Yesterday was the deadline to sign up for or to re-enroll in ObamaCare for coverage starting January 1 of next year. This year’s enrollment period was short and sweeter than last year’s nightmare. This enrollment period was not the nightmare of last year, but early indications are that the Administration is still facing strong headwinds.
We don’t have the final numbers as of today, but it is clear that rising and other problems still beset ObamaCare.
Fox News reports:
… Many returning customers are contending with premium increases generally in the mid-to-high single digits, but much more in some cases.
New wrinkles have kept popping up, even with seemingly simple features of the Affordable Care Act.
For example, most current customers who do nothing will be automatically renewed Jan. 1 in the plan they now are in. At this point, it looks like that is what a majority intends to do.
While that may sound straightforward, it's not.
By staying in their current plans, people can get locked into a premium increase and miss out on lower-priced plans for 2015. Not only that, they also will keep their 2014 subsidies, which may be less than what they legally would be entitled to for next year.
Doing nothing appears to be a particularly bad idea for people who turned 21 this year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington group that advocates for low-income people.
Researchers at the center estimate that 21-year-olds will see a 58 percent increase in the sticker price for their premiums just because they're a year older.
The Administration is measuredly quiet on their enrollment efforts this year. Following last year’s rollout that exposed how inept and unprepared they were to launch this sweeping new government program, they are right to be humble.
However, they are not out of the woods yet. A year later, there are still concerns that attention has been paid to the customer-facing front end of the website but not to the backend data collection, verification, and transfer functions. It's quite possible we'll see some problems related to that missing functionality soon.
However, even if all goes well with technology, that is still just a surface problem to the fundmental issues with ObamaCare. This healthcare law made big promises and failed to deliver on them. A website won't fix that.