Earlier this month Democrats were sounding more optimistic about their political prospects than they had been in more than a year. Though their credibility was doubtful, the ObamaCare enrollment figures were enough to cause the president to do not one, but two separate touchdown dances over the fact that the government had managed to cajole several million Americans to sign up on the Healthcare.gov website. All this was enough to cause many left-leaning pundits to rethink their pessimism about the Democrats’ chances of retaining control of the Senate. But, like the upbeat stories about ObamaCare that will look pretty silly once the delayed unpopular mandates are put into place and insurance costs start skyrocketing, the liberal happy talk about 2014 was always bound to crash and burn sooner rather than later. As the new Washington Post/ABC News poll published today illustrates, the administration is actually more unpopular than ever.
Fixing the Obamacare website and improving it so it’s ready to handle a second round of enrollments will cost the federal government $121 million, according to Accenture, the contractor hired to repair the glitchy website after the original contractor, CGI Federal, was fired.
That cost is roughly $30 million more than initially projected, underscoring the price of trying to keep President Obama’s signature domestic law on track. The price is also about $30 million more than the reported value of CGI’s initial Obamacare contract, signed in 2011.
Put a lime in the coconut and drink ’em bot’ together
Put the lime in the coconut, then you’ll feel better.
Put the lime in the coconut, drink ’em both down,
Put the lime in your coconut, and call me in the morning,
The deadline to signup for Obamacare technically ends today as the open enrollment period comes to an end. The White House is likely to fall short of its signup goal of seven million people. Last week, the White House announced that people who are “standing in line” for an Obamacare plan will be given an extension past the March 31 deadline to sign up. Open enrollment starts again on November 15.
Naturally on the last day for signups, Healthcare.gov was down earlier this morning. There is currently an alert on Healthcare.gov that says, “During times of especially high demand, you may be queued to begin your online Marketplace application to ensure the best possible shopping experience.”
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