|By Barbara Shelly, The Kansas City Star|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But state-designed exchanges, which are working much better, allow consumers to browse among the sites without providing information.
That makes more sense. A lot of people logging on to the exchanges right now are gawkers. Or they're thinking about leaving their jobs at some point and want to see what insurance would cost. Or they are workers at social service agencies, looking for information so they can help their clients. They're not really thinking about purchasing a policy right now, so they shouldn't have to provide all kinds of upfront data, especially if that is what's crashing the servers.
You can sneer about the incompetence of the federal bureaucracy. But a lot of the blame in these parts lies with GOPleaders in
The people who crafted the Affordable Care Act never anticipated that the
Over the weekend I talked to a
They have cause for urgency. He is retired and receives
I was puzzled at that, because I know the woman and she seems athletic and healthy. But it turns out that a few years ago a mammogram detected a very small, almost microscopic, sign of cancer. She had it removed and has been healthy ever since, but that bad mammagram has caused her to be rejected by insurance companies.
She finally got through to someone at the Marketplace call center, and is waiting for information about the options available in
The package is almost certain to bring good news. There's a really good chance this couple will see their monthly rates cut by half or more. There are thousands of people in situations like this. And the sooner they get that website running smoothly and get people signed up for insurance, the harder it will be for the delusional tea party faithful in
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