The State of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, October 21, 2013

The online clearing house for the Obamacare exchanges went live on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 (

As the government shutdown finally wound down last week, the reality of the Affordable Care Act finally sunk in.

The healthcare exchanges officially launched on October 1st,  and according to Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post, at least 200,000 Americans have already applied for health insurance through state exchanges. 

But glitches in the Obamacare computer system severely delayed many applications, and in a number of cases, insurance companies aren't getting the information they need from their new clients.  

Sarah Kliff examines the state of the exchanges and the future of the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act.


Sarah Kliff

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

tony from minneapolis

Sebelius joking around on Jon Stuart while this was all going on reminded me of Condy Rice's shopping trip to New York for shoes the weekend Katrina hit, when government took the long weekend off. Violating the government/big business first rule, if you can't be busy or help, look busy, and pretend to care.

Oct. 21 2013 02:16 PM
tony from minneapolis

why in the world wasn't this project farmed out to Amazon?
This is what they do, everyday, all day, for 15+ years now.
They sell this as a service for more than 5 years to others.
Google, Microsoft, IBM, all sell this high volume cloud service as well.

Oct. 21 2013 02:12 PM

Not one word from The Takeaway on the fact that Secretary Sebelius has been asked by a House committee to discuss the ACA rollout problems, but declined on the basis that her schedule would not allow it. When she's flying off to Boston for a Kennedy Center "gala" to hobnob with fellow members of the Democrat/Celebrity class.

You know, you can be as derisive as you want, about Fox News. And you can self-rihgteously claim that public radio is a superior news source. But it is inarguable -- this story proving the point -- that public radio systematically overlooks lots of relevant stories so as to shape the worldview of its audience.

If someone wants to claim that the Sebelius/Kennedy gala story is unimportant, that's fine. but assuredly, if it had been a Republican in Sebelius' position, John Hockenberry would have mentioned it.

Oct. 21 2013 09:22 AM

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