Another ObamaCare success story. Considering this is his home state, it’s a colossal humiliation.
Hawaii’s health insurance marketplace is hoping to turn around a stalled start by providing plans and pricing to consumers by Oct. 15 — but there are no guarantees, its executive director said Wednesday.
Coral Andrews, executive director of Hawaii Health Connector, told state lawmakers Wednesday that getting the marketplace running properly has been a fluid situation, with circumstances changing every day.
“We want to make sure that we’re doing it the right way,” Andrews said after testifying for more than an hour before a panel of lawmakers representing three House and three Senate committees.
The insurance exchange — a key component of President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul — hasn’t been able to sell any insurance in Hawaii because of problems with the software at the heart of the marketplace. Consumers can’t see plans, even though a variety of options from two insurers have been approved to be sold by the state’s insurance division.
The problems have meant consumers can only submit basic information using a web form, with the promise they’ll be contacted in a few weeks. As a workaround, some people are going directly to insurance companies to find out about plans, even though buying plans from insurance companies directly means consumers won’t be able to get tax subsidies or other help they might qualify for.
Eh, what’s a few weeks when you’ve been thrown off your current insurance and are living in fear? Barack Obama was unavailable for comment. When asked, his spokesman confirmed how many have been signed up in his native state: