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I really don't like the looks of this.  I really don't.  More information that comes out on Obamacare rollout, I really don't care how many people signed up.  We HAVE to get to the bottom of this!
Well after Darrell Issa just got royally chastised over the Benghazi report, sad to say, he's still not learning.

Based on the following statement, he's moving back to another issue regarding Obamacare.  This time, he's issued a statement on the departure of Michelle Snyder, the website's Chief Operating Officer:

December 30, 2013

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today released the following statement on Michelle Snyder’s departure from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) where she was the Chief Operating Officer:

“Documents and interviews indicate Michelle Snyder’s involvement in bypassing the recommendation of CMS’ top security expert who recommended delaying the launch of after independent testers raised concern about serious vulnerabilities from a lack of adequate security testing. Americans seeking health insurance are left to shoulder the risk of a website that’s still an all-around work in progress because of the cult like commitment officials had to the arbitrary goal of launching on October 1.”

And of course, naturally, Darrell Issa continues on with his partisan antics like he usually does, mainly because campaign contributions tell him to do so:

It's still unclear who exactly is signing up, and the administration needs the young and healthy to enroll in large numbers in order to support the system. Also, there are concerns that Americans could experience complications trying to use their new insurance when it kicks in, a point Republicans are eager to make

“Obamacare is a reality,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press. “Unfortunately, it's a failed program that is taking a less than perfect health care system from the standpoint of cost and making it worse.”

Of course, we know the Affordable Health Care Act is a reality.  We don't need Issa of all people to tell him it is.  Perhaps it wouldn't be so failed of a program if Issa and his team would spend more time doing their job which is to improve healthcare by introducing new pieces of legislation to strengthen it?  After all, if you dislike a law so much and complain it's going to raise the costs so much, to you absolutely have to repeal it?  Why not improve the law to address the cost issues?

Just think of the coincidence:  The government shutdown happened exactly when the rollout began, October 1, 2013.  How can it not be a strategic part on the Republican Party's end, with Darrell Issa and others, to keep the government shutdown option open as a means of making their case about Obamacare being bad?

Oh but of course, Mr. Investigator himself (or perhaps is staff) is probably still thinking of campaign contributions.  How else can it explain why he continues to send these endless partisan Tweets?

If you're tired of Darrell Issa and want more information on his Democratic challenger, Dave Peiser, and voter registration statistics numbers of CA-49, links are below:

Dave Peiser for Congress:





Dave Peiser on the Issues:

Contact Information:  

Here's the voter registration as of February 2013 by the actual CA-49 Congressional District, which combines parts of San Diego and Orange County.  Note the number of Decline-to-State/Independents:

Orange County:  
Democrats:  22,239
Republicans:  44,833
Decline-to-State/Independent:  19,077

San Diego County:
Democrats:  84,282
Republicans:  107,221
Decline-to-State/Independent:  70,938


Democrats:  106,521
Republicans:  152,054
Decline-to-State/Independent:  90,015

Here's the recent polling per PPP showing Darrell Issa vulnerable thanks to the government shutdown:

Disapproval:  49%
Approval:  43%
If you live in or near California's 49th Congressional District and want a reason to start voter registration drives or take part in them, note that San Diego County Democratic Party has a calendar that keeps track of all activity going on, whether local Democratic club meetings or voter registration drive events:

Start firing up the base in CA-49!


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  •  Issa's comments re Snyder's resignation involve (0+ / 0-)'s security vulnerabilities. If you believe his criticism is bogus, why not rebut it with facts vice ad hominem?

    •  This diary isn't about (1+ / 0-)
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      I've been doing Issa diaries since September 2012 on a regular basis and if there's anything consistent with them, they reveal Issa is up to nothing more than a partisan agenda.  

      This diary's goal is to point Issa's statement and then put it in the context of where it fits in Issa's overall agenda, not to point the legitimacy of facts in the case of the departure of COO.  If you are looking for that diary, then another Kossack might do that or I may decide to do the expose at a later time.

