Tag Archives: Kathleen Sebelius

Greg Hunter ~ Weekly News Wrap Up April 11 2014 [Video & Transcript]

USAWatchdog

This headline is only half right–“Putin turns up the heat in Ukraine.”  It should read, Obama and Putin turn up the heat.  I think this is the big story, and it is being underreported.  It has both financial and real war implications.

Let’s start with what Russia is doing.  It is now going to issue a new bond based in the yuan.  Are you getting that?  This is yet another move away from using the U.S. dollar to settle international trade.  Russia is also hiking the price of natural gas to Ukraine by at least 50% in May.  The Russians are going to want the cash for natural gas up front.  Russia is warning of the dire debt crisis in Ukraine and how this could threaten Russian natural gas deliveries to the EU.  I said it’s game on for financial war, and this is proof.

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David Martosko ~ Obamacare Confusion Reigns As Frustrated Patients Walk Out Of Hospitals Without Treatment

DailyMail  January 2 2014

‘They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!’: Obamacare confusion reigns as frustrated patients walk out of hospitals without treatment

MailOnline spoke with patients who were told they would have to pay their bills in full if they couldn’t prove they had insurance

  • One was faced with a $3,000 hospital room charge and opted to leave the hospital after experiencing chest pains
  • ‘Should I be in the hospital? Probably,’ she said
  • Another, coughing in the cold, walked out without receiving a needed chest x-ray
  • Consumers face sticker-shock from medical costs under the new Obamacare system, made worse if they can’t prove they’re insured
  • As many as one-third of new enrollees’ applications have seen problems when the government transmits them to insurance companies
MailOnline spoke to patients outside hospitals in Virginia's Washington, D.C. suburbs, many of them confused about the state of their insurance coverage

MailOnline spoke to patients outside hospitals in Virginia’s Washington, D.C. suburbs, many of them confused about the state of their insurance coverage

Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can’t determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect.

Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they’ve signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren’t taking their word for it.

In place of quick service and painless billing, these Virginians are now facing the threat of sticker-shock that comes with bills they can’t afford.

‘They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!’ a coughing Maria Galvez told MailOnline outside the Inova Healthplex facility in the town of Springfield.

She was leaving the building without getting a needed chest x-ray.

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Jonathan Turley ~ Close Enough For Government Work? Sebellius And The Irrelevance Of Job Performance

Jonathan Turley  November 8 2013

Below is my column today on the continuing problems with the Affordable Care Act.  I believe some national health care plan was needed.  However, before passage, I spoke on Capitol Hill and criticized the poor drafting of the Act as well as the constitutional concerns over the federalism issues.  I was most surprised by simply the poor shape of the massive bill.  It was rushed through Congress to avoid having to go back to the Senate after the death of Ted Kennedy.  The result was many poorly considered provisions.  For that reason, I expected (particularly after the expenditure of such a huge amount) that the rollout would be done with particular care. I was shocked by the gross negligence shown by the Administration.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius repeatedly assured Congress and the public that the system was ready after almost a half billion dollars in federal funds and years of preparation.  She never informed Congress that her top tech officer (who has now resigned) refused to sign off on the program due to concerns of the lack of full testing and that various experts expressed doubts about the launch.  However, Sebelius and her aides insisted on effectively launching in the blind.

Putting aside how one may feel about national health care, this would seem an objective measure of the lack of performance.  This was the single most important task not just for Sebellius but the Administration and it was a failure.  For those who have fought hard for health care, the failure played into the hands of critics.   Yet, with a program named after a Democratic President, there seems an unwillingness to separate the merits of Obamacare from the poor administration of the rollout of the program.

While officials are now profusely apologizing, it seems that (unlike most citizens) high-ranking officials are immune from performance-based termination.  That is the subject of the column in USA Today.

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Ellmers Questions Sebelius On Obamacare Failures [Video]

RepReneeEllmers  October 30 2013 (Thanks, Christina)

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers questioned HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during this morning’s hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee on the failed Obamacare exchange roll out and massive website problems.

