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article imageObamacare reboot begins with 11-hour website shutdown

By Larry Clifton     Nov 30, 2013 in Politics
Washington - The least expected fail point of the Obama administration’s partisan health care overhaul might have been the website that allows Americans to obtain insurance mandated by Democrats under threat of law.
However, two months after its roll out, and on the very day Mr. Obama’s signature legislative initiative was scheduled for reboot, his administration shut down the troubled Obamacare website for an 11-hour period. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it was taking down the website for an 11-hour period that would end at 8 a.m. EST on Saturday just hours before it was to be rebooted.
Thus far, the disastrous Oct. 1 roll out of healthcare.gov, skyrocketing insurance premiums and millions of policy cancellations tied to Obamacare have pushed Mr. Obama’s job approval ratings into the 30s, a low water mark for his five years in office.
While Americans who are mandated to purchase Obamacare insurance or pay a fine are used to seven-hour delays, the administration promised the website would be up and running on Saturday, ready to handle 50,000 insurance shoppers at one time.
Broken promises made by the president are beginning to wear on the collective American patience, especially Democrats who voted for Obamacare and are facing elections in 2014.
After spending millions of dollars more on thousands of software patches and hardware upgrades by people working around the clock since the Oct. 1 website crash, the administration promised the site would be running smoothly for the “vast majority” of users by Saturday.
However, starting over with an 11-hour delay will no doubt further dilute confidence in the site and in the Obamacare law itself. The latest setback means that Americans from 36 states may not be able to get coverage by the initial December 23 deadline set by the Obama administration.
Many fellow Democrats who are up for re-election in Congress have already distanced themselves from the president and his troubled healthcare program, including some who helped him pass it without a single Republican vote. More Senate Democrats are up for re-election than Republicans.
Mr. Obama already delayed mandates for businesses to enroll in Obamacare until after the 2014 elections, but left penalties for the individual mandate in place.
After millions of Americans received cancellations of their insurance policies tied to Obamacare, the president was forced to belatedly apologize for repeatedly promising Americans that they could keep their insurance policies and their doctors, “period.”
If the website remains incapable of handling the “vast majority” of Americans, Democrats are increasingly likely to demand the president extend Obamacare's latest March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014.
So far, the president has picked what aspects of the “law-of-the-land” legislation to implement and what he chooses to delay, which has opponents questioning not only Obama’s competence, but the constitutionality of his actions.
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