63 days later... and the Obamacare website still isn’t functioning

Many on the right have warned of the dangers of Obamacare for years now, but it was hard to imagine that the implementation of the President’s signature legislation could go this badly. It has been 63 days since the October 1 rollout, and Healthcare.gov still isn’t functioning properly.

“How can that be possible? This goes beyond, I think… the wildest imagination of how bad this would be. I knew it would be bad. I didn't think the website would be this bad,” Pat said on radio this morning. “I know that the Obamacare program sucks and is more expensive for most people, but I didn't think there would be these kinds of problems with the website… And that [says] something: It exceeded our expectations for failure.”

Insurance companies are complaining of error-riddled applications, security experts are warning of significant privacy concerns, and those looking to sign up for coverage are now being directed to a virtual queue that could last hours. That really sounds like a ‘fixed’ website, right?

The Obama Administration, however, is quite proud of its accomplishments. "HealthCare.Gov on Dec. 1 is night and day from where it was on Oct0ber 1," Jeffrey Zients, the former Obama Administration official now managing website repair efforts, told reporters Sunday morning. "While we still have work to do, we've made significant progress with HealthCare.gov working for the vast majority of consumers."

During a White House briefing yesterday, Press Secretary Jay Carney had no choice but to make excuses:

REPORTER: And what do you say to those -- because we've talked to some today that we've been tracking from the start of this -- who still went on yesterday and today, and still are unable to enroll? What do you say to them?

CARNEY: Well, look, I would say that we have seen steady improvement in the site, and that improvement continued over the weekend and today. What is absolutely the case is that we need to continue our work, and that while the vast majority of users are able to access the site and have it function effectively, on a day like today when you have a surge that we're likely seeing, you're going to get this queue message, potentially, if you're trying to enroll, which allows for you to return to the site when it’s going to be less crowded. And that's a vast improvement over the experience that people had during surge periods -- or any period, really -- in early October.

“It's so bad that Carney is trumpeting on… December 2… two days after this was supposed to be absolutely fixed… that it's still not fixed,” Pat said exasperatedly. “So keep that in mind. You go there now – this is after the web site has been fixed – you [are going to] get a queue message. Wait. So I don't go there and sign up now? It's not fixed? No! But you are going to get a queue message that you are 194th in line.”

“Oh, no, no, they won't tell you [that] you are 194th,” Stu interjected. “What they will say is, ‘Hey, there's too much traffic. We'll email you when it's ready.’”

Pat attempted to extent the concept of the Healthcare.gov queue to other government agencies, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it doesn’t really make much sense.

“So the vast improvement is: Now, when you come to the DMV to get your driver's license renewed, the line is so long, that [they] can't even let you stay there,” Pat said. “[They’re] going to give you a little thing that says, ‘We'll call you when there's 10 people in line and you can come back. So go home and then we'll give you a call sometime in the future when there's less people in line and you can come back and get your driver's license then.’ Very convenient.”

When you consider the fact that we live in a world of instant gratification, the fact that the Obama Administration has gotten away with the utter failure of Healthcare.gov is truly inexplicable.

“Look, websites have problems, but you get it [fixed] in hours or minutes. You get them done, at the worst, in days,” Stu said. “Two months is an eternity in the digital world.”

Pat, meanwhile, summed the entire situation up in one word: “Unbelieveable.”

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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