March 9, 2014

Obamacare’s Payment System Starts Leaking Like a Sieve

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:44 pm

I guess the working philosophy is “No problem, just pay it all.”

After all, it’s only taxpayer money:

Costs of ObamaCare bungles start to add up, with Maryland first at about $30.5M

Maryland could end up spending as much as $30.5 million as a result of a glitch in its ObamaCare website, as the Obama administration steps in to help states with problematic exchanges.

Because of Maryland’s defective exchange, the state cannot determine whether customers remain eligible for Medicaid, according to a report by state budget analysts released Thursday.

As a result, the state has agreed with the federal government to a six-month delay in determining eligibility, meaning that payments will continue to be made to customers who are not eligible until the system is fixed. The delay will cost the state $17.8 million in fiscal 2014 and $12.7 million in fiscal 2015, the analysts estimated.

How many more state exchanges will see this happen? How many billions of waste will pile up because the states (and couldn’t put a workable system together, even with a 3-1/2 year head start?

Imagine the press exposure if this kind of thing on this kind of scale had occurred when Medicare Part D began in 2006.

Exit question: Can anyone rule out the idea that no one plans on fixing this, and that they intend to pay for everything, everywhere, regardless of whether they should?


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