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Connector chief brought to
tears describing backlog

Boston Globe, by Michael Levenson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/14/2014 9:54:40 AM

The head of the state’s beleaguered health insurance marketplace, which was once a national model, broke down in tears Thursday, as she described how demoralizing it has been for her staff to struggle with a broken website that has left an unknown number of people without coverage. Jean Yang, the executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector, wept at a board meeting, where it was disclosed that 50,000 applications for health insurance are sitting in a pile, and have yet to be entered into a computer system. Each one of those applications requires two hours to process, adding to a mountain of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PeoplesRepublikNY, 2/14/2014 11:44:48 AM     (No. 9732408)

Wanna bet this Jean Yang is extremely well-paid? And yet for her utter incompetence and lack of leadership and accountability she won´t face the sort of consequences you and I normally would in the private sector?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/14/2014 12:13:47 PM     (No. 9732479)

Oh, BOO HOO...why don´t you just admit it, this whole Obiecare growing disaster is the worst thing...and we as conservatives say, WE TOLD YOU SO!...Now you get to pay the heavy price at the ballot box!

Long live ´Libs going down´!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/14/2014 11:15:07 PM     (No. 9733158)

You didn´t hear her blame Zippy for this gigantic mess, did you ?

Every insurance company has been affected and slammed by weekly changes to the rules and confusing paperwork.

How many will die while they figure it out ?


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