This is the funniest thing you’ll read today – an entire post by Ezra Klein bashing Obamacare. I especially like No. 2, which fully exposes Ezra Klein as a cheerleader for Team Obama:
2. Are there problems behind the problems? In the weeks leading up to the launch I heard some very ugly things about how the system was performing when transferring data to insurers — a necessary step if people are actually going to get insurance. I tried hard to pin the rumors down, but I could never quite nail the story, and there was a wall of official denials from the Obama administration. It was just testing, they said. They were fixing the bugs day by day.
I’ve been saying this for awhile. There is an ‘Information Technology Industrial Complex” that, unless you’re a reporter with a tech background, you can’t fact-check what you’re being told about large technology programs. The same goes for Congress. Dianne Feinstein tells us she understands the NSA programs, but I doubt she can set up her own WiFi router, let alone understand the technology to a point where she can provide oversight. But back to Klein, I’d like to know what he did to try to nail down the story because it’s hard to nail something down with pom-poms in both hands. He continues:
According to Bob Laszlewski, those problems aren’t resolved. They’re just not getting much attention because the health-care law’s Web sites aren’t working well enough for people to get that far in the process. Laszlewski does a lot of work with the insurance industry, so I’d take this post of his very seriously:
The backroom connection between the insurance companies and the federal government is a disaster. Things are worse behind the curtain than in front of it”
Here is one example from a carrier–and I have received numerous reports from many other carriers with exactly the same problem. One carrier exec told me that yesterday they got 7 transactions for 1 person – 4 enrollments and 3 cancellations.
For some reason the system is enrolling, unenrolling, enrolling again, and so forth the same person. This has been going on for a few days for many of the enrollments being sent to the health plans. It has got on to the point that the health plans worry some of these very few enrollments really don’t exist.
The reconciliation system, that reconciles enrollment between the feds and the health plans, is not working and hasn’t even been tested yet.
If he’s right then…yikes.
The health-care law’s traffic problems are beginning to subside. Anecdotally, more people are getting through. But most people playing around on the Web site aren’t trying to actually purchase insurance. We’re far from knowing what the fail rate is for those people trying to take that final step of purchasing a plan.
Well, duh. There have been plenty of warnings, but nobody willing to “nail down” the story.
Klein’s new-found questioning of Obama is welcome, but he’s still not doing the math.
For example, I just posted over in The Feed that only 305 people are enrolled in Obamacare in Colorado out of roughly 760,000 uninsured. To get just 10 percent of these uninsured covered by January 1 (application deadline Dec. 15), Colorado would need to add more than 1,200 people a day over the next 60 days. They’re nowhere near that target.
And take a look at the math for the entire country. President Obama wants 7,000,000 people covered under Obamacare by the end of March, or roughly 165 days from now. That means more than 42,000 people per day need to sign up. How’s that going? Since the White House won’t tell us how many people are signing up, I’m going to guess that they’re not quite on pace for that number.