. . . Oct. 1 is increasingly being seen by states and outside analysts as a “soft launch,” where they will work out the types of kinks in the system that the Wall Street Journal reported on this morning. Because coverage of the new plans doesn’t start until Jan. 1, officials believe they have a three-month period to fix bugs and sort out problems without having a significant impact on Americans’ access to coverage.
“Nobody is going to say we’re not starting on October 1,” says Joel Ario, who previously oversaw health exchanges at HHS, “but in some situations, you may see a redefinition of what ‘start’ means.”
This leads to the second question: How much will this all matter for Obamacare? There will be no shortage of political backlash when someone tries to buy insurance on Oct. 1 and, inevitably, hits a glitch. What does that mean for the health-care law’s long-term success?
HT: Guy Benson