Healthcare.gov needs a lot of work, but it's fixable
October 22nd, 2013
10:13 AM ET
6 months ago

Healthcare.gov needs a lot of work, but it's fixable

New York (CNNMoney) – If you're able to connect to the Obamacare website and enroll - a big if - healthcare.gov actually isn't the worst website in the world.

I got through after a week of trying, and found signing up for Obamacare to be a fairly straightforward process. (I get insurance through Time Warner, so I didn't actually have to seal the deal).

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, would you look at that, GOPerville. Obamacare website can be fixed. A little bit of sunshine in your otherwise "the world is coming to an end" doom and gloom existence ... yes?

    October 22, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "found signing up for Obamacare to be a fairly straightforward process"

    One you obviously didn't quite understand, since you're not signing up for "Obamacare," you're creating an account on the website in order to fill out the paperwork necessary to enroll in PRIVATE INSURANCE from a PRIVATE COMPANY. The shorthand used by the MSM is grossly misleading.

    October 22, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. pbcalif

    Of course it will be fixed and people will have their insurance. In the meantime, the nutty Republicans can't think of anything else to do but call a hearing on it. We Americans (and I'll use the Republicans' cliché), are sick of Republican craziness.

    October 22, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. sonny chapman

    It is NOT fixable. The only way to fix things is with an AR-15 & a 30 shot clip. Or, if that doesn't work, Tax Cuts. If it's a Foreign Policy issue, Bomb 'Em. Or, if it's a mechanical problem, a bigger hammer.

    October 22, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. the hippies were right

    Can't wait for the polls in a year that show how many thousands and thousands of republicans signed up on the exchange. And how many of them have instructed their current providers not to cover their pre-existing condition.

    October 22, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Data Driven

    Six stories on healthcare dot gov posted in an hour and a half.

    ATLANTA - CNN announced major change to their 7-year-old Web page today. As of today, "Political Ticker" is now "Healthcare Dot Gov Watch".

    "We will be offering 24/7 coverage of a Web site that isn't ours," CNN's John Imashill said in a statement. "I'm talking up-to-the-minute coverage. In fact, I'm talking second-by-second coverage. Now, this means we will have to close a few more overseas bureaus, but CNN feels that this sacrifice is well worth the up-to-the-second coverage of Health Care Dot Gov that our Web visitors are clamoring for."

    October 22, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. CA Independent

    Sure, the website can be fixed. 5 Million lines of code is no small task by any stretch! And it will require proper validation this time without political deadlines. So sure, revel in the fact that it can be fixed, for what it's worth. The mandate still needs to be delayed until it has been corrected.

    Oh, and Sniffit, yes, we all know that the word "Obamacare" is not a private insurance company. It's the process that they are referring to. You'll need to get over that issue. The process right now is a train wreck, the fact that it's connected to Obama must drive you nuts, right? It's just one more on the pile of ineptness for Obama, I'd think you'd be used to it by now.

    October 22, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "Well, would you look at that, GOPerville. Obamacare website can be fixed. A little bit of sunshine in your otherwise "the world is coming to an end" doom and gloom existence ... yes?"

    Hehe...I'm gonna go out on a limb and opine that any good news will only spur them to more vehement, desperate and drastic opposition and proposals.

    October 22, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    It is interesting that republicans did not care about insuring 45 million people, and now they are worried that they won't be able to sign up. They rotate as much as a ceiling fan on a hot day. Fortunately for them the GOP base is not very bright.

    October 22, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. tom l

    Our govt at work with little to no accountability. You can try and spin it any way you want, liberals, but almost $500,000,000 for a site aggregator and using technology that is 10 years old, if true, is typical of big govt. All this does is indicate the beaucracy of the govt and their inability to handle something of this nature should be troubling and concerning.

    Also, it might be a PRIVATE company, as you keep misleading people, but they are dictated by the GOVERNMENT as to the policies and procedures and product offering. That's a huge difference.

