Today our Dear Reader began his “rebranding” campaign for his pathetic health care scheme, pronouncing Mission Accomplished, and yet, as we have noted many times here and on The Teri O’Brien Show, the actual process of making sure that insurance consumers’ information makes its way securely to the insurance companies to complete enrollment is far from fixed.
President Barack Obama’s administration has found a short-term fix to pay insurance companies for plans selected on HealthCare.gov, the not-yet-complete government website used to shop for insurance required under Obama’s healthcare program.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet finished building the part of the website that would transfer billions of dollars in subsidies for plan premiums and cost-sharing payments to insurance companies.
It is part of a long technical to-do list that has so far focused on fixing the errors and lag times in the part of the website used by consumers.
The administration recently overhauled HealthCare.gov after its botched launch two months ago. The fixes are now expected to allow millions of Americans to shop for insurance.
The heathcare program faces a critical test to enroll hundreds of thousands of people by Dec. 23, the deadline for people who need insurance coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014.
Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for CMS, said the government will make the payments to insurers for premium tax credits and cost sharing on time.
“We are committed to making sure they get paid in January and we will continue to work with them on that process,” she told reporters.
The administration is planning a “workaround” for payments, said Daniel Durham, vice president for policy and regulatory affairs at America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Health plans will estimate how much they are owed, and submit that estimate to the government. Once the system is built, the government and insurers can reconcile the payments made with the plan data to “true up” payments, he said. (emphasis mine)
Perhaps this is what Barack Obama was telling the insurance company execs that he had up the White House last month, as in, “save my bacon by making me no longer a liar, at least on this one promise that ‘if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,’ and we’ll make sure that you are bailed out.”
Crony capitalism. It’s the Chicago Way doncha know.