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He'll do so at an event today at 11:25 a.m.

U.S. President Barack Obama has called the issues with the website "unacceptable" at an event this morning.

According to Reuters, Obama announced a plan to address the recent problems with at an event today in the White House Rose Garden. Consumers, pharmacists and business owners were in attendance. 

With the rollout of Obamacare on October 1, a key part of the program is consumer accessibility to in order to select new insurance plans. The idea behind it is to bring health insurance to Americans that have gone without, and it also doesn't prevent those with pre-existing conditions to apply. 

But the White House didn't expect to see the amount of traffic it did when Obamacare began. Within the first 10 days, there were over 19 million visits to the site. This led to many technical problems with the site, such as jumbled text, error messages and delays with loading pages. 

Obama even compared the glitchy website to iOS 7.

Obama sees this as a serious issue and addressed it today, calling it unacceptable" and planning new ways for Americans to get insurance exchanges despite site issues. 

"The president will directly address the technical problems with - troubles that he and his team find unacceptable - and discuss the actions he has pushed for to make it easier for consumers to comparison shop and enroll for insurance while work continues around the clock to improve the website," said a White House official.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), fixes are being made to the site, but it's not all bad. It said people have been successful in other tasks on, such as verifying eligibility. 

"Individuals have been able to verify their eligibility for credits, enabling them to shop for, and enroll in, low- or even no-cost health plans," said HHS. "We have updated the site several times with new code that includes bug fixes. Our team has called in additional help to solve some of the more complex technical issues we are encountering."

As of last Saturday night, it was reported that almost half a million Americans applied for health insurance as part of Obamacare. 

Source: Reuters

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RE: Bogus
By tayb on 10/21/2013 12:49:32 PM , Rating: -1
The weirdest thing about the law is that the enforcement mechanism to get people enrolled doesn't actually have any teeth. You have to pay 1% or $95 that scales up each year but the IRS lacks any capacity to forcibly collect. If you don't have insurance and don't pay the only thing they can do is take it out of your refund or a future refund. If you don't get a refund they have zero ability to collect.

I haven't received a refund in years so if I were to choose to not buy insurance in 2014 there is nothing anyone could do about it.

My problem with the law is that I like a lot of it and don't want to see particular things repealed. Getting rid of lifetime caps and preexisting conditions will save a lot of people from bankruptcy. Whereas previously you would get an expensive disease, say cancer, quickly hit a lifetime cap, get dropped, and be unable to get new insurance because of an existing condition. Can't do that anymore.

There was one time where I was tested for Parkinson's and the test came back negative. My insurance denied the claim as an existing condition... even through the test was negative. Fought for months on that one.

I also believe the country is far far far far far better off economically long term if everyone has insurance. How you pay for it is another question and something the ACA absolutely fails to address. The absolute far and away paramount goal of insurance should be to keep the population out of the hospital through preventative care. I work in healthcare analytics and payers (insurance companies) will actually provide big fat rebate checks (hundreds of thousands) to primary care physicians who meet minimum quality standards (ACO, GPRO, Hedis, etc). Meeting the standards means their patients are not being admitted to hospitals except for emergencies which means payers aren't paying huge hospital bills.

All in all I would say the bill might be a cluster fuck with good intentions but it is pretty early to say how it will all work out short term and long term.

RE: Bogus
By Dorkyman on 10/21/2013 1:10:18 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, there are aspects of Obamacare that are positive. But on the whole it's a disaster and the way it was sleight-of-hand rammed through Congress (with not a single R vote) was detestable.

So kill it. Kill it and bring back those portions that are common sense.

I continue to be amazed at the incompetence shown by Dear Leader and his administration. And I'm saddened by the thought that the American public elected this bozo in the first place. Says a lot about our country's future.

RE: Bogus
By tayb on 10/21/2013 1:24:27 PM , Rating: 3
I think it actually had one Republican vote, ha. It was passed by a majority so I don't think there was really anything undemocratic about it. The Democrats just had complete control of the executive and legislative branch as the general population of America strongly rebuked Bush and the Republicans.

I don't agree with killing the bill, only replacing it. Republicans look like idiots incessantly voting to repeal the ACA. They don't have a majority in the Senate, don't have a super majority in the House, and don't have control of the executive. The bill is not going to be repealed, probably ever. My chief complaint against Republicans is that they have no alternative. I have absolutely zero belief that if they were to succeed in repealing the ACA they would pass a replacement ever. The healthcare industry in this country absolutely unequivocally must be overhauled. If the ACA is such a train wreck I would love to see the Republicans have a stab at healthcare overhaul.

We spend almost twice as much as other developed countries and get half the care. We can't go back to the "2008 normal." Not ever. We have to fix the healthcare industry or it is going to drain the life out of the economy.

RE: Bogus
By Reclaimer77 on 10/21/2013 2:20:29 PM , Rating: 3
Obamacare does nothing to reform healthcare. Infact it exaserbates many issues.

Its a known fact now that healthcare is getting MORE expensive because of the so-called ACA. So its failed at its most basic goal.

On top of adding a trillion to the deficit, per year.

Obamacare is just a giant tax increase and wealth redistribution scheme. Let's just acknowledge that first, before pretending something positive will come from this much corrupt beuracracy.

RE: Bogus
By Rukkian on 10/21/2013 2:27:09 PM , Rating: 4
While I don't think the bill is neccessarily the answer, I think it is better than "lets stick our heads in the sand and maybe it will fix itself" that the Reps have been trying to accomplish. No healthcare proposals at all, just stick with what is not working.

There are many very good things in this bill, including no lifetime maximums, no worry about pre existing, amoung others. To be able to accomplish these, it does require that everybody has insurance one way or another to accomplish those things.

Having everybody have insurance should help people to actually get preventive care, avoiding trips to the ER or hospital stay in some cases. This is a positive side effect.

I really wish the right would stop with the "Repeal ACA" and come out and offer their suggestions to the problems with health care. Right now what they are doing is even worse than what the left is doing (which is bad to begin with). Neither side is doing much at this point.

RE: Bogus
By Ammohunt on 10/21/2013 2:31:32 PM , Rating: 5
The real solution to the perceived healthcare problems in the US is to execute all trial lawyers.

RE: Bogus
By EricMartello on 10/24/2013 3:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
Or we could reform tort laws to limit what lawsuits can be filed and for what; thus eliminating the ambulance chasers.

The ACA has nothing to do with healthcare, btw. It's all about health insurance...access to health insurance =/= access to health care.

At any time prior to the ACA rollout, you or anyone else could have signed up for private health insurance directly through a carrier. The pre-existing condition issue was the big "selling point" of the ACA...well, they could have just passed a law that prohibits insurance companies from turning people down due to pre-existing conditions, allowing the insurance companies to bill them higher premiums/deductibles due to their obviously higher risk.

RE: Bogus
By ianweck on 10/21/2013 2:42:30 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know why people insist Republicans have never put forth an alternative. Yes it requires a repeal of Obamacare, but that is a good thing. It keeps several positive points of Obamacare.

RE: Bogus
By Rukkian on 10/21/2013 3:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
If you read the link you sent, it shows that a bill has never even been out for a vote, and is not actually finalized. This is not a solution if it has not even been written yet.

Without a mandate, I am not sure how you can force insurance companies to cover pre-exisitng. It also says nothing about lifetime max payouts. For pre-existing, it simply says that it is limited to 200% of the standard rate, but that just means they will raise the regular rate to compensate. You will still see many people without insurance since it is too expensive, and just end up going to the emergency room. Then if they get a long term (or terminal disease), or pregnancy they will go on insurance at that point, and only have to pay double what others pay.

This is not sustainable imo.

RE: Bogus
By Reclaimer77 on 10/21/2013 2:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
The premise that the republicans need an alternative big-Government plan kind of defeats the point, doesn't it?

Big-Goverent getting involved in healthcare to "fix' things is why we have the mess we have.

And let's be real, Republicans HAVE made many great proposals! The Democrats and the President treat any proposal that isn't designed to grow the deficit and expand Government as a non:starter.

RE: Bogus
By tayb on 10/21/13, Rating: -1
RE: Bogus
By Reclaimer77 on 10/21/13, Rating: 0
RE: Bogus
By KCjoker on 10/21/2013 6:31:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's not BS, just look how Gov't runs things it's a fact they are insanely inefficient. And the Repubs have given specific ideas just the Libs don't like them. First we need TORT reform, second we need competition across state lines. Last but not least we need ALL hospitals to have concrete info on what they charge for their services. Why should I blindly visit hospital A for a hip replacement for 10K if hospital B does the same for 5K for example. Now YOU can shut up instead of being a champion for big Gov't which is destroying this country.

RE: Bogus
By Reclaimer77 on 10/21/2013 6:39:00 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Big Government BS??

Let's take a look at Social Security and Medicare, shall we? Some of the worst programs, offering the lowest quality care, and they are like 40 TRILLION in debt!

And these are the people we want running the health insurance of every citizen in the country???

RE: Bogus
By Reclaimer77 on 10/21/2013 6:35:05 PM , Rating: 4
No healthcare proposals at all, just stick with what is not working.

Also, and this isn't just directed at you, I'm sick of debating along this false premise.

For the vast sweeping majority of Americans, there simply was no imminent healthcare issue. Certainly not a crisis that needed immediate action from Washington.

Not working? I'm far from "rich", and I couldn't be happier with my current health plan coverage!!

Now you're telling me that because of some faceless "uninsured" people I shouldn't be beholden to, I have to pay higher premiums, have less choice, AND lose my current personal physician and enter an "exchange".

In the immortal words of Jesse Pinkman, "well Heil Hitler bit*h!"

And my god, have you seen the deductibles of some of these plans!? Even the "Bronze" plan, the "most affordable", has INSANE deductibles.

This whole goddamn thing is a clusterf*ck, it's a mess. It's the biggest boondoggle ever! It's worst than it was!!! Doing nothing would ABSOLUTELY be better than Obamacare.

There is NOTHING more important to the future of this country than repealing the ACA. Repeat, NOTHING else matters! If we don't stop this now, the country is over!!! The Federal Government will have unlimited mandate power over it's citizens. Do you people not understand this!??

RE: Bogus
By R3T4rd on 10/22/2013 6:31:34 AM , Rating: 2
Welcome to the Social Democracy of the United States of America!

Sad our kids are taught by mostly socialistic leftist school teachers and professors so they are ingrained with socialistic ideas.

Sad for the change everyone voted for.

Sad my Healthcare jumped 3X the amount and now I am limited to what I can choose - yes thats from my private sector employer who is a Fortune 500 company.

Sad this once great country now is just figment of itself.

Happy I lived and grew up in the 80's.

Seriously, we should split the US in half right down the Mississippi River. I wonder how long the Socialistic Liberal side of the US will last before they squander to the door steps of the Capitalistic Conservative US asking for help? Greece......

RE: Bogus
By Ammohunt on 10/22/2013 2:02:40 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, we should split the US in half right down the Mississippi River.

I agree split it somewhere; I will not live nor have my children live in the version of America the academic leftists of this country aim to create. I will fight it by whatever means necessary. Its time for those that want to retain a constitutional republic separate themselves from those who want Neo-European Socialist America.

Mr president just because you won an elections doesn't mean you have a mandate from the people to do whatever the hell you like.

RE: Bogus
By chripuck on 10/25/2013 1:14:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a red voter through and through, but the prices I saw quoted on were sensible. They were inline with what I pay now through my small business employer and had similar deductibles. Interestingly enough if I wanted to go the disasterous coverage route I could say $500 a month.

Now granted I didn't actually go through the website application process, they simply asked me for my zip code, but apparently I'm "poor" enough that I should qualify for some sort of discount (apparently if you make less than 95,000/year with 2 children and a spouse you're poor now.)

Being a software consultant myself I find the 600 million price tag insulting, even if it was a perfectly functioning, state of the art website. The fact that it works poorly just adds insult to injury. I mean for heavens sake, Facebook was written by three kids in a dormroom over the span of 6 months. We seriously can't find a team of professional web developers to build this thing in a year when we have 600 million dollars available?

RE: Bogus
By cruisin3style on 10/21/2013 5:48:24 PM , Rating: 2
i'm 95% sure it is 1 trillion every 10 years, although how even that is justified i'm not sure

your post is just proof about how little factual information is actually out there about obamacare, and how much wildly inaccurate info is being spread

no matter how true or insane the basic idea is behind the information you are spreading, it helps to have the right info and not be off by, say, 1,000%

RE: Bogus
By Ammohunt on 10/21/2013 2:20:26 PM , Rating: 2
Says a lot about our country's future.

America is the Edmund Fitzgerald and there is a storm on the horizon.

