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    Few people who were FOR Obamacare have shifted their position due to ACA Website problems.

    Few people who OPPOSED Obamacare did so because they doubted the government could produce an effective website.

    If anything, the snakebit ACA demonstrated AGAIN the need for government to design an information age procurement system. THAT is what Congress should hold hearings on.

    The ACA Website reflects the industrial age procurement system that our government uses to buy software. Remember Moore’s Law? Processing power doubles every 18 months. Between the time government drafts a bid announcement and the time it lets a contract, the information age has marched on — leaving contractors scurrying to match leading edge capabilities to fulfill outdated contractual mandates.  

    • JBarnett

      “Much of the problem has to do with the way the government buys things. The government has to follow a code called the Federal Acquisition Regulation, which is more than 1,800 pages of legalese that all but ensure that the companies that win government contracts, like the ones put out to build HealthCare.gov, are those that can navigate the regulations best, but not necessarily do the best job.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10

    • Quizzical

      Here’s how I see it.  I’m not a computer science professional.  But I have registered on healthcare.gov, just to view the Virginia options available to my family.

      Basically, unless you are going to be available for a subsidy, there aren’t many variables that need to be entered.  It’s basically the ages of your family and whether any of you are smokers.  It’s not much.  Therefore, for that population, the website is not at all complicated.  To the extent there are problems, they should be fixed quickly.

      Then there is the population that will be eligible for a subsidy of some amount, or Medicaid. That requires entry of data about modified gross income. That part of the website is working, as the Post reported today that over 300,000 people have had eligibility determinations already made by the IRS.  If the website hangs on you, and you call in, the people at the call in center simply enter the date in for you at the same website.  My conclusion:  the website basically is working.  There may be problems about scalability.

      The third issue is whether the data is getting through OK to the insurance company which you have selected.  I’ve read some articles that say there is a problem there.  Well, as I see it, if you have been OK’d for the subsidy, the only thing the insurance company needs is the ages of you and your family, and whether each of you is a smoker or not.  That’s not so much.  So if there is a question about the those data items, they can just call or write you, to straighten it out.

      The bottom line is that due to the exclusion of pre-existing conditions as an underwriting factor, this process just isn’t that complicated, and there is no reason why any problems shouldn’t be quickly fixed.  

      My prediction is that by mid November, everything will be running smoothly.