CLUSTERF*CK: The error rate for those enrolling in Obamacare on Healthcare.fail was so bad that CMS was forced to make the info public, of course in a Friday afternoon document dump of course.
Get a load of this America, after the Obama administration who promised us the most transparent presidency ever, refusing for weeks to tell us just how bad the extent of the back end problems of the Obamacare website truly were, provided on Friday afternoon that 25% of Obamacare enrollments in October and November have been affected. This means that one in four of those that think they have enrolled in a plan, may have no insurance coverage on January 1, 2014. What a joke, these screw-ups actually want the people to think the new normal is a 10% error rate, as if that is a good thing?
Those technical bugs, separate from the troubles consumers had experienced accessing information on the website during the first two months, are posing a significant new problem for those who signed up and are expecting insurance coverage come Jan. 1.
One in four of those applications either did not get transferred to insurers, were transferred in duplicate form, or had major errors in information shared.
Insurers are supposed to receive the 834 Forms from healthcare.gov. The forms, meant to be read by computers, provide insurers with information on enrollees and what plan they have chosen. Without the information, insurers have no way of knowing who has signed up on the Obamacare exchanges and what coverage they need.
A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday suggested that the only way those who enrolled in October and November can be sure they will be covered in January is by paying their insurance bill and contacting their insurer to confirm their standing.
“I would certainly encourage any consumer that has a question of their insurance choice to contact the insurance company of their choice to get additional information,” CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille told reporters Friday.
Oh, but do not fret, the gang that could not shoot straight have fixed the problems. How do we know that? Because our truthful president Barack Obama told us. This is the governments version of fixing the problem, now only 10% of enrollments are being affected, 10%!!! Not knowing who the 25% or 10% are, this would mean that ever individual who enrolled would have to call and make sure that they had been properly enrolled. This would completely overwhelm a customer service call center as none are set up for this type of volume.
Bataille said CMS, along with the outside firm QSSI, is working furiously to fix the back-end problems, and has succeeded in reducing the number of erroneous 834 Form communications to insurers to 10 percent of all applications.
That error rate could still be affecting a significant amount of applications, especially considering that healthcare.gov is operating much more smoothly this week and has seen its traffic spike.
The PJ Tatler discusses the Obamacare enrollment rate as being unacceptable and are 100% correct. Folks, I do this stuff for a living and deal with similar projects, insurance data and metrics. And I will go one better, not only is 25%, 10% or 1% not acceptable in private sector, it is also not with many government contracts. I have dealt with with many government metrics that were 100% and 99.5%. If I had ever developed a process that in turn did nothing but created 25% or 10% more rework, I would have been sent packing immediately.
A 25% error rate in processing transactions is completely unacceptable. Hell, a 1% error rate would not be tolerated at any private sector firm, claims of “private sector velocity” to the contrary notwithstanding.
George Will Says on Fox News Sunday: “All Hell is Going to Break Loose’ When Employers Dump Plans Due to Obamacare
The Obamacare web site is not the problem, Obamacare is America’s problem …
On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor George Will discussed the the self-serving administration’s status report on Obamacare that stated its functionality was still months away. Even though they [Obama minions] declared victory on Sunday that they had met their goals. However, as the liberal MSM focuses on the Healthcare.gov relaunch, George Will points out the the worse is yet to come … even more ominous, with potentially much larger implications, he sees on the 2014 horizon when employers start dumping employees on to Obamacare, Medicare and Medicare and “All’ Hell is going to break loose.”
VIDEO: Fox News via NRO/YouTube
“100 million people get their insurance from Medicare and Medicaid, 171 million get it from their employers,” Will said. “Watch the employers. Because if they start dumping people into Medicare and into Medicaid, and the doctors then say, ‘The burdens are too high, and the reimbursement is too low, we’re not seeing Medicaid patients,’ then all hell is going to break loose.”
Full discussion of Obamacare between Fox News Sunday panel can be read HERE of Fox News senior political analyst, Brit Hume; former Democratic congresswoman, Jane Harman; syndicated columnist, George Will; and former Democratic senator, Evan Bayh.
