President Obama Addresses Healthcare Website Issues, Calls them "Unacceptable"
October 21, 2013 11:42 AM
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He'll do so at an event today at 11:25 a.m.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called the issues with the HealthCare.gov website "unacceptable" at an event this morning.
, Obama announced a plan to address the
recent problems with HealthCare.gov
at an event today in the White House Rose Garden. Consumers, pharmacists and business owners were in attendance.
With the rollout of Obamacare on October 1, a key part of the program is consumer accessibility to HealthCare.gov in order to select new insurance plans. The idea behind it is to bring health insurance to Americans that have gone without, and it also doesn't prevent those with pre-existing conditions to apply.
But the White House didn't expect HealthCare.gov to see the amount of traffic it did when Obamacare began. Within the first 10 days, there were over 19 million visits to the site. This led to many technical problems with the site, such as jumbled text, error messages and delays with loading pages.
Obama even compared the glitchy website to
Obama sees this as a serious issue and addressed it today, calling it unacceptable" and planning new ways for Americans to get insurance exchanges despite site issues.
"The president will directly address the technical problems with HealthCare.gov - troubles that he and his team find unacceptable - and discuss the actions he has pushed for to make it easier for consumers to comparison shop and enroll for insurance while work continues around the clock to improve the website," said a White House official.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), fixes are being made to the site, but it's not all bad. It said people have been successful in other tasks on HealthCare.gov, such as verifying eligibility.
"Individuals have been able to verify their eligibility for credits, enabling them to shop for, and enroll in, low- or even no-cost health plans," said HHS. "We have updated the site several times with new code that includes bug fixes. Our team has called in additional help to solve some of the more complex technical issues we are encountering."
As of last Saturday night, it was reported that almost half a million Americans applied for health insurance as part of Obamacare.
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10/25/2013 1:14:06 PM
I'm a red voter through and through, but the prices I saw quoted on healthcare.gov were sensible. They were inline with what I pay now through my small business employer and had similar deductibles. Interestingly enough if I wanted to go the disasterous coverage route I could say $500 a month.
Now granted I didn't actually go through the website application process, they simply asked me for my zip code, but apparently I'm "poor" enough that I should qualify for some sort of discount (apparently if you make less than 95,000/year with 2 children and a spouse you're poor now.)
Being a software consultant myself I find the 600 million price tag insulting, even if it was a perfectly functioning, state of the art website. The fact that it works poorly just adds insult to injury. I mean for heavens sake, Facebook was written by three kids in a dormroom over the span of 6 months. We seriously can't find a team of professional web developers to build this thing in a year when we have 600 million dollars available?
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