    October 22, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. tom l

    I love the new tactic of the DMFO, rs, Wake Up!, Rudy, Real TP and Malory crowd. Their new one is that any conservative here must be paid by Roger Ailes or the Koch Brothers. Bravo on your new line! It's impressive and probably one of the most arrogant and disgusting lines you have gone through. So if I don't think like you think then I must be getting paid because your line of thinking is so obviously correct. Disgusting.

    By the way, it is a fact that one of the main reasons Obama won was because of the internet and their ability to embrace it to a much greater degree than the repubs. I commend Obama's team for recognizing the power of the internet and I am impressed. However, what that means is that the left is clearly more adept at this form of support so the only ones that should have the ability to be a "paid troll" would be someone that embraces the internet. Clearly, that would be the dems so maybe it's DMFO and Company that are really the paid trolls. You might have just outed yourselves...

    October 22, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I signed up the other day with no problems at all. Also watched Mika on Morning Joe this morning pick up the phone and call the toll free number and got thru in a minute.

    October 22, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. jinx9to88

    Website will get fixed, but the GOP may never get fixed unless they get rid of the Tea Party!!

    October 22, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "Democrats invented gerrymandering, sniffit. And California is a prime example of what happens when a state is overrun by gerrymandering and yes, voter suppression."

    How cute. It was, in fact, the "Democratic-Republican Party" in 1812 in MA. No, I never said I support gerrymandering by ANYONE. No, I'm not in CA. And no, CA does not have a slew of voter suppression laws like the GOP has been enacting all over the country, getting rid of or shortening early voting, getting rid of Sunday voting, making registration harder or more complicated, attempting to create "two tier" voting systems, attempting to require proof of citizenship, closing polling stations, making laws preventing them from staying open if there are long lines, requiring IDs and making only the IDs likely to be owned by rural citizens acceptable while excluding perfectly legitimate IDs likely to be owned by urban residents, closing high school and college voter registration drives, enacting laws trying to prevent college students from voting, purging voters willy-nilly from the voting rolls because they have Hispanic last names or are "suspected" of not being a citizen, etc. etc. etc. Name two things in CA or any other state controlled by Dems that come anywhere near that kind of deliberate attempt to attenuate voting by particular demographics.

    October 22, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    Also, it might be a PRIVATE company, as you keep misleading people, but they are dictated by the GOVERNMENT as to the policies and procedures and product offering. That's a huge difference.

    By the way, it is a fact that one of the main reasons Obama won was because of the internet and their ability to embrace it to a much greater degree than the repubs. I commend Obama's team for recognizing the power of the internet and I am impressed.
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    Obviously, you have no idea of how the fast track, design and build process actually works, much less the interaction between those who specify stuff, and those who actually implement the specification. Class dismissed.

    As Mitt Romney himself said, Pres. Obama beat him badly in "the ground game", as he put it. Must be all of that community organizing experience paying itself off.

    October 22, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    @tom I (the librarian)
    "You can try and spin it any way you want, liberals, but almost $500,000,000 for a site aggregator and using technology that is 10 years old, if true, is typical of big govt."

    You can try and spin it any way you want, librarians, but $24,000,000,000 for a government shutdown and electing morons to congress; which is true, is typical of losing party.
    Learn to spin, amateur.

    October 22, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Data Driven

    @tom l,

    "Also, it might be a PRIVATE company, as you keep misleading people, but they are dictated by the GOVERNMENT as to the policies and procedures and product offering. That's a huge difference."

    Tom. Are you SURE you want to go with this talking point? Are you SURE?

    Everyone makes mistakes on the Ticker, especially me. If you retract the above statement, we'll just forget the whole thing out of the interests of friendly debate and cordiality.

    Cuidado, I have direct experience in the subject of being contracted by the government. Just so you know, before replying.

