Nowhere to Hide
The REAL Obama Christmas Card
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When it comes to his signature epic health care failure, there’s nowhere to hide, not even Hawaii, for President Barack Obama.
Perhaps that’s why Barack and Michelle are wearing such sour expressions and being told to “Cheer up, Mr. President, it’s Christmas!” on the cover of today’s Drudge Report.
If you can believe the mainstream media, exhaustion trailed Obama all the way to Hawaii where he is taking a 17-day timeout in sunshine happy Lei Land.
Not only crashing down to 37% in popularity polls trumping the legendarily loathed George W. Bush in popularity, more software foul-ups bedevil Obama, who is learning the bitter lesson that You Can Run but You Can’t hide, even in far-from-Beltway Hawaii.
The Hawaii Free Press is reporting that a new director taking over the Hawaii Health Connector immediately crashed the website.
“SA: Eddy Conway, a 62-year-old systems administrator whose medical insurance ends when he retires Dec. 31, has been trying to enroll in coverage for the past 10 weeks through the state’s online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.
“Less than a week before the enrollment deadline to get coverage Jan. 1, the downtown Honolulu resident is scrambling to sign up on the Hawai‘i Health Connector website, which has been down for the past five days.
“It’s now down to days. If I have a heart attack and go to Queen’s (Medical Center) on Jan. 2, I have no insurance. There is behind me a tidal wave of people who also have not been served.”
“Consumers must enroll in a plan by Monday to ensure they have coverage as of Jan. 1.
“A Hawai‘i Health Connector call center employee said Tuesday that the website crashed Friday, preventing many consumers from logging into their accounts and selecting health plans. Call center employees said they aren’t able to do anything when the system is down and didn’t know when the website would be working….
“Tom Matsuda, who took over as the Connector’s interim executive director last week, said in an emailed response to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the website has been taken down to add new enhancements and functions….
“Matsuda said as of Saturday the Connector had enrolled 960 individuals and 47 employees….
Barry Abrahams, owner of Big Island restaurant Red Water Cafe in Waimea, has been trying since the first week of October to enroll his seven workers whose policies expire at year’s end. So far, he has been able to sign up just one employee.
“After two months of almost daily phone calls or emails, we have been unsuccessful,” he said. “None of the rest have even heard anything back. It has been extremely time-consuming. It’s just ridiculous.”
“Individuals and small businesses can receive tax credits only if enrolling in a health plan on the Connector.
“We keep trying, hoping that it will all come together before the deadline,” Abrahams said.
Matsuda said last week the Connector’s goal is to sign up 50,000 people — 10,000 individuals and 40,000 small-business workers — by June 30 to be financially sustainable after $204.3 million in federal grants expire at the end of 2014.”
With Deadline Monday a little more than a week away, only 1,100 have signed up for the Hawaii Health Connector.
Even watching holiday basketball games isn’t going the Obamas’ way.
Barack and Michelle were watching Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson’s team Oregon State Beavers, who were zapped 83-71 by the Akron Zips in Sunday’s Diamond Head Classic Tournament in Honolulu.
Who are the Akron Zips?
Basketball heroes more popular than the Obamas.