The system is down at the moment
A few hours after granting still more hardship exemptions for those who don't meet the current exemptions for the individual mandate of Obamacare, a few hours before still yet another peppy speech by President Barack Obama (D) on the government health insurance disaster and several hours before the Obama family's government funded multi million dollar escape--er, vacation--to Hawaii, a few days before yet again another final deadline, now December 23, 2013, to purchase government mandated insurance, why look what greeted many of the five million newly health insuranceless who dutifully, desperately logged on to get some kind, any kind of health insurance:
About an hour later, "scheduled maintenance" during peak daylight working hours for Americans duly completed, the newly maintained site reopened for business. Well sort of. The hordes of dutiful, desperate insuranceless who signed on again after receiving a government reminder gazed upon a new greeting:
And, for all the challenges we've had and all the challenges that we've been working on diligently in dealing with both the ACA and the website these past couple months, more than half a million Americans have enrolled through healthcare.gov in the first three weeks of December alone. In California, for example, a state operating its own marketplace, more than 15,000 Americans are enrolling every single day. And in the federal website, tens of thousands are enrolling every single day. Since October 1st, more than 1 million Americans have selected new health insurance plans through the federal and state marketplaces, so all told, millions of Americans, despite the problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality affordable health insurance come New Year's Day.
Now, this holiday season there are mothers and fathers and entrepreneurs and workers who have something new to celebrate: the security of knowing that when the unexpected or misfortune strikes, hardship no longer has to.
He didn't mention that many of the new enrollees are Medicaid recipients. And no mention of the five million kicked off their individual policies who are are now paying much, much more for much, much less. Ignored is the hard math that many more people lost--and will lose their good health insurance through their employers-- than actually now have some kind of health insurance for the first time through the government "marketplace." But of course math is hard, which is why buying insurance is hard; both of which Obama and bigger government friends haven't really mastered.
And then, after taking a few questions, in which he once again defended the wonders of Obamacare while criticizing those who dared criticize it,
All right, have a great holiday, everybody. Appreciate you.
Q: Merry Christmas.
Q: Merry Christmas.
Q: Happy new year.
And then the federally health care insured Obama and Family flew off into the warm sunset while the insuranceless waited by their computers for the call that never came from healthcare.gov.