ObamaCare Site Has Reported Spouses as Kids

Insurers report getting botched data from much-maligned website
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2013 9:32 AM CDT
ObamaCare Site Has Reported Spouses as Kids

The ObamaCare website hasn't just been plagued by traffic problems and design flaws; it has also collected inaccurate or incomplete data on a number of people who have managed to enroll, insurance companies tell the Wall Street Journal. Among the mistakes: Some spouses were reported as children, many people double- or triple-enrolled by hitting the submit button too many times, and in at least one case, a single family was listed as having three spouses. It's so bad that Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska has hired temporary employees to call enrollees who have submitted error-ridden applications.

"It takes an automated process and turns it into a manual process," a Blue Cross sales manager says. Republicans see this kind of technical incompetence as their next opening to attack ObamaCare, CNN reports. Some Republicans are calling for Kathleen Sebelius' head—one rep is working on a petition to force her out—and Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa is demanding information from her. "Delays and technical failures have reached epidemic proportions," says Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, who has scheduled his own hearing on the matter. (More ObamaCare stories.)

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