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ObamaCare: Countdown to coverage or confusion?

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OBAMACARE: COUNTDOWN TO COVERAGE OR CONFUSION? - As “go-time” approaches for President Obama’s problem plagued entitlement program, trouble signs are surfacing for new enrollees, this time in obtaining filling prescriptions. Citing the myriad enrollment issues that have dogged the HealthCare.gov Web site and the fact that insurance companies have said they are not getting accurate information to be able to process required forms, Reuters reports that Walgreens, the country’s largest drug store chain, is trying to head-off a potential prescription stoppage for its customers.“[Walgreens] will provide a month's supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to U.S. participants who have not yet received a plan identification number under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.”

Spin cycle - Another worrisome sign: with the threat of a tsunami of coverage confusion and criticism on the horizon for ObamaCare, team Obama is organizing a feel good message effort. Politico reports, “White House, Democratic lawmakers and advocacy organizations will launch a campaign this week to highlight real-life experiences under the Affordable Care Act — tales so compelling that they help drive up enrollment, marginalize Republican repeal efforts and erase memories of this fall’s HealthCare.gov debacle.” The depth of chaos and confusion after Jan. 1 will ultimately determine the effectiveness of that effort. 

Bolting after botched roll-out? - The No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is retiring, administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Monday. Michelle Snyder oversaw the problem plagued launch of the federal ObamaCare Web site. In a statement, Tavenner claimed Snyder planned to leave her job a year ago but was asked to stay on. House Oversight committee head Darell Issa blasted Snyder’s departure saying, “Documents and interviews indicate Michelle Snyder's involvement in bypassing the recommendation of CMS’ top security expert who recommended delaying the launch of HealthCare.gov after independent testers raised concern about serious vulnerabilities from a lack of adequate security testing.”  Fox News has more.

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