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post #421 of 739
They're also pointing out that Covered California's website lists many doctors as participants when they aren't.

“Some physicians have been put in the network and they were included basically without their permission,” Lisa Folberg said. She is a CMA’s vice president of medical and regulatory Policy.

“They may be listed as actually participating, but not of their own volition,” said Donald Waters, executive director of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association.

Sounds like false advertising to me.
post #422 of 739
Bitch, Bitch, Bitch

What is the problem in turning over 1/6 of the economy to Pelosi, Reid and their associated hacks.

They are great leaders and public servants. Trust them!

And BO? He didn't know anything

Thank God we don't have people like Romney at the helm with their extensive real world business and managerial experience, plus record of success.

The man never tried cocaine and it's possible he never was drunk. Who in the world would want him managing the world's biggest enterprise instead of a great man like BO?
post #423 of 739
MHP getting to the heart of the matter once again (hint: racism)
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Thread Starter 
Is she retarded?
post #425 of 739
Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

MHP getting to the heart of the matter once again (hint: racism)


Edit: I kept watching after I posted. How did the President reduce drug sentence disparity?
post #426 of 739
Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

Is she retarded?

Yes, she is.
post #427 of 739
They pay that woman for that?
post #428 of 739
She is the one woman balance to the entire fucking Tea Party.
post #429 of 739
Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

Is she retarded?

Beyond retarded.

Originally Posted by hopkins_student View Post

They pay that woman for that?

Yeah and we pay Obama for "that" as well. I've seen some displays of drinking the Koolaid but WTF?
post #430 of 739
Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

Is she retarded?

Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post


Edit: I kept watching after I posted. How did the President reduce drug sentence disparity?

Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

Yes, she is.

Originally Posted by hopkins_student View Post

They pay that woman for that?

You are all racist pigs!

She clearly asks you to consider all of BO's successes and she discusses them.

She even left out that BO is the President that has played the most rounds of golf, played the most basketball, and gone on the most vacations while in office. Give a Brutha a chance!

And on a serious note. Garbage like MHP on MSNBC makes Limbaugh and Fox News look very good and impartial in comparison.
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post #432 of 739
Originally Posted by zarathustra View Post

It was only a matter of time....

Colin Powell Pitches Single-Payer Health Care in US
Europe, Canada and Korea all have a "single-payer" system, in which the government pays for the costs of health care.

The only problem with this is that it's mainly wrong. (South) Korea does not have single payer and neither does much of Europe including France and Germany. They have Bismarck systems.
post #433 of 739
From my home town,

Houston whistleblower: Fix for Obamacare needs to be fixed


by Jeremy Rogalski / KHOU 11 News I-Team
Posted on December 12, 2013 at 1:04 PM
Updated today at 3:24 PM
HOUSTON -- When computer glitches locked out Americans from applying online for the Affordable Care Act, a toll free number promised help. But a former federal contract worker says that helpline needs help of its own.
The frustration with the government’s health care website has been felt from the Oval Office to our own backyard.
“We fumbled the rollout on this health care law,” President Obama recently said.
“We couldn’t log in so it was totally a disaster,” said Houstonian Tony Evans.
“I’ve been trying since October,” added Debra Coleman, another Houston resident.
Even the program’s so-called “navigators” have hit stumbling blocks.
“There's been hiccups all the way, anytime you do something this big, this large, there's going to be hiccups," said navigator Orel Fitzsimmons.
But then came a temporary fix—the government’s 1-800 number that was supposed to be a lifeline and a workaround for citizens needing insurance. But the problem?
'It was a mess," said Ashley Jackson.
Jackson was one of 950 workers at a federally-funded call center in the 5900 block of Corporate Drive in Southwest Houston. She called her experience “government haywire.”
"I'm getting paid just sitting here on the clock by not doing nothing (sic),” Jackson said.
For the first two weeks in October, Jackson said instead of answering the public's phone calls, hundreds of call takers did little to no work.
I-Team: “What did you do for eight hours?”
Jackson: “Sit there at the desk, sit there and talk with somebody sitting next to me."

She said during this time she and her co-workers were getting paid at the taxpayers' expense. According to Jackson, the problem was that their workstations hadn’t been set up.
But even when they eventually were, there was another problem--the call center's computers couldn't access the government website any better than the general public could.
Jackson: “Try back in 30 minutes, system temporarily down.”
I-Team: “But you're the place to call if the system was temporarily down?
Jackson: “Yeah, but that's what happened.”
I-Team: “Well how backwards is that?
Jackson: “I know."
The result, Jackson said, is when the center's employees took callers’ information, they weren't actually enrolling them in an insurance program, but just filling out a form that would then go untouched for weeks.
"I mean that could be my child that might need insurance and I'm thinking I'm going to get an eligibility letter thinking they'll be covered and they're really not when January first comes around,” Jackson said.
"It's like a car failure," said 11 News Political Analyst Bob Stein.
Stein described it as a “cascading implementation failure”.
"When the brakes go and you hit something, then you start breaking down on other things,” Stein said.
And worse yet, Stein said, there was no viable back up plan.
I-Team: “This is the help line, the help line doesn't have any better access than the website.”
Stein: “I mean I think this was all an attempt to tread water."
In addition to these issues, Jackson said there was one other problem at the Houston call center. Many of the operators, who handle sensitive information like social security numbers, were hired without a complete background check.
Jackson said when federal contractor General Dynamics Information Technology finally got around to it, the check uncovered her previous conviction for misdemeanor theft and she was terminated. However Jackson said she was not alone and that other call takers had criminal histories and had access to a caller’s personal information.
A spokesperson for General Dynamics Information Technology deferred comment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. An agency spokesperson did not address the allegations that operators sat around for weeks or that online access wasn’t any better than the general public. Instead, CMS offered the following statement:

Customer service representatives are hired by and are employees of our contractor, GDIT/Vangent, which also runs 1-800-Medicare. They undergo comprehensive training as well as regular refresher courses to ensure consumers are able to get accurate information and timely assistance on their questions from a qualified team. The call center operation and training regimen follows best private-sector practice and has been informed by our successful track record and experience in operating the popular 1-800-Medicare call center. We take the security of consumers’ personal information seriously and investigate any reports of wrongdoing immediately."

Typical big government FUBAR. Is anyone really surprised?
post #434 of 739
But there are Top Men on this. How could it go wrong?
post #435 of 739
We're getting hit with a big increase and consequently our employer dropped their contribution to our HSA plan. About 1/3 of the company was in the room at the time when the rep explained how the ACA affected our costs. There were 3-4 people in there that voted for Obama and also have the HSA plan - the look on their faces was memorable.
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