GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Affordable Care Act website will be taken down this weekend so experts can try to fix some of the glitches in the system.
The website was unveiled in the beginning of October, and millions of Americans have been struggling to use healthcare.gov to shop for health insurance.
Not only are the users having problems with the system, but health insurance companies have also run into technical glitches.
Insurers say they’ve only received a handful of applications and they’re getting duplicate applications, missing information and data without a time stamp.
It was already crap to begin with
Obamacare will go down in history as the greatest IT failure in the history of the world. I can already see this outcome reflected in the code.
The Obamacare implosion is worse than you think
If enough Americans don’t join the exchanges, Obamacare collapses. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the administration needs at least 7 million people to join the exchanges for Obamacare to be financially viable. While the administration won’t reveal sign-up rates, London’s Daily Mail reported that total sign-ups in the first week were just 51,000 people. If accurate, that would mean they have just 6,949,000 more to go to break even.
Bottom line: It turns out Obamacare is blowing itself up just fine without Republican help. Far from a few “glitches,” the president’s signature program is in free fall after only a week. But instead of focusing on the Obamacare debacle, the news is filled with stories about .?.?.the government shutdown. The irony is, the shutdown was intended to stop Obamacare. Instead, it is rescuing Obama from his own incompetence.
Sebelius: Obamacare Is Success If 16.9% of Uninsured Enroll by End of March
(CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told NBC News on Monday that success, in her opinion, would be having 7 million Americans enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges by the end of 2014.
“I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014,” Sebelius told NBC’s Nancy Snyderman.
Obama Now Blaming The Republicans For Obamacare Failure & Glitches
The GOP is the new Bush for blaming everything that goes wrong.
From the very first day of his administration, Obama always had a scapegoat in George Bush. No matter what went wrong, it was Bush’s fault. With the Obamacare debacle, though, there’s no way that Obama and crew can blame George Bush. That hasn’t stopped them from finding a new scapegoat, though. This time the fault lies with the entire Republican Party. According to an administration insider, the administration was so terrified of the Republicans that it was unable to do even the most basic troubleshooting to ensure the exchanges’ success.
(Read More: Obama Promises to Veto Legislation That Would Make Him And His Family Enroll In Obamacare.)
Obamacare’s centerpiece was always going to be the “exchanges.” As Kathleen Sebelius told Jon Stewart, the exchanges are just like Kayak, a website that allows customers to find cheap airfares. Unlike Kayak, though, which requires only three pieces of information (flight date, departure airport, and arrival airport), Obamacare requires that the applicants enter their entire medical and financial history before it decides whether the applicant must pay full fare or qualifies for subsidies. Only then does it identify a handful of applicable policies, all of which have rigid statutory requirements that may not meet the customer’s needs.
Of course, that’s assuming Obamacare works. The last two-and-a-half weeks have established conclusively that the exchanges are a complete and total disaster. On the very first day, people could not get onto the system, the system lost their passwords, and entire sectors of the system honestly announced that they had no content. Of the few thousand who finally got onto the system, many were shocked to learn that their premiums and deductibles had increased, not decreased. Insurance companies were also shocked because, despite all the data the exchanges require the consumer to enter, the companies weren’t getting the information they actually needed to issue policies.
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