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With the clock ticking, Covered California mails flawed letters to 114,000 households

posted at 4:56 pm on December 18, 2013 by

This shouldn’t be a problem.  I mean, the cut-off for selecting a plan in order to be covered in January is five whole days from now (even as some insurers are complying with the administration’s menacing “suggestion” to extend payment deadlines):

Adding to consumer confusion ahead of a major enrollment deadline, California’s health insurance exchange sent flawed eligibility notices to nearly 114,000 households due to a computer error. The Covered California exchange said the letters sent from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7 had blank spaces or missing information on people’s eligibility for insurance or federal premium subsidies. “The letters would say you are eligible for Covered California, but you are ineligible for blank,” said exchange spokeswoman Anne Gonzales. “It seemed to contradict whether the enrollee was eligible. It was confusing to people.”  Ben Amante of Costa Mesa received one of the letters last weekend and said he couldn’t understand what it meant for his insurance application for himself and his daughter. “One short paragraph said you’re qualified and the next one says you’re not qualified,” Amante said. “Insurance companies are looking a lot better now after dealing with Covered California.” … The inaccurate letters triggered increased calls to the state’s three service centers, which are already straining to handle high volume. The average wait time topped 36 minutes at last count.

And who doesn’t have more than half an hour to sit on hold during this famously non-busy time of year?  More than one million Californians have been stripped of their existing coverage thanks to Obamacare; the state says it has enrolled 159,000 people in Obamacare through its exchange, as of “early December.”  You do the math.  Over on the East Coast, another insurer has announced that it will not renew coverage for roughly 100,000 New Jerseyans whose individual market plans do not comply with the new law’s mandates:

Another 100,000 people in New Jersey with health plans that do not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act will be shopping for coverage next year. AmeriHealth of New Jersey, which covers more than 100,000 people in individual and small-group health plans, announced Tuesday that it will not renew 2013 health plans that do not comply with the new health care law next year. That brings the total of New Jersey residents with individual and small-group plans that can’t be renewed next year to more than 680,000.

Thoughts, Mr. President?

This claim has now been ranked as the “lie of the year” by both Politifact and the Washington Post.  If only the media had been sufficiently skeptical back in 2010, this entire mess may have been avoided.  They weren’t, for reasons they’re willing to cop to now that Their Precious has been safely re-elected. Friendly reminder: It’s going to get worse.

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It seems there’s not one competent person anywhere at any level who is associated with ObamaCare.

INC on December 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

But hey, when we finally get things worked out, it’s going to be awesome. Trust us.

Flange on December 18, 2013 at 5:02 PM

It seems there’s not one competent person anywhere at any level who is associated with ObamaCare.

INC on December 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Wait till you witness the ruthless efficiency of the death panels.

Murphy9 on December 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Murphy9 on December 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

You’re right! I forgot about that.

INC on December 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

It seems there’s not one competent person anywhere at any level who is associated with ObamaCare.

INC on December 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM

My theory is that “Idiocracy” has arrived. I’m just waiting for Dear Leader to show up at the State of the Union dressed in an Elvis American Flag jump suit, firing an AR-15.

NavyMustang on December 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

NavyMustang on December 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

:D

INC on December 18, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Save us, pajama-boy!

Deafdog on December 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Save us, pajama-boy!

Deafdog on December 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM

He can’t, he put both legs thru the backdoor flap of his onesies. He’ll be tied up for hours.

HumpBot Salvation on December 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Skeptical? Hell, they were too busy kissing his ass.

GarandFan on December 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Obamacare :

You’re eligible, but you’re not eligible.

Period.

MichaelGabriel on December 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Remember the left’s reactions when Jim Demint said Ocare would be Barky’s Waterloo?

Was he right?…………..yeah.

FOWG1 on December 18, 2013 at 6:42 PM

That brings the total of New Jersey residents with individual and small-group plans that can’t be renewed next year to more than 680,000.

Maybe Chris Christie can put on a onesie – Guy would like that.

Hill60 on December 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Just imagine, if the tea party hadn’t run their slate of socially conservative “new earth” Senate candidates back in 2010, we wouldn’t have obama care today, and Colorado wouldn’t be stuck with that tool Bennet.

Bandit13 on December 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Just imagine, if the tea party hadn’t run their slate of socially conservative “new earth” Senate candidates back in 2010, we wouldn’t have obama care today
Bandit13 on December 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM

How do you figure that? Obysmalcare became law in March of 2010, several months BEFORE the 2010 elections.

SheVee on December 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

SheVee on December 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM

And thus ends the thread…nicely done.

It always amazes me that people who make goofy posts, never come back and apologize…they just fade away.

right2bright on December 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM