USA Today has done a review of the new HealthCare.gov website and how it helps people sign up for health insurance in the new Obamacare marketplaces, and have declared it a winner.
Look past its start-up glitches — they’ll get fixed — HealthCare.gov is an out-of-the-box success for consumers shopping for health insurance.
As for the glitches, they point out that 2.8 million people crashing a website on the first day is considered a problem that most web companies would love to have. A venture capitalist and former chairman of a health insurance company says “It shows they’ve hit the target. It’s obvious.” Startup glitches always happen, but they are soon fixed and forgotten.
They also point out that premiums in the marketplace are significantly cheaper than expected, even without federal subsidies. For example, for a 40-year-old nonsmoker, the site’s policy will cost $2,700 a year less than the average employer-provided health care coverage for the same person. That’s a pretty significant savings.
Having an open marketplaces where companies compete for your business in an open and transparent way is exactly the kind of market-based solution that you would think Republicans would be promoting. After all, they came up with the idea. Maybe they aren’t telling the truth when they claim to be in favor of free enterprise.