While the implementation of the Obamacare website is not going as smoothly as planned, the Commonwealth is fortunate that it is largely unaffected by the new Obamacare legislation due to its implementation of mandatory healthcare in 2006 under then-governor Romney. Obama recently visited Massachusetts to explain what the administration is doing to address tech issues plaguing the policy's implementation.
Because many states reject Obamacare legislation, the executive branch is shouldering the brunt of legislation implementation. For example, when a state decides to ignore Obamacare legislation, the federal government incorporates that state’s healthcare system into an umbrella federal organization. Herein lies the problem: states who implement their own sign-up methods are relatively error-free. States relying on the federal government for Obamacare implementation are subject to the errors on the federal website.
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of Health and Human Services has testified on the Hill about fixing Obamacare sign-ups. While the fact that the website doesn’t work is certainly problematic, Americans have been able to sign-up over the phone. As a short term solution, calling is feasible, but as the demand for health care rises, the website must become functional. Secretary Sebelius has suggested that the website bugs will be fixed in a month or so, which should quickly improve the lives of many Americans.
In the Bay State, residents are relatively unaffected by these issues due to the fact that Massachusetts has had 7 years to work out its own bugs with mandatory healthcare. The Boston Globe is reporting that the Obama administration is bringing in as many tech experts as possible to resolve the issue. In the meantime, however, Americans will have to wait for the improvements to take place. In times like these (and combined with the Red Sox World Series win) it’s great to be a Bay-Stater.