Even the sign in button is broken.7:01 AM, Jul 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Colorado's 9News reviews its state's Obamacare exchange and finds that it's "clunky, counterintuitive, and confusing." The site was built with a $179 million grant from the federal government, but even the sign in button doesn't work.
"Clunky, counterintuitive, and confusing, that's the review of the website for Colorado's health care exchange written by 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman," says the anchor. "Brandon managed to get a plan he and his family were happy with from the Connect for Helath Colorado but he argues that happened despite the state's website. For starters, the sign in button on the front page doesn't work. Here's what customer support told Brandon about that."
"As a user, that's not where you go. Instead, they've come up with a 6- click work around after nine months of selling plans. You go over here, view your options, that's 1. Sign in, 2. Click the little box, 3. Submit it, 4. And now we get a sign in button, click that, 5. And put in your account information and log in, that's click number 6," the reporter explains.
The anchor goes on to explain, "Colorado received $179 million in federal grants to build the state's health care exchange, including the website."
Says the other anchor, "For $179 million, it should be, you know, easier to navigate."
Cash wasted on this clunker.10:45 AM, Mar 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The state of Maryland has encountered many setbacks in its attempt to get a health care website up and running smoothly. (Sound familiar?) And now, it has run up the white flag.
Obamacare is keeping health care costs down, by making it difficult to access exchanges.10:02 AM, Mar 10, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
My wife woke up Saturday with a badly swollen knee. We had no idea what could have caused it—her hot yoga class puts her in poses that put stress on the knee but she didn't remember the knee hurting during her last session.
Coming to Maryland.9:01 AM, Mar 4, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The state agency in charge of Maryland's beleaguered Obamacare Marketplace, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), is looking to establish a standing advisory committee to provide the board of the MHBE advice and input on a "broad range of policy issues." The MHBE sent out a letter to "stakeholders" this week who might have an interest in serving on the committee.
9:01 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
Despite my earnest intentions, my family and I are still not covered on the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange. I am beginning to despair that I will ever obtain insurance from the exchange.
9:51 AM, Dec 26, 2013 • By IKE BRANNON
After a month of trying, I still can't complete an application to join the D.C. Health Exchange. For a week, the Obamacare marketplace asked me to prove my citizenship, my daughter's existence, and my fixed address in the District of Columbia, but it would not allow me to submit the requested material.
8:08 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration began emphasizing the option of applying for insurance through the Obamacare Marketplace with a paper application ever since it became apparent that the online process at Healthcare.gov was riddled with problems.
1:02 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In mid-October, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange quietly postponed all of the forums it had scheduled to inform small businesses about the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), as we reported.
7:35 AM, Oct 28, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Beginning with a speech last Thursday, President Obama is seeking to rejuvenate his administration's push to alter immigration laws and perhaps draw some attention away from the Obamacare launch debacle that has been dominating the headlines for much of October.
8:37 AM, Oct 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
As the boss said on TV a couple days ago, the next move for the GOP should be to pass a bill that essentially says, "If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it."
4:05 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Vermont has agreed to a $2.8-million contract with a D.C.-based public affairs firm to promote the state's health insurance exchange mandated by Obamacare. As Vermont-based watchdog site vtdigger.org reported earlier this week, the administration of Democratic governor Peter Shumlin is paying nearly a third of its $9-million, federally-funded Obamacare "messaging" budget to GMMB, which has offices on K Street in Washington, D.C., as well as in Seattle.
3:12 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
10:36 AM, Oct 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A local Iowa affiliate reports that it could confirm only 5 people in that state have signed up for Obamacare:
The "system doesn't seem to be working for most who log-on," says the local reporter. "We tried multiple times on Wednesday to see how long it would take to set up an account to try to shop the rates from the plans. Each time we logged in, within 5 minutes, the system was down."
12:08 PM, Oct 9, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Tuesday morning, THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported that the doctor search feature on the Maryland Health Connection Obamacare insurance exchange was not yet operational and returned a "no doctors are found" message.