By Peter Suderman | Reason
Prior to the rollout of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges this month, there were a lot of comparisons to the launch of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit for seniors that started up in 2006. Supporters of Obamacare pointed out that the Bush-era drug program rolled out to a fair amount of confusion, but eventually went on to become quite popular.
But a week after the launch of the exchanges, it’s not as easy to make the Part D comparison, at least not in terms of website design.
The Washington Post spoke with the top IT coordinator for the Part D effort about the differences between that program’s rollout, which also involved getting large numbers of Americans to sign up for a health plan (to cover prescription drugs), and the start of the exchanges.