We are now 17 days into the ObamaCare exchange launch and the problems continue to mount.
·Exchange Enrollments: While HHS continues to refuse to release data—they say it’ll come in early November—states without a federal exchange have started to release figures. According to those releases so far, 190,000 applications have been processed. But that doesn’t mean that all of those individuals officially purchased coverage.
·Exchange Problems: These aren’t glitches anymore. Numerous insurance sources continue to describe flaws and problems with the ObamaCare exchanges. Insurance companies are getting incorrect data and can’t even keep track of the enrollment data. One source reported “they [an insurance company] got 7 transactions for 1 person – 4 enrollments and 3 cancelations.” HHS keeps repeating that problems will be solved by the March 31st enrollment deadline, but individuals must be enrolled and paid by December 15th for January 1st coverage. Even supporters of ObamaCare are starting to question HHS’ ability to fix the Exchanges in time.
·Hiding the Price: Many involved with the development of ObamaCare are stating publically that the big reason for the Exchange issues is that HHS wanted to hide the full price of insurance premiums. By requiring individuals to log in first allows the Exchange to show the premium net of subsidies, but that creates a programming nightmare.