To fix Obamacare website, blow it up, start over
October 23rd, 2013
07:26 AM ET
12 months ago

To fix Obamacare website, blow it up, start over

New York (CNNMoney) - Experts say the major problems with the Obamacare website can't reasonably be solved before the end of 2013, and the best fix would be to start over from scratch.

After assessing the website, Dave Kennedy, the CEO of information-security company Trusted Sec, estimates that about 20% of Healthcare.gov needs to be rewritten. With a whopping 500 million lines of code, according to a recent New York Times report, Kennedy believes fixing the site would probably take six months to a year.

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  1. cumulus

    Let me guess, his company is attempting to get a contract. Tom l.,you seem bright and I pose a question to you .who do you think is behind the relentless attack on Obama care, to the point of "we had to destroy the village to save it ". Basically saying, if you dont repeal a law that may hurt our people, I'm going to hurt my people, that make sense to you, democrats are no Angeles, but the gop honestly wants you to believe the policies in place during the meltdown are the answers to success? How? Their talking points are widely contested as nonsense by real economists

    October 23, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  2. the hippies were right

    Dave Kenedy has written several books regarding "web" security and is obviously very qualified to make this statement. But the fact that he is also a Fox "spews" contributor makes you wonder. A little controversy always helps book sales.

    October 23, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  3. Evergreen

    Maybe the Governors in States that refused to set up their own exchanges can arrange to have their people access the exchanges in States that did.

    October 23, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Are you kidding? 500 million lines? Whose eyes you are washing? Well, it is a Law. These COMPUTER GLITCHES CAN BE FIXED. O.K. Just shut up and do the work with nation's best programmers, bring them from India, if needed.

    October 23, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  5. ED1

    This is what happens when you have Government people try to do something the private sector is a million times better at.

    What will this cost the tax payers and again trying to rush just because somebody wants to prove a point and they don't even have a clue of what they are doing.

    Our no leadership in charge President should just leave what a joke he has been the past five years ashamed he is the same race as I am.

    October 23, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. Tom

    It strikes me a odd that the liberals on here think it's ok to require someone to get insurance yet they feel its too difficult for someone to get an ID to vote

    October 23, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    After being in year 12 of our projected month long war in Iraq, and watching the republicans unnecessarily burn $24 billion in two weeks, I think we can be patient with a program that will help so many Americans.

    October 23, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. Harold Richards

    It is official...
    Obamacare website = Legendary FAIL!

    If they can't launch Obama's Flagship legislation website right, how do you expect them to manage healthcare.

    Train wreck

    October 23, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Do over. I've said that from the start. The more they debate the pros and cons they will be losing time. That's how repairing poorly written software works, Sometimes it takes less time to throw it all out and start over from scratch, than it does to try to dissect the existing code. Suppose you had a car with a rusting chassis, and your driver's seat falls through the floorboards. Now you cannot drive it. Do you fix the old car or get a new one? Getting a new one takes less time, and a better chance of final success.

    Time is not on their side. Someone was not following up on progress and completely dropped the ball. Now they say it may take six months to a year to rewrite it from scratch. Gong. Now do you understand why I've been so highly critical of this web site fiasco? The easiest part to execute was completely bungled.

    October 23, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. TONE

    That's a whole load of crap i think these experts are part of a rightwing conspiracy to damage the ACA. I also think that the contractors tasked with making it easier for signing up for the ACA should be investigated, might reveal some interference by the tea wing of the gop.

    October 23, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. TONE

    I am quite certain rightwingers are salivating over this idea to tell their brain dead followers we told you so nice try experts but we got you according to Rev AL.

    October 23, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I have confidence the new experts brought in can fix it. Although it would be nice to start over and do it right. Don't pay the contractors who screwed it up !!!!!

    October 23, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |