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Obamacare website still failing after deadline; Crashes live on CNN

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Obamacare, website errors, CNN

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(NaturalNews) Regular readers of Natural News know that we have been frequent critics of Obamacare, because the law represents the kind of top-down, one-size-fits-all, abusive, tyrannical government that strips away freedom, damages liberty and further restricts choice - all things that we despise about our post-constitutional existence. The only "freedom" suffering worse than health freedom is the freedom to grow and consume the kinds of foods you decide to grow and consume.

Anyway, regular readers also know that our own founder, IT guru Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has had zero confidence in the government's ability to fix Healthcare.gov, Obamacare's federal online insurance exchange [http://www.naturalnews.com].

And it seems as though his doubts have been borne out.

Understand one thing: The mainstream media sorely wants to see Obama succeed, so naturally they want to see Obamacare succeed, and the face of Obamacare right now is the Healthcare.gov website.

So it should come as no surprise that, on the day the Obama administration said its online exchange would be fixed and ready for customers to sign up, there would be at least one mainstream outlet that would want to test the site and be the first to claim Obama a hero.

Enter CNN.

As reported by Newsbusters.org's Noel Sheppard:

A really funny thing happened Sunday morning when the folks at CNN's "New Day" tried to open a health insurance account at the newly upgraded ObamaCare website.

It crashed.

'We're just not seeing that'

The host, George Howell, CNN business correspondent Alison Kosik and the network's medical producer had this exchange, as the crash occurred:

GEORGE HOWELL: We know the first thing you have to do when you go to this website you have to select your state. Is that working?

ALISON KOSIK: And what's funny is I was talking with Matt, and, yeah, that seemed to work, right, when you logged on. But then came the road blocks. So tell me about what happened, because we're getting another error message here, and it's supposed to be running smoothly. We're just not seeing that.

MATT SLOANE: Yeah, so, you know, we've been trying to get into the site since October 1 on and off again. I have to say it did work a lot more smoothly this morning. I got through. I picked my state. I put in all of my information and I got through the whole process in eight minutes. And then it said my status was in progress. So I went to refresh it and I got the error message.

Big lib Jeffrey Zients was appointed by the president to oversee the website's repairs. He vowed, upon his appointment, "By the end of November, Healthcare.gov will work smoothly for the vast majority of users."

And yet, the episodes of failure continued into Monday. Some reports estimated that the website still needs hundreds of repairs.

Even if the site works, rates are going up

But even so, let's give the administration the benefit of the doubt and assume that, over time, the website will eventually work better. Obamacare is not likely to become much more popular anyway because of the increased amount that Americans will have to spend on coverage. This is noted by Avik Roy, longtime Obamacare expert at Forbes:

Yes, the website will improve over time. But the cost of insurance on the website will not. And the cost of insurance for everyone else is also going up. And many of the law's "winners" - mainly low-income people qualifying for subsidies - already vote Democrat, if they vote at all.

If anything, Americans are only beginning to become aware of the fact that they will pay more for health insurance under Obamacare. "I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it," said one Californian when she first saw her bill.

Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress have been lying about what Obamacare would and would not do since long before its passage and eventual roll-out. One of those promises made by the president: Health insurance premiums would fall by $2,500.

Most plans won't.





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