Sebelius: “An insurance policy has a series of benefits whether you use them or not . . .”

Rep. Ellmers “Single male age 32 does not need maternity need coverage. To the best of your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby?”

MC “Now, now ladies . . .”

 

David Gagin ~ More Lying & Dissembling From Capitol Hill

Northeast Intelligence Network  October 30 2013

The Obama Administration is being pressured about the problems which have prevented people from successfully participating in “Obama-care” due to massive failures of a website which “We The People” have already paid more than $400 Million to roll out.

This while health insurance policies across the nation have been canceled due to implementation of the law called “Affordable Health Care,” a misnomer in that it cannot provide adequate coverage for the average American, compared to the policies they already had, nor does this law provide coverage that can be called “affordable” since it will cost more compared to pre-existing plans, up to 3 or 4 times or more in premiums which is a severe blow to Americans already afflicted by the inflation in our economy coupled with painfully reduced incomes due to reduced hours, pay cuts and job losses. Economically, this is a slam-dunk that could drive the depression even deeper, threatening an economic collapse and reducing to nil any chance for a recovery.

One can easily surmise this goes well beyond any lack of oversight or competence – it seems so obvious this is a draconian effort to destroy the country on purpose: create a law which if followed takes the country beyond the point of no return. This law is itself criminal, an in-your-face violation of individual rights in a free marketplace, and a law that cannot be legally enforced in the first place since it is blatantly unconstitutional and because it demands illegal actions by enforcers in its execution.

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Mike Adams ~ Rate Shock: Obamacare Causing 539% Increase In Health Insurance Costs For Texans (See Proof)

NaturalNews  October 29 2013

It is crucial for the White House that the Healthcare.gov website continue to fail, because once the site actually starts functioning, Americans are going to be hit with such devastating rate shock that the Obama administration may never recover.

Obamacare is named the “Affordable Care Act,” after all, and the President promised the rates would be “as low as a phone bill.” But I just received a confirmed letter from a friend in Texas showing a 539% rate increase on an existing policy that’s been in good standing for years.

As the letter reveals (see below), the cost for this couple’s policy under Humana is increasing from $212.10 per month to $1,356.60 per month. This is for a couple in good health whose combined income is less than $70K — a middle-class family, in other words.

That’s a 539% rate increase!

$1,356.60 per month is not “affordable” health care. It’s monopolistic price gouging mandated by the Obama administration and enforced essentially at gunpoint. This isn’t health care; it’s highway robbery.

To clarify: this increased rate policy is not “under” Healthcare.gov, but the 539% rate increase is being caused because of Obamacare’s new rules and requirements. If Obamacare hadn’t become law, this couple could have continued spending $212 per month. Instead, they’re now going to have to spend $1,356 per month or sign up for Obamacare and hope to get a better rate there (if the website even functions long enough to enroll).

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Mike Adams ~ Obamacare Must Be Scrapped

I worked for an Information Technology (IT) Systems Architecture team and can confirm that Mike’s conclusion – SCRAP IT! – is the only realistic one.  Healthcare.gov represents an absence of project design, testing, and implementation that is mind-boggling to me.

Here’s an idea, guys! Develop a project plan (hint, hint) consisting of AT MINIMUM 1 – system requirements, 2 - system architecture, 3 – system design, 4 – code development, 5 – code beta test  6) scaled roll-out plan 7) Beta test roll-out 8) make revisions to code and/or roll-out, 9 – beta test modified design. If successful 10 – Implement. From the sounds of it they went from 1 to 4 to 10 minus all intervening steps.

Thank you, God! What a bust ~G

NaturalNews  October 11 2013

The mainstream media is reluctantly coming around to the reality that the Healthcare.gov Obamacare exchange is fatally broken. At the same time, the media is also pushing a new story that claims mid-November is the “new deadline” for fixing what they call “Obamacare glitches.” See Reuters for an example.

