But the first challenge will just be getting the website to work. And if history is any indicator, we’re in for a bumpy ride…
November 21, 2013 – Days Before Launch, Obamacare Website Failed to Handle Even 500 Users
HealthCare.gov was unable to consistently handle 500 users at once in the testing, and tests failed with 2,000 users over a three-day period, according to a series of emails between members of the information technology team at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.
December 15, 2013 – Obamacare’s Troubles Are Only Beginning
The White House is claiming that the Healthcare.gov website is mostly fixed, that the millions of Americans whose health plans were canceled thanks to government rules may be able to keep them for another year, and that in any event these people will get better plans through ObamaCare exchanges. Whatever the truth of these assertions, those who expect better days ahead for the Affordable Care Act are in for a rude awakening. The shocks—economic and political—will get much worse next year and beyond.
February 13, 2014 – One-Fifth of New Enrollees Under Health Care Law Fail to Pay First Premium
Obama administration officials said they did not know how many people signing up for coverage had paid their premiums because the government had not finished building the “back end” of the computer systems needed to pay insurers.
July 30, 2014 – Report: Cost of HealthCare.Gov Approaching $1 Billion
As it became clear that the building of HealthCare.gov was not going smoothly, federal officials approved additional expenditures to contractors, including CGI Federal, the lead company hired to build the website. The GAO, he says, found approximately 40 instances in which CMS employees approved additional spending totaling $30 million.
And if these headlines are too serious, here’s a chuckle (warning: it’s still bad news):
Unfortunately though, the failures of Healthcare.gov and the President’s health care law as a whole — are no laughing matter. Whether it’s a working website, costs, or doctor availability, millions of Americans are finding broken promises. While Saturday will bring a second Healthcare.gov, it will not bring the solutions Americans are looking for. House Republicans will continue to work towards resolving our health care law, replacing it step by step, focusing on the patient and their care.