    October 22, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. tom l

    @Data
    I'm not sure why you think this isn't a very big story. I think you are being overly sensitive. It's a big deal with all of the fanfare of the rollout to be finding out all of the information that we're hearing now and I'm not sure why you don't feel that CNN should be covering it. 500,000,000 for website? Basically no-bid contract? Wasn't tested properly? Using old technology? If any or all of these are true, then you should be troubled by that. Our government is not using OUR tax dollars properly and that seems to be apparent right now. How many Ted Cruz stories have there been in the past 2 days? 3 or 4? Stop being so sensitive and own up to the fact that this is an example of why someone like me isn't against Obama just to be against Obama, I'm against the govt getting to big and overreaching. This is shaping up that way right now. Could it change? Sure. But if this is an indication than you shouldn't be worried about dems or repubs but you should be worried about your healthcare. period.

    October 22, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I love the new tactic of the DMFO, rs, Wake Up!, Rudy, Real TP and Malory crowd. Their new one is that any conservative here must be paid by Roger Ailes or the Koch Brothers. Bravo on your new line! It's impressive and probably one of the most arrogant and disgusting lines you have gone through. So if I don't think like you think then I must be getting paid because your line of thinking is so obviously correct. Disgusting.
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    I got this one guys. Fallback! Now Tom I., we are educated and informed. Huge difference in us than those who follow misleading media that purposefully lies to it's viewers. You're entitled to your point of view, but when it doesn't pass the bs meter, we're going to call you out on it. Even for some republicans, their is a plain of moderation. However with you far right wingers, your reality is far out if this world on Pluto.

    October 22, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. tom l

    @Rudy
    "As Mitt Romney himself said, Pres. Obama beat him badly in "the ground game", as he put it. Must be all of that community organizing experience paying itself off."

    Exactly. It was his ability to organize and leverage the power of the internet. I'm so glad we can finally agree on somehting. :)

    October 22, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Its amusing that some of the conservative posters think that every liberal on here is accusing them of being paid by Roger Ailes orthe Koch Brothers. While I can't speak for everyone, I can say with certainty that I have not accused anyone of accepting money for regurgitating lines they hear on conservative media. What is even more amusing is that some people here, while parroting back what they hear practically verbatim, insist that they are independent thinkers and that anyone who leans left is nothing more than a puppet. This, coming from the people who embrace the morally and intellectually lazy pap called libertarianism , which requires nothing more than being a massively egocentric person who's main goal in life is their own pleasure. They might " commend " others for embracing a tool to get out their message, but they end up coming across as arrogant, selfish and egotistical children who despise anyone who is not as virtuous as themselves.

    Isn't that right, tom l?

    October 22, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "almost $500,000,000 "

    Exaggerating by over $100M doesn't make you look very credible.

    October 22, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. tom l

    @Data
    Please don't belittle me with the "talking point" line. We all have talking points, you included.

    As far as this being PRIVATE vs. GOVT, yes it is PRIVATE. However, they are held to the strict rules that the govt has implemented. They are not "contracted" by the govt as is the case with the Canadian company that built the website, but they have rules that they must follow that have been hugely increased under the ACA. For instance, you can't have catostrophic insurance coverage alone, you have to have a full plan. That's different and has been dictated by the govt. The insurance companies are not contracted the way you have, and since you have been contracted by the govt you know the game. And since it's OPP and mythical money to a liberal, there is a huge difference.

    October 22, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. tom l

    Ol Yeller,
    My mom is a librarian. I'm a libertarian. I find it hilarious how the new talking point of the left is about 24 billion lost on the economy. Why all of the sudden do you care so much about that? The biggest problem I have is that the govt has that much control over our economy. But you don't have a problem with that.

    October 22, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Evergreen

    I will worry about the computer glitches when the GOP reimburse thr taypayers the 24 billion dollars they flushed down the toilet or when Issa investigates the pallet loads of cash that disappeared in or on its way to Iraq.

    October 22, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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