There’s no way to tell how many people who think they enrolled for health insurance through the U.S. Obamacare exchange actually have, after about 1 in 4 files sent to insurers had garbled and incomplete information.
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In the weeks before the start of Obamacare, officials failed to complete exhaustive testing of the program’s website in a push to begin signups by Oct. 1, according to people involved in the rollout.
This is a guest post by former White House chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra.
The launch of HealthCare.gov certainly didn’t go as planned. Due to technical errors, millions of Americans were sent to the functional equivalent of a waiting room before they could enter the shopping portion of the site.
The three-year effort to open the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges culminates today, beset by logistical delays and a U.S. government shutdown borne of Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
Much public discussion about the Affordable Care Act has focused on the countdown to Oct. 1, when uninsured Americans can access the health insurance exchanges. But a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to prepare for that moment, including the creation of thousands of new jobs.
The Affordable Care Act has been contentious, confusing and abstract, but that might change on October 1 when states are required to launch websites where people can chose among different health plans.
When the Affordable Care Act was being debated in Congress, most Americans yawned if they even bothered reading the bill’s fine print—but technology entrepreneur Sanjay Singh’s eyes opened wide when he downloaded the proposed legislation.
To its many critics, the Affordable Care Act is an unmitigated economic disaster—a tax increase, a job killer, an unbearable burden. But just as one man’s liability is another man’s asset, one company’s economic cost can be another company’s economic gain.
Amid a torrent of speculation about the impact of Obamacare on the economy, one thing seems clear: The law is spurring a raft of new jobs in call centers, IT companies and community organizations designed to help Americans understand the complex health law and navigate the new insurance marketplaces.