Let’s face it, we all know this mess won’t be fixed by the end of the month and if this is any indication it may well have to be blown up entirely. Honestly, how much more of this crap must American suffer through?
The agency tasked with implementing the president’s healthcare law said Thursday it had uncovered “new stresses further downstream in the system” that revealed the need for a fresh look at the back-end capacity needs of the online healthcare portal.
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) spokeswoman Julie Bataille opened a conference call with reporters by acknowledging for the second consecutive day that while the system was stable, it remains slow for many users.
She said that as additional “volume is exposed to the system, we are identifying new issues and adding them to the punch list.”
The slow response times are an improvement after weeks of the website crashing or producing error messages for potential consumers. But the barrage of new items added to the CMS “punch list” remains a concern.
“This is something that’s a continuous process and we are constantly identifying new issues…putting them on the punch list, and working through them one by one,” Bataille said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on Wednesday that there were “a couple of hundred fixes” required. CMS has pledged to have the website “running smoothly for most users” by Nov. 30.
On Thursday, Bataille wouldn’t specify exactly how “running smoothly for most users” could be measured. One reporter asked if it meant that everyone who tried to enroll through the online portal would be able to do so.
“The online system will work for the vast majority of users who choose to use it by the end of the month,” Bataille said.
Bataille said there was no discussion of pushing back the Dec. 15 enrollment deadline, but the moderator on the call ignored a question from a reporter about whether a delay had been definitively ruled out.
Which segues into this announcement. Now what could they possible have up their sleeves on a Friday afternoon?
HHS: Sebelius to Atlanta tomorrow and "discuss an important announcement related to the Affordable Care Act"
— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) November 7, 2013