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Administration Admits New Health Care Exchanges are Flawed
President Obama held a press conference yesterday to address the massive problems American are experiencing with the new health care exchanges. Frustration with the new online-based exchanges have captured the focus of Capitol Hill, the Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (federal agency in charge of the new law).
Whether you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act, the fact remains…it’s not ready. That is not to say that the “glitches” won’t be worked out; however, at this point, it is worth waiting to enroll. The exchanges have attracted more than 20 million people to date, with approximately 500,000 filling out applications. Though the Administration stated that they are working to fix problems and issues within the system, there is good reason (at this time) to wait until the “bugs” are worked out. There is plenty of time to research available information before buying insurance by the Jan. 1, 2014, enactment date.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is set to testify on Capitol Hill next week. Secretary Sebelius is certain to get grilled by Members of Congress regarding the exchange websites. Remember, the new health care law is a mandate.