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

    Hitch up them Government Mules and Spend, Spend, Spend ! After all someone else is paying for it, right !

    October 22, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "so the only ones that should have the ability to be a "paid troll" would be someone that embraces the internet."

    The entire Teatroll movement has very famously been proven to have held seminars and training sessions on how "astroturf" and to "troll" liberal sites, news comment boards and other places where repetition of their talking points is likely to expose a large audience to their propaganda. One famous example had the Koch brothers paying for a training session at which the speaker told them to go to Amazon when they're bored and look up "liberal books" in order to give them repeated bad reviews under different names. Go check Marx's Communist Manifesto if you don't believe me...a book that should be considered nothing but academic and the reviews (if Amazon hasn't cleaned them up) are chock full of ranting about Obama. Reports came out this week that Faux News made employees create 100s of sockpuppet accounts all over the internet to "counterattack" people who posted criticism of Faux or their propaganda. You should perhaps rely on facts instead of attempts at "this is how it simply must be based on my presumptions."

    October 22, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    These here fellers are trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear. By that I mean, in Georgia, where the corn is sweet and the girls are husky, a feller can do as he dang well please. As my old pappy used to say, Nothing like a bad website to raise the hackles of someone who doesn't like crab chowder! CASE CLOSD!

    October 22, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Cal

    GOP Government shutdown cost the American people 24 Billion dollars. That money could have been used fixing the glitches on the website.

    October 22, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    I was able to log on and browse the site this morning. What's the big deal?

    October 22, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    No, tom. The internet has absolutely nothing to do with the "ground game" that Romney was referring to. He's talking about going door to door, which is quciker and easier to do in urban areas than it is isolated rural areas.

    BTW, the cost of the web site is reported as $300 million, not the $500 million that you keep erroneously, and purposely reciting.

    October 22, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    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.
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    Didn't I tell you that you have no clue as to what you're talking about? You really need to stop talking about topics that you know absolutely nothing about. You are prohibitively ignorant of all aspects of engineering and contracted labor.

    But, please, carry on. Watching someone unknowingly make a fool of themselves is entertaining, especially after they've been told that that is exactly what they are doing.

    October 22, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Evergreen

    Gerrymandering by both parties is no longer a problem in California. Citizens voted to create an independent commission to draw districts rather than leaving the process in the hands of politicians.

    October 22, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Sniffit

    " 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. "

    First, you seem to be mixing things in a ridiculous way here. That a private contractor was hired to build the website has nothing to do with and is no way analogous to the gov't setting rules for what particular insurance plans are required to include.

    Second, it's entirely appropriate for the gov't to step in and define the marketplace, set the rules, draw the boundaries and then blow the whistle to start the game for private industry, particularly when we have 70+ years of evidence that PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND THE ALLEGED MAGIC OF THE FREE MARKET WASN'T GETTING THE JOB DONE (and was, in fact, doing a horrifyingly bad and increasingly damaging job of it). After well over a half a century of the private health insurance industry's failures, which have required major legislation to be enacted before the ACA (think Medicare and Medicaid), arguments about "letting the free market work it out" are nothing but ideological fantasies.

    October 22, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Harold Richards

    Q: Why wasn't the Obamacare website fully operational by Oct 1st?

    Q: How many millions will be spent on "fixing the Obamacare website?

    Q: What is the timeline for the repairs for the Obamacare website?

    Q; Who is going to be held responsible for this train wreck of a launch?

    Q: Is this what we should expect the Government running Obamacare in the future?

    October 22, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ 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.

    Hey, Dutch. I'm shocked to see that CNN allowed your comment. No doubt it slipped past?

    FIFY: We are supposed to whine and moan and groan that the website isn't "working".

    October 22, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. tom l

    Gerrymandering by both parties is no longer a problem in California. Citizens voted to create an independent commission to draw districts rather than leaving the process in the hands of politicians.

    LOL

    Just hit the google and type in "democrats gerrymander California" and you will know how phony that "citizen's commission" was. I lived in California. I know what they did.

    Democrats surreptitiously enlisted local voters, elected officials, labor unions and community groups to testify in support of configurations that coincided with the party’s interests.

    When they appeared before the commission, those groups identified themselves as ordinary Californians and did not disclose their ties to the party. One woman who purported to represent the Asian community of the San Gabriel Valley was actually a lobbyist who grew up in rural Idaho, and lives in Sacramento.

    BOTH parties do this. What a joke.

    October 22, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Gerrymandering by both parties is no longer a problem in California. Citizens voted to create an independent commission to draw districts rather than leaving the process in the hands of politicians."

    Ha...I wasn't aware of that...and apparently the person who attacked me wasn't either. Sounds like a great idea to take national. I mean, it's just "common sense," right GOPers? Gerrymandering is unfair no matter who's doing it, right? Why wouldn't we want INDEPENDENT commissions doing the districting, hmmmm?

