House Oversight Committee Obamacare letter, What White House wants, Shop for health insurance without registering feature removed, Obamacare will dramatically increase premiums

House Oversight Committee Obamacare letter, What White House wants, Shop for health insurance without registering feature removed, Obamacare will dramatically increase premiums

“We need an educated citizenry that values hard evidence.”…Barack Obama

“If you’ve got health insurance we’re going to work with you to lower your premiums by $2,500 per family per year. We will not wait 20 years from now to do it, or 10 years from now to do it. We will do it by the end of my first term as president.”…Barack Obama

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

 

Below are exerpts from the House Oversight Committee letter to Steve VanRoekel, U.S. Chief Information Officer and Administrator, Office of Electronic Government Office of Management and Budget and Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Office of Management and Budget.

The letter paints a disturbing picture of the implementation of the Obamacare website and confirms many of our suspicions.

“Dear Messrs. VanRoekel and Park:

The recent problems associated with ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges and the colossal failure of healthcare.gov has revealed systemic and pervasive failures within the Administration’s implementation of ObamaCare. Many individuals have demanded accountability for these failures.’ Most notably, on MSNBC, Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s first-term press secretary, stated:
I hope they are working day and night to get this done. When they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure that this thing was supposed to work.2
As the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer for the Obama Administration, and as leading advocates of the OMB-led TechStat3 vetting and review process, you surely maintained significant involvement in the oversight and development of ObamaCare’s critical information technology (IT) infrastructure. As such, we are writing to ask you for more information about the Administration’s development of the healthcare.gov website and its related components.”

“CGI officials provided a second briefing to Committee staff on October 16, 2013, after the failure of healthcare.gov became obvious to the public. CGI officials told Committee staff that CMS officials and employees constantly mentioned the “White House” when discussing matters with CGI. For example, CMS officials would routinely state: “this is what the White House wants.”I2 Moreover, CGI officials told Committee staff that the ability to shop for health insurance without registering for an account — a central design feature of the health insurance exchange — was removed “in late August or early September.”I3 Although, CGI officials were not able to identify who within the Administration made the decision to disable the anonymous shopping feature, evidence is mounting that political considerations motivated the decision.”

“Many IT experts have suggested that the decision to disable the anonymous shopping feature contributed to the failure of healthcare.gov on October 1, 2013, and in the weeks that have followed.I6 Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a policy and marketplace consulting firm, stated:
I think what happened was when they designed their system they were so paranoid about that that they wanted to make sure people browsing got the lowest price. That required signing in so you could see subsidies. And my theory is that’s why they went to the architecture they did even though the IT systems people wanted to go another way.”
On October 17, 2013, the Washington Examiner reported that there was a lack of testing prior to the roll out of healthcare.gov. It stated:
Federal officials did not permit testing of the Obamacare healthcare.gov website or issue final system requirements until four to six days before its Oct. 1 launch, according to an individual with direct knowledge of the project.
The individual, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the troubled Obamacare website project as suffering from top-level management disarray, changing systems requirements and recurring delays.
The root cause of the problems was a pivotal decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to act as systems integrator, the central coordinator for the entire program. Usually this role is reserved for the prime information technology contractor.
As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual said.

“Normally a system this size would need 4-6 months of testing and performance tuning, not 4-6 days,” the individual said.
The source said there were “ever-changing, conflicting and exceedingly late project directions. The actual system requirements for Oct. 1 were changing up until the week before,” the individual said.I8
ObamaCare will dramatically increase premiums for the groups of individuals the Administration is hoping to enroll in the exchanges. A recent study from the Manhattan Institute found that Obamacare increases premiums for men by an average of 99 percent and premiums for women by an average of 62 percent when comparing the cheapest plan offered in a given state before and after ObamaCare.I9
Given the information gathered by the Committee thus far, we are concerned that the Administration required contractors to change course late in the implementation process to conceal ObamaCare’s effect on increasing health insurance premiums. We believe that the political decision to mask the “sticker shock” of ObamaCare to the American peopleyrevented contractors from using universally accepted and OMB-advocated IT “best practices”” in the development and roll out of this massive federal government IT project. When prudent design and programming decisions are subordinated to politics2I, it is easy to see why chaos would likely ensue.22 Moreover, we are also concerned that the obvious lack of testing means that sensitive consumer information flowing through the data hub and exchanges are vulnerable to security breaches.”

