Obama promises a fix for Healthcare.gov
The taking off of a radical new era in American health care, Obamacare, has been beset with difficulties. First there was the drawn out government shutdown with many Republicans threatening to defund Obamacare. Now that the US government has reopened and is back in business to full capacity, at least for the time being, new problems have arisen in dealing with the new health care system with difficulties with Healthcare.com. However, President Barack Obama says he is right on top of the problems and has been promising a fix soon.
MedPage Today has reported, "Obama: We're Working to Fix Healthcare.gov." The website where people can apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been hit with difficulties in its early weeks. However, President Obama says the government is committed to fixing the problems as soon as possible. Obama has been quoted as saying in a speech from the Rose Garden, "Nobody is more frustrated than me that the website hasn't been working as well as it should, and there are no excuses for the problems."
Although there have been some problems at Healthcare.gov, it has apparently been working well for some people. However, overall it hasn't been as quick and efficient as many would like to see it. A lot of people say they have had to wait longer than they wanted. However, once they complete the process they're generally very happy with what's available for them. Furthermore, Obama has noted the program has only been up and running for 3 weeks, and the open enrollment lasts for 6 months. Also, the insurance doesn't start until Jan. 1, and the first premiums aren't due until Dec. 15.
Obama has also pointed out that this isn't like selling a hot item for a Christmas sale that runs out. The insurance policies are not going to sell out. They'll be available through the marketplace throughout the open enrollment period. And the prices the insurance companies have set will stay the same. Therefore, everybody who wants insurance through the marketplace should be able to get it.
CNET has reported, "Obama administration vows 'tech surge' for HealthCare.gov." A US government blog post has promised to enlist aid from among "the best and brightest" to get the health insurance marketplace to live up to the expectations of the American people. The Obama administration has gone as far as promising a "tech surge" to tackle the myriad of technical issues that have plagued HealthCare.gov.
On Sunday in a 600-word post that was published on the Web site of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Obama administration stated, "Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve Healthcare.gov." There are efforts being pursued to put in place tools and processes to aggressively monitor and identify which parts of the website are giving individuals problem. So it appears the time is coming when everyone who is interested will have a much easier time checking out Healthcare.gov.