This! This is why I blame all of Congress, both parties and the Administration for this damned government shutdown and debt ceiling fiasco we just went through:
Days before the launch of President Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, government officials and contractors tested a key part of the Web site to see whether it could handle tens of thousands of consumers at the same time. It crashed after a simulation in which just a few hundred people tried to log on simultaneously.
Despite the failed test, federal health officials plowed ahead.
via Health insurance exchange launched despite signs of serious problems – The Washington Post.
If you are one of the group of people that is without health insurance because you don’t now qualify for it for one reason or another you are suppose to be able to sign up for insurance through this health insurance marketplace they are talking about here. It doesn’t look like the technology is in place to allow you to sign up but if you don’t have insurance by mid-February then the IRS is sending you a bill.
I support that tax on the uninsured but I don’t support requiring it so soon if the mechanism isn’t set up to allow you to avoid the tax by buying insurance through these exchanges!
The Republican controlled congress, after sending a completely unreasonable continuing resolution to the Senate that would have funded government but shut down funding for the ACA, sent a counteroffer to the Senate that would fund government but asked for a delay of one year in this health insurance tax and elimination of a medical device tax. The Senate absolutely refused both of these and shut down government.
That delay, as we see here and we saw on October 1st, was and is a needed delay. Had the Senate just stripped the elimination of the medical device tax from that CR government would not have shut down. Instead they stripped both items from the bill and declared that they would not negotiate, even on a point that now appears will be necessary, on funding for the government.
Along with this Internet sign up problem the ACA seems to be having a friend has just told me that the premium his private insurance with a $5,000 deductible has just gone up and is now 250% more than it was for last year. This is going to force him to drop this policy and pick up a policy through the exchange which he can’t sign up for because he can’t get through on the website.