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chuck todd mocks obamacare

NBC Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd mockingly praised the White House for managing to go an entire week without an Obamacare media crisis:

Well, first, do no harm. The White House just went an entire week without a health care media crisis, believe it or not. Does that mean the system is on the mend?

However, Todd may have spoken too soon. The Associated Press reported today that the Spanish language website, which was delayed until December due to numerous problems, is still rife with translation errors—including the website’s name—which the AP says can literally be read as, “for the caution of health.”

In addition to the federal website’s problems, numerous states have also had issues. Maryland, for example, has enrolled just 20,000 people to date, while it has a stated goal of 150,000 by March 31. It’s so bad in Maryland that Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed emergency legislation—at a  cost to taxpayers estimated at between $5 and $10 million—to cover those who tried to sign up for health insurance on the state’s exchange, but were left uncovered when the year began.

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they were replacing the contractor who was responsible for the Obamacare website, when its contract expires, and will be replacing them with what they hope will be a more competent company. Yet despite the botched rollout, CMS has awarded the current contractor $37 million in additional contracts since October, proving that they have learned absolutely nothing from the initial fiasco.

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