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Obama-Care’s Payment System Still Unfinished

From an unfazed Washington Post:

Up to 40 percent of Obamacare’s ‘back office’ functions yet to be built, tech chief says

By Sandhya Somashekhar | November 19, 2013

Henry Chao, the Obama administration official who oversaw the technical development of the federal health insurance marketplace, said Tuesday that his team has yet to complete 30 to 40 percent of the overall project.

Speaking before a subcommittee of the House Energy and Oversight Committee, Chao said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is still working on a number of “back office” aspects of the project, including a system to send payments to insurance companies.

Parts of the project that users would see — notably the Web portal, HealthCare.gov — are 100 percent finished, he said. But “the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be” completed, Chao said.

After all, ‘paying for things’ is always way down on the list of Democrat priorities. But this means that absolutely no one has bought an insurance plan via the federal exchange website. It is physically impossible. Despite all lies the Obama administration and their media minions have told us.

The payment system Chao referred to relates to the subsidies many low- and middle-income people will receive to help them buy insurance on the state and federal Web sites. In most cases, government subsidies will be paid directly to the insurers. People getting the subsidies will simply pay the discounted premiums.

Which just goes to show that the Obama administration has never cared about people actually buying insurance. They only want to make sure people sign up for subsidies. Or, better still, Medicaid.

Also yet to be finished is a component that ensures that the state and federal marketplaces and the insurers have accurate, matching information about enrollments…

After all, what’s the rush? They want to pass out as many subsidies as possible before anyone starts too look too closely at incomes. Who cares if anyone is actually eligible or not?

Officials are also still working on a system that makes payments to insurers that attract high-risk patients. These systems must be in place by January, officials have said.

“This is a complex project with a short timeline,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement. “As such, issues were prioritized to meet the October 1 launch date.”

Chao said the work should not directly affect the ability to use HealthCare.gov, the federal Web site for people in 36 states to compare plans and prices and apply for government subsidies to pay their premiums.

Again, getting people hooked on government subsidies is all that really matters.

Officials have said the Web site should be working smoothly for 80 percent of users by the end of the month.

There is that lofty goal of a 20% failure rate again.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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