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When the bar is set way low, everybody can be a winner. Never mind all those wait-listed veterans looking for medical help. This is an embarrassing and shameful spectacle, and nobody in the government seems to be too concerned about it.

All of the 470 senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs received annual ratings over the last four years indicating that they were “fully successful” in their jobs or even better, according to data released at a congressional hearing on Friday, despite delays in processing disability compensation claims and problems with veterans’ access to the department’s sprawling health care system.1398994027000-benson-VAcoverup050214-copy

None of the department’s senior executives received either of the two lowest of five possible job ratings, “minimally satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory,” in any of the past four fiscal years.

The data also showed that in 2013, nearly 80 percent of the senior executives were rated either “outstanding” or as having exceeded “fully successful” in their job performance, and that at least 65 percent of the executives received performance awards, which averaged around $9,000. Only about 20 percent received the middle of the five ratings.

Veterans Affairs officials sought to play down the data, saying that only 15 senior executives across the entire federal government had received either of the two lowest ratings in the most recent year — suggesting that the high ratings enjoyed by V.A. officials were not out of line with those of their counterparts at other government agencies.

But the data, which were a focus of a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, angered lawmakers who said they provided further evidence that the highest reaches of the department were out of touch with problems in the system and that there was a lack of accountability for poor management.

“Do you think that’s normal in business, that nearly every executive is successful?” Representative Phil Roe, Republican of Tennessee, asked Gina S. Farrisee, the department’s assistant secretary for human resources and administration. “That means you put the bar down here, so anybody can step over it.”

Representative Ann McLane Kuster, Democrat of New Hampshire, likened the numbers to grade inflation and said they reminded her of Garrison Keillor’s fictional Lake Wobegon, where “all of the children are above average.”

via Every Senior V.A. Executive Was Rated ‘Fully Successful’ or Better Over 4 Years – NYTimes.com.

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The amount of fail chronicled here is amazing. It’s no wonder the lap-dog media didn’t want to “find” these documents. wile e coyoteSome of this stuff was known by the administration in the first week.

Despite these revelations, I predict the administration will continue to send Jay Carney out to lie and obfuscate about what has been going on with Obama’s “signature piece of legislation,” or perhaps play it off by saying “dude, that was like seven months ago.”

The full extent of the failure, however, is reflected in the details provided by the Judicial Watch FOIA document revelations. They include:

  • On October 1, there were 43,208 accounts created and 1 enrollment. Page 49

  • As of October 31, 2013, there were 1,319,425 accounts created nationwide – but only 30,512 actual enrollments in Obamacare. Page 19

  • On October 1, 2013, at the end of the first day 4:30, the Senior Advisor at Center forConsumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Brigid M. Russell, sent out an email to her staff with a subject line celebrating “2 enrollments!” The body copy of the email read: “We have our second official FFM enrollment! The first two Form 834s sent out are to: 1 CareSource in Ohio, 2 BCBS of North Carolina. Page 90

  • Official figures contained in the HHS report provide conflicting figures as to the number of enrollments. FFM [Federally Facilitated Marketplace] statistics show 23,259 cumulative to-date applications submitted as of 10/2/13 and 286 completed plan selections. Earlier numbers show 356 enrollments created as of 7pm on 10/2/13 that were completed with Form 834s sent. Pages 91-92

  • An October 2, 2013, email from HHS Special Assistant Marianne Bowen indicated serious problems with congressional enrollments: “The Congressional issue (68 attempts for Direct enrollment) was an issue stemming from incomplete applications being sent through (started, not finished, sent anyway) and the way the issuers are assigning unique numbers. Turns out there were only 4 complete Direct Enrollment applications that went through, the other 64 were not complete.” (Page 93) [The U.S. Congress has approximately 24,000 professional staffers.]

  • On October 2, 2013, the Obamacare website had 70,000 page views but only 5,000 were unique visitors, and 48% of registrations failed. The large number of page views may have been the result of visitors repeatedly hitting the “refresh” button due to long waiting times. (Page 106)

via Judicial Watch Obtains 106-Page HHS Document Revealing Scope of Obamacare Rollout Disaster | Judicial Watch.

