Obama Calls on Private Sector IT Pros to fix HealthCare.gov

While the US is just now beginning to recover from a two-week long political standoff over President Obama’s health care reform measures, some people have been filing complaints about the HealthCare.gov website relating to significant technical issues.

Earlier on Monday, President Obama said that the US is tapping IT talent from all over the country to fix the myriad of problems behind the health insurance exchange site. 

"The Web site that's supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody… People have been stuck during the application process.” Obama proclaimed, “We are doing everything we can possibly do to get the Web site working better, faster, sooner… Experts from some of America's top private-sector tech companies, who have seen things like this happen before, are reaching out and offering to send help.”

In the mean-time, President Obama said that potential insurance buyers could sign up for health care by phone or in-person.
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous said:
    As a European, may I ask what everyone's problem is with the new health care system? I live in one of the most expensive countries in the world (US prices for most things I can only dream of) and better health coverage despite paying significantly less. Without saying Obama's specific implementation is any better I don't think the US system of "let the private sector dictate health care" has been a success, so chance seems of essence. Yet it doesn't seem like the problem the republicans have with the health care reform is the specific implementation, instead its that the government has anything to do with health care at all?
    Or am I getting this all wrong? Its not always easy to decipher things across such a distance, so any explanation would be appreciated =)


    The US "private sector" has not dictated anything in the past 50 some years. If you mean the sadly Marxist/national socialist system that has been slowly creeping into the system through the ever so growing government then yes, the ObamaCare would make every living Marxist proud.

    In an actual free-market system (without any gov't coercion) the prices of health care would be a lot less (not just the USA); enter the government and you get regulated price-control that only serves the bought and paid for pocket-lining interest groups, hence the higher and higher prices and lower quality service (i.e. Canadian Health Care system, post 1960's).

    Obamacare simply drains the system of resources that are already scares. And this is not Democrats vs Republicans; both parties are under the same corrupt special-interest system. Democrats buy their votes one way, while the Republicans do it another, both corrupting the nation through their unethical and immoral practices.
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  • none12345
    Go call one of the major MMORPG players. They know a thing or two about scalable hardware.

    The fact that they have already spent 400 million on that joke of a site, is beyond sad at this point.

    Some of the major game players probably could have done the entire thing for 30 million instead of 400 million, and it would probably work just fine(with perhaps the exception of day 1 congestion). As long as its not EA anyway; recent history has taught us they probably couldn't have done it any better, lol.
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  • jhansonxi
    Part of the problem are the regulations which control government procurement. They practically guarantee failure. The fact that the site functioned at all makes it look good compared to past IT projects of the FBI and IRS.
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  • none12345
    Go call one of the major MMORPG players. They know a thing or two about scalable hardware.

    The fact that they have already spent 400 million on that joke of a site, is beyond sad at this point.

    Some of the major game players probably could have done the entire thing for 30 million instead of 400 million, and it would probably work just fine(with perhaps the exception of day 1 congestion). As long as its not EA anyway; recent history has taught us they probably couldn't have done it any better, lol.
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  • mjw
    They should just junk what was built, copy the California website which works fine, change the branding here and there from California to Federal, and deploy it - problem solved!
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  • bigshootr8
    @MJW that doesn't account for the web traffic that a site receives on a National level. But I do agree to a certain extent if its not working maybe a re work should be done.
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