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Well grown in The Journal Editorial Report I'm -- as you go away -- -- finger pointing began on Capitol Hill this week as health -- dot gov is leave contractors testified before congress about the problems.
Plaguing the website would even Democrats.
Voicing their frustration.
There are thousands.
Of web sites that handle -- current volume just far larger.
Then what health care dot gov was faced with.
Amazon and eBay don't crash the week before Christmas and pro flowers doesn't crash on Valentine's Day.
Other Democrats have joined New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen is call for an extension on the deadline to enroll.
In the health care exchanges so could we see a delay in the individual mandate after all let's ask.
Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor Dan -- anger Washington columnist Kim -- so.
And editorial board member Joseph.
Ringo so Joseph -- new story came to the -- this week in addition to the website which who want to get too but it's this dropped coverage policy holders all over the country getting notices.
Saying that they're losing their coverage that wasn't supposed to happen.
I hear you may remember president Obama's frequent implantation if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan so why aren't they being able to keep their health plan.
Right -- the current coverage right now does not comply with all sorts of Affordable Care Act mandates and regulations.
The essential health benefits -- for example what she does the minimum required -- -- currently these are sort of ten areas of coverage that all health plans must cover to people like them presumably they would have a right exactly -- them I mean.
A health plan like Kaiser Permanente in California dropped half their individual market business -- -- Being in the state.
One of the most popular health plans and often help held up as a model of health reform.
I California blue.
80% of their policy so there about nineteen million people as I understand and in this individual and small business market that is who -- part of larger corporation to buy on the individual market how many of those people could lose their.
It according to a peer reviewed study in the journal health affairs last year about half of them are probably gonna lose their coverage and probably more of the the health care bill included a grandfather clause that was supposed to give these people safe harbor.
When and Health and Human Services Department wrote it was very narrow so it's very hard to qualify they wrote it very restrictive way and that's what's tossing all these people -- this is deliberate political choice it exactly and it's because -- the entire apparatus of the spills about political control so.
When they say your health plan is inadequate you need to get something better.
Something that we've approved.
That's why you're seeing how these cancellations are now wow amazing -- -- talk about the exchanges she followed the the hearings this week what do we learn about about the development of the website to sign on.
Well we we developed that there obviously not ready for prime time and other gonna bring in -- eighteen to try to fix that so they say so they say why -- what were they using the C team -- -- -- with the team I mean what.
They did not give these people this is one of the most complicated software pieces of architecture that anyone has ever tried to create it's huge and it's complex it was going to be hard.
But I think there's one aspect to -- failure that we need to focus on a little bit.
And it's this is a failure computer science but was really gonna kick in here is a failure of actuarial science the insurers are telling them.
We need to have this up and running by about November 1 so that the insurance pool will include.
Healthy people young healthy people were uninsured not just the sickest people.
Because they don't get that right this.
Exchanges exchanges -- -- unbalanced full of the sickest people which will blow up the cost of this law.
And that I think is the problem that is maybe never going to get fixed if young healthy people pull back from Obama.
Fair and -- it is this just a technical and management problem or developing these web sites that they didn't hire the right computer science says that could have gone to eBay or someplace like that and obviously that's one element of it but -- -- something larger here in terms of how they -- you you mentioned deliberate political choices earlier and I think that really does factor into the failure of the exchanges so far so for for example one thing we learned that this hearing.
Was that HHS was acting as the general manager of the 55 contractors who are spending actually about a billion dollars we now -- on on -- building this web site.
Government agency would outsource that to someone with the expertise and talent.
Two to sort of -- -- Quarterback for this kind of project.
They didn't do that because that would mean somebody else would decide what's supposed to be.
Valuable or appropriate to the consumer didn't wanna hear you give up -- -- and that political political control speaking of politics camp.
Political fallout on this is growing so what lol we you you -- a column this week about how Democrats -- -- get nervous how how widespread.
It is that concern.
Is widespread and growing you know the White House is greatest.
And protection here has been -- has maintained a solid wall.
United with it in the senate.
Among -- Democrats against doing any big change to this one you saw this in the shut down.
So you mention New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen.
She broke with that this week she sent a letter to the White House saying we need to extend the enrollment period we also need to consider about dropping the tax penalty on those who can't general.
This -- significant within a day she had six more senate Democrats who were behind her on that.
Or a five of the six altogether.
They are very much worried about how they're getting hit with this -- back home.
And the importance your calls it once they've stepped out and admitted that there needs to be some sort of consequential change to this the pressure is going to grow on them to do something even more -- And if what if you're -- -- be just didn't delay the enrollment period that at this stage would seem to be very I mean almost essential.
-- the -- gives them a little political cover are they gonna go as far as Democrats as Republicans want them to do what should be say delay the individual mandate for a full year.
Which would seem to be a growing possibility if they don't do that aren't Democrats just trying to get a little political cover and not really addressing that the big problem.
Well that's what they're trying to do at the moment no question but again I think the importance of having agreed that there is a problem now.
They have opened themselves up to the question of if there's a problem what are you -- -- to actually fix it.
And give another is going to be continued hearings in the coming weeks more of these kind of revelations about just what a big mess this says.
It's going to be hard for these guys to dodge I think at some point doing something more.
All right Kim thank you all.
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