5 things we didn’t learn from Obamacare ‘operational update’

5 things we didn’t learn from Obamacare ‘operational update’

1) How many people have successfully enrolled in Obamacare through the federal website, Healthcare.gov?

“Nearly 700,000 applications for coverage have been submitted across the nation,” [Julie] Bataille [communications director for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] said.

But this doesn’t really tell us much because it includes not only residents of 36 states served by the federal exchange, but the 14 states plus the District of Columbia that have set up their own exchanges (such as mega-states New York and California). The state-based websites have functioned much better, so the actual number of people who applied through Healthcare.gov is likely to be well below 700,000.

2) Who is working on the “tech surge”?

The Obama administration has touted a “tech surge” of great minds brought in to fix the problems confronting the system, but other than former Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeff Zients, the names of the individuals and companies involved have remained a mystery. The call didn’t change that.

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