The launch of President Obama’s trademark healthcare legislation did not go well. With the new window of open enrollment approaching on November 15, it doesn’t appear likely to improve much the second time around.
Healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website which has cost American taxpayers billions of dollars, continues to be characterized by technical “glitches” and serious security concerns. If the federal government has anything to do with it – which it does – those problems which haven’t been solved in the last year won’t be solved by November.
Obamacare administrators are preparing to test the site with insurers on October 7, prior to the new open enrollment period. As they do so, top administrators are attempting to manage expectations.
On Thursday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told a House panel “that there will be ‘visible improvement, but not perfection’ on HealthCare.gov.” Not so comforting when considering that, on the same day Tavenner appeared before the House, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that revealed Healthcare.gov fell short on security in more than 20 areas. Tavenner insisted that “nearly” all of those security problems have been resolved.
Again, not comforting.