Obamacare Contractors Paid To Do Nothing, And Choice In Health Care Is Just So Outdated

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An Obamacare contractor in St. Louis has a billion dollar contract and its employees get paid to sit around and do nothing. Nice gig if you can get it.

“A billion dollar government contract involving hundreds of local workers at an Obamacare processing center … But now employees on the inside are stepping forward, asking, Is this why we’re broke? Some of them claim to spend most of their day doing nothing,” reports a local St. Louis reporter.

The contractor is called Serco and local reporter discovered that, despite there not being any work to be done, the government contractor is still hiring.

“The company is still hiring,” says a local reporter. “A current employee wonders why … After providing proof of employment, this Serco employee agreed to speak through the phone with their voice altered. The employee says hundreds of employees spend much of the day staring at computer screens, with little or no work to do.”

The reporter asks the employee, “Are there some days where a data entry person may not process one single application?”

“There are weeks when a data entry person would not process an application,” the employee responds.

The reporter explains, “The facility is one of three Serco locations that process paper applications, people seeking to qualify for insurance.” (Read More)

One employee described the place as “a joke” due to the lack of work, but it looks like the company will continue hiring because the government is paying it per employee hired.

Via Ed Morrissey who picked up another interesting tidbit in a related story about choice and access to providers. Apparently, choice is very outdated these days.

“We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has,” said Marcus Merz, the chief executive of PreferredOne, an insurer in Golden Valley, Minn., that is owned by two health systems and a physician group. “We’re all trying to break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.” (Read More)

Isn’t it funny how the people who wrote and passed this terrible law didn’t mention that at the time? I seem to remember hearing “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” That’s a far cry from breaking away from the choice habit.