October 17th, 2013
09:17 PM ET
1 year ago

Congressional fight over Obamacare turns to website woes

(CNN) - The deal ending the shutdown may not have put a dent in Obamacare, but the battle over implementing the health coverage law is not over.

One venue that Republicans are turning to for leverage, starting next week: oversight hearings, beginning with some tough questions about why the rollout of the website for enrolling in health care exchanges is having so many problems.

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  1. Sniffit

    "Since that time, quite a number of red state governers have had a change of heart, and are now participating in their own exchanges. "

    I think you might be confusing this with the Medicaid expansion, which has seen some red state governors and legislatures change their minds. There has been no real movement on the part of the states that refused to create exchanges. The federal government IS stuck running an exchange for over half the states. Heck, even Faux Noise is reporting this correctly:

    ""They just didn't contemplate that the feds would have to run over half of the states," said Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health, a consulting company that’s been tracking insurance marketplaces. "And while the federally-run exchanges are behind, the state-run health exchanges have done their work - embracing the program, engaging their communities, advertising…."

    "States that run their own exchanges have gotten an incredible amount of support," said Dash [research fellow at Georgetown's Center on Health Insurance Reforms]. "The feds [and their federally-run state health exchanges] have had to use their own resources."

    "Their online system doesn't work" said Mendelson, who pointed out that it was in stark contest to state-run websites like California’s (which has been running almost glitch-free). “The reason for all of this is completely political. Governors, like Rick Perry of Texas, who did not welcome ACA expansion and had a profound moral problem with it, chose to have the feds run their states health exchanges."

    There's plenty more EXPERTISE where that came from.

    October 18, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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