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On Setting Up Healthcare Exchanges

Remember Cash for Clunkers? It was one of those dumb giveaways that was supposed to incentivize people to buy new cars while getting some old vehicles with bad gas mileage off the road. The premise was straight forward—and the program pretty much did exactly what it was supposed to do.

But remember the media coverage of it? There were interviews with dealers who were afraid they weren’t getting paid. There was coverage of the guy who traded one SUV in for a slightly more fuel-efficient gas guzzler. The Republicans insisted that a government that can’t even run Cash for Clunkers shouldn’t be in the healthcare business.

In other words, it was a big program. There were a few hitches at the beginning. We got past that. The program succeeded.

The release date for a government program is no different than a release date for anything else. You work out as many bugs as you can in advance. If you miss a few, you patch it later. We all know this, right? Nobody actually thinks the roll outs of the health insurance exchanges is going to go off perfectly without a hitch?

poorrichardsnews:

**Uh Oh: Obamacare officials scrambling to make sure new health care exchanges “not a third world experience”**

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If you thought the DMV or the Social Security office was bad, just wait till you see what the Obamacare exchanges have in store.  Deadlines are looming for implementation of Obama’s new health insurance exchanges and (big surprise) the Federal Government isn’t ready yet. 

from Washington Examiner:

With time-running out before the major provisions of President Obama’s health care law are set to be implemented, the official tasked with making sure the law’s key insurance exchanges are up and running is already lowering expectations.

“The time for debating about the size of text on the screen or the color or is it a world-class user experience, that’s what we used to talk about two years ago,” Henry Chao, an official at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services who is overseeing the technology of the exchanges said at a recent conference. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”

Chao also described himself as “nervous.” His comments, which came at a policy meeting of insurance industry lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans, were first reported by CQ Health Beat and picked up by Avik Roy at Forbes.

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It’s about to get ugly, folks, and Obama administration officials are practically admitting it. 

I disagree. It’s already ugly. Anybody who’s called their health insurer knows this. The Obama administration officials are doing what they can about it. It’s not an easy task. On the upside, getting things better than the status quo is a really low hurdle.

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