In the world of politics, HealthCare.gov is either a bold agentof health care system change or a demonic agent of those scoundrelsin Washington.

In the world of health insurance sales, HealthCare.gov is justanother distribution channel. The system handles Patient Protectionand Affordable Care Act exchange enrollment for the states in whichthe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides exchangeservices.

HHS has still not persuaded the states running state-basedexchanges to report their exchange performance data in the formatHHS uses for HealthCare.gov, and HHS does not make it easy tocompare data for the 2014 open enrollment period with data for the2015 open enrollment period.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.