Capitol Hill Experiences Same Online Insurance Exchange Successes, Failures As All Americans
Members of Congress are a microcosm of what's happening for people trying to sign up for health coverage in the health law's online insurance exchanges across the nation -- some are getting through, some are seeing glitches still and some are avoiding it altogether.
Politico: Members' Obamacare Sign-Up Headaches
Staring down a deadline to sign up for Obamacare, some lawmakers are getting hit by technical glitches or sticker shock. Others are breezing through the website, elated by lower premiums and better health services. And at least one won't sign up at all -- opting to pay a penalty instead. In short, the Obamacare experience is the same mixed bag on Capitol Hill as it is across the nation (Kim and Haberkorn, 12/9).
CNN: Now Who's Having Trouble With Health Care Signup? Ask Congress
Congress itself is now having so much trouble signing up for the Obamacare exchanges that late Friday the top administrator in the House of Representatives laid out a backup plan in case lawmakers and staff can't get through the process by the time their enrollment ends Monday. The red flags started reaching critical mass Thursday and Friday, when some staff and members of Congress told House administrators they were having trouble enrolling through the Washington health exchange, known as DC Health Link. The D.C. exchange is the official signup portal for Congress, where members must go to get health care through their job (Desjardins, 12/7).