In the weeks since the of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul website, there hasn’t been a great deal of good news for the Administration. Most news stories have been about crashing webpages, errant code, lack of interest and broken promises. But the story of the single successful user of Healthcare.gov in North Carolina is so ridiculous that it’s almost unbelievable.
Internal Blue Cross Blue Shield emails obtained recently obtained by WNCN revealed that in the month since the Obamacare exchanges opened in the State, just one of the insurance provider’s 3.7 million North Carolina customers successfully enrolled for health insurance through the exchange — but that customer hasn’t paid.
From the WNCN:
Without payment, enrollment means nothing because the customer is still not officially in the system.
Part of that payment issue may come from the government’s technical problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield emails indicate the “payment re-direct option” on the government servers isn’t working.
In fact, the government’s whole system is so plagued that emails say BCBS made a “business decision to refrain from uploading data” to prevent false data from entering its system.
Meanwhile, people are not embracing BCBS’s marketplace. According to those emails, less than 1,000 people even filled out applications as of Oct. 25.
Even worse, according to reports, is that the unpaid Obamacare enrollee has likely already been targeted by identity thieves in the State.
Via CBS Charlotte:
Blue Cross Blue Shield found the entire system is so filled with glitches that the company decided not to upload data because it was afraid false information might enter its computer system.
And the emails reveal a scammer was using the insurer’s name to try to obtain personal information.
A person was making phone calls claiming to be with the “National Health Care Registry,” and falsely claim it was taking over healthcare reform contracts from the Blue Cross.