[And if you have your own experiences to share, and especially screen dumps, please add them in comments or contact me. Either Federal Exchanges, or state exchanges. I'm especially interested in Covered California! Thank you! --lambert]
firstname.lastname@example.org from Maine had a registration #FAIL at step 3. Here's the screen dump:
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: 10% of ObamaCare Federal enrollments could contain coverage-preventing errors
An estimated 10 percent of all enrollments now being made on the federal Obamacare marketplace contain data errors that could delay people from actually getting health coverage, officials disclosed Friday.
And that error rate for enrollments submitted via HealthCare.gov and then sent to insurers before December was an estimated 25 percent, officials revealed.
The rate fell in the past week, officials said, because of repair efforts to HealthCare.gov's, particular the discovery and fix of one particular software problem that was causing an estimated 80 percent of data errors, officials said.*
But both past and present error rates are much higher than 1 percent, the rate which insurers considered to be unacceptable when doing business outside the Obamacare exchanges. And they are raising serious questions about whether significant numbers of people will actually be without insurance Jan. 1 despite believing they have enrolled.
So, you roll up to the hospital in your ambulance thinking you're covered, and what then? Don't worry, we'll straighten out the paperwork later? Why don't I think this will work? Read below the fold...
In the continuing saga of cleaning my kitchen so that it doesn't look like the kind of horror show you read about in the newspapers where people say "He pretty much kept to himself," or "He seemed nice enough, but never allowed anyone into the house," I've now not only exposed the wood floor, but swept it!
But victory is not yet mine; now the floor must be cleaned. Trust me on this, we're not talking Jimmy's black heelmarks here: It's ground-in dirt, mud from the winter, soil from the garden, but above all general filth and ash from hauling in the wood, and then burning it. Read below the fold...
I have to confess that I was not politically conscious, really, between 1971 or so and 1998 (and since I started following politics again after the Republicans impeached Clinton over a blowjob as part of the long-running, media-fuelled coup that culiminated with Bush v. Gore, it took me a long while to break free of the idea that the Democrats were the good guys).
So any encomiums from me would be from a position of ignorance. What is overwhelmingly clear is that we have no politicians of his stature anywhere in the Western world today. Nowhere close. Here's his "I am prepared to die" speech, given to the Court ("My Lord) in 1964 when he was in the dock for sabotage, for which he was sentenced to life in prison. Read below the fold...
And de Blasio knows he’ll get some political benefits from picking Bratton. After running a far left [BWA-HA-HA-HA!!!] campaign built on bashing New York’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, de Blasio will reassure centrist, law-and-order New Yorkers by appointing the man who invented stop and frisk in the first place. (See Bratton’s loose use of turnstile-jumping busts as a way to search subway passengers for weapons without overtly violating the 4th amendment).
(Followed by a whole bunch of speculation that Bratton might run for mayor himself.)
I am starting to think that the discourse of our political class is insane, not metaphorically, but clinically. (This started with Obama's presser on November 14.) Read below the fold...
The WSJ Op-Ed from Third Way weasels that sparked the "controversy":
If you talk to leading progressives these days, you'll be sure to hear this message: The Democratic Party should embrace the economic populism of New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Such economic populism, they argue, should be the guiding star for Democrats heading into 2016. Nothing would be more disastrous for Democrats.Read below the fold...
The state's top three Democrats made it clear Tuesday they are backing John Lewis in the party's primary for U.S. House.
Lewis, who lives in Helena, is a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. He is running for the open House seat in 2014.
Democrat Melinda Gopher, of Missoula, has also said she will run for the House. The writer and Native American activist finished third in a Democratic primary for the seat in 2010 after raising little money for the race.
Baucus, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock said they are backing Lewis.
Baucus said Lewis is problem-solver [gag, spew] who will serve the state well. Tester said he will "put responsible decision-making ahead of partisanship," [cough] and Bullock said he chose to back Lewis because he is committed to public service.
Lewis has not held elected office before. He has said he is running to cut the debt and deficit, and to bring reasoned debate to issues important to Montana.
