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...
More proof of the lies surrounding the Federal Exchange implementation:
Tony Trenkle, the Obamacare official in charge of HealthCare.gov security efforts announced his resignation Wednesday, effective next week.
CBS News has learned that Trenkle, the Chief Information Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was originally supposed to sign off on security for the glitch-ridden website before its Oct. 1 launch, but didn't. Instead, the authorization on September 27 was given by Trenkle's boss, CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Read below the fold...
That's a nasty twist of thought. HuffPo:
Ms. Wallach opines that U.S. multinational corporations have the goal of imposing on more countries a set of extreme foreign investor privileges and rights and their private enforcement through the notorious "investor-state" system. "This system elevates individual corporations and investors to equal standing with each TPP signatory country's government- and above all of us citizens." This would enable "foreign investors to skirt domestic courts and laws, and sue governments directly before tribunals of three private sector lawyers operating under World Bank and UN rules to demand taxpayer compensation for any domestic law that investors believe will diminish their 'expected future profits.' Over $3 billion has been paid to foreign investors under U.S. trade and investment pacts, while over $14 billion in claims are pending under such deals, primarily targeting environmental, energy and public health policies."
ABC, from the "War Room notes":
While much focus has been on the consumer experience, insurers have had an equally frustrating time with HealthCare.gov, and also contributed to some of the chaos. In the first week, insurers requested to make more than 200 changes to their plans and offerings through the portal.
On Oct. 7, for example, Humana Georgia wanted to cancel a PPO plan after 11 people had already enrolled. U.S. Health and Human Services officials agreed to allow the move but then had to figure out how to cancel and re-enroll each person.
Great precedent! And 11 people is probably a measurable percentage of the people who were actually able to sign up, too. Read below the fold...
That said, I would point out that most people within the American intelligence community vote Republican. I've heard lots of stories about the election-year bumper stickers one tends to see in the CIA parking lot, and I doubt that the situation is much different in Fort Meade.Read below the fold...
Continuing from Part 1 here. Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism spent the hour with Harry Shearer on Sunday's Le Show. In the first half of the program they discussed the two new international trade agreements being worked up in secret. Now in the second half Yves takes apart JP Morgan Chase's $13 billion settlement.
Yves blogs about the interview here, Your Humble Blogger Discusses the Pending Trade Deals and JP Morgan on Le Show! and also wrote a followup Dimon post, Jamie Dimon, the Lance Armstrong of Finance.
Paperwork filed with the National Labor Relations Board accuses Orlando Health administrators of interrogating employees, engaging in surveillance of union activity and interfering, restraining, and coercing employees at each of the system's hospitals.
Nurses Sarah Lasher and Sarah Collins have been leading the effort to form a union within the hospital.Read below the fold...
Yes, we're handicapping 2016. Kill me now. Izvestia:
John Podesta, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton and President Obama, is starting a research center in Washington to investigate the causes and effects of growing economic inequality.
J. Bradford DeLong, one of the best-read economics bloggers, will move a significant portion of his writing to a new blog being started by the center. ...Read below the fold...