Massachusetts and Vermont have suspended payments to CGI Group, the same contractor behind Healthcare.gov. A policy expert argues that CGI's failures are due to the complexity of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
"The problem is the complexity of the laws," Ed Haislmaier, senior research fellow for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday. Haislmaier argued that Obamacare required excessive regulation for the subsidies, causing the famous Healthcare.gov backup and the state backups as well.
The scholar turned to Massachusetts as a prime example. "Massachusetts has been running a similar program for subsidizing people to buy coverage since 2007," and this program was "politically in sync with the administration." Nevertheless, the state's exchange allegedly experiences so many problems that it has decided to publicly reprimand CGI, withdrawing money from the company. more >>
Social network giant Twitter has reportedly blocked users from tweeting the phrase "iStandWithPhil.com," a hashtag representing the petition drive to have Phil Robertson reinstated to A&E's "Duck Dynasty" reality show. Robertson was indefinitely suspended from the show last week after he described homosexuality as a sin in an interview with GQ Magazine.
Faith Driven Consumer, an organization that connects Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies, announced Monday that Twitter has reportedly blocked use of the "iStandWithPhil.com" hashtag, and implores all followers of the petition to contact Twitter's customer support account to have the phrase reinstated to the social media network.
Since the Twitter campaign for Robertson was started four days ago, it has garnered nearly 200,000 supporters. more >>
Samsung released a new ad for the Galaxy Note 3 this week that features the device in a Christmas-themed setting.
Instead of talking about how powerful or great the device is, Samsung chooses to focus its "Holiday Reflections" gimmick that sees the Note 3 bringing life and existence to certain situations in this small snowy town.
The theme basically shows reflections coming off the handset which has been laid flat on the ground. People appear in these reflections performing various holiday activities such as chopping down Christmas trees, caroling, ice skating, decorating, having snowball fights and kissing under the mistletoe. It ends with a holiday greeting. See it here. more >>
The PS4 is back in stock on Amazon.com and will probably only be available for a limited time.
Those interested in purchasing the gaming console should act fast. There are various bundles available through the online retailer including the Battlefield 4 and PS Plus Launch, DS4, Killzone and PS Plus Launch, Knack Launch Bundle and the regular bundle. The only one confirmed to be in stock today is the Killzone and PS Plus Launch version which retails for $509.97 on the site. The other bundles will be in stock between Dec. 27-28.
The PlayStation 4 gaming console launched earlier this year sold 1 million units just 24 hours after its release in the U.S. and Canada. more >>
Apple seeded the OS X 10.9.2 build to registered Mac developers earlier this week. The new software has been made available just three days after the official rollout of OS X 10.9.1. This version is available to eligible developers through the Software Update mechanism found in the Mac App Store and can also be found in the Mac Dev Center.
Apple claims there are no major issues with the new build and has asked developers to focus their testing on areas such as Mail, Messages, VPN, Graphics Drivers and VoiceOver. The update also brings FaceTime Audio to the Mac for the first time. Information on other changes and fixes brought with the software is unavailable at this time. For instructions on how to install click here.
The official OS Mavericks update was released by Apple last month for free. It was rolled out around the same time as the new iPad Air and iPad mini with retina. more >>
In today's age, many people care more about their cell phones than sitting down and reading a Bible. There are so many different apps and activities the cell phone can be used for. In this video, a single phone is shown time lapsing through multiple pictures on Instagram to tell the wonderful story of Jesus' birth! The hash tag being used to promote this awesome video is "#COMELETUSADOREHIM."
Feel free to share this video with all and use the hash tag to spread the joy of Christmas to everyone's cell phone!