And we have quite a lot of ground to cover.
- A poll indicates that seventy percent of American voters want a delay of the individual mandate. I am frankly surprised that the number is not higher.
- There has been a lot of talk about extending the enrollment period. Insurance companies don’t like that idea, because it cuts into their profits. In the event that you hear anyone trying to excuse the administration’s incompetence regarding the Obamacare rollout by repeating the tired old line about Obamacare being “more than a website,” remind those people that it is precisely the problems with the website that are causing the enrollment process to go haywire. In the event that the enrollment process is not extended, enrollees get in trouble for website problems that are, of course, completely beyond their control. In the event that the process is extended, insurance companies suffer for website problems that are, of course, completely beyond their control, and the loss of profits may lead to a loss of jobs. Lovely little dilemma we have going on here, no?
- Secretary Sebelius is testifying today. She claimed that at no time did the health care website crash. Um . . . Incidentally, how much more of these nonsensical and clearly false claims do we have to put up with?
- The new excuse from Democrats is that people are not receiving cancellation notices regarding their old health care plans. No, they are receiving “transition” notices. And if the people receiving these notices liked their health care plans just fine and don’t want to be “transitioned” into anything new, well, that’s just tough for them.
- It’s nice to see that there are people who are calling the president out for deliberately misleading the American people regarding whether they can keep their health care plans. Lena Sun and Sandhya Somashekhar cover the issue and actually do a good job of listing the many ways in which the Obama administration engaged in dishonest rhetoric. Glenn Kessler gives the president four Pinocchios for claiming that under Obamacare, people can keep their health care plans if they like them. For those keeping score, four Pinocchios involve “whoppers” and are as bad as one can get on the dishonesty scale. Kudos as well to Jonah Goldberg for pointing out that either the president of the United States did not know the details of the health care plan that he was advocating, or he and his allies deliberately deceived the American people regarding the details of that plan.
- One month before the launch of the Obamacare website, the administration was warned that the website would not be ready for prime time, and failed to heed those warnings. This, of course, means that the following statement from Marilyn Tavenner, the chief of Medicaid who was supposed to shepherd the rollout of the site, is entirely and completely untrue: “No, we had tested the website and we were comfortable with its performance . . . Now, like I said, we knew all along there would be as with any new website, some individual glitches we would have to work out. But, the volume issue and the creation of account issues was not anticipated and obviously took us by surprise. And did not show up in testing.” Concerns were listed as “severe,” but I guess that wasn’t enough to raise any alarm bells at the Obama administration.
- And there’s more! “An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a ‘high’ security risk for President Barack Obama’s new health insurance website.” So, you know, that’s terrifying.
- Finally, let’s round out by pointing out that if you sign up for Obamacare, you will have fewer physician options available to you. That’s because many doctors and hospitals are not accepting insurance plans offered by the health care exchanges, and that’s because the insurance companies under the exchanges will not adequately reimburse hospitals for the services that the hospitals provide. Recall that not only did President Obama promise us that if we like our health insurance plan, we can keep it, he also promised us that if we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor as well. So much for that promise; add it to the list of broken promises and deceptive statements issued by this administration.
Other than all of this, of course, everything is going just fine with the Obamacare rollout.