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Insurers Given Bad Data, Told To Shut Up About It

From the Wall Street Journal:

Health Website Woes Widen as Insurers Get Wrong Data

New Errors Indicate Technological Problems Extend Issues Already Identified

By Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky | October 17, 2013

Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified.

Emerging errors include duplicate enrollments, spouses reported as children, missing data fields and suspect eligibility determinations, say executives at more than a dozen health plans.

Some of those might not be mistakes. After all, men can now marry men.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska said it had to hire temporary workers to contact new customers directly to resolve inaccuracies in submissions.

You see how Obama-Care is helping the economy?

Medical Mutual of Ohio said one customer had successfully signed up for three of its plans.

That is an Obama-Care success story!

The flaws could do lasting damage to the law if customers are deterred from signing up or mistakenly believe they have obtained coverage…

Just imagine the law suits. (But what another boon for the economy.)

Health-department officials have pressured insurers to refrain from commenting publicly about the problems, according to executives at four health plans, who asked not to be named…

The most transparent administration in history.

In prolonging the battles over the budget and debt ceiling, "all Republicans did was give [President Obama] great cover for the complete screw-up on the opening of the exchanges," said Gail Wilensky, a Medicare director in the administration of George H.W. Bush and UnitedHealth Group Inc. board member…

So even in this piece the WSJ has to get in a dig against Cruz and Lee. But this is a preposterous argument. (Which is not surprising, given that UnitedHealth has been some of the biggest proponents of Obama-Care.)

But if Ted Cruz and Mike Lee had not pushed back, the American public would be clamoring: ‘Why aren’t the Republicans doing anything? This is the prefect time, when everyone is seeing how horrible Obama-Care is? Why are they silent and on the sidelines? Why don’t they show some leadership? Why don’t they offer a solution to the mess?’

In fact, the timing couldn’t have been better for Cruz and Lee. They were trying to defund Obama-Care just as everyone was realizing just how God awful it really is.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Insurers Given Bad Data, Told To Shut Up About It”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban

    “all Republicans did was give [President Obama] great cover for the complete screw-up on the opening of the exchanges,”

    What if this was the point of the shutdown all along? What if the old guard GOP members decided to go along with the Cruz and Lee to shut down the government to protect the implementation of the slow walk to socialized medicine? Perhaps that is why the progressive Republicans like John McCain and Mitch McConnell were siding with Obama to give up the ghost on attacking the health care bill. I smell conspiracy. If these guys don’t face primary challengers the republic is all but doomed.

  2. “….all Republicans did was give [President Obama] great cover for the complete screw-up on the opening of the exchanges,”

    That’s because we all know the TV networks in this country only employ one reporter and can only cover one story at a time, and all the newspapers have only one page so they can only print one story at a time.

    Yeah, I believe you.

    Who’s covering for who?


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