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California: "Completely Premature" to Say We'll Meet ACA Deadlines


California, which made big Obamacare headlines a few months ago for its misleading premium comparisons, is back with more bad news. It turns out that the state isn’t sure it will be able to launch its online insurance exchange by the October 1st deadline. WSJ:

The spokesman said the agency is still doing checks, and so far tests “haven’t revealed any major issue that can’t be addressed,” the spokesman said. The exchange agency will have a clearer picture in the first week of September, he said, and right now “it’s completely premature to assume the level of functionality.”

At least one other marketplace, for the state of Oregon, has already said that consumers won’t be able to access it online in the first weeks of October, with the delay giving the exchange time to iron out flaws before opening it up to the general public.

California, along with other large states like Texas, is an important test case for the law. In fact, it has the biggest state marketplace under the ACA. If Obamcare works there, it can work elsewhere; if not, the law’s future looks more tenuous. It’s a state we should be watching closely as implementation goes into full swing next month. The fact that the spokesman for the exchange there is being so cagey about whether it will launch in time should make supporters nervous.

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