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Insurers still reporting 'significant problems' with Obamacare enrollment data | WashingtonExaminer.com

Insurers still reporting 'significant problems' with Obamacare enrollment data | WashingtonExaminer.com | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
Obama administration officials insisted Monday that the tech team overseeing fixes to the troubled federal healthcare.gov website had resolved most of the errors plaguing the enrollment information being sent to insurers.
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How to create a tech-savvy government

How to create a tech-savvy government | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
If government could use technology responsively, it would increase public trust.
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"Civil servants trained in policy know little about digital technology; as a result, they can't ask hard questions or pitch in to help. Many are complacent when it comes to large technology projects. Government technologists, for their part, may have no experience with modern project management and design methods. They usually aren't at the policy-making table; instead, they're brought in after decisions have been made and left to interpret the shifting demands of the tech-blind lawyers and economists."


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UPDATE 3-White House meets goals for HealthCare.gov, but more work ahead

UPDATE 3-White House meets goals for HealthCare.gov, but more work ahead | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
* Tech adviser cites dramatic improvement since Oct.
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Amazing that this site is now NOT trying people to use it for fear of too much volume!?!  If Amazon tried this they would be bankrupt in a week!  Now on Cyber Monday there are thousands of sites attraction MILLIONS of users and none (that I know of) have crashed or failed to function.  Sales are clocking along, credit card authorizations along with it.  Obamacare and State developed ACA Healthcare sites?  Not so much.  It is a cluster-fuck and there is no way to just 'patch' it.  Even if they manage to capture the data, the security flaws will create a picnic arena for identity thefts and security information holes that will have major and disastrous fallouts for months to come.

If this mess is any indication, beware of when you actually try to USE the new healthcare ACA programs.  The backbone of claims processing, payment and reimbursement are still suspect and may not have been tested as the front end was not.  Always remember beware of the government offering to 'help' you; it always turns into a bloody disaster.

 

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A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act

A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
HealthCare.gov is supposed to be mostly fixed, but error-riddled forms may yet impair the rollout.
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For many of you the 834 EDI transaction may be very foreign but it is the backbone of electronic healthcare enrolment; ever since  HIPAA went into effect in 2000.  EDI or Electronic Data Interchange is the 'electronic form' or version of what might have been a paper document and like many other EDI transactions they are MANDATED by the HIPAA law as the only legal means of electronic data transport (the only other legal way is via paper documents).  There are other EDI transactions for claims and changes and payments and most of these can be expected to have serious 'glitches' as well.  As someone who has been doing EDI for about 35 years, this will be a real rat's nest.  If they can't figure out how to create/transmit a fairly simple enrolment form, just wait until they get to the claim transactions - those were designed by government committee and make the 834 enrolment look simple.

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Almost 80 million with employer health care plans could have coverage canceled, experts predict

Almost 80 million with employer health care plans could have coverage canceled, experts predict | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
The president may be doing a lot more apologizing in the coming months because almost 80 million policies from small and large employers are being cancelled along with those individual policies in order to make them compliant with the requirements...
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This is why Obama has pushed back the employer mandate for Obamacare past the 2014 elections.  Democrats are scared shitless about the elections with the horrendous consequences of this lousy legislation called ACA/Obamacare.  Don't be fooled by the continuous lies out of this administration and the Democrats.  Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on American Voters.

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Neil Cavuto Destroys Obama Over Blatant ObamaCare Lies

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Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change

Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
The Senate is nearing a potential showdown on curbing the power that the Republican minority has to block President Barack Obama's nominations, as Democrats edge toward muscling a rewrite of filibuster rules through the chamber.
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Obama: Another Scandal, 'Faked' 2012 Election Jobs Report | Conservative Angle

Obama: Another Scandal, 'Faked' 2012 Election Jobs Report | Conservative Angle | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from WSJ to Washington.
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Has this administration EVER told anything resembling the TRUTH?  doubtful, yet this lying, cheating fool still has approval ratings above 00%.  Why?

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Exclusive: Expert to warn Congress of Healthcare.gov security bugs

Exclusive: Expert to warn Congress of Healthcare.gov security bugs | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
BOSTON (Reuters) - A respected security expert will warn Congress on Tuesday that the Obama administration's healthcare website has security flaws that put user data at a critical risk, despite recent...
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Also see this congressional testimony on the same topic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKEltWTjov0#t=34

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Cardiologists on Big Pharma kickbacks release new statin drug guidelines in effort to double prescriptions

Cardiologists on Big Pharma kickbacks release new statin drug guidelines in effort to double prescriptions | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
Cardiologists on Big Pharma kickbacks release new statin drug guidelines in effort to double prescriptions
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The evidence of corruption within the FDA and other 'agencies' purported to 'protect' Americans are shown to be nothing more but corrupt and graft ridden arms of big pharmaceuticals/medicine that make money from TREATING you, not from CURING you!

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John Stossel on Over-Regulation and FIRE's Case at IUPUI - The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - FIRE

John Stossel on Over-Regulation and FIRE's Case at IUPUI - The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education - FIRE | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
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What we need to do is force idiot bureaucrats to remove 10 stupid laws from the books for every new one!

