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    Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    A magazine that tests and rates products and reports the results monthly had harsh words of advice for those trying to enroll in Obamacare via the official website, Healthcare.gov: Don’t even think about it yet.Consumer Reports started on the website’s launch day to test its ease of use. Its report then: “If you’re planning to use the marketplace to get health insurance for 2014, don’t worry if you can’t sign up today or even within the next couple of weeks,” The Daily Mail reported. And the next day, during another test, the magazine writers were still counseling patience, writing that “the best strategy is simply to wait a week or two for the initial traffic to die down. We tried it several times today and never succeeded in getting through.”

    But a week later, and Consumer Reports was starting to lose patience.


    On Oct. 8, the writers said: “One week in, Healthcare.gov is barely operational.” And on Oct. 10, the writers adopted a decidedly more critical tone: “Healthcare.gov is slightly less terrible today. The bad news, is that it’s still next to impossible to create a user name and password that you can actually use to sign in. I myself have tried five times without success. Our readers report similar frustrations.”


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    This is unacceptable, and no accountability from the administration, just more excuses, and misdirection using terms like a used car salesman trying to confuse you with terminology.

    Obama's speech drew immediate criticism from both the left and right flanks. The Washington Post's Ezra Klein said the speech was almost identical to one he could have given if the launch's rollout had gone smoothly.

    Read more: Obama's Obamacare Speech And Apology - Business Insider
    Taking shots from both sides of the isle, yet still he stands there and totally ignores what this trainwreck is doing to American's...He posed with 13 people that they say have actually signed up for Obamacare, one wonders if after three weeks that is all of them.....?

    This roll out beyond the "gliches" and slowdowns, has major security issues, and fraud problems associated with it, not to mention that there are increasing reports of people looking at premiums skyrocketing to in some cases three times what they are accustomed to paying, deductibles that are $15K, when they were used to $1K per person, and their workplaces once offering good plans, they are now receiving letters stating that their insurance will no longer be available to them, forcing them onto this exchange, that very few can even get through on to sign up if they wanted to.

    This embarrassment surely Obama will hold someone accountable for right? Don't hold your breath, accountability is a great campaign catch phrase, just not so useful for the arrogant progressive practice.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday. HHS claims she has scheduling conflicts, but we hope she isn't in the White House catacomb under interrogation by Valerie Jarrett about her department's incompetence.The department is also refusing to make available lower-level officials who might detail the source or sources of this debacle. Ducking an investigation with spin is one thing. Responding with a wall of silence to the invitation of a duly elected congressional body probing the use of more than half a billion taxpayer dollars is another. This Obama crowd is something else.
    What bunker is Henry Chao hiding in, for instance? He's the HHS official in charge of technology for the Affordable Care Act, and in March he said at an insurance lobby conference that his team had given up trying to create "a world-class user experience." With the clock running, Mr. Chao added that his main goal was merely to "just make sure it's not a third-world experience."

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    To take one example, this week the Associated Press obtained an internal HHS memo from September 5, 2013 specifying the Administration's monthly enrollment targets—a half-million sign-ups in October, 3.3 million by December 31, and so on. Asked about this by AP, HHS not only declined to say if it is meeting its projections. The department issued a statement claiming that "The Administration has not set monthly enrollment targets." The spokesman did not cite the classic Marx Brothers line, "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?"
    Eventually Mrs. Sebelius will have to make a real accounting of this government failure to someone other than the TV comic Jon Stewart, and perhaps she can also explain why the people who can't build a working website also deserve the power to reorganize one-sixth of the U.S. economy. For now, the Administration that styles itself as the most transparent in history won't reveal the truth—perhaps because it is afraid of what the public will find.

    Review & Outlook: Sebelius on the Run - WSJ.com
    And so begins the designed to fail Obamacare....How long before we start to hear, "we just can't do it, so we will need to institute Medicare for all...."?????
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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    Dude, weren't you paying attention this morning. You can still apply over the phone...individuals ~30min/family ~45min call...or request a paper application and 'snail' mail it in...technology circa 20th century...does anyone under 30 still remember how to print manually?

