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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22 2013 11:58 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Let's fix the website. The product it supports is good, at least better than we had. We really should have gotten single payer health care.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

How is Utah 's site working?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ Hutterite. Obamacare IS a single payer system. Those who currently have insurance or employers who provide insurance are now paying higher premiums and taxes so those who don't have insurance will get it free or heavily subsidized. That's what you wanted isn't it? Other people forced to pay for your healthcare!

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

When I was about 16 my dad told me to always look into funny noises coming from the car. He said, "Problems never get better on their own."
So, we have a government program that they knew was broken when they turned it on. What were they thinking?
And Obama is sidestepping his responsibility as he always does. He takes the role of an outside observer. "This is unacceptable," as though he had nothing to do with it. That little trick of his is getting old.
Obama apologists will say that he is too high up. He doesn't do the programming. He's an important man and others handle the details, be it barricading monuments or enforcing immigration law.
But the buck stops with him. And since ACA is his legacy one would think he would be on top of it and monitor the roll-out. No doubt he would take the credit had it gone well.
Sorry, Mr. President. You own this fiasco regardless of what you say at a press conference.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

"He [Obama] also promised a "tech surge" by leading technology talent to repair the painfully slow and often unresponsive website."

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Beyond the obvious failures of the website itself, if anyone wanted to known how unqualified Obama is to talk about, much less implement something like this, his promise that a "tech surge" would be the answer is the best sign.

Anytime you get someone with no experience in software design but who uses the magical thinking so prevalent among those with inflated egos (President Obama is a perfect example) to assume they know what it takes to "tech surge" a fix, the inevitable result is the kind of flat-on-its-face flub that we see with this mess.

After wasting about as much money on it (so far) as he did on Solyndra, I'll bet Obama even considers this just another minor booboo. After all, what's a mere $500M+ in the grand scheme of things? :o/

Viva la Migra
American Fork, UT

What a mess. I've created many software systems and try to reduce dependency on external sites as much as possible. Every time external interface adds risk because your system can fail if the other site is down or slow. It also creates a maintenance headache because as the other system changes its specification, you have to change your system to match.

I'm sure that these decisions were not made by the programmers. There are thousands of requirements mandated by government bureaucrats. No wonder it doesn't perform well. Just the subsidy rules are complicated and hard to test. I'm curious if these systems already had well defined interface points, or if some of them were added to support calls from the health site? Why is there a need to interface with the Peace Corp?

Has anyone been able to determine the net accuracy of all of these interlinked systems? For years we've been hearing that E-verify is bad because it's error rate is 0.3 percent. I've seen many news articles where health benefits are denied because "minor children are in jail", or citizenship isn't verified. Is this identity theft related?

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Mountanman'

You said "Those who currently have insurance or employers who provide insurance are now paying higher premiums and taxes so those who don't have insurance will get it free or heavily subsidized. That's what you wanted isn't it? Other people forced to pay for your healthcare!"

The only difference is before I was paying the total bill for people to have health care, now I am only paying a part of it. Who do you think was paying for all those people without insurance who show up at the emergency room? In terms of higher premiums, they have been going up for the last 20 years at almost double digits each year. If anything they should be going down, because we don't need to charge me five times the real cost to cover the cost of the persons without insurance.

I am all ears if the republicans have a better idea, that allows for people to have healthcare without costing me anymore than I am currently paying.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Obama cost tax payers, with his Sylyndra, campaign/fund raising trips, vacations, and windmill projects.

Now he's more upset than us, with his web site glitches?

Is Obama a by-stander with all this wasting of tax payer money?

Who is the leader, and the one in charge?

redshirt007
tranquility base, 00

See when a republican has a flat tire they just do away with cars and go back to the horses since cars don't work.

This is ridiculous, the website has glitches. So what?

Republicans won't let medicare negotiate lower prescription drugs prices. Fix that.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

@ worf
Valerie Jarrett?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

anytime BO tries anything other than campaigning, he fails.

redshirt007
repubs change the tire before they take the car out of the garage, they don't display it in the parade with a flat tire

ute alumni
paradise, UT

barry speaks as though he is having an out of body experience. someone clue him in that HE is the problem. It might get fixed if he leaves office, i hope i hope i hope.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Give the administration a break. They were given only had threes and under $400 million to prepare a website and test it. Five days before the opening Mr. Obama promised that it would be like online shopping, No Problem. He should be furious with his handlers.

JD Tractor
Iowa City, IA

I think we all need to admit this is the biggest scam since watergate. 300 million plus for a website that doesn't work, really? This president has had so many impeachable moments I can't believe he is still in office. And the best he can do is apologize for the website not working.

There are tons of smart people in the working world that can solve this problem through correct economic and true principles of capitalism. Stop bailouts, stop government control, let government regulate commerce between the states, not take it over.

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

Obama's jobs plan has worked about the same way --It has been 5 years and it still isn't fixed

What makes anyone think they can fix this mess?

worf
Mcallen, TX

Go to a classroom.

Subsidize the students with low grades by taking points from those on the honor roll.

Soon, they will all be low level performers.

Is America becoming a low performing country?

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

You'd have to be a clueless buffoon to believe that Obamacare is actually a good idea.

You'd have to be an even bigger fool to believe it will work....

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

@ worf - Mcallen, TX - "Go to a classroom. Subsidize the students with low grades by taking points from those on the honor roll. Soon, they will all be low level performers.
Is America becoming a low performing country?"

Worf -

Sadly, yes, we are....

When I think of what America COULD be and what we are, I hang my head in disgust and cry...

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