Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

For the first month alone, the Obama administration projected that nearly a half million people would sign up in the new health insurance markets.

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system.

Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far.

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  1. JD says:

    “For the first month alone, the Obama administration projected that nearly a half million people would sign up in the new health insurance markets.”

    There is no way that they’ll make that.

  2. Dewaine says:

    “The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system.”

    So, it’ll cost even more money on top of the millions being spent just on the infrastructure.

    • Tom G. says:

      It’s hard to keep on the cutting edge of technology, but its even harder when you don’t try.

    • Tom G. says:

      That’s on top of the added costs of using old technology in the first place: less people know it, meaning they can charge more to build it.

  3. Dewaine says:

    “Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far.”

    What did we expect? Sounds like we’re heading toward disaster and the government will have to step in with single payer to save us.

  4. JD says:

    This is the most discouraging “headlines” ever.

  5. Buster says:

    “I have never seen a website — in the last five years — require you to delete the cache in an effort to resolve errors,” — Leavitt Partners

    This problem doesn’t seem to plague eHealthInsurance.com. Why wouldn’t current Web design practices be used. Were officials worried that old folks would try to use the service on old IBM PCs? It isn’t like a Web design firm could save money using the old 1999 website technology (assuming HHS didn’t farm out the design work to a nursing home for retired tech workers).

    • Billy says:

      They probably designed it this way so some Senator who’s still running Windows 95 sees it as familiar enough to not shut it down.

  6. Studebaker says:

    Professor Deaton…. “Who put us in charge?”

    What the West should do, he says, is stand aside and let poorer countries find their own paths, in fits and starts, at their own pace, to development and prosperity, just as the West had to do a century or so earlier.

    Well Said!