October 01, 2013
Odds and ends on Obamacare rollout day

Today was the big day for state Obamacare exchanges and, politics aside, nobody can say it went smoothly. Basically every exchange website suffered problems, delays and glitches today, including our own.

Spokesman Review: Health website experiencing opening-day troubles

Slate: Obamacare Websites Worked Great, With a Few Small Exceptions. And a Bunch of Big Exceptions.

MSNBC Anchor Can't Access Obamacare Exchange

HHS Secretary Sebelius: "Give us the same slack you give Apple"

While the nation argues about Obamacare and federal shutdowns, here in this Washington, negotiations quietly continue between the governor's office and state employee unions over health care benefits. The Spokesman Review's editorial board implored Gov. Inslee to negotiate for higher employee contributions, saying on Sunday, "All health care benefits need to be on the table. It's not fair to expect taxpayers who have endured steady increases in their health costs to continue to finance benefits stuck in a time warp."
Editorial: Health care burden should hit state workers too

And finally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the only self-described socialist in Congress, reminds us that the left's main health care goal remains a cradle-to-grave government-run health care system.
Sanders: A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America's ailing healthcare

Posted by Adam Faber at October 01, 2013 05:23 PM | Email This
Comments
1. Yes, if only we'd had the wisdom to elect atech-savvy president:

"The bitter irony of this entire endeavor was that a supposedly small government candidate gutted the local structure of GOTV efforts in favor of a centralized, faceless organization in a far off place (in this case, their Boston headquarters). Wrap your head around that."

(H/t MikeBoyScout)

"And finally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the only self-described socialist in Congress, reminds us that the left's main health care goal remains a cradle-to-grave government-run health care system."

It's also the goal of Dr. James McDermott, the Seattle Congressman who routinely gets re-elected by margins your candidates can only fantasize about. Please do recall this is a blog about local politics. Snort.

Posted by: tensor on October 1, 2013 07:34 PM
2. tensor: Looks like the WA exchange site is already working better. No doubt, they'll work through the opening day bugs and high traffic in a few days and then Adam and others will have to find something else to bitch about.

pudge says passage of the ACA absolutely means the govt now has the power to make people jump off the Space Needle if it wants to. So I guess that's something we should start worrying about.

Posted by: scottd on October 2, 2013 10:04 AM
3. Health care and the dysfunctional debates between the extreme right and extreme left over Soetoro care,, aka Obummercare must come to a halt.
How many other laws that have been broken with the election of a fraud still but we still keep him?
Health care under BS or BO is law, one that I don't agree with, but it is the law. I could go on and on about other laws that are misguided and poorly constructed, but the real issue is we have bigger fish to fry.
Lost in all the falderal is fact the debt ceiling needs raising "AGAIN"! What happened to reduction in spending, or the infamous "sequester"?
Job one is a balance budget, and then move to the other illegal and misguided laws, such the one that got BS, or BO whatever your pleasure, elected.

Posted by: No Dummy on October 2, 2013 03:54 PM
4. "pudge says passage of the ACA absolutely means the govt now has the power to make people jump off the Space Needle if it wants to. So I guess that's something we should start worrying about."

Well, we could always just go full wingnut, and embrace bitherism, too.

Wait, what? :-)

Posted by: tensor on October 2, 2013 05:59 PM