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Curmudgeon's Corner

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ObamaCare Website Functional?

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare, Political, Taxes, Economy

ObamaCare is back on the web, so we’re told, and can handle up to 35,000 simultaneous shoppers.  That pales by comparison to private sector websites, but be that is it may since the private sector, the Googles and Amazons of the world, was given no opportunity to make its capabilities known to the people making these decisions.  Big government always knows best until it learns another lesson at the expense of all us taxpayer citizens.

There is another most important aspect to the ObamaCare website debacle that is receiving very little press coverage.  That is the part of this website that is supposed to be communicating the various data sets (the 834 format you’ve heard about in some reports) to the insurance companies showing which plans have been purchased by whom so that the insurer can set this customer up in its system and prepare to bill premium costs and pay claims.

This is critical if ObamaCare and its website are really to be declared fully functional, or even marginally functional.  Insurers cannot do anything unless and until they have received the data sets and been able to process those in the insurer’s system so that ID cards can be issued and plan summaries can be issued and premiums can be billed.  Without this part of the process functioning, nothing can happen…except for maybe more bad press about ObamaCare.

Consider that the final day for enrollment for January 2014 effective dates under ObamaCare has already been delayed until December 23rd and you begin to understand that the insurers are being placed in the position to be beat-up by all.  Maybe this has been the new plan all along; I don’t know if that is the case, but it could serve as an effective ruse to take pressure off the White House.  Simply set the ‘damned if you do/damned if you don’t’ insurance companies up for grand failure.  Everyone already knows they ought to hate insurance companies; that has been the drumbeat for years.

The long and the short of all this is simple: without a fully functional back-end, no matter how good the re-worked front-end may be, nothing good can come from this effort.  This may be something along the lines of watching a train wreck occurring but seeing it in slow motion and agonizing as you worry about what is about to happen while realizing you have no way to control the outcome.

This whole affair smells like a dead fish, and we know that fish rot from the top down and not the bottom up.

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