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Clay Bennett

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  1. ODon

    ODon said, about 3 years ago

    Amazing what happens once you add an axle.

  2. Stipple

    Stipple said, about 3 years ago

    Shhhh, let’s see if he can figure that out on his own.

  3. alcors3

    alcors3 said, about 3 years ago

    A lot smarter than too many voters.

  4. cjr53

    cjr53 said, about 3 years ago


    Yep, and maybe the obstructionists will have a change of heart and help by bringing one. I can hope and dream can’t I?

  5. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    3 programmers write a website that works and addresses the problems with the Obamacare website failure. is a trivial system compared to Sherpa takes 3 pieces of information (age, zip code & whether you smoke) and references a data table of insurance plans & rates, to give you a quote on available insurance plans.

    That (sort of) addressed ONE problem with the website, that’s actually already been somewhat addressed. The decision to require registration before getting any approximate price quotes was a mistake. That was reversed weeks ago. You can get the same info from without registering now. It works just fine.

    What Healthsherpa does NOT do, is:

    1) Authenticate identity against government data bases
    2) Verify income against government data bases
    3) Guide them through the application process
    4) Send that application data on to insurance companies for enrollment.

    Those are the problems that are proving hard to fix. Pretending that 3 guys replicated the functionality of is typical talking points nonsense.

    Private insurance brokers like have been told they can tie into the government system & sell ACA policies, but the process seems to be held up. Maybe Congress could ask about that. It sure would have taken a lot of heat off of the Administration, if they had this alternative system in place earlier.

  6. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    “Yeah, but they did it in only 3 days, in their spare time, and with no budget, not a billion $$.

    Like I said, what they did is a trivial system. Writing a front end with no security, to return results from an existing database, shouldn’t take any time at all. They have had to fix some bugs & they actually continued tweaking after getting it up in running in 3 days.

    Where they deserve kudos, is creating a simple, elegant interface to let people get price quotes. They did do a nicer job than the page that does the equivalent thing on

    Someone else compiled & organized the policy data into a system ready for them to use. All they provide are insurance company names & a phone numbers. It’s a useful tool, but I don’t see it as a ‘fix’ to

    In their own words:

    “It isn’t a fair apples-to-apples comparison,” Kalogeropoulos said. “Unlike, our site doesn’t connect to the IRS, DHS, and various state exchanges and authorities. Furthermore, we’re using the government’s data, so our site is only possible because of the hard work that the team has done.”

    Read more:

  7. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 3 years ago

    Reminds me of the medicare part D roll-out.

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Churlish & childish, Churchie. I actually said, did what they did, better than CGI Federal. But, they didn’t attempt anything near the scale of the site by their own admission.

    Feel free to continue pointing out the website debacle, but you & everyone else pretending 3 guys beat the gub’mint troops, look ignorant to anyone with a passing knowledge of how websites work.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Think about the snowball metaphor, Tigger.

    It’s inefficient, but keep rolling & it gets Bigger.

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