WALLACE: An ad from Organizing for Action, the advocacy group for President Obama, pitching family talks about Obamacare this holiday season.
And it’s time now for our Sunday group: Fox News senior political analyst, Brit Hume; former Democratic congresswoman, Jane Harman; syndicated columnist, George Will; and former Democratic senator, Evan Bayh.
Well, as of midnight, I was going to say we have a new and improved, but I guess it’s an old and improved Healthcare.gov Web site that the administration is touting made dramatic progress. White House officials emphasize, though, the focus should not be on the deadline, it should be on the continuing process of getting it better and better.
Having said that, Brit, don’t they have a lot riding on how this goes, the next few weeks?
BRIT HUME, FOX NEWS SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Of course. I think the website is a little better. We were on it yesterday, just to see what, you know, might be out there, what might be available. The site works better. You can get through and check plans.
Robert Gibbs on Obamacare Failure: “I Think If This Were to Happen in the Private Sector Some One Probably Would Have Already Lost Their Job”
Don’t look now but former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has become one of Barack Obama’s and Obamacare’s biggest critics. The former Obama mouth piece told The Today Show that Barack Obama should have fired someone already over the disastrous Obamacare roll-out. Gibbs stated, ”I think if this were to happen in the private sector some one probably would have already lost their job.”
However, its not just about a web site. As was stated there are two core issues at hand here, one the competence of the government with the disastrous, glitchy Healthcare.gov and two, Barack Obama’s credibility having lied to the American people by promising if you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare. This is not the first time Gibbs has spoken out against the failed Obamacare. Gibbs had previously said that to sell Obamacare as “you can keep your health care insurance” was a big mistake. and that the Obamacare roll out was nothing but “Excruciatingly Embarrassing.” Gibbs has voiced the opinion for a while that some one needs to be fired.
I would go one further Mr. Gibbs. I would dare say that if this was the private sector and some one had perpetrated a “bait and switch” malicious fraud on so many individuals as Barack Obama did with Obamacare, some one would have been indicted on felony fraud charges.
Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov’s Chief Project Manager at CMS Says He Never Saw Memo Uncovered Warning Of “Limitless” Security Risks Of Obamacare Website
The roll-out of Obamacare has gone from complete incompetence to a full blown scandal …
Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov’s chief project manager at CMS in charge of building the federal health care website testified for nine hours behind closed doors to the House Oversight Committee in advance of this week’s hearing that he was kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security. Chao stated that he was unaware of a September 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS that found two high-risk issues. In fact he testified that he had been told just the opposite. Chao is the individual who gave the go ahead for Healthcare.gov to go live on October 1, 2013; however, it appears that the person in charge of the project was kept in the dark. Chao testified that it was the first time he saw any such memo that said “the threat and risk potential (to the system) is limitless. When asked whether he was surprised he never saw any such memo he replied, “Yeah … I mean, wouldn’t you be surprised if you were me? It is disturbing. I mean, I don’t deny that this is … a fairly nonstandard way” to proceed.
How does somebody not tell the project manager of system vulnerability findings? Someone is either lying or purposely set out to mislead to make sure this was implemented on time irregardless of the risks. The real question is did the Obama administration know this and were they directing the implementation be on time at all cost? Sorry folks, I am a healthcare project manager and I have never heard of anything like this. Heads would roll if anything remotely like this occurred.
“What I recall is what the team told me, is that there were no high findings,” he said.
Chao testified security gaps could lead to identity theft, unauthorized access and misrouted data.
According to federal guidelines, high risk means “the vulnerability could be expected to have a severe or catastrophic adverse affect on organizational operations … assets or individuals.”
The author of the security memo in question, Tony Trenkle, retired from CMS last week. Hmm, so did he retire, did he just have enough, or was he forced out?
The CIO for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Tony Trenkle, is leaving CMS, the agency embroiled in the ill-fated rollout of government’s Healthcare.gov insurance marketplace website.
