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At Watchdog Wire last week: “MARYLAND FUDGES TEST SCORE DATA”
At The Fiscal Times:
CMS Demanded Results Too Late to Meet Obamacare Deadline
The Healthcare.gov contractor, CGI, over promised and under delivered and was paid more than $200 million.
That’s just what CGI is getting paid. The much-quote total cost figure of $600 million plus to “build” HealthCare.gov has apparently stood up to scrutiny. The AP reported on November 21 that it “cost taxpayers more than $600 million to build, according to the Government Accountability Office.”
And Michelle Obama is a former Princeton classmate of a key official at CGI. “[O]nly CGI’s bid was considered” when CMS went looking for a lead HC.gov IT firm.
Related, at AP: “EXPERTS: HEALTHCARE.GOV FIX NEEDS MORE TIME, MONEY.” Lord have mercy.
M. Northrup Buechner at Forbes: “Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic.” That’s pretty close already.
In California, “ObamaCare (is) automatically enrolling people in SNAP, there is no opt out.” Money quote: “The report says that those who apply cannot opt out or decline to be enrolled in SNAP. It does not matter if they request the assistance or even feel they need it. And it’s not just happening in California.”
So the well-off with relatively low annual incomes are forced into Medicaid and and now forced into food stamps.
Is this a great country or what? (/sarc)
At Zero Hedge: “The Obamacare Shock’ – One California Employer’s Terrifying True Story.” Bottom line: “You’ve annihilated the working class.”
At the Daily Caller: “EPIC FAIL: Parents reveal insane Common Core worksheets.”
At the Fresno Bee (HT Sister Toldjah): “High-speed rail consultant costs near $600 million even before construction starts.” The primary beneficiary is a firm principally owned by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband.
Roger Simon at PJ Media: “The new Iran deal is Obamacare II, only worse, a thousand megatons worse.”
Early Obamacare Advocate Goes Missing as Program Flounders
Peter Orszag is strangely silent since the reforms he wanted have been made.
He’s served his purpose as a tool. He’s gotten his revolving-door reward. Why would he want to get his hands dirty looking at what has actually happened?
At NewsBusters, we have Sarah Palin vindication number, uh, I’ve lost count: “Time’s Mark Halperin: Death Panels Are ‘Built Into’ ObamaCare”