Friday, February 14, 2014

Is Obamacare Unraveling?

Rumors have been circulating in the marketplace all week that the administration was thinking of extending the individual health insurance policies that Obamacare was supposed to have cancelled for as much as three more years.
Those rumors have now come out into the open with Tom Murphy’s AP story on Friday.
He and I agree, and his statement is not a question, rather a rhetorical statement.  It does not take a rocket scientist to analyze what has happened in a very short time.  The initial HBE rollout was and remains a fiasco, which will set the plan back several years. Yes it is possible to enroll if you don't work and can afford to spend over one hour on hold, and/or navigate the HBE websites.  I can only speak to Covered California's health benefit 'Marketplace'.  They should have called it "The Shopping Maul'.  Surely you will feel mauled by the process.  It is a cross between the last day of shopping before Christmas, and 'Black Friday'  

The deadlines were foolish for an unproven system. It was only tested at its launch. Fail Whale there.
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