As an inaugural member of Obamacare, albeit somewhat unwillingly, I read with trepidation the announcement by the government that the website healthcare.gov is being tweaked in preparation of open enrollment. Open enrollment begins November lst.
Why trepidation? Because those of us who survived the launch of Obamacare 1.0 in Fall of 2013 definitely recall all the debacle of their website and the angst trying to a) gain access to the website b) gain access to accurate information c) obtain prices and … I could go on, but it was one hot mess. In 2014 Bloomberg Government detailed the cost of launching Obamacare and healthcare.gov at $73 billion dollars. Billion.
As November 1 approaches purchasers of health insurance on the marketplace are anxiously awaiting notification of our costs for the next year. Which plans will be offered? Will our current plan be continued? And if continued at what cost? Of course whether insurance is affordable is always open to debate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) There have been positives and negatives of the ACA from my viewpoint. I will expand upon those in a future post after rates are posted for open enrollment.
Open enrollment does bring back the memories of 2013 and my take on healthcare.gov at that time….
Sing along to the tune of Let It Snow….
Oh healthcare.gov remains frightful,
And the website is so glitchlightful,
and since we have no place to go,
Let it work, let it work, let it work!
It doesn’t show signs of stopping,
the errors remain eye popping,
The optimisim is turned down low,
Let It work, let it work, let it work!
And when the website finally works, how I’ll love to see the actual policy;
But if the premiums estimates are right, All the way to my home I’ll be cryin.
Oh the time is quickly ticking, and the administration has taken a lickin,
But as long as obamacare is with us, Let It work, Let It work, let It work!