October 21st, 2013
03:24 PM ET
9 months ago

HealthCare.gov: What works and what doesn't

Washington (CNN) - The government-run health insurance exchanges have been open for business for 20 days. But a host of issues have plagued the highly anticipated launch, making it difficult for both consumers and insurance providers.

"There's no sugarcoating it," President Barack Obama said from the Rose Garden on Monday. "The problem has been that the website that's supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Exactly. There's no sugar coating it. Somebody dropped the ball, big time. I'm glad that he manned up to it.

    October 21, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Driver

    Obama is an IDIOT. Wake up sheeple..

    October 21, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "HealthCare.gov: What works and what doesn't"

    What doesn't: idiot MSM bobbleheads all pretending they are suddenly professional IT/website/development experts and have the slightest clue what they're talking about. Yawn. It's nonsense. The misinformation and lack of actual understanding keep popping up left and right...particularly when they ask questions that sound like grandma trying to figure out how to use the intertubez or engage their "folksy wisdom" child-like understanding of these systems to come up with totally moronic questions. When you get completely and utterly stupid questions from people like Chuck Turd, asking Jay Carney nonsense like "why couldn't you just add another server?" then you know you can start rolling your eyes, because they're clearly just trying to manufacture misunderstanding and nontroversy.

    THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO SIGN UP. YOU CAN DO IT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON. The MSM is trying desperately to bury that fact under a mountain of website controversy sensationalism. Instead of pointing it out prominently and encouraging people to avail themselves of the other methods, the MSM is focusing solely on the website, as if it's the only sign up method available, because they WANT bad enrollment numbers, they WANT people to not understand, they WANT there to be deeper problems and more controversy to sensationalize. It gets more viewers and clicks.

    October 21, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The phone works and going in person works.
    Those that need insurance asap should try those means first and allow a month for the website to get brought up to speed with all the pertinent repairs.

    October 21, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thank you for your strong leadership Mr. President!

    October 21, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Even if there are glitches, the point is the website is THERE, OPEN and AVAILABLE for everyone to access and take full advantage of. With all the negativity, please don't overlook the significance and impact of what this truly means.

    Thank you Mr. President and all those who worked so hard to get this accomplished.

    October 21, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. tom l.

    @Data

    "I agree more about polygamy. They should have every right to marry. So why isn't the left as fervent about their rights? I know why. Because they don't have the money that the gay community has so their rights get trampled on. Also, shouldn't brothers be able to marry their brothers? Sisters should be able to marry their sisters. That would be the consistent position."

    Ever the false equivalence, eh Tom? Consensual relationships between adults equals incest?

    At least stop pretending you're some kind of "libertarian" and just fully declare yourself as a card-carrying member of the Republican base.

    Huh? What false equivalence. Perhaps you think I'm joking and that's why you had teh response to me that you did. I am 100% serious. Why shouldn't brothers be able to marry? If we are to be consistent then, as you pointed out, polygamy should be legal and family members should be allowed to marry too. I guess you think I'm not being serious but I am. That is what some on the right feel is the reason to not allow gay marriage as they may find it to be a slippery slope. To me, it doesn't matter and people should be free to do what they want. So, again, I show you what the president has done with his tone – and he, as the leader, sets the tone. His tone has been to combat the opposite side and villainize them. I know that last part is going to make you really angry, but it's the truth. Just like when Bush said either you're with us or you're with the terrorists. Combative and divisive.

    October 21, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    So, we got time to rewrite some code and in the meantime you can sign up over the phone.

    I think it's now official: the healthcare dot gov story being a "disaster" has jumped the shark into right-wing meme pool.

    But yes, wingers, I'll concede that Sibelius is a lousy spokesperson. Fair?

    October 21, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. just saying

    this is all george bush's fault, no wait, it is fox news fault, no wait, it is the republicans fault though none of them voted for it, no wait, it is fault of..... everybody else except those that voted for it and forced it down the throats of the american people.

    obama, reid, pelosi, extreme far left democrat/progressive/socialist/communisy party. those are the clowns that did this to this country and the healthcare system our families lives depend on. remember that in 2014 and 2016.

    October 21, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l.

    @Data

    "I agree more about polygamy. They should have every right to marry. So why isn't the left as fervent about their rights? I know why. Because they don't have the money that the gay community has so their rights get trampled on. Also, shouldn't brothers be able to marry their brothers? Sisters should be able to marry their sisters. That would be the consistent position."

