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I don’t know about you, but I’m getting more confident every day:

With time-running out before the major provisions of President Obama’s health care law are set to be implemented, the official tasked with making sure the law’s key insurance exchanges are up and running is already lowering expectations.

“The time for debating about the size of text on the screen or the color or is it a world-class user experience, that’s what we used to talk about two years ago,” Henry Chao, an official at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services who is overseeing the technology of the exchanges said at a recent conference. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”

The perfect slogan: “Obamacare: Trying hard to not make it a third world experience.”

The backup slogan is of course “You think you hate it now, but wait’ll we implement it.”

I’m sure they’ll succeed in keeping health care from becoming “third world’ in the same way they’re succeeding in keeping it affordable.

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22 Responses to “Official Tasked with Setting up Obamacare Exchanges Coins Perfect Slogan for the Law”

  1. Marshall_Will on March 22nd, 2013 5:18 pm

    As originally pitched, the exchanges were to be easy to use — like Expedia or Orbitz for health insurance — allowing users to fill out basic information, ( Yeah, RIGHT! )

    If they're asking if "you need assistance to use the BATHROOM"? on their new 'census' imagine the hoops you elect to go this route.

    "like Expedia or Orbitz for health insurance"

    For Turkey, -enter- Greece, for hysterectomy -enter- colonoscopy

    One WaEx poster noted "The only thing that won't be third world about this is the PRICE".

  2. JetHeadJoe on March 22nd, 2013 5:37 pm

    I like the third world experience slogan. The best I could come up with is "Obamacare — more painful than the shot in the ass you're about to receive."

    I think it's safe to say that I should leave the sloganeering to the professionals.

  3. jeffythequick on March 22nd, 2013 5:51 pm

    To make it fair, we'll just put it right in the middle.

  4. jeffythequick on March 22nd, 2013 5:54 pm

    How about…

    "A third world experience! It's better than what those get in the fourth world!"
    "A third world experience! Hey, it's like an Olympic bronze medal!"
    "There's a lot more people in the third world countries! Now be like them!"
    "Third world experiences are in the top 3!"
    "6/10 doctors will retire early! Who needs their knowledge and experience anyway?"

  5. Marshall_Will on March 22nd, 2013 5:55 pm

    ( What are you TALKING about? ) You're HIRED!

    Yeah, I spent most of the 80's living in the 3rd world ( Navy ) and I will say, it HAD its upside. Sure, the power went out constantly, you'd gag on diesel fumes and flooding was as common as revolution.

    So I've BEEN there. At the same time, young sailors were able to buy all the furniture, home entertainment bs AND a car for when they finally got back to The States. The wife and I would visit other couples' apartments stateside and found they were essentially BARE. When you're paying 2/3rds of your check to rent, it's likely to STAY bare.

    But this is the confluence of events many of us that have been paying attention have dreaded since the 90's. Jacked up prices on virtually every imaginable expense AND 3rd world 'standards'! How long before sewers back up and brown-outs become a regularity and it's already being explained; "We simply don't have the money for basic repairs?"

    Another few years of this guy and welcome to The United States of Detroit. ( No offense MI posters I assure )

  6. backwoodsconsr on March 22nd, 2013 6:09 pm

    It's like the line from a radio commercial years ago.

    "When you want a beer real bad, we've got a real bad beer."

  7. jeffythequick on March 22nd, 2013 6:11 pm

    How long before sewers back up and brown-outs

    eww… gross!

  8. Marshall_Will on March 22nd, 2013 7:11 pm

    Thought Schlitz' motto was "Grab for the gusto!"

  9. Marshall_Will on March 22nd, 2013 7:15 pm

    "A third world experience! It's better than what those get in the fourth world!"

    Sure you don't work in marketing? Team Obama is furiously laboring to create a 4th wurl' just to make all of YOU feel 'better' about themselves! See, by assembling his Global Palace ( Malacanang EAST ) he and the Sultan of Brunei will bump the U.S into 2nd place.

    Which is a good thing right?

  10. SignPainterGuy on March 22nd, 2013 8:00 pm

    Sheriff Joe Biden was tasked with monitoring the spending of the porkulus funds, but to my knowledge, has never reported the first time on anything whatsoever to do with the Porkulus, spending efficacy or anti-fraud actions or anything else. It`s like he was never there !

    Maybe we can hope Chao will perform up to Biden`s standards ! My point being, maybe he won`t mess it up any worse than we can already see it`s going to be a mess !

  11. Granny55 on March 22nd, 2013 10:00 pm

    Yup Sheriff Joe looking out for the "little" guy….. Spent $585,000 to spend one night in Paris and $485,000 to spend one night in London…..

    Can you imagine how many "little guys" could go thru the White House visit for $1 million? What a bunch of………$%#@^& wipes!!!!

    Yup Joe – you spending $1 million in taxpayer money on just two nights over in Europe – it's a big F*&^ing Deal!!!

  12. SignPainterGuy on March 22nd, 2013 11:12 pm

    Joe must have decided to step on up to the trough, er, uh, plate and experience the bennies and perks like the near royalty he thinks he is; the First Moochers cost us $1.4+ Billion last year alone ! The British Royals only cost the UK a bit under $100 Million ….

  13. Marshall_Will on March 23rd, 2013 3:16 am

    Ahem, Granny..?

    For historic [perspective] and commensurate entourage, The Rolling Stones ( yeah THOSE guys ) BORROWED $16,500* to launch -the- most historic tour in Rock & Roll history. Financing, as we're told, was "pay as you GO".

    *Not adjusted for inflation/devaluation. Difference is ( I suppose? ) they actually sold tickets ? Net summation? There's plenty of other entertainers' habits we could support?

  14. Granny55 on March 23rd, 2013 10:03 am

    No offense taken Marsh – the liberalism and corruption in Detroit was a premonition to the rest of the US of what happens to freedom and liberty when you let people like Oblamer, Pelosi, Reed, Rev Jackson and Sharpton and their ilk run the show.

  15. SignPainterGuy on March 23rd, 2013 4:29 pm

    The senate actually passed a budget after more than 4 years. Of course they did it in Obama style, way late and not what was needed !

  16. khan lKö?e on July 26th, 2013 8:50 am

    Nice to see your blog, Good info. Keep posting new stuff. Will be visiting this site frequently

  17. Rachael on December 17th, 2013 9:43 am

    Medicare Services who is overseeing the technology of the exchanges said at a recent conference.

  18. Maariyah on June 9th, 2014 7:25 pm

    Henry Chao, an official at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services who is overseeing the technology of the exchanges said at a recent conference http://www.cityfitness.net/

  19. samuel on June 25th, 2014 10:08 am

    With time-running out before the major provisions of President Obama’s health care law are set to be implemented, the official tasked with making sure the law’s key insurance exchanges are up and running is already lowering expectations.

  20. samuel on June 25th, 2014 10:36 am

    I am happy to read this kind of blog. Interesting topic and i have learned so much from you. thank you sharing.

  21. virat on July 5th, 2014 8:25 pm

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  22. learn more on July 15th, 2014 8:06 pm

    Partnerships among tribal, state and federal public health systems are needed to address these disparities.

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