Earlier this week, Harry Reid basically said stories about the millions of people being negatively impacted by Obamacare were lies made up by the Koch brothers, or something. The National Republican Senatorial Committee came up with a reply.

As an aside, isn’t it amazing how much power the Koch brothers wield? Those guys are the sinister force behind every revelation of truth that debunks another progressive lie. The libs have built them into a giant bogeyman, with powers beyond the realm of mere humans.

Wile E. Obama and the rest of the clowns associated with Obamacare just keep on producing fail. After the colossal fail of Healthcrap.gov on October 1, the top brass decided they’d have it all fixed by December 1. Guess what? Not gonna happen. Now, they’re prepping for more fail by saying “it won’t be perfect.”

So, not as colossal a pile of steaming crap, but a pile of crap just the same. Wonder how many more hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars they’ll waste on their Rube Goldberg contraption before they say “we’re giving up and shooting for single payer”?

The Obama administration acknowledged Monday that the problem-ridden healthcare.gov website would “not work perfectly,” even after its self-imposed Dec. 1 deadline for fixing the online marketplaces.

“The system will not work perfectly on December 1 but will operate much better than it did in October,” Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told reporters in a conference call Monday. Just days from the end-of-month deadline, the administration is scrambling to mitigate technical failures that have embarrassed the White House and been a major drag on President Obama’s signature domestic achievement — and his approval ratings.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest earlier Monday insisted that the federal website would work smoothly for the “vast majority” of consumers by the end of the month.Sign Up for the Politics Today newsletter!The website “should be able to handle 50,000 concurrent users,” Earnest added. The Obama spokesman said that if more than 50,000 people tried to access healthcare.gov simultaneously, consumers could opt to receive an email from CMS notifying them when there is less online traffic, also moving the shopper to the front of the digital line.

The White House is keenly aware of what would happen politically if the administration fails to meet the deadline. Democrats on Capitol Hill have already signaled they will seek legislative changes for Obamacare, including a possible delay of the so-called individual mandate, if healthcare.gov isn’t ready come December.

The short-term goal is that the website allows roughly eight in 10 people to fully enroll in Obamacare, the White House has said.

I’m guessing it won’t be anywhere near 8 in 10 people, and they’ll come up with some new lame excuses for why it doesn’t work any better than it did in October.

via Obama administration: Healthcare.gov will not work perfectly Dec. 1 | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Yes, for the government it makes perfect sense. Sounds like a $7 billion slush fund for Obama to throw around to his cronies.

The Department of Health and Human Services revealed on Wednesday a plan to spend up to $7 billion to find ways to reduce spending under the Affordable Care Act while maintaining or improving the quality of health care.  The solicitation for bids for this wide-ranging project appeared today on the Federal Business Opportunities website:

The purpose is to develop a Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design, and Analysis (RMADA) IDIQ [Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity] to respond to expanded needs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT (ACA) and Health Care reform ACT (HCERA). The work awarded under the RMADA will involve the design, implementation and evaluation of a broad range of research and/or payment and service delivery models to test their potential for reducing expenditures for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and uninsured beneficiaries while maintaining or improving quality of care.

While the contract is to be an IDIQ contract, meaning that the quantity of work is variable and therefore the price to be paid is not fixed, documents accompanying the contract indicate the maximum is set at $7 billion over the life of the contract:

via HHS Plans to Spend Up to $7B to Find Ways to Reduce Costs Under Obamacare | The Weekly Standard.

From a low of 28% in 2006, a clear majority now think it’s not government’s responsibility to provide health coverage for everybody. Maybe Wile E. Obama’s signature legislation disaster is helping something after all.

The 56% of U.S. adults who now say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage continues to reflect a record high. Prior to 2009, a clear majority of Americans consistently had said the government should take responsibility for ensuring that all Americans have healthcare.

The most recent data were collected in Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare poll, conducted Nov. 7-10. The percentage of U.S. adults who said it is the federal government’s responsibility to ensure all Americans have healthcare coverage peaked at 69% in 2006. Attitudes began to shift significantly in 2007, and continued to change through the time President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Americans who feel healthcare coverage is not the federal government’s responsibility have been in the clear majority the past two years.

via Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov’t Responsibility.