#Obamacare opening day: worse than we thought

**Posted by Phineas

"Obamacare has arrived"
“Obamacare has arrived”

No wonder they could only sign up six people nationwide:

The contractor documents are an up-close look at the asteroid field of issues with the Obamacare launch.

According to the war room notes: On day one, October 1, the system mistakenly rejected 90% of Medicaid applicants. The next day, estimates counted 40,000 people in the HealthCare.gov waiting room, while just 100 people had enrolled. By day three, it was clear that insurers were not getting the data for people who had signed up for their plans.

Systemwide issues were compounded by more isolated problems. On day six, Utah asked to shut down its exchange because the main insurance provider in the state had not been able to set up its template in the system. A few days later, on October 9, contractor notes say that the entire system has skipped some questions or information for 30% of all applicants.

But they’ll have things fixed for the post-Thanksgiving rush to meet the December 15th deadline for having coverage by New Year’s Day. You betcha.

I’d call this a clown-car operation, but then I would have to find a clown to apologize to.

via Bryan Preston, who notes that, even after all the problems, some people are still true believers.

(Where “true believers” means “suckers.”)

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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