Obamacare website is ill
Healthcare is perhaps the biggest social infrastructure problem facing the United States, and the Internet is expected to play a big part in fixing it. But so far, the online effort has been a FAIL. After all the politicking and culture-warring over "Obamacare" and the partisan passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the website that was supposed to sign people up has had a sickly first month of operation. When the site launched on October 1, would-be healthcare plan participants had to wait for hours to access the site in order to sign up.
Meanwhile, Republican critics have gleefully mocked the site, suggesting that Obamacare itself will work about as well. The site's problems come at a time when most people have no clear idea what Obamacare is and how it will work—a fact skillfully nailed by a recent SNL sketch.
Some 7 million people are expected to use the site to sign up for healthcare under the new law, and many of them are eager to sign up before the December 15 deadline for getting coverage that starts on the first day of 2014. The Obama administration says the site will soon be performing normally, but some subcontractors working on the site say it may not be functioning well until the end of November.
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