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They Knew. They All Knew.

We are seeing a lot of panic on Capitol Hill these days as Obamacare continues to unravel.  Certainly, the functionality of the Healthcare.gov  website was initially the primary focus of concern.  But when millions of Americans began to lose healthcare policies they liked in spite of the president’s numerous promises that “you can keep your healthcare plan if you like it – period,” the fear in Washington, D.C.

I'm Shocked, Shocked to Find That Fraud is Going on in Obamacare!

When I first saw the headline on the Drudge Report, “VIDEO SHOCK: O'Keefe reveals Obamacare corruption...,” I immediately thought of the classic movie, “Casablanca” and heard those immortal words, “I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”  James O’Keefe, the well-known videographer, is at it again.  John Fund has written an eye-opening, yet disturbing piece “The Truth About Navigators” in today’s on-line National Review and how O’Keefe and his Project Veritas is doing the job

Those Pesky Obamacare Grandfather Regs and Why We’re All Doomed

Certainly the latest news about Obamacare is how millions of people across the country are losing their health insurance in spite of numerous assurances by President Obama over a period of four-plus years that, “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.”  In other words, he was promising all Americans that the health plan they liked and could afford would be “grandfathered” thus avoiding m

We Will Have Those Numbers in November

Oh, and that Obamacare really is working too, in spite of the website’s problems.

Massive Glitches and Monkey Courts

There were fireworks today at the House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on the roll out of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.  The hearing, entitled, “PPACA Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose?” questioned representatives from the major contractors that constructed the portal or website that is supposed to help individuals enroll in Obamacare.  The witnesses were:

Run Away Run Away!

It is no secret that the Obamacare roll out for its on-line portal to the healthcare exchanges has been a disaster.  Taxpayers are shocked to learn they have paid $394 million (according to a Government Accountability Office report) for a system that has not worked since the Oct 1 opening day.  The Obama Administration throws out numbers such as the website has had 20 million visits and over 500,000 people have filled out

Reality is Starting to Set In

Now that Washington has a temporary reprieve on budget and debt ceiling issues, perhaps the media will focus more on the continuing Obamacare slow-motion train wreck.  It has been largely ignored by the main stream media but the news about the disastrous roll-out is trickling out.

This Is Another Nice Mess You've Gotten Us Into

The New York Times had an interesting story yesterday, which also raised some questions that need to be answered.

Computer Glitches or Poor Program Management

According to a July 17, 2013 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had obligated $303.4 million (77 percent of its total obligations for Obamacare) to establish the healthcare data hub, provide information technology support for federal employees working on the healthcare exchange, the Healthcare.gov website, and a healthcare call center.  The GAO highlighted that while HHS had met its project schedules and milestones for establishing agreements and developing a data hub, severa

A Government That is Too Big

More and more news reports are surfacing about the overreach by the Obama Administration with regard to the partial government shutdown.  Remember, some 82% of government spending is exempt from the shutdown.  It is the White House that ultimately determines what is essential and stays open and what doesn’t in the federal government.

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