Healthcare.gov Delivering False Hope To Medicaid Sign-Ups, And No Medicaid

More government “compassion” is on display. Early on we were told that many of the alleged Obamacare “successes” were actually people being told that they qualified for Medicaid.

But those successes were actually failures, especially from the point of view of those who think they are now covered by Medicaid. Healthcare.gov is delivering nothing but false promises.

Take a moment to savor the perfect irony.

According to Politico.com.

Another under-the-radar Obamacare malfunction could stymie January health coverage for some of the nation’s poorest people, state Medicaid officials say.

And that’s casting a shadow on one of the parts of the Affordable Care Act that’s actually working quite well— sign-ups for Medicaid, which is being expanded under the health law.

Thirty-six states are relying on the malfunctioning enrollment system, HealthCare.gov, to handle new Medicaid applications. If the system worked as designed, the applications would be approved by the feds and then transmitted to states, which would finalize them and begin coverage for the newly enrolled on Jan. 1.

But HealthCare.gov hasn’t begun transferring those applications yet. The Obama administration has delayed the process twice and hasn’t made public a new start date. If it’s not up and running by December, several state Medicaid officials meeting in Washington warned Tuesday, those would-be enrollees might miss the start of new coverage.

And they might not even know it until they show up at a clinic or a doctor’s office or a hospital and try to get care. After all, they had signed up — and wouldn’t necessarily know they were caught in another Obamacare glitch.

So what are the chances of the website working by December? According to the Washington Post, that is probably not going to happen.

Software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised, according to an official with knowledge of the project…

Government workers and technical contractors racing to repair the Web site have concluded, the official said, that the only way for large numbers of Americans to enroll in the health-care plans soon is by using other means so that the online system isn’t overburdened.

This inside view of the halting nature of HealthCare.gov repairs is emerging as the insurance industry is working behind the scenes on contingency plans, in case the site continues to have problems. And it calls into question the repeated assurances by the White House and other top officials that the insurance exchange will work smoothly for the vast majority of Americans by Nov. 30…

The need for what the official called a “divide-and-conquer strategy” for enrollment puts more emphasis on alternative methods for buying health plans. These methods include federal call centers and insurance companies that sell policies directly to customers — paths that are hobbled for now by some of the same technical problems affecting the federal Web site.

So, if I understand the Washinton Post story correctly, we are supposed to avoid the website, because it has problems, and instead go to “alternative methods” that are dependent on the same website and affected by the same problems. Does that make any sense?

Among many other problems, this indicates that people who think they have Medicaid coverage may soon find out that, not only don’t they have it, but that it is too late to get it.

Just how often to for-profit insurance companies mess up their websites this badly and take this long to fix them?

Businesses care about their customers. Yes we live in an imperfect world and bad things happen in business all the time. But we are now seeing what happens when promises are made without a profit motive, and it is an ugly and destructive picture.

These people who qualify for Medicaid are about to learn how much bureaucracies love them. And the answer is less than nothing.

By the way, which is worse?: Believing private society should help the needy, or creating a massive and expensive government program to provide the needy with false assurance and no help?