Today, NE Ohio Health Underwriters, largely licensed insurance agents, were briefed on Obamacare marketplace roll out scheduled for 10/1/13.
There was audible laughter when one audience member asked the speaker how and when the federal marketplaces have been beta-tested by real live licensed agents. One insurance company representative responded that there has been no evidence that any beta testing has been completed…then jokingly added “but we have 12 days to go”.
It was also concerning that with 12 days to go, no agent has been able to examine, utilize, or practice using the exchange. In any private sector roll-out there would have been months and month of real life trials and bug checking prior to any launch of this magnitude. With our federal government, not so much.
There is a real question and skepticism as to whether the Marketplaces go live on 10/1 as promised.