Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    So dial the 800 number and sign up over the phone. Or wait for the sites to be fixed – there’s plenty of time left, and you don’t have to be signed up yet.
    Or is complaining about it your point?

  2. Craig Linder

    Craig Linder said, about 3 years ago

    The problems with online enrollment are embarrassing and unnecessary, but as TJDestry points out, there are alternatives available for signing up. As for the online system, let’s see how long it takes for them to get it working.

  3. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Just because, according to analysts, 99% of users are unable to use the website, we shouldn’t complain? Of COURSE we can and should complain.

    I’ll try the phone number again. Of course. But it didn’t work last week.

  4. avarner

    avarner said, about 3 years ago

    You really expected people that couldn’t flatten an image file to create a working website?? (They had to thaw Bin Laden out after that one.)

    BTW: This isn’t a “glitch”. It’s a massive site architectural failure..

  5. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, about 3 years ago

    There never was any intention to make it possible for a meaningful number of people to sign up for crappy insurance. All this hoopla over the websites being unusable is totally irrelevant. The purpose of the ACA is to create confusion, chaos, and pain, ultimately resulting in a very crappy ineffective and inefficient govt run system in which the rich get great care and the middle class has to get in line behind a dozen illegal alien families.

  6. mattro53

    mattro53 said, about 3 years ago

    I guess all the good computer people are working for the military-industrial-national security complex. Another example of how our tax dollars are wasted by both branches of the Money Party.

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    The system has problems. There needs to be a concentrated effort to find and fix them. I guess we don’t have “gumption” here in America anymore? Did we outsource that too?
    As for the people who are saying “this just proves it’s worthless, get rid of it all”- well, I’m just glad none of you were in charge when we lost Apollo 1, because were that the case we probably never would’ve gotten to the moon.

  8. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, about 3 years ago

    Apollo is not an apt analogy. That was an engineering/technical challenge.Try the War on Poverty or No Child Left Behind instead.

  9. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, about 3 years ago

    Yes. That’s what I am saying. And it’s the truth.

  10. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    The Democrats ultimate goal is to flood insurance companies with people who never bothered to pay for health insurance, but now with all their pre-existing problems, sign up and they will eventually bankrupt the industry.
    This will put millions of Americans out of work and force all Americans to buy the only product left: The Government Plan.
    Socialism IS the goal.

  11. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    Funny that you picked the ONLY state out of 50 that the website is working and people’s rates have gone down.
    For the rest of us that DON’T live in NY, this entire program is a disaster.

  12. Anarcissie

    Anarcissie said, about 3 years ago

    Over most of the last 40 years or so, I made my living by working on large computer projects as an engineer and lower-level manager. The ACA’s signup system is actually above average in that category in that it hasn’t failed completely. It looks to me like it might actually function properly by the drop-dead date, which is almost miraculous. The reason you haven’t heard about private-industry failures is that they can be washed out quietly and completely, leaving no traces behind except for those who pay attention, which of course you don’t. This is a public project affecting millions of people and the implementation is in part a whipping boy for non-technical political passions and concerns, so it can’t be just wiped out when it fails.

    The problems could be expected. Americans, with their ’Let’s just do it’ philosophy, find it very difficult to plan, manage, and test large systems, especially the last. I’m reminded of the cartoon where the programming manager says to his team, ‘You guys start coding. I’ll go down and find out what they want.’ It’s fun, but it doesn’t work on the big stuff.

  13. Ethaniel67

    Ethaniel67 said, about 3 years ago

    Given how silly and bloated the for profit insurance industry is, single payer may only be a side grade rather than a straight downgrade.

    How about we actually have insurance for its real use (unlikely catastrophes) and go back to the old pay for service model, where the only employees at a doctors office were actual medical personnel instead of 1 doctor, 2 nurses and 5 bureaucrats to manage the paperwork for that doctor to send to 5 more at the insurance company (and to pay for the excessive executive salaries)?

    What do the executives do? Probably figure out more ways to get government to pass more laws and regulations that let them grow their companies without actually providing any more actual medical care.

    Of course this model precludes more self interest in health, but given the state of medical care these days I think more people have realized that the only way to survive the next decade is to do your best not to get sick.

  14. Ethaniel67

    Ethaniel67 said, about 3 years ago


    And I’m curious how NY is pulling it off. Was something blocking the companies from actually selling that insurance before, because if they could offer something that low, they probably would have.

    Then again between collusion and state regulations it may not have been possible.

    Also the ‘$100 out of pocket’ doesn’t make that much sense. Is the deductible super high? Are you really getting any insurance, or just pretending to while 99% of the people pay for everything out of pocket anyway.

  15. Ethaniel67

    Ethaniel67 said, about 3 years ago


    I’ve worked 25 and been the chief programmer and given the budget and time spent their site is a disaster.

    Not sure why were you work such shoddy quality of work is ‘normal’ but in the real world of startups you don’t get that many chances.

    Basic stuff like account creation and load balancing should have been easily anticipated. I could understand some issues with the later stuff, given how personal and directed (and probably state specific) the questionnaires are, but to crash under moderate load and not even handle basic account creation well…

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