Trenkle, who directs CMS’s Office of Information Services and oversees $2 billion in annual IT spending at CMS, is departing effective Nov. 15 to take an undisclosed position in the private sector. His departure was announced in an internal agency memo released today from by CMS chief operating officer Michelle Snyder.
Must see VIDEO that ALL should watch of the risk that Obama and his minions put “We the People” in by accessing Healthcare.gov to the “Limitless” Security Risks
CBS News has learned that the project manager in charge of building the federal health care website was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security. Those failures could lead to identity theft among buying insurance. The project manager testified to congressional investigators behind closed doors, but CBS News has obtained the first look at a partial transcript of his testimony.
Henry Chao, HealthCare.gov’s chief project manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), gave nine hours of closed-door testimony to the House Oversight Committee in advance of this week’s hearing. In excerpts CBS News has obtained, Chao was asked about a memo that outlined important security risks discovered in the insurance system.
Chao said he was unaware of a Sept. 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS. It found two high-risk issues, which are redacted for security reasons. The memo said “the threat and risk potential (to the system) is limitless.” The memo shows CMS gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them.
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Welcome to Obamaland: This is still America, isn’t it … For Democrats woman have the right to choose for an abortion, but doctors should be forced to accept Medicare and Medicaid, UNREAL!
Virginia Democrats are calling the forcing of all doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid. Unbelievable, but this is what we get these days from a ‘Gestapo-like’ government that believes in forcing people into doing things when it comes to healthcare. Remember when “We the People” thought it was unheard of to think that the Obama regime could force Americans to buy insurance? Currently physicians have the option of accepting Medicare and/or Medicaid patients. Many physicians do not because of the low reimbursement rate, especially with Medicaid. Imagine being paid $12 for an office visit? It is actually for profitable to see a Medicaid patient for free. However, Democrats now want to force doctors to accept government healthcare. What has happened to this country? These people will not be happy until they destroy the healthcare system in this country and force a single payer system upon us.
The Weekly Standard asks, could Obamacare affect Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial election and sink poll leading Democrat nominee, McAuliffe?
From The Mason Conservative:
Kathleen Murphy, Democrat running for the House of Delegates against Barbara Comstock, telling a forum in Great Falls that she believes it should law to force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. Forced by government decree, mind you. A birdie sent me this:
FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.
She did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors’ costs. She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians now and that it is forecast to be 90,000 in a few years.
Democrats appear to want to make physicians slaves of the state, but Democrats don’t admit they would just drive more doctors out of practice into retirement and other occupations. The Obamacare law and regulations are causing millions of people to lose their health insurance, drop many doctors and hospitals. The HHS internal forecast is 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance due to the Obamacare law and rules about adequacy of insurance. (more)
As discussed at Legal Insurrection, one of the consequences of Obamacare is the millions of individuals going to be enroll in Medicaid. So now there will be an even greater percentage of the healthcare pool where healthcare reimbursements do not cover costs.
The great Obamacare reform is turning into the great thrust of tens of millions of people onto Medicaid.
The problem is, fewer and fewer doctors are willing to take Medicaid patients because the reimbursements are so low.
I have met numerous doctors who tell me they either refuse Medicaid patients or restrict them because the reimbursements do not cover their costs. They also double and triple book, because so many Medicaid patients who make appointments don’t show up. As to Medicare the payments currently are bearable, but only because private insurance payments for other patients make up the shortfall.
Increasingly, doctors are abandoning the government payment train wreck, and going all cash or some hybrid. This all was foreseeable and was foreseen.
What else could this disastrous web site possibly do wrong?
Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov website discloses eligibility letters written to other applicants. Hmm, thanks for the break of privacy of unsuspecting individuals who signed onto Healthcare.gov. The security flaw disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state. Just curious, was a data disclosure made to HHS in compliance with HIPAA privacy rules like many healthcare government contractors are supposed to do within a specified amount of time? Or do your own rules not apply to yourself?
As reported at The Weekly Standard, below is a screen shot of one of the “eligibility letters” he wasn’t supposed to receive.
Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.
“I was in complete shock,” said Hadley, who contacted Heritage after becoming alarmed at the breach of privacy.
