Another glitch found in the #Obamacare website

Posted by: ST on March 21, 2014 at 11:27 am
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And, like the others, it turns out this glitch is a pretty big deal:

>A newly discovered glitch in the main ObamaCare website reportedly is giving thousands of people the wrong information about whether they qualify for premium subsidies.

The Philadelphia Inquirer discovered the glitch while entering hypothetical incomes into the calculator on HealthCare.gov. The newspaper found that the calculator is using the wrong year’s poverty guidelines — a simple mistake that, for months, has resulted in would-be enrollees getting inaccurate guidance.

Because of the glitch, some people may be initially told they qualify for subsidies when they don’t. Others may be told they don’t qualify when they do.

It’s unclear how many people have been affected, but the mistake raises the possibility that thousands are giving up the hunt for insurance after being told, inaccurately, that they don’t qualify for government aid.

“It’s just another one of those, ‘Why did they do that?'” Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, told the Inquirer.

HealthCare.gov, and some of the state-run sites, were marred by technical problems after they launched last October. Many of those problems have been addressed, but the Inquirer report shows that glitches are still being rooted out.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reportedly plans to fix the newly discovered problem with the income calculator. A spokesman told the newspaper there is a “small difference” but “we will change this tool for clarity.”

Stay tuned …

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  1. Phineas says:

    And what happens to those who were told they qualified for a subsidy, but really don’t? Will they have to give back the money? Will HHS pursue it in court?

    I’m trying to figure out when the definition of “glitch” changed from “minor technical problem” to “big honking screw up.”

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Remember the IRS is the enforcement wing of this disastrous policy blunder. It should now be obvious why so many states stayed out of the game.

    “With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,
    Confusion worse confounded.–Milton, “Paradise Lost”

  3. ST says:

    And what happens to those who were told they qualified for a subsidy, but really don’t? Will they have to give back the money? Will HHS pursue it in court?

    Good question!

  4. Carlos says:

    Of course they will pursue all of them. Gotta pay for the emperor’s and his family’s vacations somehow, and it’s for darned sure he ain’t gonna use his own dime. Never has, never will. It’s the Chicago way.