Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer discussed the issues with Healthcare.gov on Wednesday's Special Report:
KRAUTHAMMER: I love the way it's downplayed as, you know, a back end problem. Makes it sound like a running back with a sprained gluteus maximum. This is the essence of the system. The healthcare.Gov, the sign-up, communicates with the insurer. And right now, what that document was saying, in alarming tone, is because the back end wasn't constructed, there's no way to communicate either accurate or any information about who the person is and if that person is insured. As a second result, there's no way to determine what the actual subsidy is. Right now, the insurers are guessing at the subsidy, so all of this is on the honor system. And it could be wildly off. If they undershoot, the insurers are going to go bust. If they overshoot, the government is going to be stuck with a huge bill. But the fact is no one knows what's going on. When you have a system as complicated as this, millions of people with millions of defective or non-existent i.D.s When they show up at the hospital, you have a train wreck coming. I think it's going to come out slowly, it's not all going to happen in one day, but I think they're in deep trouble. The deadline is mid-march. If they don't have this in place in mid-march, all hell is going to break loose.