As the brouhaha over Obama's slightly misleading "If you like it you can keep it" assurance developed, I kept wondering why the fallout is limited to people in the "individual market." I think every story or blog post I've read about it adds that qualifier: it's only people who bought their own, now non-compliant insurance on the "individual market" who are affected, and most of them had crappy plans anyway so what's your damage, hippie? Surely, though, many employers must have non-compliant plans. Why aren't those affected? Read below the fold...
So last Tuesday a FEW of us (relatively speaking -- 24%) in NYC went to the polls to vote. (I went to vote for the Green candidates.)
It was an off-year election including for mayor and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio of the Democratic Party with a 50 point lead was a sure thing.
The October 2013 shutdown of the federal government affected seasonally unadjusted data in the Household survey only. It did not affect seasonally adjusted data in the Household survey or any data, adjusted or unadjusted, in the Establishment survey. Since official numbers, like the unemployment rate (7.3%) and jobs created (204,000), are seasonally adjusted, no effect from the government shutdown will be seen in them. Read below the fold...
More than 100 plans in total are offered to congressional staff. Those forced into the exchange have just under a month to pick one, starting Monday when the enrollment window set by congressional administrators opens.
IIRC -- readers correct me, I could be wrong on this -- Congressional staffers will use the exchange of the political entity in which they reside, and not their home states: DC (has its own exchange), MD (has its own exchange, or VA (uses the Federal Exchange). Read below the fold...
The punchlist isn't getting any shorter, because for everything crossed off, something new is added. ABC:
Getting More Glitchy: Obamacare Portal Faces New Woes
Software engineers and tech analysts scrambling to fix HealthCare.gov are discovering new problems by the day, as early fixes take hold and users are able to navigate more deeply into the troubled online application process, administration officials said today.
“We are seeing volume go further down the application. What that means is we are identifying new issues,” said Julie Bataille, communications director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the site improvement.
“As volume is exposed to the system, we are identifying new issues, adding them to the punch list and working through them,” she told reporters on a daily conference call.
The new complications were described as “capacity issues” and “software issues” within the application and enrollment process, including the steps to determine an applicants eligibility for a subsidy and compare plans.
The latest progress report on repairs to the new federal insurance portal underscores the challenges experts face in trying to meet a Nov. 30 deadline to have the site “optimally functional” — a target laid out by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
"Challenges" is a very bad word. Note that this article speaks only of bugs discovered because users are getting to new parts of the site that have never been tested before. So we aren't talking about new bugs introduced by previous bug fixes, and we are'nt talking about intermittent failures. So will the end-of-November deadline slip, and will the open enrollment period be extended? Read below the fold...
[2013-11-08: Since Confederates-Moderates-Progressives came up in comments, I thought I'd sticky Stirling's 2009 again, since new Correntians might want to read and comment. I think we're at the third pole ("progressives") but the pole has no name -- "prefigurative left" was obviously wrong! -- and no institutional presence. All we have is right on our side!
[2012-04-20: This hardy perennial from Stirling Newberry just got a link from the SideShow, so I thought I'd repost it to the top of the heap once again. My hat is off to perhaps the best 30,000 foot view of American politics I've ever read. For "progressive," since that term been co-opted by Moderate D weasels (sorry for the redundancy), you might perhaps read "prefigurative left" -- everybody who's sick at heart from the corruption, the looting, and is trying in their everyday practice to make the situation better with solutions that scale. In other words, it's not a matter of policy lists any more, as I wrote two years ago. It's systems.... Read on! --lambert]
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[2010-09-12: If Yves can do Summer Re-Runs, then I can do Fall Classics. This post by Stirling Newberry from 2009-07-09 is one such. Vocabulary note: In using the word Progressive, Stirling does not mean 'career "progressive",' but... the "third pole" in American politics, by which he does not mean anything like the "Third Way." --lambert]
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[2010-04-17: Welcome, Open Left readers! Stirling wrote in 2009. Needless to say, in 2010 self-identified career "progressives" are firmly at the Moderate pole, based on the health insurance company bailout debacle, the news blackout imposed on single payer policy advocates, and a general unwillingness to challenge the Obama administration when it consolidates and rationalizes Bush policies (for example, executive powers) --lambert]
[2009-07-09 I'm leaving this sticky because Stirling's ideas generated such good discussion. --lambert]
[And again Sunday. Generally, I'm agnostic about policy lists, but after looking at what Obama and our tribunes of the people in the blogosphere -- that is, the Moderates -- did to single payer, I'm starting to change my mind. What would be Progressive policy wedge issues that would break up the Confederates and/or the Moderates? I say policy because it might make sense to start from the fresh perspective that "It matters that you're a citizen. It doesn't matter what your fucking social identity markers are -- These are the basics that every citizen should get." --lambert]
It would be easy to hope that this downturn represents the final capitulation of the Bush years, and that once we work away the excess, that there will be a new age after it. However, this is not what the numbers indicate. While selling self-spin and hope may be the province of those who hope to curry favor with the powers that be, or with masses of people desperate to believe that this is as bad as it will get, hard slabs of reality are my stock and trade.
