ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Will the exchanges (now "marketplaces") really be ready?
Citizen's Council for Health Freedom, reader-funded attendance at an ObamaCare conference in DC
"States haven't made a lot of progress yet in connecting to the data hub; systems don't 'talk' to each other. Hope that systems will be in place perhaps by 2015." -- Susan Dentzer, RWJF
"Will they be ready? No one knows the answer to that. There's a political and a technical consideration...If a state chooses not to cooperate, then it's very difficult for the feds to put up a very successful, exchange in a state." -- Brett Graham, Leavitt Partners.
"It's a three year implementation being done in 10 months. By its nature, it's unrealistic." -- Keven Counihan, Access Health CT
"The truth is, it's not going to be fully functioning on 10-1" -- Christine Ferguson, RI (Exchange)
"And October 1 is very very soon." -- Cynthia Crose, Arkansas Insurance Dept.
"I don't know what happens this fall if it's not ready. -- Sandy Praeger, NAIC
Oh, I know what happens: Obama makes a massive public relations push, says "it's ready," the career "progressives" chime in, and our famously free press rolls over (and what do any of them care, becaue they're already covered!
Anyhow, I've been saying the same thing: If you look at the technical detail, ObamaCare really is a clusterfuck. Because the big deal really isn't setting up the exchanges; heck, anybody can set up a website with a form. The big deal is the systems integration issue of passing data between the states and the Feds, and then between all the different Federal agencies.
None of which would be necessary if health care were a right, and your birth certificate was your eligibility.
NOTE Obviously, CCHF is a right wing site; so far as I can tell, they don't make stuff up. However, from the end of the same article:
The Exchange is a national wealth redistribution system, shifting the costs from the unhealthy to the healthy.
Yikes. I'd say, for starters, shifting costs from the sick to the not-yet sick. Anyhow, that's what insurance does, or, in the case of private insurance, should do.