Almost three million Americans who signed up for Medicaid under Obamacare have not yet had their applications processed.


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Finding out what’s in it: Almost three million Americans who signed up for Medicaid under Obamacare have not yet had their applications processed.

The problems are most acute in three states — California, Illinois and North Carolina — where almost 1.5 million Medicaid applicants remain in limbo. Though all three are experiencing high volumes of enrollment, problems vary from California’s balky electronic sign-up system to Illinois’ inability to predict a surge of applications.

The waits are linked in part to the troubled rollout of the federal insurance website healthcare.gov last fall. Alaska, Kansas, Maine and Michigan still are unable to receive applications their residents completed through the federal website. Others such as Georgia received applications submitted last fall in May.

And how is this problem really any different than the problems recently revealed at the VA? In both cases, a large government bureaucracy can’t handle a simple task efficiently and properly. Worse, no one should be surprised. This is what conservatives and tea party activists have been saying since 2009. When you ask the government to handle these kinds of large complex tasks it almost always does a bad job.

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  • Jake

    Liberals will respond to this in their usual way – by saying that they need to raise taxes to get more money to grow government. More government is always their solution.

    Unfortunately the establishment Republicans are much closer to the Liberals then they are to Conservatives, so expect the Republicans to cave.

  • wodun

    It is unlikely that this will improve. Every year the exchange system will be swamped for the short enrollment period. The rest of the year, the enormous system will sit largely idle. The staff will never be working at their peak because they wont get enough practice.

  • m d mill

    One of the most “hyped” liberal arguments for the ACA(what an oxymoron)(and an argument the Rebublican Party will not refute(as they should)) is that a person should not be denied health insurance if already ill. Under obama-care no one (healthy or ill) can get health insurance for 10? months a year. If you die in the mean time no liberal really cares…you apparantly get what you desearve, as long as they are controlling it. In general, there is really no greater hypocrit than a neo-socialist of any stripe.
    I am amazed not to have seen this contradiction raised elsewhere…but then thats why we have BTB.
    regards… M D Mill

  • m d mill

    One of the most “hyped” liberal arguments for the ACA(what an oxymoron)(and an argument the Republican Party will not refute(as they should)) is that a person should not be denied health insurance if already ill. Under obama-care no one (healthy or ill) can get health insurance for 10? months a year. If you die in the mean time no liberal really cares…you apparently get what you deserve, as long as they are controlling it. In general, there is really no greater hypocrite than a neo-socialist of any stripe.
    I am amazed not to have seen this contradiction raised elsewhere…but then thats why we have BTB.
    regards… M D Mill

  • Hugh Mann

    Everything the government touches, turns to shite. Can anyone name one thing the government does well besides screw up or extort money from the masses?

  • Edward

    The military has successfully defended the country well, and except for a few important cases, the courts do a reasonable job of resolving disputes.

    But then again, those are the only two basic functions of government. Most of the rest, the parts they are poor at doing, are outside the original scope of government functions. It seems that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they limited the scope of the federal government.

  • m d mill

    Not to quibble but…
    The U.S. military is an incredibly inefficient and unbelievably costly organization, just what you would expect from a gov. bureaucracy spending other peoples money.(and one of the biggest sources of corporate welfare). Not to mention the latest VA scandals.
    And the courts!! Please!!!
    Designed for and by lawyers for those with big wallets to buy outcomes, and to be as costly and time consuming as possible. Does any sane ethical person WANT to get involved with that? Just peruse Mark Steyn’s recent involvement with Michael Mann and the court system (at Steyn’s website).

  • Edward

    The question was not about efficiency, expense, or who runs them. The question was about results. The military has kept us safe, despite stupidity in government management (which explains the high expense). The courts have kept us lawful, despite lawlessness in the rest of government. I do not always agree with court decisions, however, and if only someone would take to court those in government who are lawless, then maybe we would be better off than we are now. (Of course, the decision could favor lawlessness; these are interesting times.)

    And as for Mark Steyn, I have been buying from his store to support him (my mouse runs around on one of his mouse-pads, and my coffee comes from his mugs; I’ll be reading his books, next). Have you?

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