        •  I see what you're saying though (0+ / 0-)

          Sometimes I do dig into Darrell Issa's statements and take them apart if they reveal false information, lack of consistency or a partisan agenda.  It depends on information being reported.

          I will say though that at this point, the better discussion to begin before talking about the facts in the website includes addressing the following questions:

          1) Why did Darrell Issa and others in GOP chose October 1st (when the government shutdown happened) as a means of setting the real debate over Obamacare and investigating the website, flaws on the law, etc.?  Couldn't the House GOP have taken the time to present legislation to improve on the Affordable Healthcare Act since it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court?  After all, the Affordable Healthcare Act was never intended as the end-all-be-all legislation to improve healthcare.  It's a work in progress, right?

          2)  Would the GOP, if they had done further objective oversight instead of spending endless time with repeal Obamacare votes focused on checking up on progress with the

          3)  The U.S. debt and deficit is also something that impacts the federal government from functioning as efficiently as it should.  That's not what a lot of Kossacks mention but as someone who has been in business, debt can impact a credibility of a company's ability to obtain bonds, loans, funding, etc.  I can tell you that the more a company is in debt, the harder it is to operate.  Considering this and that the U.S. debt was created predominately because of the Iraq War (as well as the Afghanistan War, which was also started by President Bush), it's Darrell Issa and others that need to do some explaining and be transparent on their war funding votes, which have ended up in nothing more than rubber stamping President Bush's agenda.  That in turn has produced one of the biggest debts in U.S. history.

          4)  On another note, whatever problem Obamacare faces in its rollout, supposing if the U.S. had no debt and we were back in a surplus (as well as no deficit): Would we really have a rollout problem after all?

          •  It's pretty easy to figure out why Oct 1 was a key (0+ / 0-)

            date -- that's when the US Fiscal Year begins and is the termination date for most annualized appropriation spending authority.

            In this case, it was also the "all up" date specified for implementing the exchanges (whether it was in the ACA or set by HHS, I can't say, although I strongly suspect it too was tied to the Fiscal Year beginning.)

            It's amusing that you seem believe that if Congressional oversight had only been a little more rigorous, ACA flaws would have been identified and legislatively fixed in a split Congress. The Republican House could have send reams of 'fixes' to the Senate, where they would have not see the light of day, much less been debated.

            Moreover, the HHS Secretary, who testified before Congress several times, assured us that implementation was hunky-dory and 'on track' -- until they flipped the switch. and even then, the Administration chose not to seek legislative amelioration, but increasingly panicky 'administrative discretion' adjustments, some of which are being implemented haphazardly (e.g. payment deadlines, small business exchanges, catastrophic plan eligibility) or not at all (e.g. some states choosing to forgo offering ACA non-compliant plans to cancelled individuals).

            All that is bad enough. But the thrust of my comment related to the repeated red flags raised for the past year re ACA data security, and the near absolute silence on that subject both on this blog and from the HHS to those red flags. Recalling, ironically, the absolute dither folk here got into regarding the NSAs supposed invasions of privacy. It's really quite astounding.  

            •  The U.S. debt does factor into govt operations (0+ / 0-)

              You're making the argument on the evidence that's already been provided but that's based on the context that the U.S. government operating while U.S. is in serious debt., not in a U.S. budget surplus.

              The problem is:  The U.S. debt is affecting a lot of the dialog that's going on in Congress so regardless of what side you lie on (Democratic or Republican), the fact is, the debt is there and it's dividing both parties over what the end resolution is.  Back when President Clinton was in office and at his second term when the U.S. had a surplus and zero debt, did we ever hear any accusations of incompetence among the Clinton administration?  Little if any but also, we had a surplus.  The budget surplus indicates greater flexibility as departments are not in a crunch for having to cut spending across the board.

              I think it helps to understand what a budget means as it applies to what department funds are allocated in.  Within any budget for operations, whatever funding a department gets (i.e. Department of Education, Department of Energy, etc.) is what they get.  However, a department can request additional funding or perhaps the Secretary of the department can request additional funding if he/she believes it's needed.  Sure, the rollout might have not entirely been attributed to anything related to available funding.  However, being that the GOP in the House with Tea Party breathing down their necks are looking for any chance they have to go after Obama for any reason at all, little time nowadays is spent with working together on both chambers of Congress.

