Thursday, December 19, 2013

YIKES! Health Insurance Brokers Still Unable To Enroll Consumers

Don't throw me under the bus, but I was listening to NPR this evening on the drive home. Consider it studying the enemy.

In any case, NPR's political reporter -- Hacky McStatist, I think, though my memory grows dim with advancing age -- made the bizarre assertion that's problems were largely behind it. That is, the website and the exchanges are operating pretty much as designed and that delighted, newly insured Americans are now frolicking in the fields, picking sunflowers.

The reality is, of course, quite different.

Web-Based Brokers Still Unable To Enroll Consumers

...Private health insurance exchanges still are not able to directly enroll consumers in subsidized health plans offered through Obamacare even though the government has said problems doing so should have been cleared up weeks ago. Executives from three online health exchanges that contract with both insurance companies and government agencies to enroll consumers eligible for federal subsidies in marketplace plans say the process still isn't ready to go and that more work remains. This despite several promises from government officials that technical fixes have been made to allow for business to be conducted on those sites, which are alternatives to the troubled website and health exchanges sites run by states...

...Obamacare Tech Hurdle Looms Right Before Enrollment Deadline

Some technical experts are perplexed at the U.S. government's plan to switch web hosts for its new health insurance portal,, in the midst of an expected last-minute rush to beat a March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage. Switching hosts is not in and of itself a huge risk if it is done carefully and with lots of preparation, according to technical experts interviewed by Reuters. It is the timing of the highly complex maneuver that is risky...

Things must be going exceptionally well if HHS intends to flip the server infrastructure from one host to another.

With the geniuses who've run the project thus far, I can't see how anything could possibly go wrong.

As an aside, a CBS/NYT poll reports that only 15 percent of insured Americans believe that Obamacare will help them.

I can promise you that 15 percent of insured Americans are wrong.

Hat tips: BadBlue Money for the story and Sooper Mexican for the image.


Anonymous said...

And 53% of UNINSUERED Americans DON'T want Obamacare.

NOW I HAVE a question for you Doug.

Why don't you offer your services to the republican party in your state?

directorblue said...

>>> Why don't you offer your services to the republican party in your state?

Doing what? I'm serious. What would I do?

As an aside, the Republican Party despises me because I hammer John Boehner, Karl Rove, Eric Cantor and the rest of the big government crony capitalists.

As Levin says, we need a new Republican Party.

We start by throwing out the bums in the primaries.

Anonymous said...

With your net, and communication skills? They would be invaluable.

They see your skills and "Oh My!".

We HAVE a common enemy? Democrat's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carlito said...

Woo! Pajama Boy really does look like Rachel Maddow! Maybe he stole her onesies!
The Democats need to hire the advertising firm on Mad Men because these guys are amateurs!

Doom said...

You might not be able to, but I can assure you that those 15% are indeed wrong. Even if they are people who would be going on the rolls, and not liberals of some sort who are getting a job or making money out of the boondoggle.

This will not help a single American, specifically those it targets. Look at reservations and black neighborhoods, and Detroit, to see what this type of government program brings to people. Though... admittedly... some like it that way.

Reaganite Independent said...


Merry Christmas sir, and all the best to you-n-yours