    October 22, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    @CA Independent (aka- republicant)
    "The process right now is a train wreck,"
    Use republicant talking points much... I mean as an 'independent'?
    You fellers aren't fooling anyone, and I find it amusing that ya'll want to support the republicant party in all your posts and rail against the Democrats at every turn, but you blatantly attempt to disassociate yourself from your masters.

    October 22, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. rs

    So, tom I, is it your argument that the shutdown cost the nation nothing? Less than $24 billio or what? The plain truth is the Right damaged the nation by their senseless action. They should pay.

    October 22, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Data Driven

    @Tom,

    Of course I have talking points. We all have talking points. Mine, however, are better than yours.

    Yes, I think 6 website stories posted in 2 hours on ANY subject is ridiculous. Personally? I feel that the whole thing has become a pearl-clutching exercise in a right-wing gymnasium. If it makes you feel better, Tom, Ezra Klein and even Markos Moulitsas himself are on the same "fiasco" page with you. Which only goes to show how even liberal celebrities are susceptible to Beltway Fever.

    And: you're talking policy; I'm talking the website build, re: the issue of private company outsourcing. Since you can't apparently speak to how work is produced under government contract, we'll say I won the round and leave it there.

    October 22, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Profile Of The Typical Mob Voter

    1. Thinks Obama and the Democrats are all they need going through life.
    2. Thinks they themselves are rich.
    3. Makes less than $0/yr. Loves entitlements. Able bodied but doesn't want to work. Sells thier $900/mo food stamps for beer and drugs.
    4. Has no net worth, probably vagrant ,and most likely owes child support
    5. Probably between 18-35 and always lets everybody else foot thier bills and filthy HABITS
    6. Primary residence is either a friends abode, public housing, abandoned car
    7. Thinks they are religious, however they follow mob rule, law of the feud, attends church less than one day a year
    8. Probably supports the ACA but loves Obamacare.
    9. Reverse racist and predjudiced against anybody that works for a living.
    10. Thinks Obama the Democrats represent THEM!!!

    October 22, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. tom l

    Where's my Ailes/Koch brother check??? Clearly I didn't get the memo. Couldn't I throw Saul Alinsky at you? Because those are clearly the tactics of the left nowadays...

    October 22, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Google the following and read the article: "I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare." If you think that kind of blatant lying and narrative manufacture is an exception to the rule from the RWNJs ad their main propaganda machine, then you're not paying attention.

    October 22, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Ol' Yeller

    @Rudy NYC
    "But, please, carry on. Watching someone unknowingly make a fool of themselves is entertaining, especially after they've been told that that is exactly what they are doing."
    He doesn't listen to no durn libruls. They are stoopid. Not like his braintrust Rick McDaniel, just sprayin, and Gunderson.

    October 22, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. tom l

    Just google "democrats gerrymander California." I am extremely aware of this "commission" and tried to post but this board is obviously fixed and not allowing me to respond. Just google it and you will see the cabal that is California democrats.

    October 22, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Captain Awesome

    I wonder why this Canadian company (CGI) was chosen in a NO-BID contract to handle a portal of this scope? I work with developers and have a clear understanding of the full SDLC. Did CGI do any real regression testing? Beta testing? End to End testing? Load Testing/Balancing? Peer Reviews? Anything? This site cost $300 million conservatively and now the "tech surge" will cost even more. The guys at Google are real chummy with the obama admin. so why didn't obama just go to Google or Apple or Microsoft?

    October 22, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    @Harold
    Q: Why wasn't the Obamacare website fully operational by Oct 1st? Government shutdown

    Q: How many millions will be spent on "fixing the Obamacare website? Not near as much as was lost in the government shutdown

    Q: What is the timeline for the repairs for the Obamacare website? Before we get our troops out of Afghanistan

    Q; Who is going to be held responsible for this train wreck of a launch? Senator ted cruz (that's his talking point, I'm sick of hearing it, too).

    Q: Is this what we should expect the Government running Obamacare in the future? No, I have a feeling that by this time next year (most likely sooner) you are going to be wanting to complain about something entirely different, though I'm betting it won't be the cubans who have infiltrated our government.

    October 22, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. tom l

    Google the following and read the article: "I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare." If you think that kind of blatant lying and narrative manufacture is an exception to the rule from the RWNJs ad their main propaganda machine, then you're not paying attention.

    I tried to find it yesterday and couldn't. I can see Hannity doing something like that. That's why I don't listen to him. He's annoying and just a puppet for the repubs.

    October 22, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. sonny chapman

    Thank God Obama & the Dems didn't handle the Iraq War. Things might have really gotten screwed up.

    October 22, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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