              But imagine for a moment if the U.S. were still in a surplus.  What would this surplus mean for the federal government?  Well, there would be more flexibility in stimulus funding, operations might be better overall in government, etc.  And the Tea Party might have not been elected in Congress and we might have had a more functional and cooperative Congress than we do today.

              Anyhow, whatever Darrell Issa does really doesn't matter no matter how valid his concerns are.  He still hasn't apologized for his Iraq War funding votes when President Bush was in office and he only did real effective oversight in Congress after the Democratic Party made big wins in the 2006 Midterm elections.  He's a loyal partisan.

            •  On ACA and NSA (0+ / 0-)

              Looking back to how the Affordable Healthcare Act was originally passed, there was a push to get it done because of fear that no healthcare legislation would ever get passed and that President Obama would be making a promise that was never fulfilled by President Clinton and even President Truman.  Also, the ACA was originally passed to address the economy as well because the healthcare problems in the U.S. have been making it harder for the economy to grow.  There were also loads of problems going on in 2009 that the majority of people in the U.S. (including city, state and federal governments) were in survival mode and getting over six figures of job losses.

              That being said, the ACA is not without its problems and you've pointed out facts which I cannot contest.  Of course it's legitimate to question what went wrong with the ACA rollout and the flawed legislation itself, particularly how it applies in law and implementation.  However, when you talk about the GOP, their goal is nothing more than to go after President Obama as they had ample time to address the healthcare crisis and did nothing or offered little evidence in any piece of legislation they offered that addressed the healthcare crisis.

              On the NSA matters, those have no relationship to the deficit and debt and have been going on for years, even since the 1990's.  Even the Will Smith/Gene Hackman film "Enemy of the State" gave insight on the NSA way back so any problems on that agency's transparency are less party-based than they are more systematic, agency-wise.

              I think though what I'm getting at is that the ACA's rollout is attributed might have been better served if the U.S. deficit and debt wasn't so much of a concern as it is today.  If we had a surplus from 2009 to today, could there have been greater flexibility in getting the ACA rollout to be done better?

              •  My personal view is that the shutdown was a little (0+ / 0-)

                bit of political theater that each side tried to appropriate for its own devices. But the ACA provided self funding that was not materially affected by the shutdown. The only thing I'm aware of that affected funding was that HHS had to provide for to accommodate non-expansion states on, which wasn't anticipated when the ACA passed.

                Moreover, the flawed rollout in my view was not a factor of money, but of timing. The Administration decided to wait until after the 2012 election to put on a full court press re regulation promulgation, and even then, kept most decision making in house for fear of adverse criticism. That narrowed the window to less than 2 years for implementation heavy lifting, vice the 3+ available at bill passage. Waiting for the Supreme Court was not an excuse.

        •  Sorry. Didn't finish 2) paragraph (1+ / 0-)
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          2)  Would the GOP, if they had done further objective oversight instead of spending endless time with repeal Obamacare votes focused on checking up on progress with the preparation of the rollout?  It's evident the Tea Party wants Obama to fail so the GOP's agenda is not to help Obama but attack him.

  •  Great Atricle (3+ / 0-)
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    I swear my intention was to begin by saying that even though Darrell Issa is a character right out of Conquer Worm and constantly being exposed as completely dishonest and untrustworthy, he would still be safe in his home district.

    Instead I ended up spending more than a little time on Dave Peiser's website and have to admit I was very impressed. Which, of course, doesn't really mean anything because I can't vote for him. But after viewing his very progressive stances on the issues it seemed like really throwing down the gauntlet to me and if Peiser did pull it off that would signify a major shift.

    And I think he might actually have two things going for him. One, is California is back under Democratic control and has become quite a success story. And two, is the balance hangs with the independent voters and they are tired of the witch-hunts and insanity.

    Thanks for inspiring me.

