Katie Kerwin McCrimmon at HealthPolicySolutions.org reports on an Urban Institute report on politically-controlled health benefits exchanges:
The biggest challenge for Colorado may be that the state “is starting with a flawed foundation, a legacy computer system – CBMS Colorado Benefits Management System – that is inflexible and difficult to modify,” the report states.
No surprise there. If the exchanges were worthwhile, then private companies should start them, as they have.
The article continues:
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of the Affordable Care Act in March and could strike down all or parts of the law by the end of June.
Leaders in Colorado have said that regardless of the Supreme Court ruling, Colorado will move forward with its health insurance exchange, which is designed to create an online market where consumers can shop for health insurance options.
Recall that the federal government is already scrounging to fund the exchanges (tax-funded premium subsidies) with intact. In any case, government has no business doing this. As I wrote in the Denver Post:
Politicians should fix problems caused by government suppression of health care choice instead of peddling politically-controlled exchanges as a solution to the problem they created.