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Three Guys Built a Better Healthcare.gov
The Atlantic Wire ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | Connor Simpson

Posted on 11/03/2013 10:44:35 AM PST by 1rudeboy

The Affordable Health Care act rollout was an unmitigated disaster thanks in large part to a cluttered website that both didn't work and was offensively ugly. Maybe things would not have gone so poorly if HealthCare.gov looked something like this.

No one knows the resources that went into building HealthCare.gov, but the government quickly realized it wasn't enough after that terrible first day, so they decided to bring in a crew of leading tech experts to fix the website's many, many problems. But the job was already at least partially completed by three unknown coders living in San Francisco.

Meet the Health Sherpa, the website HealthCare.gov probably should have been. George Kalogeropoulos, Ning Liang and Michael Wasser saw the troubled launch and decided they could do a better health care enrolment website better than the government and, by golly, they succeeded. The Health Sherpa makes it ridiculously easy for anyone to compare health care plans covered under Obamacare in 34 states. (They left out the 16 states with existing marketplace sites, though it seems support for those states is coming soon.) The result is a simple, beautiful, remarkably responsive website that anyone could use.

Here are step-by-step instructions to using the Health Sherpa.

1) Type in your zip code to see if your state qualifies for their help.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlanticwire.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; healthcaregov; obamacare; zerocare
I didn't look at the website, but still had a good laugh.
1 posted on 11/03/2013 10:44:35 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Sebelius has brought in top gurus from RedHat, Google, and Oracle.

Because every bug filled foundering software mess needs more egotistic generals to harangue the troops, LOL.


2 posted on 11/03/2013 10:49:33 AM PST by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: nascarnation

You can never have enough corporations run by Leftist activist on a government project with what is essentially an unlimited budget.


3 posted on 11/03/2013 10:52:09 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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4 posted on 11/03/2013 10:55:06 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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5 posted on 11/03/2013 11:00:56 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: 1rudeboy

If the Obama trons have any brains they will patch what they have to look presentable as possible while starting a new site fresh by people who know what they are doing. Starting clean is the best approach


6 posted on 11/03/2013 11:05:29 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: 1rudeboy

Amazing. How did they build a web site for less than a billion dollars? Obama himself couldn’t perform such a miracle even if he programmed it himself!


7 posted on 11/03/2013 11:06:04 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: 1rudeboy

It sounds like this is only a shopping comparison site. For enrollment there is mentioned another link or number to call that attaches back to the government ??.


8 posted on 11/03/2013 11:07:50 AM PST by erlayman
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To: 1rudeboy

I think you can go to
http://www.ehealthinsurance.com
and do the same thing.


9 posted on 11/03/2013 11:12:10 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Government ruined, market fixed. What could be more obvious, folks?


10 posted on 11/03/2013 11:17:56 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: erlayman

From I saw for my location they link you to the phone number of the insurer in your State that offers the plan you chose.


11 posted on 11/03/2013 11:24:37 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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12 posted on 11/03/2013 11:30:55 AM PST by bkopto (Obama and Biden are merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: 1rudeboy

IMNSHO, I the CGI site was PROGRAMED to Fail.


13 posted on 11/03/2013 11:58:52 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: erlayman
It sounds like this is only a shopping comparison site. For enrollment there is mentioned another link or number to call that attaches back to the government ??

Right. Does it do the whole job obamacare.gov was supposed to do? I don't think so. I think they duplicated the only part of obamacare that works.

14 posted on 11/03/2013 1:47:41 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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15 posted on 11/03/2013 2:09:06 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: 1rudeboy

Can the Health Sherpas get Obama up to the top of Everest and leave him there?


16 posted on 11/03/2013 3:34:25 PM PST by ToastedHead
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To: 1rudeboy
The obamacare can't do what this does (zip code -> available plans and prices). Not for technical reasons, but political reasons.

Obamacare is a wealth transfer scheme; from the young to the old, from the healthy to the unhealthy, from those that don't want acupuncture and maternity services to those that do, etc, etc.

Given a choice between paying $500 a month or $95 a year, what will the young, healthy, and poor do? And when they go Galt, the system collapses (ahead of schedule).

So Obamacare needs to add another subsidy (ben bernanke's printing press to the poor and middle class) so it doesn't look like as bad as it is. But to know how much subsidy, you need to collect the user's information and integrate with a dozen antique computer systems first.

17 posted on 11/03/2013 3:47:27 PM PST by RagingBull (Talent does what it can; genius does what it must)
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To: RagingBull

It’s not $95 a year

It’s only $95 if your income is less than $9,500 a year.

Otherwise it is 1% of your income the first year, which then becomes 2% and then 2.5% (if your still under the $10,000 or so a year the fine is $695 by then)


18 posted on 11/03/2013 5:48:31 PM PST by GeronL
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To: 1rudeboy

Where did they get six hundred million dollars to put the site together?


19 posted on 11/03/2013 6:50:07 PM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Hey Obama - even THESE guys could soitainly make the web site work:


20 posted on 11/03/2013 9:59:07 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: 1rudeboy

The real laugh is when u are able to see the plan costs in your zip. Holy sh!t they are ridonkulious. There is gonna be soma massive blowback. 2014 can’t come soon enough.


21 posted on 11/03/2013 10:25:12 PM PST by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: BinaryBoy

My brother and his company do websites like these all the time for 10 grand, one he told me he did for 5. And here these guys are charging half a BILLION lol lol lol. He’s says he knows the company that did this, theyre Canadian and have no idea what the hell they are doing. They also ripped off Purolator. just goes to show how easily this comiecare is going to bankrupt the country, everybody in the world is going to be ripping off billions through this monstrousity which to me is exactly why our admitted foreign born twice unconstitutionally elected Islamic commie POTUS wants it.


22 posted on 11/04/2013 5:31:59 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
My brother and his company do websites like these all the time for 10 grand . . .

Well, did your brother and his company make a substantial donation to the Obama campaign? I'm sure there is a perfectly logical reason why this was outsourced on a no bid contract.

24 posted on 11/04/2013 7:23:45 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Just remember, while they’re scrambling as hard as they can to fix the website, that its complete and utter failure merely masks the true problems on the back-end side of things, where “completed” transactions get lost or mangled and personally identifying information has no reasonable expectation of security or privacy.

If they do manage to get the front-end “up and running”, that’s just going to be the beginning of the real problems.


25 posted on 11/04/2013 7:33:58 AM PST by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Oh wow I heard this was a no bid, so they donated money to the Kenyan? And they get $600 million in return for a job monkeys could do better, just think how much health care that would pay for. I was reading about one guy who just lost his insurance in the middle of cancer treatments because of this Obamacare. Can you imagine that? Doctor tells you that you have cancer and you start the chemo and radiation and *poof* all that immediately ends because you no longer have insurance! I was talking the other day how 100 million people have died under communism. So just think: It’s happening again. Communism under this commie POTUS is going to cause more people to die. “Obama lied people died” is as spot on as it gets!


26 posted on 11/04/2013 9:04:15 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
I doubt that you will find a Canadian corporation listed as a contributor to the ObaMao campaign. But you can be reasonably certain that their top brass arranged the donation through a bundler or other clever way to prevent tracking. You know this administration would never award a no-bid contract without getting something in return.

Even a more reputable organization like, say, the Mafia, doesn't work that way.

27 posted on 11/04/2013 9:26:49 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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