Administration is Privatizing ObamaCare Signup

The government has approved several privately-run websites including eHeathInsurance.com, GetInsured.com and GoHealth.com, “to sell coverage under the ACA, including granting permission to connect to HealthCare.gov itself ― once it works right.” The sites, which are run by for-profit companies, “can sell policies that comply with the ACA’s individual mandate in the 36 states served by HealthCare.gov.” While not all of the technology “is in place to let the sites process the ACA’s tax subsidies for moderate-income insurance buyers,” most people “who don’t need subsidies can buy now.” (USA Today)

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  1. BHS says:

    “Zweiger bought coverage that met the Affordable Care Act’s requirements in half an hour. It took him five minutes to enter his information and about 20 to compare plans, he said.”

    Hah. And yet we’ve spent how much on a website that requires you to wait in line?

  2. Devon Herrick says:

    Couldn’t eHealthInsurance.com have done this? I cannot think of a better firm to administer signup.

  3. James says:

    Point black, the private sector has more tech talent and is infinitely more prepared to handle such an extensive interlock of several distinct government departments.

    • Martha says:

      It’s astounding how complex the routing actually is. This was an exceedingly complex mission.

    • Tommy says:

      Even friends who work within the government time and time again complain about how behind most of the bureaucracy is in terms of technology.

      • James says:

        I suppose the imperative question is why hasn’t the government been able to draw in the kind of talent in that industry? Bloated bureaucracy and no upwards mobility, perhaps?

    • Brian says:

      Can anyone explain why exactly connecting the different departments complicated it so much?

    • Brian says:

      Why did connecting departments make it so complicated?

  4. Martha says:

    Nice headline to read in the morning. Let’s see how sign-up performance goes.

  5. Linda Gorman says:

    The essential point is that this is for those who are not eligible for subsidies can buy now.

    The odd thing is that it doesn’t bother to explain why anyone who is not eligible for a subsidy would bother to go through healthcare.gov where the plans have narrow networks, there’s little choice, and next to no data security.