The Times doesn't say that, but that's what the Times says:
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by Mr. Obama in 2010. Since then he has assured Americans: “If you like your insurance plan you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”
But that statement is no longer operative. Read below the fold...
I hold no brief for rent-extracting behemoth contractors, but even the best contractor is only as good as their client, and HHS -> the West Wing -> Obama seem to have been terrible clients. CNN:
The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN.
The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the HealthCare.gov web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones. ...
But the CGI document, which describes "top risks currently open" and "outstanding issues currently being mitigated" says the testing timeframes are "not adequate to complete full functional, system, and integration testing activities" and lists the impact of the problems as "significant."
Another element is listed as "not enough time in schedule to conduct adequate performance testing" and given the highest priority.
CGI had no comment other than to confirm authenticity of the report that also gave "the highest priority" and warns "we don't have access to monitoring tools" and "hub services are intermittently unavailable" -- short for the "site's not working sometimes."
One concern, listed as "severe," warned, "CGI does not have access to necessary tools to manage envs in test, imp, and prod. Specifically (1) we don't have access to central log collection / view (2) we don't have access to monitoring tools. We have repeatedly asked CMS and URS but have not been granted this access."
Seems to me that when your main contractor says they need debugging information, you give it to them. Right? Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Six (6) signups, total, on Day One, as Sibelius claims she didn't have "reliable" figures
The usual Congressional investigative mechanisms are being operated by Benghazi-addled House Republican pinheads who couldn't gin up a good scandal even if they did had those goatsex pictures of Obama (what, you didn't know? Anyhow...). But even the House Republicans can't miss a fat target like ObamaCare. USA Today:
Only six people successfully enrolled on its [the Federal Exchange website] the first day and only a few hundred had done so by the second day, documents released by Congress late Thursday show.
The documents, released by the Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee, state that just 248 people had succeeded in enrolling on the HealthCare.Gov site by the end of the second day, Oct. 2.
The documents are notes prepared for the "war room" set up by the federal Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to manage the problematic rollout of the website and enrollment for the new plans under the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.
The release comes just a day after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress she could not give enrollment figures.
"We do not have any reliable data around enrollment, which is why we haven't given it to date," Sebelius said.
Well, what's "unreliable" about note-taking at the CCIIO? And how reliable to the figures have to be, anyhow? If they're off by an order of magnitude, there were 60 signups. That would be a success, then? Read below the fold...
Obamacare is going to have unintended consequences that will need to be addressed, but imperfections will be changed over time, The Cleveland Clinic's CEO told CNBC on Thursday.
"It's an experiment that we've never done before. So unfortunately I don't think we say how this is going to turn out," Dr. Toby Cosgrove said on "Squawk Box."
"We know we need to take cost out of the [health] system. That's what's happening right now," said Cosgrove, who heads a $6 billion hospital and health system. He spoke a day after President Barack Obama defended the law in the face of tech problems with the federal online insurance exchange and outrage over the cancellation notices going out to people who bought health insurance on their own.
Well, contrary to Cosgrove, we already know how to "take cost out of the system"; the Canadians "bent the cost curve" forty years ago when they went with single payer. And if we'd adopted single payer in 2010, with a year to implement, we would already have saved nearly a trillion dollars. Read below the fold...
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials.
By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot. ....
The MUSCULAR project appears to be an unusually aggressive use of NSA tradecraft against flagship American companies. The agency is built for high-tech spying, with a wide range of digital tools, but it has not been known to use them routinely against U.S. companies.
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: White House lies like a rug about the ObamaCare application form, right on whitehouse.gov!
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Millions who bought individual insurance won't be able to keep it, and the administration knew that in 2010
So OBama's whole "If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance" thing was a lie, wasnt it? I'm shocked. NBC:
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”
Never mind the infighting among the experts on "sticker shock." Just the cancellation is enough to make a liar out of Obama. Again, I mean. Read below the fold...