#1 More than two million people who signed up for ObamaCare are in limbo due to data discrepancies by algernonpj 05.06.2014 14:15


That would be 1 in 4.

Oh, by the way: More than two million people who signed up for ObamaCare are in limbo due to data discrepancies
posted at 4:41 pm on June 4, 2014 by Allahpundit

They’re vague here on precisely where, and why, the discrepancies are occurring. Is this related to the famous “834″ problem on Healthcare.gov, in which information sheets generated by the website for insurers about new enrollees were ending up garbled and/or incomplete? Or is it more of a bureaucracy problem, i.e. the last known residence that the feds have for a new enrollee in their Social Security database doesn’t match the address on the enrollee’s new insurance application? Eyeball this chart to see just how much technological red tape there is to sort through potentially before an enrollee’s identity and eligibility for subsidies can be verified. That’s what they’re talking about here, I think.


And it’s not just the feds who are dealing with a tremendous backlog. It flew under the radar yesterday because of all the Bergdahl news, but Roll Call decided to conduct a survey of all 50 states to see how they’re doing coping with Medicaid applications. Result: Nearly three million people are still waiting to have their applications processed due to bureaucracy, ye olde technological glitches, and the sheer crush of new applicants before the March deadline. Applications are supposed to be processed within 45 days but states with heavy backlogs like California are hoping for/expecting federal “exemptions.” I think His Highness, the King, will accommodate them.

Oh, one more thing: I didn’t notice it at the time but apparently CBO has quietly given up on trying to analyze the future fiscal impact of ObamaCare. Turns out it’s very hard to say whether a law’s a net loser or a net winner as you get further out and its regulatory excrescences grow more complicated, especially when it’s basically a matter of presidential whim whether key provisions get enforced going forward. So we’re now flying completely blind on this enormous boondoggle, with no chance whatsoever of righting the ship for at least two and a half more years. Sleep tight, everyone.


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