The media is, of course, just as delusional about Obamacare as Obama worshippers themselves. Consider these three points:

1) The media is lying to you when they describe the problems with Healthcare.gov as “glitches.” In reality, the website suffers from disastrously failed computer code, critically flawed architecture and an astonishing lack of quality control testing. These cannot be fixed with “patches” or “updates” as the media is pretending.

2) It is now abundantly clear from my code analysis of the client-side Javascript that Healthcare.gov needs to be scrapped and redesigned from the start. That is at least a three-year project. Fixing the current code would probably take 3 – 5 years. Yet the absolute hard deadline for all this working is less than 3 months away: January 1, 2014. There is zero chance it will be fully functioning by January 1, 2014.

3) As a result, the IRS will be fining Americans for not purchasing a mandatory insurance product which they are unable to purchase because the government-run exchange system is broken. This is, of course, the epitome of failed government, reaching Orwellian heights of absurdity.

People will “panic” if it’s not fixed

Reuters quotes the chief executive of a health insurance provider saying, “As we get closer to January 1st, if in fact some of these glitches are not fixed, then I think people will become more and more concerned, and maybe panic about it.”

This person, too, is delusional about the real status of the computer code underlying Healthcare.gov. He believes the site merely suffers from a few “glitches” which can be “patched” in a month or two. He does not grasp the reality of just how disastrously broken the Healthcare.gov code really is.

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Mike Adams ~ Kathleen Sebelius Is On A Bad Acid Trip: Healthcare.Gov Will Be Repaired By Magical Elves And Gandalf The Wizard (Satire)

NaturalNews  October 12 2013

(Outrageously inappropriate satire alert)

Everyone in the world except Kathleen Sebelius has now come to the realization that Healthcare.gov is a disastrous failure. Three years and $600+ million into the project, the site is rapidly becoming famous as the most embarrassing smattering of broken code that has ever been unabashedly declared by any government to be “functional.”

None of this deters the courageous Kathleen Sebelius. In a seizure of irrational optimism, she recently declared the website is “open for business!” Indeed, it’s open for business in exactly the same way a brand-new 100-story hotel with no elevators, no electricity and no toilets is open for business.

It looks great, in other words, until someone actually tries to use it.

Millions of people tried to use Healthcare.gov to sign up, yet none of them succeeded. The failure rate is, to our best knowledge, 100%. This has been explained to us by Obama, Sebelius and others as proof positive that Obamacare is a raging success. It’s so successful that the sheer demand of millions of people trying to enroll caused the entire system to collapse in a shivering pile of digital ooze from which it shall never be resurrected. By government standards, that’s an extraordinary success.

And if Healthcare.gov never works ever again, it is surely somehow the fault of the Republicans because they’re just a bunch of stodgy old men who rant about utterly irrelevant things like the national debt, freedom and the Constitution.

No, Sebelius is not smoking crack

What truly fascinates me in all this is how democrats like Kathleen Sebelius can whole-heartedly convince themselves that an error-infested, fatally-flawed website is, in fact, fully-functioning and maybe even kicking ass! Typically, when someone’s bold claims seem at total odds with reality, we might say they are “smoking crack.”

But Sebelius is no crack smoker. She’s a sharp woman, as anyone can tell from her jaw line alone. Nope, her delusions are clearly powered by something far more creative than crack. I’m talking Timothy Leary-class substances here… the kind of stuff that can make you see miniature fantasy-land creatures popping into reality on your desktop and possibly even working to repair broken computer code in the way that only fantasy-land creatures can do.

Yep, it is my working theory that Kathleen Sebelius is suffering from a bad acid trip. In her tripped-out mind, tiny digital elves are expertly repairing Healthcare.gov computer code right this very minute. The Javascript elves, in particular, have taken a community vote and jointly decided they’re going to stop pranking around and start testing their code before releasing it.

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