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013-10-21-DEI-Lankford-Jordan-Farenthold-Mica-to-VanRoekel-OMB-re-healthcare.pdf

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26 responses to “House Oversight Committee Obamacare letter, What White House wants, Shop for health insurance without registering feature removed, Obamacare will dramatically increase premiums

  1. Good morning Zach, et al.

  2. This alleged connection to Michelle Obama & ObamaCare website developer biz needs to be investigated: https://www.facebook.com/charles.kerchner/posts/524730284282895

  3. OT, but it just snowed here in VA for about 5 min.

  4. Thornton Parsons

    Did anyone hear Sebelius this morning when she was naming the objectives of Obamacare? Millions will now have access. Obamacare is meant to expand physical and MENTAL health services. This, to me, is a red flag. It makes you wonder about the mental health care facility in Alaska that will service 2M people. FEMA? Are all patriots going to be labeled as “unbalanced” or “unstable”?

  5. Thornton Parsons

    When she said “expand mental health care services,” I noticed that she glossed over it.

  6. SueQ,

    I’m at the apt on lunch break, but it’s suppose to get down to 28 degrees here Friday night in the Alabama/Tennessee area. According to the Farmers Almanac, which is about 80% correct over the last 100 plus years of accuracy, the South Eastern States and upper Mid west States are to experience a very server winter this year, somewhat similar to the 1993 winter storms.

    I assume Al Gore will be in the Bahama’s on a vacation cruise with his Global warming pal’s declaring the heat wave is astronomical, while we are all under ice and snow, while he charges them 10,000 per ticket and photo opts.

  7. I know William,

    The amazing snake oil salesman Al Gore, (btw, did you know he invented the internet?) will be showing off his amazingly small carbon footprint, and wintering over somewhere on an island near the equator.

  8. CDR Kerchner.
    Duly noted.

  9. Thornton Parsons | October 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm |

    When she said “expand mental health care services,” I noticed that she glossed over it.
    +++++++++++++++++
    As I recall, the USSR removed people, (never to be seen again), on the basis of mental instability.

  10. Thornton Parsons

    Maybe they’re trying to transform Alaska into our Siberia.

  11. Thornton Parsons………
    They will only cart people off to the BOOBY hatch if we allow them to. Mssssssssssssssss.Sebelius thinks she is TOOOOOOOO IMPORRRRRRRTANT to answer questions. Msssssssssssssss.Lerner thought the same thing……har har.

  12. Soetoro, alias (Slick Willy 11), gave another BULLSHI# spiel at the (immigration SHI# conference) this morning. He thinks that this will take everybody’s focus off of his CRAPOLA HEALYHCARE. I am still PRAYING that ALL people in this country get ONE HELL OF AN INCREASE in their healthcare premiums, not because I am wishing ill will upon everyone but simply it will bring down the BASTARD right along with the MORONS who he has appointed to hundreds of upper level jobs……most of whom don’t have a clue what the job entails.. Many just sit there all day filing their fingernails.

  13. Reviewing some news,

    I seen when the Pirates off of Nigeria took 2 Americans hostage. You know, friggin arm ALL Merchant ships and shoot to kill ANY approaching unwanted and warned boats, cannons, floats or otherwise floating mobile raft.

    I am personally sick and tired of these Ocean Pirates being able to get away with their actions and international laws preventing merchant ships and personal from the ability to protect themselves.

    OPEN FIRE!!!!!!

  14. Just to add,

    It wasn’t but a couple of weeks ago where I was reading where Greenpeace pulled their Ship up next to a Russian Oil Rig, unloaded personal, Boarded the Russian Rig in a fierce fight. Now the American Capt. of the Greenpeace and his crew and ship are being held and tried in Russia.

    FRIGGIN GOOD FOR RUSSIA!!!!

    They are lucky the Russians didn’t blow their ass out of the water and also luck to be alive.

  15. I hate autocorrect. 🙂

  16. RMinNC,

    I hope that you know that not one single person here wants you to be absent. You are a friend to all of us. Misunderstandings happen, even between friends and those we care about and love.

    Trust me, OldSalior, SueQ, and myself, can personally attest to this over the years. 🙂 We personally care for each other, and to this day, I am honored and privileged to have them in my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am also honored Major to have you here as well.

  17. If it make anything better,

    We can ALL focus on improving I.B’s monkey, or moniker, what ever you call it…..:-)

    I suggest Old Christmas Scrooge, played by George Scott.

  18. William…….
    The DRUGHEADS that permeate Greenpeace is a disgrace to our country. They are nothing more than a gang of NUTCASES. They harrassed the Japanese for years. While the Japanese were violating established international law by whaling certain protected species, BREENPEACE ARE NOT THE ICC,even though they seem to think so. In doing their MANIACAL,and otherwise ILLEGAL acts against other ships in international water,they become NO BETTER than the Japanese whalers. They tried in the 1960s to mesas around with the US Navy. Most of them were imprisoned . Sadly not long enough for them to get the message.

  19. …….in the 1960s the US Navy was doing a lot of experimentation on bottle nose Dolphins, which Greenpeace saw as something really bad. Perhaps it was’nt the nicest thing for the Dolphins. Some died while in captivity, but they died for a VARIETY of reasons….not ever having been proven to be MISTREATMENT, as was elleged by Greenpeace. Hell they were not even there so they cannot know what actually took place. Most of what they like to spew around is FIGMENTS of their TWISTED MINDS.

  20. BTW most GREENPEACE people are LIBERAL SUPPORTERS of the BASTARD, at the wacky house,and his co pilot, which confirms their NUTCASE status. One of them even went so far as to tie himself to the screw of a C-2 freighter,which was loaded with something which they looked upon as dangerous to sea animals. Hell that is when the skipper should have ordered full speed ahed on the EOT.(engine order telegraph). The 6000 HP turning the screw,would have ground him to a pulp in the first few revolutions.

  21. William…..
    I was taken aback by RM’s sudden anger. I personally think that he had something bugging him, and Suek just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. I think she said what she said with the best of intentions. I see her a personal friend.

  22. please insert word as following her. Overly fat fingers sometime either punch two keys, or miss the correct key altogether. Sorry!

  23. I heard this episode live.
    More analogies to Nazi Germany.

    “OBAMACARE HOTLINE OPERATOR FIRED FOR TAKING CALL FROM SEAN HANNITY – HERE’S HOW THE HOST IS MAKING IT RIGHT”

    “Earline Davis, the Obamacare hotline operator who took a call from conservative radio host Sean Hannity on Monday, has apparently been fired over the conversation.

    Because his decision to call the operator technically led to her firing, Hannity generously offered the mother of two a year’s tax-free salary of $26,000 and also vowed to help find her a new job.

    “Earline did NOTHING wrong, she was kind, polite, helpful, honest and extremely patient,” Hannity told TheBlaze via email. “The president said we should call, and I did, and Earline did what she was hired to do. How sad she got fired and Kathleen Sebelius still has her job!”

    Davis joined Hanniy on the radio again on Thursday afternoon, this time to discuss the details of her termination.

    The morning after speaking with Hannity on the air, Davis was led into an HR meeting and told she would be let go because “contact with the media is not allowed.”

    However, the mother told Hannity that she was not made aware of the rule during her initial operator training.

    “I was just out here trying to help everybody,” Davis added.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/10/24/obamacare-hotline-operator-fired-for-taking-call-from-sean-hannity-heres-how-the-host-is-making-it-right/

  24. Army Warns Fort Hood Soldiers to Stay Away from Tea Party and Evangelical Groups

    Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, October 25, 2013, 8:32 AM

    The US Army, under the direction of Barack Obama, is instructing soldiers to stay away from the Tea Party and evangelical groups who are “tearing the country apart.”
    The Washington Times reported:

    Don’t donate to the tea party or to evangelical Christian groups — that was the message soldiers at a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood said they received from a counter-intelligence agent who headed up the meeting.

    If you do, you could face punishment — that was the other half of the message, as reported by Fox News.

    The briefing was Oct. 17, and about a half-hour of it was devoted to discussion about how perceived radical groups — like tea party organizations and the Christian-based American Family Association — were “tearing the country apart,” one unnamed soldier said, to Fox News.

    Among the remarks the agent allegedly made: Military members who donate to these groups would be subject to discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the soldier reported.

    Liberty Institute has stepped in to investigate. Michael Berry, one of the nonprofit’s attorneys, said he has been advising the soldier about his options — but that in the meanwhile, he said the American public should be on guard.

    “The American public should be outraged that the U.S. Army is teaching our troops that evangelical Christians and tea party members are enemies of America and that they can be punished for supporting or participating in those groups,” Mr. Berry said, in Fox News. “These statements about evangelicals being domestic enemies are a serious charge.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/army-warns-fort-hood-soldiers-to-stay-away-from-tea-party-and-evangelical-groups/

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