The rich, after all, don’t rely on Obamacare for their coverage. Everybody else? Yeah, well. About that.
It’s a batting average that won’t land the federal marketplace for Obamacare into the Healthcare Hall of Fame.
As few as 1 in 100 applications on the federal exchange contains enough information to enroll the applicant in a plan, several insurance industry sources told CNBC on Friday. Some of the problems involve how the exchange’s software collects and verifies an applicant’s data.
Low traffic* you can deal with. Bad site architecture you can deal with. Even poor selection you can deal with. But the problem here – which is that a lot of people who think that they have gotten through the process have not, and thus are at high risk of not having insurance in January – is a really, really critical one for the administration. And I don’t know how seriously they’re taking it: if I was running this thing and it was my good name on the line I’d never have let things get this bad in the first place.
But then, I don’t think that I’m a Greek demigod.
*Judging from the ubiquitous complaint that you have to access the site multiple times on multiple days in order to navigate through the setup process, I’m treating the official traffic numbers as being heavily inflated.
Holy cow! 99% fail rate on enrollment. Obamacare for the 1% only. http://t.co/tKR15I1oDR
— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) October 5, 2013