Add this to the list of items about which Nancy Pelosi warned we wouldnât know until we passed ObamaCare. Opponents of ObamaCare warned that the federal government couldnât possibly design a system that would account for the millions and billions of choices made and changes handled in the health-care sector, but most of us figured that they could at least design a system that handled the most basic change of all to families (via Instapundit):
Thereâs another quirk in the Obama administrationâs new health insurance system: It lacks a way for consumers to quickly and easily update their coverage for the birth of a baby and other common life changes.
With regular private insurance, parents just notify the health plan. Insurers will still cover new babies, the administration says, but parents will also have to contact the government at some point later on.
Right now the HealthCare.gov website canât handle such updates.
Itâs a reminder that the new coverage for many uninsured Americans comes with a third party in the mix: the feds. And the systemâs wiring for some vital federal functions isnât yet fully connected.
Thatâs not the only family change that Healthcare.gov canât handle properly. It canât deal with marriages, or divorces, or deaths in the family, or income changes, or moving to new houses, according to Yahooâs Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. In fact, it looks like the new system just assumes that everything will remain static from the enrollment period until âŚ eternity.
Insurers warned HHS that they needed to have this functionality from the start. Bob Laszewski, who anticipated most of the problems in the Healthcare.gov rollout, calls this what it is:
âItâs just another example of âWeâll fix that later,ââ said Bob Laszewski, an industry consultant who said heâs gotten complaints from several insurer clients. âThis needed to be done well before January. Itâs sort of a fly-by-night approach.â
Itâs more like a freeze-by-night approach in effect. It raises significant questions about potentially significant gaps in the system for choices that are more nuanced than basic. After all, if they couldnât get a system to handle new babies, what else canât it handle? This is right out of F. A. Hayekâs Road to Serfdom, which explains in great detail why central control over economies are doomed to failure.
By the way, Oregon has dumped its second high-ranking official over the ObamaCare failure in the state:
The man who led Oregonâs problem-plagued health insurance exchange has submitted his resignation. âŚ
King came under fire when the online enrollment system failed to go live in October. The stateâs online exchange still hasnât launched and Oregon has had to rely exclusively on paper applications.
King is the second official connected to the exchange to resign. Carolyn Lawson, chief information officer for the Oregon Health Authority who oversaw most of the exchangeâs development, resigned in mid-December.