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DC ObamaCare exchange warns Hill staffers not to trust it

DC ObamaCare exchange warns Hill staffers not to trust it

I’ve been wondering when the general public will receive a formal warning that information from all ObamaCare exchanges, most definitely including the federal one, cannot be trusted.  Everyone who thinks they have signed up for a health care plan needs to verify their enrollment manually.  None of the information emanating from Healthcare.gov and its little state satellites of failure can be presumed reliable.

It looks like the general public will be left twisting in the wind until the last possible moment, but the red alert just went out to Capitol Hill staffers, as reported by The Hill:

Capitol Hill staffers who signed up for ObamaCare through the Washington, D.C., healthcare exchange, called DC Health Link (DCHL), are being told to confirm their enrollments in person, and not to rely on data provided by the website.

The Hill obtained an email sent to staffers on Wednesday warning them, “it is essential that you confirm your coverage in DCHL through the Disbursing Office.”

Do not rely on your ‘My Account’ page or other correspondence from DCHL,” the email reads.

“Please do not assume you are covered unless you have seen the confirmation letter from the Disbursing Office,” the email continues.

The Catch-22 Care Act thanks you for your support.

The DC exchange already worked out an extended enrollment period due to technical difficulties, which currently extends through December 16.  I would imagine the stampede of staffers seeking to confirm the validity of their health insurance is going to make things a bit tense around the DC Health Link offices for the rest of the holiday season.  Say, what about everyone else who tried to enroll through DC Health Link?  Are they going to get warnings too, or is this just a special consideration extended to congressional staff?

How much worse is this all going to get during the alleged “surge” of enrollments the media has been touting today?  The Hill says there’s a pile of 30,000 enrollments in need of hand-checking as it stands, and that’s from the comatose October and slightly twitching November.  According to reports over the past week, the system is still spitting out between 10 and 25 percent bad data.  That seems like an awful lot of old-fashioned paper to shuffle in a very short period of time, especially for a system that was supposed to be the model of high-tech convenience.  What happens if the five million people who lost insurance due to ObamaCare all show up and start trying to buy coverage?

 

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