American Elephants


A New Executive to Fix ObamaCare Enrollment by The Elephant's Child

The White House has hired former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene to take over the job of overseeing ongoing efforts to fix the federal ObamaCare marketplace HealthCare.gov. DelBene is replacing Jeffrey Zients who was going to have everything running smoothly by the end of November. Zients was originally scheduled to start his new job as director of the National Economic Council on January 1, but he will move into that job after the State of the Union address on January 28.  CNBC says:

The switch comes at a critical time for HealthCare.gov, which has seen dramatic performance improvements under Zients. The site, which had very low enrollment levels in the first two months of operation because its tech troubles, now is engaged in a furious effort to sign up as many people as possible in new Affordable Care Act insurance by the New Year.

I don’t know about the “dramatic performance improvements,” 45 states still haven’t hit 10% of enrollment goals for ObamaCare. Oregon has managed to enroll 44 people. The numbers are obviously really bad because the federal government is trying desperately to hide any information. Kathleen Sebelius said:

DelBene will “provide management expertise, operations oversight, and critical advice on additional enrollment channels, field operations, marketing and communication.” He also “will execute the plan in place, so that we can ensure the site’s performance is strong through the close of open enrollment on March 31,2014.”

“This will include a focus on increasing system stability, redundancy and capacity, and building on improvements to the user interface, while continuing to prioritize security and privacy issues in line with industry best practices.”

I’ll bet she wrote that statement all by herself.  A number of the official “Navigators” for ObamaCare have been fired for telling people to just lie about their income. It’s all going very smoothly and just improving ever so much.

The White House is claiming that the Healthcare.gov website is mostly fixed, and  anyway those whose healthcare plans were cancelled may get to keep them for another year, but  in any event their new plans from the ObamaCare exchanges will be “better.” No matter your age or sex, you’ll get free birth control. “Sticker shock” with premiums up to 30% higher than previous coverage, outrageous deductibles and more restrictive networks, suggests that more people will look for ways to avoid the system entirely.

But that is only the beginning. The incentives are all wrong. The bureaucracy devised to oversee everything is too massive and too unresponsive to human need. ObamaCare has placed new burdens on the insurance companies. The industry will respond by shifting burdens to customers. The people will try to get good care. Everyone else’s goal will be to cut costs. Medical professionals will opt out of the networks and unknown numbers will drop out of the profession. The insurance companies will be blamed for any problems.

An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. 69 percent say their premiums are increasing; 59 percent say their annual deductibles or copayments are increasing.

The Democrats own this one in its entirety. They broke it. They own it.

 

 




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