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Lost in translation: Obama metrics versus We the People

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There is a persistent problem with the Obama administration and it consistently undermines his credibility. The root cause is his management approach that is forever flawed and uncorrectable at this point. He does not begin with a definition of outcomes, followed by specific processes for producing them. He fails to establish meaningful performance metrics. As a result, he appears to be untruthful and manipulative as well as not transparent and unaccountable.

If there were truly an alternative champion for the middle class and poor in America, many if not most people would pursue it. As it is, we have one flawed approach versus an opposing force against the average citizen.

Here is an instance of what this means.

Outcome: 37-50 million people need affordable healthcare. (That is a hugely slippery number. It was sold as 50 million in need and somewhere along the line the number sagged to 37 million. Which is it?)

Congress is not immune from this slippery metric. From a citizen’s viewpoint, The Affordable Healthcare Law is intended to provide 100% of the uninsured with affordable healthcare, either for a fee or free, depending upon economic circumstances. Correct?

So, now this story appears in the Washington Post that 7 million persons will sign up for Obamacare, and that is right on target? Whose target? Not my target.

"Obamacare just might net its 7 million sign-ups


December 30 at 10:55 am

Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the latest edition or sign up here to receive it straight from your inbox. Read previous columns here.

This past February, well before opened for business, the Congressional Budget Office made a prediction. The nonpartisan agency projected that the federal exchange, alongside 14 state run Web sites, would sell 7 million people insurance policies in 2014.



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