Let me introduce you to post-petroleum thesis.Read below the fold...
I'm not making this up! In Dallas, Obama takes the Unity Pony out for a drag:
[OBAMA:] The only way that we can realign our politics so that it matches up with the decency and goodness of the American people is if elections matter, and we're able to both deliver a message and organize ourselves so that folks who aren't acting responsibly pay a consequence, and that we're lifting up and rewarding candidates who are serious about the challenges this country faces and are willing to work together in a spirit that is constructive in order to deliver for the American people.
So that’s what 2012 was about, and that’s what 2014 was about, and I suspect that’s what 2016 is going to be about. And I have to say that I'm a proud Democrat and am committed to the values that the Democratic Party represents, but I'm also interested in getting the Republican Party back in a functioning state. Because this country has two parties, and we need both of them operating in a way that allows us to move forward.
Well, that explains lot, doesn't it? Read below the fold...
Too many fish in the goddamned barrel! ABC:
Yet with the website problems spiraling, administration officials began to openly consider a shift to paper applications, despite knowing that all applications would still have to be processed through the same flawed computer portal.
Serco, the contractor responsible for processing all applications by mail, "can't process online the 500+ applications they have" because they can't log in, an Oct. 8 memo noted. "They may be doing the opening and mailroom part, but they haven't been able to link to the application and get people an eligibility determination."
500 paper applications to a new Federal program in a week is pathetic enough. Notice also that Obama was either (a) ignorant and/or (b) lying again when he said people could apply on paper, since -- BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!! -- Serco has to use the website too!* Read below the fold...
Sebelius told Baucus there have been “a couple of hundred functional fixes that have been identified,” and that there has been “priority grouping” for the most important ones — especially the reporting problems that have left insurers unsure whether they’re getting the right information on their new customers. Jeff Zients, the former Obama administration economic adviser who is running the repair operation, has called the list of repairs a “punch list.”
And Sebelius said there has been real progress, especially in making the site run faster and making sure customers are “seeing far fewer error messages and timeouts.” But she hinted she still wasn’t satisfied.
“I would say we’re into the list. We’re not where we need to be. It’s a pretty aggressive schedule to get to the entire punch list,” Sebelius said.
Oh, good. Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama: "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me."
Yeah, not half as sorry as they are, though. NBC:
President Obama said Thursday that he is "sorry" that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.
"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me [that they were stupid enough to believe]," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House.
"We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can [which will amount to precisely nothing] to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."
"[D]eal with folks"? What the Fuck does that mean? "Deal with" them with a drone strike? "Deal with" them the same way HAMP did, where people got suckered into a program they thought was meant to help them, and that made them worse off? And all because Obama wants to "foam the runways" for the health insurance companies? Read below the fold...
Richard Phillips in “David Hicks seeks to overturn Guantánamo “terrorism” conviction” reveals that former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Australian citizen David Hicks has lodged an appeal with the US Court of Military Commission Review to overturn his 2007 conviction of “providing support for terrorism.” It is expected that the commission will NOT quash Hicks’ conviction. His American lawyer from the Center for Constitutional Rights will then appeal the case to the US federal district court. Read below the fold...