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Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 3:46 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 12:34 AM
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It is becoming eerily familiar to Russell Head and his colleagues at Group & Benefits Consultants as they try to enroll people in plans through the Affordable Care Act: the healthcare.gov Web site crashes, but the deadline that was supposed to be just before midnight Monday is extended a day.

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Russell Head with Group and Benefits Consultants checks HealthCare.gov. The deadline to sign up for health insurance has been extended a day due to the site being down.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Russell Head with Group and Benefits Consultants checks HealthCare.gov. The deadline to sign up for health insurance has been extended a day due to the site being down.

“It is chaotic,” Head said as his office scrambled to get in last minute enrollees so that their coverage could begin Jan. 1.

That deadline was extended to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Actual enrollment for coverage that will start later is through March 31.

Trying to meet the earlier deadlines meant being in the office until “2,3,4 in the morning working,” Head said. “I’m tired.”

Another day means coming back Tuesday and working up to that deadline again. It also means more headaches for those down the line.

“It just makes it that much more difficult for the insurance carriers,” Head said, who has to issue cards and get people into the system in time. Despite administration assurances to the contrary, the Web site has been up and down the last couple of weeks and the crunch of the deadline was apparently too much, he said. Monday, the number of clients signed up would be “in the single digits.”

Head was among those who spent hours just after midnight on Oct. 1, the day open enrollment began, trying to get into the Web site only to get error message after error message. To be back in that situation Monday had him thinking about next year, when the open enrollment will be a lot shorter than the six months this time around.

“It has to start working a whole lot better than it does today,” Head said. “Hopefully, give it a year, hopefully they’ll have all of the bugs fixed and it will be a whole lot more user friendly.”

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/23/13 - 05:14 pm
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Not a surprise

Mr. Obama's acts are completely unconstitutional. He ignores what is and is not in the healthcare law and just does as he pleases, passing exemptions and extensions and loopholes to his cronies like they were favors at a children's party. Our country is rapidly becoming a one-man dictatorship, ruled by whim, not law. This is getting scary, especially now that the Dems have seized control of the Senate by abolishing the filibuster and by doing so are taking over the judiciary.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/23/13 - 05:36 pm
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Just got my Annual Health Insurance Bill for 2014

Our family will be paying not the $1783.17, we were told we to expect back in Oct 2013 before the election.

It turns out it is $2256.35 for my wife and me.

I would like to take this opportunity thank every Democrat
that had a hand in this.

I promise to remember your efforts come Nov 2014 after paying $5204.98 more the 11 months leading up to election, than last year.

jojocan
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jojocan 12/23/13 - 06:26 pm
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New Healthcare

It will never work the way it is set up. I don't understand why they just didn't institute buying insurance across state lines to reduce cost. Oh I remember, it was too simple to implement and wouldn't have cost the taxpayers anything.

Sophisticated
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Sophisticated 12/23/13 - 06:43 pm
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It should come as no surprise to anyone that there had been a

number of right wing cyber attacks on the healthcare.gov site. It seems that there has been a concerted effort on several fronts in an all out Republican led war to kill and destroy the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare . One has to ask if this war on Obamacare has been an intentional and coordinated effort. Republican lawmakers have voted 47 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senator Ted Cruz ( R- Texas - far right) and his Republican colleagues shut the government down in an effort to de - fund Obamacare. And now constituents have learned that a group of cyber hacks have attacked the site, making it inaccessible to millions of potential users. We have also learned that the insurance companies have played their role in the grand sabotage by deceiving their customers about Obamacare. Instead of informing clients about their healthcare insurance options on the exchanges, the insurance sharks tricked customers into buying more expensive policies. Of course the sharks blamed their evil doing con artistry on Obamacare. There seems to be a lot of potential criminal acts involved in this very sick and twisted war against uninsured Americans.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/23/13 - 07:54 pm
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OK, Sophisticated....where to
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OK, Sophisticated....where to start.

FIRST you said "It should come as no surprise to anyone that there had been a number of right wing cyber attacks on the healthcare.gov site."

For starters, your claim is without basis....how about you prove it.

Second...assuming it were true, it certainly came to a surprise to the designers, who after over 3 years of work took no actions to stop those attacks from being successful.

As for blaming the Republicans for shutting down the government. I guess you didn't know about the spending bill they passed that only had the very same delay in the individual mandate that the Democrats are NOW asking for, and defunded NOTHING.....that the Senate refused to vote on.