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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    Getting a consultant to advise about web traffic in the initial sign up phase might have been wise...perhaps a regional roll out (south first, then northeast, western states, mid west, etc.) each in their turn would have been advisable to reduce the pressure.

    At the very least it makes Washington look flatfooted, and will certainly be a learning experience for future nationwide program roll outs.
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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Dude, weren't you paying attention this morning. You can still apply over the phone...individuals ~30min/family ~45min call...or request a paper application and 'snail' mail it in...technology circa 20th century...does anyone under 30 still remember how to print manually?

    VERY progressive...
    Yeah right....

    President Obama emerged on Monday to assure Americans that the “kinks” surrounding the federal and state health-care exchanges are improving and urged consumers to call the exchange hotline if they continue to encounter problems online. Shortly after he made the suggestion, Twitter lit up with reporters and others who attempted to do so but failed to get through to a navigator as promised. After dialing the number, some callers got a busy signal, others received an automated message, and yet others were referred back to Healthcare.gov.

    At President's Urging, People Call Exchange Hotline But Can't Get Through | National Review Online
    Oh my, phone call loop hell! This ought to be good....Watch people get good and outraged....
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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Getting a consultant to advise about web traffic in the initial sign up phase might have been wise...perhaps a regional roll out (south first, then northeast, western states, mid west, etc.) each in their turn would have been advisable to reduce the pressure.

    At the very least it makes Washington look flatfooted, and will certainly be a learning experience for future nationwide program roll outs.
    It isn't even that. They didn't start working on the website until late spring, early summer, because there is so much red tape, created via the HHS Secretary, nobody even had a clue as to what the functional requirements were, let alone worrying about the non-functional(SLA, Traffic shaping, etc) requirements.

    By that point, the message was clear: Don't care how ****ty it is, launch it on Oct 1.

    Additionally, whoever decided that it was a good idea to "hide" the prices behind authentication should be fired immediately. I understand why they wanted to do it( avoid sticker shock), but making that choice eroded any chance at edge caching the most important, and most accessed information.

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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Getting a consultant to advise about web traffic in the initial sign up phase might have been wise...
    Yeah, maybe before it was just shat out there on the public....Like the three years they had to get this right....

    ...perhaps a regional roll out (south first, then northeast, western states, mid west, etc.) each in their turn would have been advisable to reduce the pressure.
    That's just it, I don't think that there is a lot of "pressure".... Just curious people that can't even get through to see, and compare....It is almost like an elaborate con job....

    At the very least it makes Washington look flatfooted, and will certainly be a learning experience for future nationwide program roll outs.
    Yeah, like maybe not trying to ram through 2700 page turds of a law, then think that the federal government can even do something like this?
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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    If eBay and Amazon can do it, why can't the government?

    I shutter to think how much money they have wasted letting some politician's brother-in-law have the contract for building this useless website.

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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    If eBay and Amazon can do it, why can't the government?

    I shutter to think how much money they have wasted letting some politician's brother-in-law have the contract for building this useless website.
    To be fair, eBay and Amazon didn't begin with millions of customers on day one.
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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Dude, weren't you paying attention this morning. You can still apply over the phone...individuals ~30min/family ~45min call...or request a paper application and 'snail' mail it in...technology circa 20th century...does anyone under 30 still remember how to print manually?

    VERY progressive...
    Yeah...I'm an old hand at using telephones, but I've given up the stone age. I can just see myself with my cell phone glued to my ear for hours trying to get through...and then forgetting what I called about.

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    Re: Consumer Reports: ‘Don’t even bother trying’ Obamacare website yet...

    I have to say I'm beginning to wonder if this wasn't a set up? It was outsourced to a private firm, and even those that are accustomed to getting all their income from government contracts still seem to hate Obama, ACA, and resolving the budget crises with higher taxes on the rich. What better way to be pissy, than to sabotage the opening weeks of ACA.
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