December 7, 2013
Friday afternoon news dump: healthcare.gov enrollment catastrophe
More Obamacare bad news being buried with a Friday aftrenoon release. Susan Crabtree of the Washington Examiner:
After refusing for weeks to detail the extent of back-end problems with healthcare.gov, the Obama administration on Friday said a technical bug affected approximately 25 percent of enrollments on the federal exchanges in October and November.
Those technical bugs, separate from the troubles consumers had experienced accessing information on the website during the first two months, are posing a significant new problem for those who signed up and are expecting insurance coverage come Jan. 1.
One in four of those applications either did not get transferred to insurers, were transferred in duplicate form, or had major errors in information shared.
This failure means that one in four "enrollees" is not actually insured, so that when people experience an emergency and visit a hospital or doctor, they will discover that despite being counted as "enrolled" by the happy face brigade, they up a creek.
A 25% error rate in processing transactions is completely unacceptable. Hell, a 1% error rate would not be tolerated at any private sector firm, claims of "private sector velocity" to the contrary notwithstanding.
And the problem might be much worse:
"To be clear, we do not have precise numbers [of those affected] at this time," she [CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille] said.
The people who discover they are not covered will be forced into emergency rooms, aggravating one of the very problems Ocare was supposed to address.
Come the new year, there will be a rise in human suffering thanks to the mess that has been wrought by Obama and his minions. There is a good chance that there will be more uninsured people than before Obamacare, especially given the tens of millions who stand to lose employer-provided care once the mandate kicks in after having been delayed a year. At that point, Obama's promise that the law will not be repealed as long as he is president becomes a political epitaph, a sign that his ego is what prevents a mistake from being corrected.