An Obama administration official admitted today that the payment features for the Obamacare web site HealthCare.gov are still not built. The admission comes 108 days after the scheduled launch, and over two weeks after the law began forcing all Americans to buy health insurance.
The payment systems affect payments from the government to insurers. The law specifies subsidies based on income and other factors, which are to be paid to insurers.
In case you missed that, it’s the insurance companies that are subsidized, not you.
According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee release,
At today’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on the health law, a top Obama administration official admitted that the payment features for HealthCare.gov are still not built. In response to a question from Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Gary Cohen testified that as of today,“The automated process for payments is still being built.” This revelation comes on the 108th day since the HealthCare.gov website went live on October 1. Despite assurances from the administration that the glitches associated with the health care law have been overcome, this fundamental, so-called back end component of the exchanges is still being built. Cohen was unable to provide an estimated timeline for its completion.