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Обама затеял реформу здравоохранения. Для этой цели был создан вебсайт

Вот только одна проблема — сайт не работает.

Shopping for health insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges?

Good luck. Not only will you have to navigate the technical problems that have plagued the site — but in most states, those running the exchanges are not posting ratings that could give shoppers a clear sense of how good the plans are.

The consumer ratings are called for in the Affordable Care Act. They would be provided by a respected independent company, allowing consumers to judge health plans by treatment outcome, service and consumer satisfaction.

Federal and state officials, though, largely decided it would reflect poorly on the insurance exchanges if some companies were rated and others were not — and have not yet published them.

“We think that is ludicrous,” said Garry Maisel, CEO of Western Health Advantage, an ObamaCare-approved provider. “Consumers deserve to know what is unrated versus what has been around a long time and has a good quality rating.”

The controversy arose last week in California, when Western Advantage and two other highly rated providers — Kaiser Permanente and Sharp Health Care — complained the state failed to post their ratings because of opposition from lower-rated plans.

“When a quality rating is available, consumers should have access to it,” said Maisel. “If I was a consumer, I would want to know [if] the plan I pick, the network of providers I access care through, was just put together or has been around a long time.”

Kaiser Permanente in California is ranked #7 nationally. Blue Shield in California is ranked #414. But on the Covered California website, consumers have no way of knowing that, because the state refused to post the ratings.

Last week, officials reversed that decision and said the state will begin adding quality scores in 2015.

“To make a smart choice, we need more information, that is why this rating system is so important,” said health care analyst Betsy McCaughey. “Otherwise choosing a plan on these exchanges is just a shot in the dark.”

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