Is Barack Obama aware that he is the Commander-in-Chief and not a salesman? Today marks a new concerted effort on the part of this administration to sell ObamaCare to the American people. They still think their main problem is their sales pitch.
The problem is that Healthcare.gov still isn't up to private sector standards. The failure of the website to handle traffic is absurd, but there is another bigger issue for those who have already attempted to use the site. According to the Washington Post, as many as one-third of people who think they've enrolled in ObamaCare may not actually be covered come January 1st. That's right – mistakes in the enrollment forms could effect as many as one-third of those who think they've signed up for coverage.
Americans are having a hard time trusting government right now as it is. The fact that their information is not secure doesn't exactly entice people into giving up their most private information. This system relies on a need for trust, which is currently absent. And unfortunately for Americans, and politically for Democrats, things are likely to get worse. As Marc Thiessen in the Washington Post writes, the website is not really the problem. He's absolutely right. The website is nothing more than a reflection of incompetence, but the underlying issues of ObamaCare are what Americans are stressing about and what Democrats will be held accountable for in 2014.
But if we hunker down and wait until 2017, ObamaCare will work splendidly by then, right? Wrong. By then, if not repealed, we will simply have resigned ourselves to the mediocrity of our new government-run healthcare system. Democrats would rather us “settle” for ObamaCare than fight for better coverage, better care, more competition and a lower costs.
Here are some stories about ObamaCare that I'm almost positive the president will not be touting on his sales tour...
More Website Work Remains
Sean welcomed Washington insider Jamie Dupree to Tuesday's show to discuss the ongoing work on the disastrous HealthCare.gov website. Dupree explained that while many improvements to the site have been made, there is still quite of work left to be done. Federal officials acknowledged that more work is needed on the "back end" of the site, to make sure that consumers actually get health coverage and that insurance companies get the information they need to start those policies. However, The Washington Post reported that "enrollment records for a significant portion" of those who have signed up on healthcare.gov could contain errors, affecting "roughly one-third" of enrollees. To read Jamie Dupree's column on WSBRadio.com click here.
There is virtually nothing that the Left isn't willing to politicize, and that includes holidays. Obama's Organizing for America is trying to make ObamaCare a part of your Thanksgiving celebration. They are encouraging Americans to discuss ObamaCare talking points around the dinner table.
There's no doubt that ObamaCare may be a point of discussion amongst families, but not for the reason Obama propagandists would like. Millions of Americans are facing the prospect of lost coverage, losing their doctors or re-working their budgets to account for the increased price of premiums. Americans may be consuming turkey this Thanksgiving, but they aren't buying OFA's ObamaCare baloney.
Do have any idea where the president is right now? He is out West, in Hollywood and elsewhere, fundraising for Democrats. With all of the troubles he is facing and a new self-imposed ObamaCare deadline looming, it's a bit absurd that this is what the president has time for. Remember last week when he couldn't attend a commemoration for the 150th anniversary for the Gettysburg address? Obama finds time for what is convenient and what he wants to do, but not necessarily for what is always best for the country.
Obama's trip out West is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the real failures of his administration. If you'll notice, he's still trying (and failing) to push immigration reform to the forefront of the conversation. The Hill points out the White House has apparently attempted to pivot – for the fifth time this year – to the economy. It notes that this is a transparent attempt to shift the focus from ObamaCare and the disastrous rollout of the exchanges.
More Government Waste
It's astounding the amount of wasted money that our government manages to spend on pointless projects.
CNS News has two more examples of outrageous spending.
First, we have the Department of Education which spent $20.3 million to fight “isms.” That's right, over the last three years we've spent over $20 million to help school boards fight “all of the –isms, like racism, ableism, orientation, etc.,” in our schools.
Then we have the TSA which spent $900 million – almost a $1 billion! – over the last five years on behavior detection officers. Their job is to detect terrorists in airports. Five years and $900 million later, they've detected zero terrorists. Zero. In light of this fact, the Government Accountability Office recommends that Congress put an end to this program. The technique of behavioral profiling isn't bad, but the private sector could do it a lot more effectively and less costly.
The government isn't good at a lot of things, but it has perfected the art of spending a lot of money on projects that don't necessarily gain us any return on investment.
A Bad Deal On Iran
Over the weekend, the United States along with five other countries agreed to a deal on Iran's nuclear capabilities. The only people who seem very pleased with the deal are the Iranians and the Obama administration. Should that worry us?
Here are the basics of what this deal entails:
Iran will not have to give up virtually any aspect of its current nuclear endeavors, but would simply be forced to temporarily stop certain portions of its nuclear program. For example, it must stop the installation of new centrifuges but it can still construct centrifuges and does not require them to get rid of any current centrifuges. It must cap its stockpile of enriched uranium but it gets to keep its enriched uranium and continue enrichment at low levels. It agrees not to commission its heavy water reactor in Arak, capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium, but it keeps the reactor in place. It must agree to new, enhanced inspections but this assumes we can trust that they will give access to ALL relevant material and no secret sites exist.
In return, Iran will see an ease of $7 billion in economic sanctions (some say that figure is closer to $20 billion), which is what brought them to the bargaining table to begin with. If Iran adheres to the agreement, in return they will not see increased sanctions placed upon various aspects of their economy.
In other words, the current deal does nothing to stop Iran's future nuclear ambitions (this is just temporary) and it certainly doesn't diminish anything that they currently have in place. So the world gets no concessions while Iran reaps the benefits of lifted sanctions. Is this supposed to be a win-win for the world?
So what does all of this mean? Some believe that this deal will still lead to Iran becoming a nuclear state, only delayed by a little time. K.T. McFarland writes, “It would seem inevitable then, that in the years ahead Iran will become a de facto nuclear state, and a nuclear arms race in the Middle East will ensue. The prudent thing now is for the United States to make plans accordingly ...” An arms race in the Middle East … is that really the legacy Obama (the Nobel Peace prize winner) wants to leave us with?
Keeping Focused on ObamaCare
There are some who speculate that the timing of the Iranian nuclear deal is quite suspicious and happened now in order to distract from the disaster that is ObamaCare. I wouldn't put it past this administration, who is so deeply concerned about controlling the message.
Here are some of the latest reports related to ObamaCare and the failed rollout of the exchanges…(read)