Today is a milestone folks.

It has been one week since my last try so today I attempted to log onto Healthcare.gov for the 10th time to see what my healthcare options are and what it would cost me to obtain insurance.

The 10th time.

You do realize by now that the only reason I am going through this exercise is for research purposes because I promised (waaaay back in early October when I was young and naive) my fellow Survive55 followers that I would find out this information for them.

I am a man of completion.

I demand final results.

I have to know the outcome before I move on.

My life revolves around happy endings.

That doesn't sound right does it?

"Error ID:500.000888"
Anyway, today's foray into Obamacare was a short one.

I logged in and the ever present error message "Error ID:500.000888" that we have seen so often popped up right away.

Well, that was a surprise wasn't it?

How does that go again? You can fool some of the people...
So what is our illustrious President and all of his minions doing to repair this website and reform this catastrophic failure of a program?

Like any good and firm disciplinarian they are giving up and giving us our own way.

So soon I ask?

Is Obamacare crumbling under it's own weight?

Has it been doomed for failure from the beginning?

Has this been a diversion used to take our eyes off the real problems effecting our country like:

  1. An economy that is still in a deep recession
  2. Decaying educational system
  3. Continuing high unemployment rates
  4. A ludicrous national debt
  5. Untethered foreign spending and bailouts

Well, an article titled: Administration launches program to let users circumvent HealthCare.gov

was published yesterday by FoxNews.com that deserves our attention.

Here's what it says.............

"Trouble with the HealthCare.gov site appears to be so widespread that the Obama administration has opened the door for Americans to circumvent the site altogether. 

Under a plan announced Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government would allow people to deal directly with insurance companies instead of through the federally run exchange website.

The move comes as the administration's self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline for fixing the site is just days away, and officials acknowledge it may not be fully operational by then. 

The pilot program announced by CMS would initially launch for residents in Ohio, Florida and Texas, and is the latest effort to give users an alternative to the troubled site."

“This is one more way we are working to offer consumers a variety of ways to enroll in affordable coverage,” agency spokeswomen Julie Bataille said in announcing the pilot project.

“By strengthening the multiple channels to enroll in quality, affordable coverage … we are ensuring that every American who wants it can gain access to these new coverage options.”

Bataille said that direct enrollment has “been there from the start.”

But the option was limited by the website problems, which have been fixed to the extent that insurance companies can now send applications to the site to assess enrollees' eligibility for coverage and potential discounts on premiums, she said.

Though the option could help Americans frustrated by the HealthCare.gov’s crashes, slow response times and other problems, it is another acknowledgement that the site probably will not be working for everybody by the administration’s Nov. 30 deadline. 

Officials originally vowed to fix the site by then.

As the extent of the site's problems became apparent, officials lowered the bar on that goal -- vowing instead to significantly improve the site by the end of the month. 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that improvements to the site are on schedule, including faster response times, and that it should be able to handle 50,000 concurrent users.

"If there are more than 50,000 people trying to use the website, individuals can choose to receive an email from CMS when the traffic on the website has been reduced," he said. 

Administration officials have also been encouraging Americans to submit written applications, contact call centers or visit sign-up centers to enroll for insurance. 

They continue to say the site will be working smoothly by the end of the month for “a vast majority of Americans.”

And last week, they extended the enrollment deadline from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 to get insurance coverage starting Jan. 1.

Can Mighty Mouse save Obamacare?
Citizens of the United States, who are required to have insurance under the President’s 2010 PPACA Healthcare law, must enroll by the end of March or face a tax penalty.

Is there any way to be saved from this debacle?

I have a suggestion.........

Here he comes to save the day !!!

Thanks for joining me..............................................................



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