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:35:24 PM PST

    •  Peiser's VERY progressive (1+ / 0-)
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      He's also a green entrepreneur and innovator of related products.  Has a green product business up:

      •  Again My Compliments (1+ / 0-)
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        This was a lot more than just your average much deserved Issa bashing. This was a solution to that political parasite and comes with what amounts to a declaration of political ideology war. It was far more than I expected when it came to important and useful information.

        And if you want to look at it, from that all powerful perspective, this should raise a national alarm when it comes to "National Security." Issa leaks like a sieve and endangers all of us.

        Now I'll keep watching and let's all keep thinking about how we go about getting Dave Peiser elected to congress.

        Collect Different Days

        by Homers24 on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:54:40 PM PST

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  •  If I ever meet anyone who voted for this clown (0+ / 0-)

    I shall most certainly slap the sh*t out of them.

    Yes, “there’s class warfare, all right,” warns Warren Buffett. “But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

    by pecosbob on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 03:44:25 PM PST

  •  Why does anyone... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...listen to a serial car thief anyway, especially one who threw his brother under the bus?  Darryl the arsonist is a class act all the way.

  •  Darrell Issa learned the art of obstruction (1+ / 0-)
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    and meaningless pretenses of oversight from his previous boss on the House Oversight Committee, the infamous Chairman Dan Burton of Indiana, known where I live as "The Darling of the Rednecks". This refers particularly to those Kentuckians (not all of them) who have fled hard times in their homeland, bringing all of their prejudices with them, and giving the southern half of the state the nickname Kentuckiana.

    Even Abraham Lincoln was a frank racist when he arrived here from Kentucky. But he evolved. Oops, not supposed to use that word where they can hear us. The Creation Museum is nearly due south of where I live, just over the border.

    From the link above:

    In July 2011, Burton was revealed by an FBI investigation to have received tainted election funds ultimately traced to the military intelligence services of Pakistan…

    Rep. Burton led the House inquiry into the death of Vincent Foster…

    Burton had been a "celebrity player" at the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., the Kemper Open in Potomac, Md., the Larry Bird Golf Classic in Indianapolis, the Danny Thompson Memorial Tournament in Sun Valley, Idaho, the Sugarloaf Invitational tournament in Maine and the Arte Johnson Tournament in Chicago. Such players received free airline flights, free meals, and free lodging from tournament sponsors and, often, free merchandise.

    In November 1995, the House voted to prohibit members and their staffs from receiving gifts, including free meals and free travel to charity sports events. Burton, who led the effort to exempt charity trips, said that he played in two golf tournaments each year, and, "We get more of these lobbyists in our office than we do on the golf course."

    On March 29, 1995, during congressional hearings on the US War on Drugs, Burton proclaimed that the US military "should place an aircraft carrier off the coast of Bolivia and crop dust the coca fields." It was later pointed out to him that a) Bolivia is landlocked and has no coast…

    In 1997, Burton headed an investigation into possible Democratic Party campaign finance abuse, focusing on the 1996 presidential election. The committee investigation ran for several years and issued over 1,000 subpoenas of Clinton administration officials and cost over $7 million. The committee, and Burton's leadership, were labeled a "farce", a "travesty", a "parody", and "its own cartoon, a joke, and a deserved embarrassment".

    In 1995 speaking of the then recent affairs of Republican Robert Packwood and the unfolding affair of Democrat Bill Clinton Burton stated "No one, regardless of what party they serve, no one, regardless of what branch of government they serve, should be allowed to get away with these alleged sexual improprieties..." In 1998 the magazine Vanity Fair was to print an article detailing an affair which Burton himself had in 1983 which produced a child. Before publication Burton admitted to fathering a son with a former state employee.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 07:00:45 PM PST

    •  A different balance of Stupid and Evil (0+ / 0-)

      Burton is stupid, but also evil.  I understand Issa is pretty bright.  And really evil.

      Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

      by mbayrob on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 11:40:53 PM PST

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  •  How does Issa know there are security risks unless (1+ / 0-)
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    he/RNC are the ones trying to do the breaching?

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