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What is the main problem with the Obamacare health insurance exchange software?

Asked by Priti (8 points ) December 10th, 2013

What is the main problem with the Obamacare health insurance exchange software?

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ETpro's avatar

Hi @Priti and welcome to Fluther. Great Question.

It’s a new website dealing with an enormously complex law and it needs to have plenty of safeguards against fraud while still ensuring that it’s easy to use. Much of the law is needs based, so it needs to tie into other databases that are relatively fraud proof and establish legitimate financial need. Anyone who thought introducing it would be a cakewalk has no concept of the complexity of Web development at this level of Web project.

Disclaimer: I’m a Web developer, so that tells you where my natural sympathies lie.

jerv's avatar

Version 1.0 of any software has it’s faults. Think of the current site as a Beta test.

Pachy's avatar

No site this big and complicated could work perfectly right out of the gate. That’s the problem with is in modern times—we’ve been conditioned to want everything now and to want it to be perfect.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

^“Big and complicated”

One of the glaring faults of Obamacare in a nutshell.

ETpro's avatar

@SecondHandStoke Sorry, but what Obamacare is aimed at dealing with is big and complicated. Simplistic approaches would be hopelessly flawed. US healthcare is 17.2% of our total GDP. It’s not a simple thing. And the previous system the “repeal Obamacare crowd” loves was a horrendous, confusing mess with service constantly shrinking, 50 million people excluded from the system, rampant insurance company abuses, and costs spiraling up at 2 to 3 times the rate of inflation for the past 3 decades. Is that your alternative solution?

SecondHandStoke's avatar

My temporary solution is defined by healthcare’s own prime tenet:

First do no harm.

jerv's avatar

@SecondHandStoke A tenet broken by insurance companies loooooooooooooooong ago. How about stopping the bleeding first?

Since most of the problems are caused by insurance companies and their quest to pay their CEOs 8-digit salaries, a better temporary solution would be an injunction banning insurance companies from having anything to do with anything to do with healthcare until we can get things sorted out.

Of course, that would run into other problems. I mean, doctors do deserve to get paid.

Well darn, I guess there are no simple, easy solutions here. Anything that is workable must be big and complicated.

717richboy's avatar

Youtube: 100 hours of video uploaded per minute; 1 billion monthly users; services the entire world; took 6 years to spend $600 million; NEVER crashes.

ObamaCare website: Needs to allow simple text registrations; only needs to service one country; cost $631 million to create (from a 90 million original estimate); run by the most powerful people in the world; has NEVER worked.

jerv's avatar

@717richboy YouTube didn’t get it right on the first try either.

ETpro's avatar

@717richboy Also, Uploading and the displaying videos is so incredibly much simpler than sorting through 17,000 pages or law and regulations regarding healthcare, and integrating that into income and need data from the IRS, and data from hundreds of different sorts of systems at various insurers who sell in some states but not in others; that the comparison only serves to show how thoroughly you fail to understand that the healthcare website has to do.The bad news is, you aren’t the only one. Apparently there were plenty in the Obama administration and even the contractor hired to do it that made the same mistake.

jaytkay's avatar

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