Hadley, a North Carolina father, buys his insurance on the individual market. His insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, directed him to HealthCare.gov in a cancellation letter he received in September.
After multiple attempts to access the problem-plagued website, Hadley finally made it past the registration page Thursday. That’s when he was greeted with downloadable letters about eligibility — for two people in South Carolina.
The document shows that administration officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were concerned that a lack of testing posed a potentially “high” security risk for the HealthCare.gov website serving 36 states.
Last week, the Associated Press disclosed a government memo revealing the “high” security risk for HealthCare.gov. Those concerns surfaced at Wednesday’s hearing with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who claimed the system was secure.
HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters told the AP, “When consumers fill out their online … applications, they can trust that the information they’re providing is protected by stringent security standards and that the technology underlying the application process has been tested and is secure.”
However, that didn’t stop members of Congress from voicing alarm.
“You accepted a risk on behalf of every user … that put their personal financial information at risk,” Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) told Sebelius. “Amazon would never do this. ProFlowers would never do this. Kayak would never do this. This is completely an unacceptable level of security.”
The Finger Pointing Begins … ObamaCare Website Contractors CGI Federal & QSSI Blame Obama Administration for Healthcare.gov Fiasco
All for one and one for all, never mind, scratch that.
Its ever man for themselves as the finger pointing begins as who is to blame for the Obamacare website rollout disaster. ObamaCare Website Contractors, CGI Federal and QSSI, are firing back at the Obama administration and saying they are to blame for the Healthcare.gov website debacle. The blame game has begun; however, in the end the buck stops with Barack Obama and his signature piece of legislation. HHS secretary Sebelius was in essence the project lead and was responsible for the contractors work was up to snuff. Obama is in charge of Sebelius. So no matter how anyone wants to deflect blame from Obama, this is on him.
This is why you never allow someone unqualified to run a country … And you voted him in twice, good grief!!!
Principal contractors hired to build the ObamaCare website HealthCare.gov are hitting back at the Obama administration for the site’s overwhelming technical problems.
Executives from CGI Federal and QSSI—the site’s main contractors—are among four companies testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday on the glitches.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “serves the important role of systems integrator or `quarterback’ on this project and is the ultimate responsible party for the end-to-end performance,” CGI’s Senior Vice President Cheryl Campbell said in prepared testimony, according to the Associated Press.
“No amount of testing within reasonable time limits can adequately replicate a live environment of this nature,” she added.
Campbell also said, according to The New York Times, that all of CGI Federal’s work was done “under the direction and supervision” of the Centers for Medicare ad Medicaid Services.
The report notes she blames “another contractor” for customers’ problems creating secure password-protected accounts, but didn’t identify the group. The Times said government records show QSSI had that responsibility.
Andy Slavitt, who represents QSSI’s parent company, said he also blamed the administration for the late decision to require consumers to create accounts before they could actually browse health plans. That change, he said, contributed to the overload.
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Says, “Obsolutely Yes,” Obamacare Just a Step Toward Single Payer Health Care System
Why is the following a surprise to anyone, this is the same thing Barack Obama said way back when … Welcome to Socialized Medicine.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law is a step toward an eventual all-out single-payer system where the government pays for health care costs instead of private insurers. Reid stated that we had to “work our way past” an insurance-based healthcare.” No kidding, really? Why do you think the penalty to not provide health insurance is only $2000? It is so that all businesses will throw their employees on the Obamacare health care exchanges, rather than pay for their insurance premiums themselves. Once that reaches the tipping point, private insurances carriers will be history. Is that what you want America, the government as the sole entity providing you healthcare? Because the government has done such a great job with the VA, Medicare and Medicaid. GOOD GRIEF!!!
Reid said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.”
“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said.
Don’t You Remember when candidate Obama said he was all for a single health care payer system? That was the plan all along.
They want to control your life from womb to grave. It’s just a matter of whether anyone in this country cares enough for the US Constitution and the founding of this country to care about liberty.
HHS Admits You Might Not Be Able to Keep Your Doctor Under Obamacare … But Obama Promised We Could, Guess What, He Lied!
