Massachusetts’ Obamacare Website is So Broken, They’re Just Going to Abandon it
In another fantastic display of the incompetence of government to rule our lives, the Obamacare website for Massachusetts is being abandoned because it’s way too screwed up, and will cost too much to fix.
Massachusetts plans to completely scrap the state’s dysfunctional online health insurance website, deciding that it would be too expensive and time-consuming to fix the overwhelming number of flaws.
Instead, officials will buy an off-the-shelf product used by several other states to enroll residents in health plans, while simultaneously preparing to join the federal HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace if that product fails.
This makes the second state Obamacare website to implode after Oregon’s exchange was scrapped – even after spending a whopping $200 million of taxpayer money.
The state’s website is supposed to tell consumers whether they qualify for a subsidized plan, calculate the cost of coverage, and enable them to compare plans and enroll. It has not worked properly since it was launched in October, leading the state to encourage people to fill out paper applications instead. The flaws have frustrated thousands of consumers, and forced the state to enroll tens of thousands of residents in temporary insurance plans through the state Medicaid program.
I thought Obamacare was supposed to be modeled after RomneyCare in Massachusetts, but they never had to scrap that, did they? Weird. That’s two out of the seventeen states that opted to have their own exchanges. So far.