Are you in jail and didn’t know it?
Don’t worry. Obamacare will tell you.
That’s the “circumstance” for a commenter to a government website taking responses to the problems with the failing Healthcare.gov website, which has been unable to provide reasonable access for Americans.
“Website said my wife and I were ineligible due to current incarceration,” wrote Fred in an acknowledgement by the left-leaning ProPublica of the website problems. “We have never been arrested in our lives, both 63!!!!!!!!!!!”
Charles Ornstein, in the ProPublica report, documented some of the responses on the federal site collecting comments.
“The Obama administration has not always been transparent about Healthcare.gov: A case in point is how HHS has withheld the number of people who have been able to successfully enroll. But in this instance, the administration allowed comments to the blog post to be seen by all.”
Ornstein wrote that the feedback largely has been negative.
“While some comments root for the site’s failure, many are from people who’ve tried to use the site without success,” his report said. “Some pose specific questions; others voice general frustrations. Because their identities and contact information isn’t listed (for understandable reasons), there was no way to verify their stories.”
Besides the couple told by Healthcare.gov that they were in jail, Joanna noted that the system was telling her that her daughter was added twice. So she now lists two daughters with the same name and Social Security number, and no deleting was allowed.
Also, she added, “I choose that my husband is the father of our daughter and that my daughter is a dependant (sic) to me and my husband. What it actually shows though is that my daughter is a stepdaughter to her father and that my daughter is now both my husband and I’s parent (sic).”
Rhonda added that she could sign in, but was told her identity “has been compromised.”
Another, Francine, said she was told she could only submit one application per state, and now the system has her blocked.
The comment collection site optimistically labeled “Doing Better: Making Improvements to Healthcare.gov,” says that 19 million visits to the site show that “the American people are looking for quality, affordable health coverage, and want to find it online.”
They’re apparently not finding, however.
“Unfortunately, the experience on Healthcare.gov has been frustrating for many … some have had trouble creating accounts and logging in to the site, while others have received confusing error messages, or had to wait for slow page loads or forms that failed to respond in a timely fashion,” the government admits.
New code has been introduced to fix some problems, but "we know there's still more work to be done," the site explains.
The stories were not encouraging.
Julie, an insurance agent, reported: "My client and I spent three hours alone today trying to get her registered so she could look at plan info and find out what subsidy she would get, once again 24 days into this websites (sic) launch all we got were error messages. … I am 24 days now without a sale and will NOT have a paycheck this month do to the lack of ability to access this site."
Noted Greg: "Has anyone got insurance thru the gov program yet? If so who? I would like to talk with one that has this in place."
Jeb asked, "I don't understand why men have to pay for 'women's health care' items."
Noted Mel: "I've filled out and submitted the application at least 10 times. … Have I inadvertently started 10 different files that will all need to be sorted out someday?"
Said Don, "Give me the private sector and free market system!"
"I continue to be unable to create my account," said Elizabeth. "I have tried all month. My high risk insurance will terminate at the end of December so it is critical that I be able to get new insurance through the marketplace."
Ryan wrote that his current premium of $208 per month is rising to $887 per month. "The affordable Care Act is a contradiction, and destined to implode and take our economy with it. Hold on friends – it aint' gonna be pretty!"
Penny wrote: "Can't create account. Trying over and over again."
Elizabeth was out of patience: "I give up!"
Occasionally, someone in support of the program turned up. This came from John: "The Repukes and the biased conservative main stream media need to stop lying about the Obamacare website. It works just fin (sic) if you follow the instructions. Unfortunately there are a lot of dummies out there so it may take awhile .. be patient. I also suspect TEA tard sabotage. Obama needs to take a hard line against the repuke saboteurs."