Gopher has said she would prefer a government-run single-payer health care system, and is making clean energy and climate change among her top priorities.
So, let's replace Max Baucus with ... Max Baucus! Read below the fold...
"We are now seeing a sea change among this critical demographic," Grayson said. "The president has experienced a double-digit drop among Millennials over the past seven months and that rating is now the lowest we've seen during his presidency."
The poll, conducted between October 30 and November 11, found that the president's approval among 18- to 29-year-olds had dropped from 52 to 41 percent over the course of the year, and that younger Millennials—those between 18 and 24—were trending less Democratic.
"For the better part of four or five years, young people have been the outliers. They've been the folks who have been the most optimistic and most trusting of the president and Congress to actually solve the problems they most care about," [Harvard Institute of Politics pollster John Della Volpe] said, explaining what happened.
"You have a combination of two things. One is: Expectations [were] incredibly high—not just for the president but for Washington and adults [18 to 29 isn't adult?] in general—that have been unmet," he said. "And then the second part of it is, you can see that there are very few aspects of the healthcare initiative that they approve of. They think quality will decrease, prices will increase [and they're right!]]. So it's not surprising that that is taking a significant hit to the president's approval ratings."
What a shame. Fool me once, 2008, fool me twice, 2012... Read below the fold...
This really is an awesome post, so read it all, especially members of the academic precariat. Here's what I see as the heart of the argument:
If you take into account the risk of being shot by rival gangs, ending up in jail or being beaten up by your own hierarchy, you might wonder why anybody would work for such a low wage and at such dreadful working conditions instead of seeking employment at Mc Donalds. Yet, gangs have no real difficulty in recruiting new members. The reason for this is that the prospect of future wealth, rather than current income and working conditions, is the main driver for people to stay in the business: low-level drug sellers forgo current income for (uncertain) future wealth. Rank-and file members are ready to face this risk to try to make it to the top, where life is good and money is flowing. It is very unlikely that they will make it (their mortality rate is insanely high, by the way) but they’re ready to “get rich or die trying”.
With a constant supply of new low-level drug sellers entering the market and ready to be exploited, drug lords can become increasingly rich without needing to distribute their wealth towards the bottom. You have an expanding mass of rank-and-file “outsiders” ready to forgo income for future wealth, and a small core of “insiders” securing incomes largely at the expense of the mass. We can call it a winner-take-all market.
Sounds familiar. Like everywhere. Read below the fold...
The two congressional budget leaders — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) — are considering a plan that would give relief to some of the domestic and defense programs most burdened by the sequester through 2015 by replacing those cuts with budgetary savings in other areas, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. New revenue through fee increases — not tax hikes — is likely .
Ooh. Fee fees. Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Dan Balz "he said/she said" whitewashes Obama's role in healthcare.gov debacle
This seem to really work (though -- see the image -- why they would say "remove" rather than "reset" or even "start over" I don't know (except I do: It's programmers thinking from their perspective, removing the data, not from the user's perspective, hitting the reset button (meaning the UX/UI people have little power right now))). Read below the fold...
I don't know how I missed this, but obviously the ObamaCare websites are still crap, because if they were any good, Obama would have used them for PR. McClatchy:
Yes, President Barack Obama plans to up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.
But no, he like millions of other Americans, has not done so yet.
“I don’t have an update for you on that," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday at his daily briefing. "I know that he will and has said that he will."
When he was asked if the registration could be open to the press, Carney responded: "I'll get back to you."
BWA-HA-HA-HA!!!! I bet he did. Here is the key paragraph from a policy perspective however: Read below the fold...
This last paragraph on the Detroit bankruptcy case (yes, they can) caught my eye:
The bankruptcy case is unfolding at a time of historic political transition. Former hospital executive Mike Duggan takes over as mayor in January, the third mayor since Kwame Kilpatrick quit in a scandal in 2008 and the first white mayor in largely black Detroit since the 1970s.Read below the fold...