While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself.
While the administration publicly expresses full confidence in its
health care law, privately it fears one part of the system is so flawed
it could bankrupt insurance companies and cripple ObamaCare itself.
"Week after week, month after month," says John Goodman of the
National Center for Policy Analysis, "the Obama administration kept
telling us everything's working fine, there's no problem and then they
turn on a dime and fire their contractor."
To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the
lead contractor, the administration released documents from the
Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and
Medicaid Services that offered a rare glimpse of its worst fears, saying
the problems with the website puts "the entire health insurance
industry at risk" ... "potentially leading to their default and
disrupting continued services and coverage to consumers."
Then it went even further, saying if the problems were not fixed by
mid-March, "they will result in financial harm to the government."
It even added that without the fixes "the entire health care reform program is jeopardized."
Shortly after the website went live,one official told Congress a
critical part of the system – what is known as the “back end” -- had not
even been built yet.
Doug Holtz-Eakin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office,
says "the back end -- that information is supposed to be transmitted to
an insurance company, the insurance company knows who you are, they know
what policy you've picked."
But the back end still hasn't been built, so insurers are dealing
with massive confusion, missing information on who's signed up and what
subsidies they get. (Full story)