. . . with Jim Geraghty
March 21, 2014
Obamacare Implementation Isn't Getting Much Better as
the Deadline Approaches
Who's up for another round of Obamacare train wrecks?
By some measures Oregon has among the most dysfunctional online
insurance exchanges in the nation. Only about 50,000 people in Oregon
have signed up for a commercial insurance plan through the exchange,
well below the state's goal, according to federal estimates. And almost
all of those people enrolled using paper applications or with help from
an insurance professional because the website had been so unreliable.
With a March 31 deadline for first-year enrollment looming, the online
exchange, Cover Oregon, is still unable to process an applicant from
start to finish without help or paperwork.
Anyone who attempted to sign up for health insurance with Nevada's
failed insurance exchange will have another 60 days to complete the process.
The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board action on Thursday
leaves the door open for tens if not hundreds of thousands of people to
reapply after open enrollment ends March 31.
Officials say up to 300,000 people may have tried over the past six months
to choose a plan over Nevada Health Link but were thwarted by program
errors in the system designed by Xerox.
Only about 22,000 people have successfully enrolled and paid for policies
since the exchange went live Oct. 1.
What would we have to see for Democrats to label Obamacare a failure? Plagues? Mad scientists? Giant radioactive lizards stomping across the landscape?
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