Warning: The “Obamacare nightmare” will officially begin October 1

From Economic Policy Journal:

Ezekiel Emanuel, a former health-care adviser to President Obama and brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, spills the beans in WSJ:

In less than five months, on Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges will go live online. Millions of Americans will suddenly be able to log on to a website and choose their own heath-care coverage from a menu of subsidized options for prices and coverage levels. As the opening day gets closer, anxiety is increasing over how well these online exchanges will function…


Setting up the exchanges will pose a host of technological challenges, such as digitally linking an individual’s IRS information (which determines a subsidy level) to the insurance offerings in the individual’s home area and to employment data — while simultaneously factoring in Medicaid eligibility.


Bugs in the computer software are bound to pop up, and the quality of the user experience will undoubtedly need improvement[…] glitches will be ironed out within a few years…
Then Emanuel gets to an even bigger part of the nightmare…

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