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October 18, 2013 - 10:00 am
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So how’s that HealthCare.gov working out for you? To hear Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, talk, the website is just humming along and everything is peachy. (I’m sure all Americans breathed a sigh of relief when they found out the Obamacare enrollments would continue unhindered during the Great American Shutdown of 2013.)

Sebelius joined a panel at the Columbus Metropolitan Library this week to discuss Obamacare’s impact in Ohio. She said her trip to the state was part of the “final phase” of implementing the law. I thought the final phase was when you gave your grandma the pain pill instead of  letting her have the heart operation, but maybe that’s the final final phase of Obamacare.

Anyway, the HealthCare.gov website has been widely criticized since its October 1st launch with complaints of long wait times, crashes, buggy architecture, and security concerns. Sebelius addressed some of those concerns during the panel in Columbus.

“There is no question the website had a rocky start and I am first to say we wish it could have been a lot smoother from day one,” Sebelius said. “I can tell you it’s a whole lot better today than it was two weeks ago and HealthCare.gov, the website, is up and running. It will get better each and every day.”

Sebelius defended the decision not to delay the launch of the obviously not-ready-for prime-time website. “I think people have waited for decades for affordable health care,” she said. “We had a responsibility to get that product to them as quickly as possible. Waiting for another season would be totally unfair to those who have been desperate for affordable health care.” The subtle message seems to be that it’s better — more fair, even — to have crappy government services that don’t actually work than no services at all. This is the best we can aspire to in America in 2013.

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my roomate's mother makes $87 hourly on the laptop. She has been fired from work for five months but last month her payment was $13386 just working on the laptop for a few hours. more information....WWW.Rush64.COM
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So, other than that, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
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The only things working are the IT guys trying to figure out where they messed up and the spin doctors trying to convince everyone it's not that bad.
44 weeks ago
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I am a family physician in CT and have a direct pay practice. We work directly for our patients, not for the government and not for the insurance companies. In so doing, we provide very affordable primary care: $50/month and $20 a visit. Anyway, I have come across an alternative to Obamacare that some of your readers might be interested in. You might consider spreading the word. Here are 2 links:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/36473470/ns/health-health_care/t/christian-co-ops-swap-burden-medical-bills/#.UmE7LpURbzI

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1992385,00.html

It seems to me that these programs have the advantage of supporting our freedoms, supporting our faith communities, and undermining Obamacare all at the same time!
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Perhaps she means "working as designed." Its a nice little euphemism we use in the sw biz to deflect defects we don't want to resolve. Its similar to, "Sorry you don't like how the app works but that's the way it was intended to function." Clever those software people. We shouldn't be teaching those politicians our tricks.

So just wait until the data losses begin to occur. Sounds like they did a poor job of testing happy path. lol I suspect that fault injection was out scope for version one.

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I think you may be confused as to what the definition of 'working' is that Ms. Sebelius means. You and many others seem to be thinking that the website 'working' means that it would work in the standard definition of a customer ordering something like they would from Amazon thru their website and the transaction goes as planned.

That isn't the case for Obamacare. Obamacare was designed to screw things up and hurt as many people as possible while funneling money to select preferred groups, like using ACORN as navigators. To that end all is proceeding as planned and the website is working perfectly.

Hope this helps clear up any confusion.
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