Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HOW TO FEIGN A BACKLASH

TO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE
Johann Wagener 11-13-13

Simple. Just arm an army of FOX news & friends fans with computers, tablets, and smartphones. Plug them into the internet and let them keep hitting the send button to the healthcare.org site.

I assume that if an idiot like me was able to figure that out my friends at FOX got there before me.

Just to be clear, even an idiot like me knows the difference between not being able to sign up for something and still "wanting" it.

Ever stand in line in front of an Apple store for the weekend only to find out they were sold out when you hit the front door. There's plenty of those 26 year old red blooded Americans that have experienced that, so I'm sure they will get past the "error" message one of these days. Hopefully soon. That's if Fox & friends moves on to something else to tear apart.

I hope I haven't hit the "conspiracy" button here.



The Department of Health and Human Services has some unsavory bit of news to digest this afternoon: in the month of October, only 106,185 people signed up for the federal health care exchanges. (As WonkBlog rightfully points out, this doesn't necessarily mean all those people have health care now, as the White House includes people who haven't paid for their plans yet.) The Obama administration's original goal was to enroll 500,000 people by October 31.

Of that total, just 26,794 people have successfully signed up for the federal exchanges through healthcare.gov so far. That's even lower than the Wall Street Journal report from Monday that 40,000 to 50,000 people successfully signed up on healthcare.gov in October.