Barack Obama, the Liar in Chief: Remember when President Barack Obama made the promise to the American people that under Obamacare they could keep their own doctors? Guess what, here is a shock, HE LIED!
Remember when Barack Obama made the following promises to the American people when it came to Obamacare: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor PERIOD! If you like your health care plan you will be able to keep your healthcare plan PERIOD! No one will take it away, no matter what!” Not so fast. This is the lie that Obama and his Democrat minions pushed to “We the People” and then passed the Obamacare law without one single Republican vote in the Senate or House. They knew they could not guarantee this promise at the time and said it anyhow to humor an apathetic public. Obamacare is a complete nightmare and is falling apart in front of our very eyes as it implodes upon the lies that it was built on.
As Obamacare was being pushed through Congress in 2010, the Obama administration and its allies were unequivocal in two claims: If you like your doctor and you like your current health care plan, you can keep them both. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and then-House speaker Nancy Pelosi backed the president fully in this regard. The White House even went so far as to post a “Health Insurance Reform Reality Check” on its website, where “Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform debunks the myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors.” President Obama upped the ante, putting the promise in the form of a “guarantee”:
THE PRESIDENT: Here is a guarantee that I’ve made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor. Nobody is trying to change what works in the system. We are trying to change what doesn’t work in the system.
While there has been sniping back and forth between the administration and its detractors about the real-world application and implementation of Obamacare, the new Healthcare.gov website has taken some of the mystery out of the controversy. And President Obama and his administration do not fare well in this latest “reality check.” Among the questions that HHS recently added to the website: “Can I keep my own doctor?“:
“Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor.” The bottom line is that Obamacare guarantees neither. Doctors may be only available through certain networks, just as in the current system. And only plans that existed in their current form on March 23, 2010, are even eligible to be “kept.” The vast majority of plans will be new, subject to a raft of new regulations, requirements, and restrictions.
So what happened to Obama’s promise that we could keep our doctor and healthcare if we wanted to? Remember this Obama lie as well when he stated that your insurance premiums would go down by 3000% and your employer would be able to give you a raise? Down? If Obama’s lips are moving, you know he is lying. Insurance premiums have skyrocketed because of Obamacare.
No Chance for Fraud Here, NOT!!! Obamacare Will Not Be Required to Verify Consumers’ Income and Health Insurance Status
What else could possibly be wrong with the implementation of Obamacare? This healthcare disaster needs to be completely scrapped and they need to start over from scratch.
The WAPO is reporting that the Obama administration is going to significantly scale back the Obamacare requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers’ income and health insurance status. Instead of having a strong verification system in place to determine eligibility, Obama and his minions are going to reply on the honor system consumer’ self-reporting. Who could possibly see an issue with that? The verification systems are meant to determine who qualifies for new benefits under the Affordable Care Act and who would get tax subsidies to purchase health insurance. Why on earth would we want to put controls in place so not to waste the tax payer’s hard earned money on fraud. Not in Obamaland where he believes in redistribution of wealth, whether its its fraudulent or not. Seriously, we are going to use the honor system? What could possibly go wrong here? As stated at Forbes, ‘Not Qualified For Obamacare’s Subsidies? Just Lie — Govt. To Use ‘Honor System’ Without Verifying Your Eligibility’. Can you say, Fraud, Fraud, Fraud? GOOD GRIEF!!!
The Obama administration announced Friday that it would significantly scale back the health law’s requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers’ income and health insurance status.
Instead, the federal government will rely more heavily on consumers’ self-reported information until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place.
The delay comes after a Tuesday announcement that the federal government would postpone for one year a requirement that employers with 50 or more full-time workers provide health coverage.
“I think that Health and Human Services is doing the best that it can under the circumstances,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a health policy professor at George Washington University.
The verification systems are meant to determine who qualifies for new benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The law includes tax subsidies to purchase health insurance for Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line, about $45,000 for an individual.
How ironic is it that Obama’s signature piece of legislation would be rife with fraud and the ability to be eligible by just saying so? Does this man care anything about the law or tax payer’s money?