ObamaCare Clusterfuck: 10% of ObamaCare Federal enrollments could contain coverage-preventing errors
An estimated 10 percent of all enrollments now being made on the federal Obamacare marketplace contain data errors that could delay people from actually getting health coverage, officials disclosed Friday.
And that error rate for enrollments submitted via HealthCare.gov and then sent to insurers before December was an estimated 25 percent, officials revealed.
The rate fell in the past week, officials said, because of repair efforts to HealthCare.gov's, particular the discovery and fix of one particular software problem that was causing an estimated 80 percent of data errors, officials said.*
But both past and present error rates are much higher than 1 percent, the rate which insurers considered to be unacceptable when doing business outside the Obamacare exchanges. And they are raising serious questions about whether significant numbers of people will actually be without insurance Jan. 1 despite believing they have enrolled.
So, you roll up to the hospital in your ambulance thinking you're covered, and what then? Don't worry, we'll straighten out the paperwork later? Why don't I think this will work?
The thing that boggles my mind (and I'm not easily boggled at this point) is that they launched this monstrosity without end-to-end testing, thereby treating all the intitial enrollees as unwitting test subjects. Fine, I suppose, if you're launching an iPhone app for goateed hipsters, but not when you're messing around with people's health. And remember, a staggering 25% of the early adopters -- almost by definition those who need insurance the most, so the very sickest and the most in need -- are most at risk for seeking care thinking they're covered, and finding they're not. It's exactly the most vulnerable that the ObamaCare launch is, with laser-like precision, harming. Just like HAMP.
I'm beginning to think it makes sense to advocate for sending ObamaCare into a death spiral because these people simply do not give a shit. They're not to be trusted with our health, or anyone's health.
NOTE * So that was the easy one. Remember also, these are 834 errors; they were the #1 priority for Zeintz and his genius tech team, and they still haven't met their goal, despite -- and I know this will surprise you -- the victory declaration on November 1 for site problems.
UPDATE And lest we think 10% is an acceptable error rate, it isn't. 10 errors in 99 words. Now imagine megabytes of this stuff:
Quick zephyrs blow, vexing FUCKED Jim. Sphinx of FUCKED quartz, judge my vow. The five FUCKED wizards jump quickly. Pack my box with five FUCKED liquor jugs. The quick FUCKED fox jumps over the lazy dog. Jinxed wizards pluck ivy from the FUCKED quilt. FUCKED Fredrick bought many very exquisite opal jewels. We promptly judged antique FUCKED buckles for the next prize. A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his FUCKED opponent. Jaded zombies acted quaintly but kept driving their oxen forward. The job requires extra pluck and zeal from every FUCKED wage earner.
And the errors in 834s are probably a lot more subtle.