DC Obamacare Exchange Delayed, Can't Calculate Tax Subsidies
by Wynton Hall 25 Sep 2013, 5:34 PM PDT
The Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange announced on Wednesday it will not be ready on October 1 to calculate the taxpayer-funded subsidies people can receive to purchase health insurance. It will also be unable to determine Medicare eligibility.
Officials say determining eligibility will now need to be delayed until November but that people will still be permitted to apply.
Washington's Obamacare exchange says "a consumer will have ample time to make an informed decision about which health plan to enroll in" because the enrollment period is open until March.
In May, Obama strategist Dan Pfeiffer confidently predicted that Obamacare would be implemented well.
"We're going to implement the law well, and we don't worry," said Pfeiffer.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) warned that he sees “a huge train wreck coming down” upon Obamacare’s unveiling.
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that an Obamacare software glitch was incorrectly tabulating insurance rates, a development that has insurance company tech and operations engineers "very concerned about the problems they're seeing and the potential of them to stick around."
Obamacare's government exchanges go live in five days.