one has launched a big PR campaign to get these people signed up because of the problems with the federal website,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “We are about to launch a big PR campaign, and that, I think, is going to persuade a lot of people to sign up.”

He noted the administration still has “four more months to go until the end of March,” when penalties kick in for those who haven’t gotten coverage

He said he thinks young people will be incentivized to sign up, and noted that the looming penalty will convince more to sign up by March 31.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/08/what-holding-back-obamacare-architect-says-big-pr-campaign/

Sure, it just needs a little PR. You know, along with some penalties for those rebellious young barbarians if they won’t sign up. “Incentivize them with a penalty.” What an ignorant concept. Another look behind the curtain as to why this legislation is bad.

I sure like that Flo from those insurance commercials, maybe they can get her. Of course, I don’t like her enough to convince me to get insurance. And neither will these young people.

http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/elections/how_groups_voted/voted_12.html

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/health-care/article/Obamacare-depends-on-young-adults-signing-up-5092968.php

http://www.iop.harvard.edu/fall-2013-survey

http://www.statisticbrain.com/2012-presidential-voter-support-by-demographic/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/04/few-uninsured-young-people-say-theyll-sign-up-for-obamacare/

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/11/the-keg-stand-obamacare-ads/

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/12/05/george_will_young_people_will_sign_up_for_obamacare_due_to_altruism_or_ignorance.html

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/08/what-holding-back-obamacare-architect-says-big-pr-campaign/

http://theweek.com/article/index/253583/obamacares-surprising-demographic-pitfall-young-people

Podcast Episode 28: Yes Virginia, there is an Obama-Clause

Special show for you tonight. It’s the Christmas episode. It’s also the 28th and last episode of Season 1. We’ll be back in 2014 with Season 2. But it’s still 2013 so let’s get our Yule Tide on.

 

Wait. Why didn't he say Happy Holidays!?!?

Wait. Why didn’t he say Happy Holidays!?!?

You want on the nice list?

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 Yes Virginia, there is an Obama-Clause!

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He's white damn it!!

He’s white damn it!!

Black is beautiful… unless we’re talking Santa or Jesus

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly has serious discussion about the whiteness of Santa and Jesus. She comforts the kids by assuring them that Santa is in fact a white man. She takes to the air 3 days later to defend herself from the enormous amount of mockery she’s getting on social media, MSNBC, CNN, etc… No worries folks, she was just kidding.

 

Hey, look at that! They are both white!

Hey, look at that! They are both white!

Don’t mess with Jesus on his birthday!

The Catholic Church wins a precedent setting court decision against the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. Judge rules they are not bound by the contraception mandate.  Church –  1 Obama – 0. Next round is in the appellate court. Is this the next blow to the entire foundation of the law itself. We report, you decide!

 

 

Santa-Bama

Wait, he’s not white? I’m confused.

The Night before an Obamacare Christmas

My partner dug deep in the well of his talent when he wrote this. By far the smartest and funniest thing you will ever read on Obamacare. He does a dramatic reading tonight on episode 28. If you just want to read it click the link. Your politics won’t matter, you’ll laugh. Trust me man, I’m a scientist.

 

 

All this and a bunch more on tonight’s special Christmas episode of UNfiltered & UNfettered – The world explained, by us.

Yes Virginiathere is an Obama-Clause!

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The Night before an Obamacare Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Obamacare soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of check-ups danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When on my laptop there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the desk I flew like a fiend,
Hit the on button, and threw up the screen.

The view on my screen looked like new-fallen snow
Which gave the lustre of disfunction to the browser, you know,
When, to what to my wondering eyes should appear,
It was healthcare.gov, but it didn’t look very clear.

My little old laptop used to be so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment the website would stick.
Slower than snails the site it did load,
“This will be better soon” the administration had sold
Now escape key, control tab, escape key again,
Control alt delete, I just wonder when,
This site won’t work, it won’t work at all!
I just rebooted, it continues to stall!

 As turtles that before a cold-front sit
This is taking so long, I just wanted to quit
I called the number that was listed there,
They’d all went home, without even a care.

 And then, it started twinkling, and I heard a small sound
The screeching and spinning of my hard drive going round
As I shook my head, and was thinking it’s done,
I watched the press conference, it wasn’t much fun.

 She was dressed in a suit, from her head to her toe,
And her clothes were well pressed, she was going to a party, you know.
A bundle of people stood behind her back,
She looked like a bureaucrat, leading her pack.
Her eyes-how they twinkled! Her look was so scary!
Her cheeks were so pale, her nose like little berry,
Her droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
As she prepared her white lies, as white as the snow.

She smiled so tightly, baring her teeth,
Her hair was so white, it circled her head like a wreath.
She had a thin face and a story so wrong,
I laughed when she said it, good, hard and long

 Then the head man said “I’m sorry” with glee,
We’ll get this fixed real quick, you see,
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
He said “This is the Republicans fault” you’ve nothing to dread.

 He spoke no more words, but went on to other work,
And I sat at my laptop, and felt like a jerk,
He issued a statement, through the press it arose,
We’ll hold someone accountable, or we won’t, who knows?
He sprang to the White House, to Jay gave a whistle,
“Take no more questions, pluck them out like a thistle,”
But I heard him exclaim, as he left in a whiz,
“Happy Obamacare to all, if you can get it, that is!”

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Santa-Bama