October 13, 2013
YOU SHOULD BE PUT IN AN HSA BY DEFAULT ANYWAY:
From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal (ROBERT PEAR, SHARON LaFRANIERE and IAN AUSTEN. October 12, 2013, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2013 8:33 AMIn March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration's new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site's debut. "Let's just make sure it's not a third-world experience," he told them.Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized.For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which has refused to say how many people have enrolled through the federal exchange.Even some supporters of the Affordable Care Act worry that the flaws in the system, if not quickly fixed, could threaten the fiscal health of the insurance initiative, which depends on throngs of customers to spread the risk and keep prices low.