Article here http://tinyurl.com/k99b9fr
from the Atlantic. Three guys built a simpler site for Obamacare than
the feds did. They started on it after seeing the fed's version.
It's here http://www.thehealthsherpa.com if anyone is interested.
I saw in the comments another site that might be better since it
includes the subsidies. http://www.valuepenguin.com
Both sites are missing a lot of information about deductibles etc.
I don't know crap about this stuff so take it for what it's worth.
Security at the HHS site is lacking. Article from the Foundry:
The Foundry is connected to the Heritage Foundation.
How's the "penguin" site going to know the individual subsidies and the plan
details? You need these two pieces of info to give users any kind of useful
info. How does anyone know if the info on the site has any correlation to
reality, where does the data come from?
From the flurry of coverage about the HealthCare.gov issues I thought that the
only non-ideological complaint about the implementation was that backend
communication with all the insurance providers was the part that was lacking. In
order to build a better site, those three guys would have to have a better
access to ALL the participating healthcare insurance companies (their IT
departments specifically) than HHS - how's that possible?
Security is lacking? How astonishing.......how many updates for Windows
have been issued since the latest version was published? Anything that
can be programmed can be hacked, and there are droves of people with
nothing better to do than find security holes in computers. I have
probably gotten thousands of updates for various programs over the years
(20) that I have had a pc. I also worked through the formation of a new
payroll and pension system with a large employer....my job for three
years of blood, sweat and tears was to audit payroll and benefit data
before it was fed to the home office of our large and esteemed
corporation. The lead-up to going live involved HUNDREDS of changes to
the payroll system, trying to find bugs...there were very unique little
glitches that anyone without personal knowledge of most of our employees
would never have found. That said, I can't imagine how complex the ACA
site needs to be, with security both directions to filter out spammers
and hackers, verify ID's, and feed the right info for the person's state
insurance status back to applicants.
I'm not real optimistic that it will come together soon, but once it
does, and with the increasing computerization of provider systems,
Medicare et al will be more difficult to cheat, and there will be much
more data about wasteful/useless treatments, complications of drugs and
treatments, etc. Another 10 years and medicine in US might be
Folks getting cancellations from private insurers may be getting
blessings in disguise....plans that cost a lot and really screw the
policy holder until they have a claim and find out there coverage is lousy.
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