RE: Bogus
By ianweck on 10/21/2013 2:44:30 PM , Rating: 2
Lol this sounds a lot like the launch of Obamacare.

the ship suffered a series of mishaps during her launch: it took three attempts to break the champagne bottle used to christen her, and she collided with a pier when she entered the water.

RE: Bogus
By FITCamaro on 10/21/2013 3:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
Except the ban on pre-existing conditions skyrockets the cost of everyone else's healthcare.

RE: Bogus
By Rukkian on 10/21/2013 3:38:57 PM , Rating: 2
So what is your suggestion for somebody that gets sick, just let them die unless they are rich?

I personally will not (at least in the forseeable future) need the exchange, as I have insurance from both myself and my wife's job and have not been without insurance in my life, but others are not as fortunate.

RE: Bogus
By Reclaimer77 on 10/21/2013 6:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
So what is your suggestion for somebody that gets sick

Uhhh go to a doctor? It works for nearly every American.

I personally will not (at least in the forseeable future) need the exchange, as I have insurance from both myself and my wife's job and have not been without insurance in my life

So are you "rich"?? Is your wife "rich"?

You said you've never been without insurance in your entire life. So have you been "rich" your entire life?

Sorry but I'm so goddamn sick of the hyperbole of stating that only the "rich" get healthcare in this country. It's bullsh*t and you know it!

Stop being a collectivist shill man.

RE: Bogus
By Spuke on 10/21/2013 7:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry but I'm so goddamn sick of the hyperbole of stating that only the "rich" get healthcare in this country. It's bullsh*t and you know it!
I'm tired of hearing this BS too!! One of my sis-in-laws and her husband (with two kids) work at car dealerships, neither are salesman. They pay an insane $900 a month for health insurance (with a $1500 deductible at that). They will NOT qualify for any subsidy and they're told obamacare WILL be raising their premium not lowering it. These are middle class people, not rich people and there are MILLIONS of people just like them. Where's their help?

I'm lucky, I've always worked for a large corp and currently work for the fed. I get/got healthcare cheap. I keep hearing this helping the middle class sh!t from Obama and I see no help for any middle class people I know. Sh!t I even heard that if you make $10 an hr but your company offers health insurance, even if you don't qualify for your companies insurance, you're not eligible for a subsidy. WTF kind of sh!t is that? Who is this actually helping?

RE: Bogus
By Sazabi19 on 10/22/2013 11:10:54 AM , Rating: 2
Mostly minorities and welfare recipients. I work for local govt and our healthcare costs are going up and so are deductibles... Thanks a lot Obama. Again!

RE: Bogus
By Keeir on 10/22/2013 1:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
So what is your suggestion for somebody that gets sick, just let them die unless they are rich?

Everyone dies. The US could devote 100% of our resources and our labor to healthcare and research... and still everyone will die. Even France who has a great universal healthcare system open to essentially everyone since 2000 has a life expectancy of just 81.5 years to the US's 78.5 (of course if you take out fatal accidents etc, the numbers rise to ~81 for the US and ~82 for France).

A large percentage of people who die are sick when they die. This is true for both the rich and the poor.

Lets get a few things straight.

The "Affordable Care Act" has nothing to do with healthcare. It has everything to do with Healthcare Insurance. It is an insurance reform act. Now, believe it or not, but Insurance is a relatively simple business. A company bills its customers for more money than it pays out. Simple right? The Affordable Care Act does limit the amount that an Insurance company can keep for itself. That is a good thing. But the truth is... if we want there to be insurance companies, they must make a reasonable profit. Looking at property and auto companies... they tend to make ~7-8% net profit margin. Most healthcare insurance companies make.... ~5-10% profit margin! So the ACA will prevent healthcare insurance companies from being a better investment that other forms of insurance. Good. The bad? Most of the ACA provisions will significantly increase the amount of money that insurance companies will have to payout. If healthy people sign up for insurance and do not use healthcare then it will be "okay". But I doubt this will happen. People will use the insurance, and insurance companies will end up paying out more and more and thus have to raise rates. Not because they are greedy or evil. Because people will consume more healthcare!

Meanwhile, what really needs to occur is reform of the Healthcare system and the general cost of Healthcare (which will continue to rise at rates faster than inflation)

We still need to find a way to pay doctors less. To increase the supply and quality of doctors. To prevent malpractice suits from crushing quality establishments. To increase efficiency in choice of testing, medicines, and procedures.

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