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Serious talk of repealing Obamacare now surfacing

Serious talk of repealing Obamacare now surfacing | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
Serious talk of repealing Obamacare now surfacing
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Obama LIED, the democrats all voted to pass the ACA without reading the damn thing.  This is totally irresponsible.  There are SO many ridiculous rules on the books; no wonder if the idiots in Congress don't read what they are voting for!?!  This is an abrogation of their Sworn Oath of Office and they should be impeached; at least remember this crap in November 2014 when a lot of these bozos come up for re-election!

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Hemp - The ultimate cash crop, health food and environmental savior rolled into one

Hemp - The ultimate cash crop, health food and environmental savior rolled into one | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
Hemp - The ultimate cash crop, health food and environmental savior rolled into one
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When will people and the idiots in Washington realize that the 'War on Drugs' is a total and utter failure and has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and had yet to halt the illegal flow of drugs?  The effective ban on Hemp has not only stopped what once was a booming industry in the USA but it has prevented US from obtaining locally grown hemp seeds (very high in good Omega's) and therapeutic hemp oil (shown to be effective in cancer treatments).

Could it have been the cotton industry that was instrumental in this ban on  hemp?  Over reaction and knee-jerk response from idiots in government?  Or are the drug cartels who make Trillion$ on selling this relatively harmless 'drug' involved? Alcohol and other prescription drugs are MUCH worse (just listen to the TV commercials - side effects are gruesome to many/most drugs sold on TV).

Open up the USA to productive growing industry of Hemp.  Stop the insane subsidies to major mega-corporations for products that may be harmful to the population (yea, tax dollars go to support GMO and agribusiness, NOT to local organic farmers!).

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Obamacare website still failing after deadline; Crashes live on CNN

Obamacare website still failing after deadline; Crashes live on CNN | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
Obamacare website still failing after deadline; Crashes live on CNN
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This is just a comedy of errors.  If it wasn't so serious and lives depended on it, it would be funny.  Any corporation would have folded by now as stockholders bailed out.  Many in Congress seem to be trying to do the same thing but have been left holding Obama's bags.

I won't go into it here but have posted previously that if you think this is a mess, wait until January when people actually try to USE/Apply the Insurance Coverage they think they now have (if anyone actually gets through the morass of problems).  It has been widely reported that after the ACA web site (Obamacare) process is completed (by those few who have managed), the data on enrolment going to the insurance companies (EDI 834 transactions) are riddled with errors; to the extent that people are NOT being properly enrolled into the programs they think they have.

When folks try to go to the doctor (those who have been able to actually keep their doctor/hospital etc.) there will be many rude awakenings when the providers can't find them in their coverage rolls.  THEN when the full payment is due (remember YOU are responsible for the charges not covered by insurance... read the form in your doctor's office!!!) the bill will pass to the individual who thorough they had insurance. 

Oh boy, think it is bad now, wait until January!

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Is Caramel Color Carcinogenic? | NutritionFacts.org

Concern that one of the most commonly consumed food colorings may cause cancer has led to changes in soft drink formulation in California.
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The Lie Obscured Something Monstrous

The Lie Obscured Something Monstrous | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
You might not be able to keep your plan and you might not be able to keep your doctor. Even President Obama has now apologized for his infamous statement to the contrary. But the promise was worse than untrue.
Skip Stein's insight:

"There is a better way. Targeted reforms would make insurance accessible to the uninsured without uninsuring the insured. The lie having been exposed, it’s time for Congress to close this sad chapter and move forward with real, positive, health care reform."

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NSA Mass Surveillance Has Already Been Used For Ordinary Police Work - Falkvinge on Infopolicy

NSA Mass Surveillance Has Already Been Used For Ordinary Police Work - Falkvinge on Infopolicy | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
The NSA has used its ubiquitous wiretapping for ordinary police work. It used mass surveillance to prevent the murder of an eccentric artist, according to the New York Times.
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Latest Snowden leak reveals NSA’s goal to continually expand surveillance abilities

Latest Snowden leak reveals NSA’s goal to continually expand surveillance abilities | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
In a mission statement last year the US National Security Agency described how it would continue to expand its power and assert itself as the global leader in clandestine surveillance, according to a new report based on the Edward Snowden leaks.
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Nevada newspaper to Harry Reid: Consider GOP healthcare ideas | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government

Nevada newspaper to Harry Reid: Consider GOP healthcare ideas | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
The Obamacare disaster has put Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is a tough spot.
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Washington State's GMO Labeling Initiative

Washington state voters reject the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.
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Daines Presses Department of Homeland Security About Healthcare.gov Security Risks

Daines Presses Department of Homeland Security About Healthcare.gov Security Risks | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the cybersecurity of personal data on Healthcare.gov, Congressman Steve Daines called the deeply-flawed...
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Exposed: WebMD betrays Americans by pocketing millions to promote Obamacare propaganda

Exposed: WebMD betrays Americans by pocketing millions to promote Obamacare propaganda | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
Exposed: WebMD betrays Americans by pocketing millions to promote Obamacare propaganda
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UnitedHealth drops thousands of doctors from insurance plans: WSJ

UnitedHealth drops thousands of doctors from insurance plans: WSJ | Freedom and Politics | Scoop.it
dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
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