ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Covered California to slip October 1 launch date?
This is what project managers do when they can't deliver on poorly architected bloatware like ObamaCare: They triage functionality, slip deadlines, and say "everything's fine. Really!" LA Times:
Less than six weeks before the launch of a major healthcare overhaul, California officials are scrambling to get their online enrollment system ready in time.
Thursday, the state's new health insurance marketplace said its website may not be fully operational Oct. 1 when consumer enrollment begins under the Affordable Care Act. But officials said they would know more after the results of key computer tests early next month.
This month, Oregon said its online enrollment wouldn't be ready Oct. 1 and it would take only paper and phone applications from consumers for the first few weeks.
Oh, Oregon too?
"We have not made that call yet," said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, which is implementing the federal health law in the state. If online enrollment isn't immediately available, Lee said, there would be other ways to sign up through call centers, enrollment counselors and agents before coverage kicks in Jan. 1. "The date we care about is Jan. 1 when coverage takes effect."
Still, there is concern that even a short postponement in online enrollment may turn off some potential participants. But officials think a minimal delay wouldn't significantly hamper sign-ups. Open enrollment in the insurance exchange will run from Oct. 1 to March 31 in the first year.
But some provisions of the health law have already been delayed at the federal level, and health-policy experts say more missed deadlines could embolden critics and further undercut tepid public support for the controversial overhaul.
So, how are all those 18 to 34-year-olds Obama's Big Data Brains are targeting going to feel about paper forms?