ObamaCare turns five this week, but not many Americans are celebrating. The President promised his health care overhaul would lower costs and improve access to care. Instead, all we’ve seen are rising premiums, canceled plans, and a failed website with a $1.7 billion price tag.
To commemorate the 5-year anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law, the House Republican Conference is sharing five stories every day for five days. Submitted to us via GOP.gov/YourStory, these stories come from Americans in all corners of the country living under the consequences of the Democrats’ one-size-fits-all approach to health care.
Nothing epitomizes the ObamaCare experience like Healthcare.gov, the website the Obama Administration created for health care enrollment. Check out these five articles from the past five years — they highlight the glitches, confusion, and costs — in both money and headaches — induced by Healthcare.gov.
“Days Before Launch, Obamacare Website Failed to Handled Even 500 Users”
Reuters, November 21, 2013
“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.
“The troubled rollout has been deeply embarrassing for Obama, who had promised up to the launch of the website that it would make shopping for plans as easy as buying televisions on Amazon.
“Obama has said his team would not have launched the site had it known how badly it would perform.“
“Poorly Managed HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million, Watchdog Finds”
Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2014
“The watchdog said the Obama administration wanted to withhold payments to CGI in August 2013 but ultimately decided to work with the contractor to try to get the site ready for its fall launch. The GAO also said the initial contract with Accenture had been for $91 million but had already grown to $175 million by June 2014 due to additional requirements—and key components, including a financial-management model, were still not ready.
“‘The Obama administration was not up to the job, and American taxpayers are now paying the price,’ said Tim Murphy (R., Pa.).”
“US Won’t Reveal Records On Health Website Security”
Associated Press, August 19, 2014
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a request by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act for documents about the kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federally funded HealthCare.gov.
“Government cyber-security experts were also worried that state computers linking to a federal system that verifies the personal information of insurance applicants were vulnerable to attack. About a week before the launch of HealthCare.gov, a federal review found significant differences in states’ readiness.”
“Consumers Deal With Insurance Deadline, Site Glitches”
USA Today, August 28, 2014
“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent letters to about 310,000 consumers two weeks ago, telling them they need to submit proof of their citizenship or immigration status by Sept. 5 or their insurance will be canceled at the end of the month.
“Even if accounts can be opened, documentation often can’t be uploaded, Colvin says. When it is, CMS often says it hasn’t been received, says insurance agent Ronnell Nolan, who heads Health Agents for America.”
“Behind the Curtain, Troubles Persists In HealthCare.gov”
Politico, February 17, 2015
“The ‘back end’ of the Obamacare website still isn’t properly wired to the health insurance companies. It’s slow going for health plans to make sure the 11.4 million people who have signed up end up in the right plan. Subsidy payments aren’t automated, so the insurers get payments based on estimates. And adding information like a marriage or the birth of a child is a convoluted, multi-step process.
“The back end isn’t broken so much as it’s unfinished. It wasn’t constructed in time for it to be part of the botched website launch in the fall of 2013; one administration official told a congressional hearing that it was 40 percent incomplete. And it’s not totally done now, although it’s gotten closer.”
Five years of ObamaCare is five too many. That’s why House Republicans are working hard to repeal and replace ObamaCare with an open, bottom-up, patient-centered plan that increases choice and lowers costs for you and your families.