No! The healthcare website, www.healthcare.gov, has not been fixed. Despite the propaganda that the liberal media is spewing out today, the Obamacare website has not been fixed. I say propaganda because that is exactly what it is. I was watching Chris Matthews on Hardball tonight and their lead segment was about how the healthcare website has been fixed and is up and running. Well, unfortunately that’s just not the truth. The healthcare website did improve a lot over the month of November, but it has not been fixed.
If you actually look at the facts being reported in the New York Times today, you will see that the healthcare website has not been fixed. During the month of November businessman Jeff Zients led a tech surge for the administration, and they were able to make a lot of fixes to the healthcare website. And those fixes were primarily to the front end of the website. Error rates dropped, page load speeds improved, and the overall user experience on the front end of the website has been vastly improved from where it was in October. And the New York Times reported that many users said the website was running better than it was a month ago.
But, and this is a very important but, the back end of the website has not been fixed! In fact, the back end of the website has not even been fully built. Again, according to the New York Times, “Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the federal website, estimated that 30 to 40 percent of the federal insurance marketplace was still being built. He told Congress on Nov. 19 that the government was still developing ‘the back-office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems’ needed to pay insurers in January.”
The insurers are telling the New York Times that they are receiving inaccurate user information from the health care website, that sometimes they are receiving no information about users who sign up, and that in some cases they don’t know what the federal subsidy will do so they don’t know what to charge the person who is signing up for insurance.
This is going to be a political disaster for President Obama and the Democrats. Thousands and thousands of Americans think they are signing up for health insurance on the website each day, but as the insurers are reporting, in many cases these people are not really signing up for health insurance because their data is not being sent correctly to the insurers they think they are signing up with. So on January 1 when these health insurance plans are supposed to start, many Americans are going to realize that they never really signed up for health insurance.
The Democrats and the liberal media are having a good day and celebrating the front end fixes that were made to the healthcare website during November. But they are ignoring the facts. And the facts show that the website still isn’t fixed. The back end of the website is a mess, and I’m predicting a lot of political problems for President Obama and the Democrats come January.
They made no mention of these back end issues, as reported by the New York Times, on Hardball today. I think the Democrats are engaging in self-delusion and just hoping that the back end of the healthcare website gets fixed by January, when the plans are supposed to start.
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