Lastly....it seems that Obama is on the front line in the war against uninsured Americans. His ACA has had 1,000,000 people enroll...but it caused the cancellation of 6,000,000 people....So BECAUSE of Obama, there are 5,000,000 less insured than before he ramrodded his law.

teaparty
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teaparty 12/23/13 - 07:57 pm
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"It should come as no
Unpublished

"It should come as no surprise to anyone that there had been a
number of right wing cyber attacks on the healthcare.gov site."
Sophisticated, I agree, in fact I'm sure it is George Bush's fault. Way to go.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/23/13 - 08:27 pm
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"We have also learned that
Unpublished

"We have also learned that the insurance companies have played their role in the grand sabotage by deceiving their customers about Obamacare."

Not nearly as much as Obama who said "if you like your insurance, you can keep it." 6,000,000 people with cancelled insurance have determined that was a lie.

kissofdeath
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kissofdeath 12/24/13 - 03:12 am
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While the Humble Angel of

While the Humble Angel of light and tea party talking heads rent their garments in phony outrage, Republicans crowed with delight, and so - called tea party wrung their hands and pointed fingers about the troubled launch of the Affordable Care Act. The one- sided overwhelmingly negative media coverage of Obamacare has gotten totally out of control,but the mainstream media have refused to tell the people the positive stories about the Obamacare.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/24/13 - 09:16 am
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This isn't a law or even a

This isn't a law or even a plan being implemented. It's basically shooting from the hip and hoping for the best. Gee sophisticated by your logic because Obama has supported the most aggressive legislation towards abortion we can call Obama a baby killer and he really enjoys serial killing. One sided coverage-you must not watch CBS, MSNBC, CNN, or NPR. If you mean only one side objects Fox then you are correct. Here is the problem-more people have lost their insurance than those who have now attained insurance. That is a failed policy by any standard.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/24/13 - 10:13 am
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kissofdeath

Please, take this opportunity to inform us of ALL the wonderful, positive stories about the ACA, all 6 of them!!

myfather15
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myfather15 12/24/13 - 09:21 am
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Sophisticated

Did you know that Amazon had thousands of attempted attacks, DAILY?? Do you know how many are successful?

The ONLY thing your comment did, was affirm what people already KNEW; that the government is inept!!

If Amazon can make their website basically impenetrable, protecting SHOPPERS; are you saying our government, after 4 years of planning, are unable to do the same?

So, even if what you're CLAIMING, is true; I THANK the persons attacking health.gov!!! Because they are showing us just how unsafe this website is!! I DO NOT trust them, to use the website!! PROVE to me that you're reliable, THEN I will use your service!!! It shouldn't be the other way around!! But that appears to be the LIBERAL MOTTO!!! Blindly trust me, so I can maybe prove to you, I can be trusted!! Remember "We have to pass the bill, so you can see whats in it."

Your comment was nothing but left wing garbage, doing more harm to your cause, than good!!

myfather15
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myfather15 12/24/13 - 09:30 am
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Sophisticated

Maybe you should have placed your comment in quotation marks!!! Since it was taken directly from "Daily KOS".

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/17/1256235/--Destory-Obama-Care-Cy...

So, it turns out; maybe you aren't so sophisticated after all!! It doesn't take a lot of intelligence or sophistcation, to copy and paste!!

This is EXACTLY what I was talking about, in another thread. Some of the leftists on here are PAID bloggers. They have ZERO original thoughts!! They only copy and paste left wing talking points and rhetoric!! They are paid by how many websites they go onto and post left wing rhetoric!!

I don't expect to see any more comments from "Sophisticated", seeing as they just got busted out!! They usually hit&run, especially when they get exposed!!

ymnbde
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ymnbde 12/24/13 - 10:17 am
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no one could be this dumb

especially computer programmers
and this is a relatively simple task to program
this website is doing something other than insurance registration
and all the "glitches" are part of that "other"

Sophisticated
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Sophisticated 12/24/13 - 10:29 am
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Beyond all the political

Beyond all the political rhetoric, there's a simple reality: Obamacare was designed to help real people solve a real problem - getting quality, affordable health insurance. Kentucky is a state where Obamacare is working and so far the best Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can do is deride it as "free healthcare," which I guess means that the official Republican position is that healthcare coverage ought to be more expensive. With a message like that - and with newly insured Kentuckians in deep red areas talking about voting Democratic - it's clear that Obamacare could ultimately become GOP's worst nightmare in 2014 election, despite the rocky rollout.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/24/13 - 10:38 am
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To liberals when Obama passes gas it must be called an,

AIR Of RELIEF.
Because too many liberals cannot fathom
the emperor has no cloths.
----------------------------------------------

Sophisticated
The Website just does not work, it had 3 years to be ready.
it had between $648 Million to be ready.

