Sacbee: ‘Obamacare’ contractors project confidence

Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 – 8:36 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 – 12:07 pm

WASHINGTON — Major contractors hooking up the internal plumbing of President Barack Obama’s health care law projected confidence Tuesday that they will be ready to go by an Oct. 1 deadline, even though the system is still being tested.

With just three weeks to go before new statehealth insurance markets launch, efforts are ongoing to reliably link up government agencies, the markets themselves and private health plans.

The congressional Government Accountability Office warned this summer that with so much work left for the last minute, the timely and smooth launch of the markets could not be guaranteed. Still, with the president’s image at stake, his administration is working all out to deliver.

But the administration got a boost this week when California officials said their marketplace — the nation’s largest — would start enrolling uninsured people Oct. 1 as scheduled, through a mix of online access, call center support and community helpers.


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