Being speaker of the House doesn’t make it any easier to sign up for health care coverage using the troubled federal website. Just ask John Boehner.
The Ohio Republican says he had to re-start the process several times while spending four hours trying to sign up at HealthCare.gov.
At one point Thursday, Boehner tweeted his frustration — “Guess I’ll just have to keep trying” — along with photos of himself at a computer and the error message he says he received. The House speaker has 583,000 followers on Twitter.
Nearly an hour after his tweet, Boehner received an email confirming he was signed up, his spokesman said.
Boehner’s effort comes as Republicans crank up a highly organized effort to capitalize politically on the troubled rollout of the health care law’s website, as well as millions of Americans receiving policy cancellations.
Congressional Democrats are squirming over potential political fallout from those problems ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
President Barack Obama has apologized for problems related to his signature health care law. Administration officials have said the website, unveiled on Oct. 1, will be working better by the end of this month.
John Boehner Successfully Enrolls In Obamacare 45 Minutes After He Blogs About ‘Frustrating’ Experience
John Boehner now enrolled in Obamacare
About an hour after Speaker John Boehner’s office said he couldn’t sign up for Obamacare coverage on the District of Columbia’s exchange, his office said he’s now officially enrolled.
“Kept at it, and called the DC Health Link help line. They called back a few hours later, and after restarting the process on the website two more times, I just heard from DC Health Link that I have been successfully enrolled,” Boehner’s office wrote.
Responding to Boehner’s earlier failed attempts to sign up for coverage, the District’s exchange — known as DC Health Link — said it recently identified some system errors after enrollment.
“We recently discovered the fact that after enrollment, some users have been receiving a random error message,” DC Health Link communications director Richard Sorian wrote in an email. “Despite the message, these individuals have been enrolled. Our call center has been able to quickly resolve these matters. We are working on a system-wide update that will eliminate this soon. Users will be able to verify their enrollment in their secure, online account.”
Boehner’s office on Thursday afternoon said he originally received an error screen when he tried to sign up for coverage. “Guess I’ll just have to keep trying…” his office wrote at the time.
Nearly 48,000 people have signed up for healthcare through
the Kentucky insurance exchange.
Hospitals make money on medicaid patients, in fact they will probably make more money since these people will still come in for treatment only now the hospital will be able to collect for those services instead of just writing the charges off. With the influx of cash into the system the hospitals will be able to hire more doctors, nurses, techs, etc. This will have a ripple effect in the state economy as more people have jobs and generate income taxes and sales in the state.
I don’t understand the intended effect here on the part of the Speaker. I mean, if the administration and people who are charged with overseeing the website say it still isn’t fixed, shouldn’t we expect error messages? It would be one thing if the administration and the individuals fixing the website come out and say “it is now fixed” after acknowledging that it wasn’t ready for the intended rollout and the Speaker encountered another error message; however, at this point, knowing the website is being worked on, is an error message really still newsworthy.
It seems as if the Speaker is just trying to rub it in, which I suppose is his choice, but simply pointing out something everyone involved has acknowledged needs work isn’t really proactive just a tad bit childish.