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Spam Begs Obama-Care Shoppers To Try Again

From the Politico:

HHS to Obamacare website shoppers: Please come back

By JASON MILLMAN | November 12, 2013

The Obama administration is asking people frustrated by early application problems with HealthCare.gov to give the website a second chance. So they’re reaching back out to the earliest HealthCare.gov shoppers who may have given up on the broken website after the awful Oct. 1 launch, hoping they’ll try again.

“Today, we’re beginning to send messages to those consumers who had account creation issues to let them know they can try again,” said Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Communications Director Julie Bataille. The agency, which will make the outreach to frustrated shoppers in waves, plans to send emails to about 270,000 people this week, she said…

The Obama administration seems to think that spamming people will solve everything.  (Hey, it got Obama elected — twice.)

While officials refuse to say whether there’s a backup plan if website repair efforts fall short, Bataille said CMS is working to improve enrollment methods meant to take pressure off the Obamacare website.

One of those options includes direct enrollment, which allows a customer to directly sign up through an insurer’s website and receive a premium subsidy if eligible…

The Politico doesn’t bother to mention it, but "direct enrollment" means letting people buy insurance based on their subsidized rate without being able to verify if they are eligible for a subsidy. Since subsidies can only be verified via the Obama-Care website.

Which is simply insane. Because if people buy insurance based on a subsidized rate, the insurance companies will never get the difference back. Which could bankrupt them. (Which is undoubtedly part of Obama’s plans.)

Bataille and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday refused to confirm reports that just 40,000 to 50,000 people have so far signed up for plans through the federal exchanges in 36 states. They said an official enrollment report due by the end of this week will count people who have selected a health plan but haven’t yet paid the first month’s premium.

Meaning, again, they are going to count people who have put a plan in their ‘shopping carts’ have signed up for Obama-Care. When only half of them will have gone on to actually buy an insurance policy.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Spam Begs Obama-Care Shoppers To Try Again”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that all 270,000 spam recipients did indeed return and sign up for coverage…and pay for it. They would still be outnumbered 10:1 by people who received a cancellation notice this week.

    • captstubby says:

      so it begins.
      now we will have a weekly cancellation notice report.
      (seasonally adjusted of course.)
      can’t wait to see the Goverment “definition” of cancellation.

    • Petronius says:

      The enrollment cost per capita to the taxpayers so far is about $14,000 per enrollee.

      [$700 million web site ÷ 50,000 enrolled or in the cart = $14,000 each.]

      If all of the 270,000 spamees are captured, that will reduce the per capita cost of the web site to about $2187.50 per enrollee, resulting in tremendous savings.

      [$700 million web site ÷ (50,000 + 270,000) = $2187.50 each.]

      If the regime hits its target of 7 million enrollees, the pro rata cost will be further reduced to a mere $100 each.

      [$700 million web site ÷ 7 million enrolled = $100 each.]

      Of course that does not count the administrative cost to the government for program management, solicitation of proposals, evaluation, and contract awards, contract modifications, contract admin, promotion and advertising, etc. Nor does it include the processing costs for the insurance companies.

      Such a bargain.

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