Wait, we thought the Team Obama victory lap Sunday represented a functioning ObamaCare website? You mean they’re still lying to us?
So you think you’ve succeeded in making it through the ObamaCare website maze, and now you have health insurance? You might want to think again.
Despite the Obama administration’s claim that HealthCare.gov is “vastly improved,” insurance companies are still grappling with error-riddled files fed to them from the flawed website. The lingering glitch could cause major problems weeks down the road, resulting in people thinking they’ve signed up when insurance companies have no record of them doing so.
These so-called “back-end” problems were largely glossed over when federal health officials confidently claimed over the weekend they had met their own goals for improving the website by Dec. 1.
Administration officials said early Sunday that they have fixed roughly 400 computer “bugs” and increased capacity so the site can now handle more than 800,000 users daily with an error rate of less than 1 percent. Jeff Zients, the official appointed to fix the ObamaCare site since its disastrous Oct. 1 rollout, said it is “night and day from what it was.”
But insurers continue to deal with the same set of problems that have shaken their confidence for weeks in the system they have to rely on to enroll new customers.
“Until the enrollment process is working from end-to-end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage,” Karen Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement.
She said “significant ‘back-end’ issues'” need to be addressed, and particularly the “ongoing problems” processing enrollment files known as “834 files.”
They’re going to have an even bigger headache when people have no insurance come January 1. Hope that doesn’t ruin Obama’s Hawaii vacation.
The ongoing problems mean that people who believe they have a health plan could be in for a surprise on Jan. 1.
Though the administration has given people until the end of March to sign up for coverage if they want to avoid a fine, coverage for many is supposed to start on Jan. 1. That leaves just 30 days to fix the remaining glitches.
“This is not a functioning website yet,” James Capretta, senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told Fox News.
Can’t wait until Obama reads about that in the papers. Just Sunday sleazy New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez claimed ObamaCare would help beleaguered Democrats in 2014. Funny, that:
Hmm. That's strange. No mention of Obamacare on the DCCC's home page. pic.twitter.com/ECoMifvcry
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 2, 2013