New test for Obama website: consumers trying to sign up this month to avoid breaks in coverage

  • Article by: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 2, 2013 - 10:00 PM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's new and improved health care website faces yet another test in just a couple of weeks, its biggest yet. If HealthCare.gov becomes overwhelmed by an expected year-end crunch, many Americans will be left facing a break in their insurance coverage.

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herby2013Dec. 2, 13 4:53 AM

One would have to be painfully stupid to believe anything Barack Obama has to say given his track record of lies and abject failure. Blaming everyone but himself for HIS failings. Sickening.

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comment229Dec. 2, 13 5:20 AM

As usual, comments and opinions are made and published without much thought behind them. "That's the question consumers and lawmakers alike will be eying before the next crucial deadline: Dec. 23." Nope... and I won't sugar coat this one.... wrong..... The next crucial deadline is December 14th..... That is the last day that you can sign up, pay your bill, and hope that your policy is instated by January first. Most people who have signed up, and some intending to sign up, have that date in mind so they can dump their existing insurance if it is pathetic and instate their new policy. If this does NOT happen for me, I will pay a huge premium for my existing insurance policy that BCBS has so generously agreed to let me keep, while jacking up the cost more than 50% for that little privilege. Look for the ACA website to be inundated the second week of December as folks are desperate to change their policies. That, will be the true test of this website and if it works well, I know a few politicians that are going to jump to the next phase which some are already doing. In the past few days, the website has been working better, and it looks like it is going to be sufficient up front.... so now, I have seen the same people saying the website is a failure, abandon that and attack the transfer of information to the insurance companies hoping that will be the next stumbling block. Watch for the second week of December to be the real test for the website.

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markeyboyDec. 2, 13 7:22 AM

HealthCare.gov and the overall enrollment process continue to improve, but there are significant issues that still need to be addressed," said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans.............This is the last sentence of the article. The website is slow, this is one issue, certainly. The product they are selling is 100% healthcare insurance offered by the private sector. If you are not happy with the competitive price for a plan that meets minimum ACA standards look to shallow industry competition, profit motive, exorbitant CEO compensation or opportunistic business model. Good deals are not a specialty of the healthcare insurance companies.

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tomstromieDec. 2, 13 7:24 AM

Whew, good to know! Because we're all sure the Administration would never lie or try to deceive the public.

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redeye12Dec. 2, 13 7:27 AM

The website is only a small part of the problems. Wrong data being sent to insurance companies. Security gaps. Inability to verify people's identity. Etc. These issues are still there. Saying it is fixed is in the eyes of the beholder. Or in this case the user. Can they log in, select coverage, make a payment and get insurance in place? Don't count on it.

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peoplewatchrDec. 2, 13 7:41 AM

The site could be hacked by a 10 year old! Anyone who puts their private info into healthcare.gov is looking for a data privacy breach! I work in I/T and my guys who do web development say they could have all the enrollments info in 30-40 minutes.

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drichmnDec. 2, 13 8:45 AM

"Can they log in, select coverage, make a payment and get insurance in place? Don't count on it." .... people are doing that every day.

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fisherdad1956Dec. 2, 13 8:59 AM

Obama gives himself a passing grade on getting this fixed. Hmmmm!!! I guess if you lower the expectations you can do that.

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cathybuxyDec. 2, 13 9:33 AM

Too bad the states didn't exercise their responsibility to set-up their own websites as planned. The national website was not designed to handle so many. Isn't it ironic that most of the complainers of the ACA are those who already have insurance. Those who desperately need healthcare are eagerly waiting to sign up. As a healthcare worker, I know that one of the cost-drivers of healthcare is the uninsured. When a patient can not pay, the provider raises the rates to cover the loss, then the insurance company has to raise their rates to cover provider rate increases. It is a never-ending cycle. The ACA is designed to break that cycle if only given a fair chance. And not being able to keep your current plan? Many of those cheap plans didn't cover hospitalization! Now, how would that plan help break the cycle?

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dogmanDec. 2, 13 9:59 AM

100k signups while the site was being fixed in November.. at least according to Bloomberg News. I hope teapubs enjoyed the ride while they could.. now they'll have to go back to BENGHAZI!!!!!

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