    Ever the false equivalence, eh Tom? Consensual relationships between adults equals incest?

    At least stop pretending you're some kind of "libertarian" and just fully declare yourself as a card-carrying member of the Republican base.

    Huh? What false equivalence. Perhaps you think I'm joking and that's why you had teh response to me that you did. I am 100% serious. Why shouldn't brothers be able to marry? If we are to be consistent then, as you pointed out, polygamy should be legal and family members should be allowed to marry too. I guess you think I'm not being serious but I am. That is what some on the right feel is the reason to not allow gay marriage as they may find it to be a slippery slope. To me, it doesn't matter and people should be free to do what they want. So, again, I show you what the president has done with his tone – and he, as the leader, sets the tone. His tone has been to combat the opposite side and villainize them. I know that last part is going to make you really angry, but it's the truth. Just like when Bush said either you're with us or you're with the terrorists. Combative and divisive
    ***********************
    You know, I was wrong about you. Your statement does prove that you really are a libertarian, which means you don't give a damn about anything. Libertarianism, the ideology for the intellectually lazy. Still see that you have not taken on a conservative poster yet as well, in spite of ample opportunities.

    October 21, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. just asking

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    The phone works and going in person works.
    Those that need insurance asap should try those means first and allow a month for the website to get brought up to speed with all the pertinent repairs.
    ---

    yeah, good thing the taxpayers threw nearly half a billion dollars away on a three year web site disaster. btw, you can not complete the whole process over the phone so stop lying to people. and go in person where? are their obamacare stores someplace? can people get free obama phones and food stamps along with their free healthcare too?

    October 21, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    The phone works and going in person works.
    Those that need insurance asap should try those means first and allow a month for the website to get brought up to speed with all the pertinent repairs.
    -

    yeah, good thing the taxpayers threw nearly half a billion dollars away on a three year web site disaster. btw, you can not complete the whole process over the phone so stop lying to people. and go in person where? are their obamacare stores someplace? can people get free obama phones and food stamps along with their free healthcare too?
    ************
    Any proof you can't do it over the phone, or just more lies?

    October 21, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "His tone has been to combat the opposite side and villainize them"

    Sorry, but pointing out that someone is doing and saying things that are bigoted is not "villainizing" them. It's an objective observation of them "villainizing" themselves.

    October 21, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Any proof you can't do it over the phone, or just more lies?"

    He's desperately flailing and relying on the fact that you have to rely on mail for something...like getting and signing your forms and then returning them, etc. It's just more demagogue nonsense.

    October 21, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    @tom I.
    "Why shouldn't brothers be able to marry? If we are to be consistent then, as you pointed out, polygamy should be legal and family members should be allowed to marry too. I guess you think I'm not being serious but I am."
    Personally I could care less if brothers are allowed to marry. Family members who marry (and can procreate) is a different issue altogether though as their offspring can sometimes result in people being born with serious physical and mental deficiencies. These people used to be paraded about at carnivals and side shows and our great great grand relatives used to pay a nickel or a dime to see these 'Freaks'. Being a Libertarian (aka- republican who wants to smoke pot and get laid) I can certainly understand your support for such a concept, but at the same time, as a person who pretends to understand politics, you should be able to understand Obama's not being in favor of a practice which would most certainly increase the population of people born with seriuosly mental deficiencies.
    I mean, why add to the republican base?

    October 21, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. just asking

    The Real Tom Paine
    -just asking
    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    The phone works and going in person works.
    Those that need insurance asap should try those means first and allow a month for the website to get brought up to speed with all the pertinent repairs.
    -
    yeah, good thing the taxpayers threw nearly half a billion dollars away on a three year web site disaster. btw, you can not complete the whole process over the phone so stop lying to people. and go in person where? are their obamacare stores someplace? can people get free obama phones and food stamps along with their free healthcare too?
    ************
    Any proof you can't do it over the phone, or just more lies?
    --–

    not too bright are you tommie boy? people can dictate info and fill out an application which does nothing. the web site was supposed to offer them medical plans and allow them to enroll and buy a plan. how are those supposed to work over the phone? you think people can spend 4 hours on the phone doing this for one person? how do they compare plans and options? you don't think things out do you? you are perfect obama droid. never any danger of engaging the brain.

    October 21, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |