Six of Minnesota’s eight members of Congress Friday voted for a bill to allow insurance companies to sell policies to anyone who wants them, even if it violates the new Obamacare rules.
If you are not assured by promises of a highly secure government exchange to buy health insurance, skip it.
Friday is the one-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare.” The rollout of the federal health care website has been fraught with problems. And while Minnesota’s health care website MNsure isn’t glitch free, it’s running much smoother than HealthCare.gov. Minnesota’s one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that set up their own health care exchanges.
Testifying before the Republican-led committee, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner, blamed contractors and high web traffic for healthcare.gov’s poor performance.
Over the past month, people trying to apply for health insurance through the federal exchange encountered major problems on the healthcare.gov website. On Tuesday, President Obama addressed the situation, saying, “No one is more frustrated about that than I am.”
A Minnesota-based business will lead the efforts to fix the new government health insurance website, healthcare.gov. The federal government selected Quality Software Services Inc on Friday. The company is owned by Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth’s Optum business.