Skip to comments.How many people onstage with Obama today have successfully enrolled in ObamaCare?
Posted on 10/21/2013 2:56:29 PM PDT by Kaslin
The White House communications team had three weeks to find 10-15 people who’ve actually enrolled in O-Care via Healthcare.gov to serve as human props for an Obama press conference on this subject. Three weeks. And yet, according to the WH’s own mini-biographies of the people invited to the Rose Garden today, just … three have successfully registered so far. Last week, Bob Laszewski estimated that no more than 20,000 people had managed to enroll in the site’s first 14 days or so online. If the White House had this much trouble finding a dozen or so for one of O’s biggest photo ops this year, I’ve got to wonder if the real number’s significantly less than that.
Byron York has reproduced the full White House release on today’s attendees. Among the lucky 13 is someone who’s “looking forward to enrolling for health coverage this fall,” someone who “recently began researching her options” on California’s state exchange, someone who “plans to comparison shop” on Healthcare.gov, and someone who’s “exploring what new coverage options will be available,” as well as a few people who are happy they can stay on their parents’ insurance under the new rules about age. All of which, ironically, is true to the spirit of today’s presser: In theory, this was going to be a “mea culpa” moment for O in which he explained in some detail what’s gone wrong with the site and set a timetable for when it would be running smoothly. Instead it was an infomercial for ObamaCare with a few perfunctory references to the “kinks” crippling Healthcare.gov. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” O said at one point about the site meltdown — except that the whole point of the presser was to sugarcoat it, right down to inviting people onstage who haven’t managed to actually register yet thanks to HHS’s Geocities-caliber tech. Says Peter Suderman:
Just a few weeks ago, Obama was telling people that the exchanges would be as simple to use as Amazon, or an online travel reservation site like Kayak.com. Now hes telling people they must rely on a phone and paper process that is, at best, extremely slow.
Obama’s speech, in other words, was designed to tell people how Obamacare could work without the online exchanges. Which strongly suggests that he and the rest of the administration believe that, at least for the time being, that’s the only way it’s going to.
Exactly. Today was all about buying time for website repairs and trying to combat ominous polls like this, which show the public’s perceptions of Healthcare.gov bleeding over into their perceptions of the ObamaCare program generally. Which it should: After all, the website’s problems are a direct function of the premium hikes mandated by the law itself.
Turns out even the call-center experience touted by Barack “Popeil” Obama today as a fallback option is confusing and frustrating. As icing on the cake, here’s a new spot from the propaganda ministers at HHS, who found the one guy in America who thinks it’s “pretty easy” to comparison shop on Healthcare.gov. Why wasn’t he onstage with O today?
Daniel's Covered. You Can Be Covered Too!
I think that he is just a plain old wiz in the slop jar.
Filing Date: 07/06/1987
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Mohammad Abolfazli of Brentwood, TN
Chief Executive Officer
Well, we know that one of them was not Obama himself.
Zohre Abolfazli of Brentwood unexpectedly wound up standing behind President Obama on Monday as he defended the Affordable Care Act while admitting the failures of the government website that have prevented people from signing up for health coverage.
She was visiting her daughter, Leila Abolfazli, and her two grandsons in Washington, D.C., where the daughter works as senior counsel for the National Womens Law Center, when the family got a call Saturday about an opportunity to participate in the presidential address. Leila Abolfazli told the organizer her mother was a fan of the law and explained why.
Suddenly, the 60-year-old small business owner from Brentwood had an invitation to the White House, but no dress to wear and a flight scheduled home before the big event. She had brought along jeans, tennis shoes and T-shirts comfortable clothes for playing with her grandsons, ages one and three. Her husband Mo (short for Mohammad) thought she was telling a fib when she called to say she was staying in D.C. a couple of days longer.
She chose to wear red to the White House, but she was not the woman in red who fainted.
This new law, this Affordable Care Act, it will help lots of people, she said. I have family members and friends who really, really need insurance. They are waiting to do some kind of surgery. They cant because they dont have insurance. I really wanted to hug him, but I shook hands.
Abolfazli, who owns Mail Room Services Inc. and has lived in the Nashville area for 35 years, said she has also benefited from the law. Her premium went down last year, she said, and she no longer has to fork out co-pays for mammograms. She plans to shop for a more affordable plan on the insurance exchange, where she said she registered in under 10 minutes. She does not know whether she will qualify for a subsidy toward buying coverage.
President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House about the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. Zohre Abolfazli of Brentwood is at the president's left in the red jacket. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. / AP
wow, you found more than I did.
I’m trying to find out if they donated to zero
“where the daughter works as senior counsel for the National Womens Law Center”
She works there as a LOBBYIST
Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel (this is her daughter)
Leila Abolfazli is Counsel in the Health and Reproductive Rights Program at NWLC. She works on a range of issues involving the protection and expansion of reproductive rights at the federal level. Prior to joining the NWLC, Ms. Abolfazli was a Senior Associate at WilmerHale in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Emory University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Expert in: Abortion, Barriers to Reproductive Care, Health Care & Reproductive Rights
Check this out:
Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel
“Leila Abolfazli is Counsel in the Health and Reproductive Rights Program at NWLC. She works on a range of issues involving the protection and expansion of reproductive rights at the federal level.”
Here is the connection to the administration
6 hours ago
That’s right, mom shaking hands with the President. with Maryam Abolfazli and 2 others.
Sen. Mike Lee quote today...lol
“Americans are spending more time reading health plan cancellation notices than Democrats spent reading Obamcare.”
“Expert in: Abortion”
Well isn’t that just grand.
Maryam at the Huffington Post
Maryam Abolfazli worked in Afghanistan from 2003-2004 at the Ministry of Irrigation, Water Resources and Environment, and has worked in and traveled to Central Asia, South Caucasus, Southeast Asia and Middle East. She is now the Middle East and North Africa Director at an international development foundation based in the U.S.