The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare began enrolling less than a week ago almost four years after the law was passed. That is almost four years that the Obama administration and bureaucrats had to work out all the kinks in the system. Still with all the time to prepare and all the hoopla, some states saw less than a one percent sign up rates. “Some users received error messages asking for patience as the pages loaded, or indicating that the “system is down.” Others were ultimately sent to pages with incomplete or nonsense text, perhaps due to heavy traffic” (Viebeck, 2013). The system only works if millions of Americans enroll in the first 6 months. “The federal system’s design is unprecedented in the way it offers a centralized way to purchase health insurance and receive federal discounts. But critics have warned that the task of launching a sophisticated enrollment website may be too much for the government to handle” (Viebeck, 2013). Consumers who need assistance are told dial the law’s call center or seek out help from “navigators” in their communities, but many report that the navigators don’t have the answers that they seek. It makes one think, if the government can’t manage the signing up process, why should we trust them with our healthcare?
Viebeck, E. (2013) Technical problems plague launch of ObamaCare. Retrieved from http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/325753-obamacare-exchanges-debut-with-glitches#ixzz2gzReZOaU