Faith-Based Discussion of the State Exchanges

by Jim Geraghty

Since October, the defensive cry of the beleaguered Obamacare defender has been, “but the states are doing a much better job!”

Some are. But plenty aren’t. The post below spotlights the grand scale of failure in Oregon. Beyond their troubles . . . 

In Washington, the exchange has been down for parts of the past five days.

In Hawaii, just 574 have signed up for insurance through the state exchange so far. This is after the federal government provided the state with $200 million to set it up; the state plan requires 100,000 people to purchase insurance through the exchange to become financially stable.


Just over 3,700 people have signed up for private plans on the exchange and more than 97,000 are expected to be added to the Medicaid rolls through the exchange by Jan. 1, according to the latest figures. About 800,000 residents are uninsured in the state, and they are supposed to be able to buy coverage on the exchange. But the exchange crashed on Oct. 1, the day it launched, and has not provided consistent help for users since.


State officials were hoping that the exchange would be fully operational at the beginning of December but the online payment program still hasn’t been put into place. Some individuals and small businesses are concerned that time is running out for them to purchase policies through the exchange in order to have coverage beginning in January.

Finally, exchanges in Minnesota, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are vulnerable to a type of Wi-Fi attack that can allow hackers to intercept usernames and passwords.

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