The current costs look to be $1Billion
given the Overtime and 24/7 Emergency coding sessions going on.

The President has changed a law 18+ times, without the approval of Congress. That is generally called a Dictator.

So I ask
What part of this did the "Right Wing conspiracy" sabotage?

BTW:
Don't worry about Impeachment in 2014
Who would want Biden as President and a RINO Speaker of the House as VP?

myfather15
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myfather15 12/24/13 - 11:58 am
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Sophisticated

Really?? You honestly feel the need to keep up with the copying and pasting?

THIS, is where your last comment came from!! You should really think about coming up with some original thoughts!!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/25/1258282/-What-happens-when-Obam...

All you're doing, is taking out a sentence or two, then pasting. Keep trying, and I'll keep exposing!!

raul
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raul 12/24/13 - 11:02 am
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While millions are scrambling

While millions are scrambling to try to enroll in this fiasco called Obamacare, the Pres is chilling on the beach in Hawaii. How liberals/Dems can still defend this is beyond me. Are you that brainwashed, that you can't admit your mistake by voting for Obama and the divisiveness and chaos that has followed? I can't think of a worse Presidency in my time. We will get through it though, because we are Americans. Have a Merry Christmas fellow posters.

myfather15
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myfather15 12/24/13 - 11:07 am
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Merry Christmas Raul!! Hope

Merry Christmas Raul!! Hope you have a wonderful celebration!!

jimmymac
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jimmymac 12/24/13 - 11:33 am
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ACA
Unpublished

This is a sham forcing hard working Americans to pay for insurance so bottom feeders can get some more out of the taxpayer. It's Obama's plan to re-distribute the nations wealth.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/24/13 - 12:32 pm
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While on the subjest of OBAMA

Healthcare, let us not forget his desires to ban firearms, Lead, Ammo, powders and other things using OSHA, EPA and ATF.

With that statement I wish to say.
Merry Christmas

To promote good will and not rattle the Liberals
I will not post a picture of my Christmas present.
But it was a 1903-A1.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/24/13 - 02:22 pm
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"Beyond all the political
Unpublished

"Beyond all the political rhetoric, there's a simple reality: Obamacare was designed to help real people solve a real problem - getting quality, affordable health insurance."

And yet 5,000,000 more people have LOST insurance than were able to sign up. And those That DID sign up found higher premiums and higher deductibles......... And you still say this is a great thing?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/24/13 - 02:24 pm
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Sophisticated....I don't
Unpublished

Sophisticated....I don't suppose you ever heard of plagiarism?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/24/13 - 08:15 pm
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A study has already

A study has already demonstrated the vast majority of people will have more costly health insurance because of Obamacare. What alternate universe do you live in where you believe the ACA is a plus for Dems-after polls indicate all ages don't approve of the ACA and most don't trust Obama anymore.

Sophisticated
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Sophisticated 12/24/13 - 09:39 pm
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It's no coincidence that the

It's no coincidence that the roll- out of Obamacare has been difficult. Republicans have undermined it every turn, refusing to expand Medicaid, denying necessary funding and even shutting down the government. They've done everything they can to make this system as dysfunctional as possible, and now they want to use that dysfunction as an excuse to go back to the system we had before. I don't believe America wants to go back.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/24/13 - 10:40 pm
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Actually according to WHO

Actually according to WHO America has the best health care compared to any country of comparable size or larger with universal health care-US 37th, China 144, India 112, Russian fed 130, Brazil 125, Indonesia 92, or Pakistan 122. Even Canada with a ten of our population is rated 30th. Now Japan (10th with population of about a third of ours) is unusual for a fairly large population having an excellent health care system. Universal health care seems to work best in smaller countries. It is a myth that the health care system is poor in America (the reason it doesn't score higher is because it is dinged for lacking universal health care). The problem was about 10-15 million lacked insurance there are others that didn't want health insurance-mostly young and healthy. The ACA didn't address the major problems in health care at all.

raul
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raul 12/25/13 - 09:23 am
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@sophisticated. More standard

@sophisticated. More standard dem talking points. The dems own OCare. Take the responsibility instead of trying to deflect blame to the Republicans. I'm surprised you didn't mention Bush.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/26/13 - 10:28 am
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Interesting.....if you paste
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Interesting.....if you paste any one of "sophisticated's" sentences into google, you will find the article that it was plagiarized from.

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