California was one of the first states to jump on the Obamacare bandwagon – no surprise there. Why wouldn’t California jump into a huge, untested, expensive new big government scheme? That’s what it does best.
As a result, our version of Obamacare, Covered California, got an early head start. We had more time than most. And the state has more computer brain power than most. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, let the OC Register explain:
Covered California is back online this week after software problems caused the state’s health exchange website to go dark for five days. Meanwhile, the site’s directory of participating health care providers remains offline indefinitely.
The five-day outage came at a rather inopportune time as the state had just began a marketing blitz to get un-covered residents to sign up for health insurance by the March 31 deadline to avoid paying a penalty.
Complicating matters is that the online directory of physicians accepting patients through CoveredCA.com was inaccurate to the point of uselessness. Indeed, many of those who relied on the directory enrolled in health care networks thinking they would be keeping their doctor – as President Obama promised – only to find out they were misinformed.
Add Covered California to the long, long list of California’s computer fails. I wrote extensively about them in Crazifornia, and many readers have told me that section of the book was one of the most entertaining … and maddening!