If these guys feel like they’re free to speak this freely, it must be unbelievably awful:
‘So much wrong’ with Obamacare sites: Aetna CEO
Aetna (AET)’s CEO gave a harshly critical review of the federal government’s Obamacare marketplace Tuesday, saying “there’s so much wrong, you just don’t know what’s broken until you get a lot more of it fixed.”
Asked on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” if he knew the roll-out of the federal Healthcare.gov website would be problematic, Aetna chief Mark Bertolini said his giant insurance company’s role as an alpha tester for the system gave it a sense of how many problems the health insurance marketplace was facing on the eve of launch.
“We were pretty nervous as we got further along,” Bertolini said. “As they started missing deadlines, we were pretty convinced it was going to be a difficult launch.”
Since then, Bertolini said his fears have been realized, and the technological debacle seen at Healthcare.gov is one similar to just the handful he’s witnessed in his career.
“It’s nothing you ever like to repeat,” he said. “Because it’s very difficult. I’ve been there. It’s career-ending in a lot of cases.”
‘On the fly’
“It’s all been on the fly,” Bertolini said of the construction of the marketplace, and the integration of insurers like Aetna whose plans are being offered for sale to up 40 million customers.
“We didn’t get code drops until the last month before the system went live,” he said.
They should pull the plug.
They won’t — unless someone pulls the plug on the money (hint, hint to GOP). They need to be saved from themselves.