'More than just a website' is from my inbox. Did you get this email from The White House? It is an apology of sort, explaining what happens inside the healthcare store once you get inside. Some people wait for new iPhones like this, spending the night on the street just to buy a phone.
The theme is that it is more than a website, so let’s run with that.
The Obama administration has done more to finish and to implement the “dot gov” environment than past Presidents. The trouble is that many people in Congress don’t understand that “dot gov” isn’t just a bunch of websites. It is a transformational way by which citizens and government conduct business.
Putting computer technology on critical path in the citizen to government relationship presumes that even the poorest Americans and most needy will have computers and network access, or that government will provide it somewhere, somehow. It is based on the presumption that Americans are computer literate.
Information literacy in the world is a critical success factor too, so aiming to achieve that in the USA for all Americans is well intentioned and beneficial.
Now, how do we citizens make certain that the people we elect to office are information literate?
Anymore questions? Go here: http://www.usa.gov/
The United States National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as " ... the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.
There is much more to this story as it pertains to Congress and the President, so as they say at the White House, “Stay tuned.”
“More than just a website
On October 1st, even as the federal government was shutting down, HealthCare.gov -- the new Health Insurance Marketplace where people can find and apply for affordable health insurance plans as part of Obamacare -- opened for business nationwide.
As you may have heard, the website launch hasn’t gone nearly as smoothly as it should have. And with nearly 20 million visits to the site in the first several weeks, the problems were aggravated by the website's popularity.
But even in spite of those problems, thousands of Americans are currently signing up and saving money. Nearly half a million Americans have already applied for health insurance through the federal and state Marketplaces. It's not hard to see why: Once people get through the door, they overwhelmingly like the benefits and cost of the products available to them -- especially when compared with the discriminatory private market that was previously the only game in town.
Some of the best and brightest are now doing everything they can to fix the site as quickly as possible. People are working overtime, 24/7, and we've brought in some of the best IT experts from across the country to join the team at the federal agency responsible for running the Marketplace. And as President Obama said today, "Nobody's madder than me about the fact that the website isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to get fixed."
[...yada, yada, yada]
Here are some of the things we've done in the meantime to make the process easier. Take a look, and pass this message along to those you know who are trying to sign up for health care:
You can now preview plans and prices available in your area without filling out the online application.
You can find out, with an improved calculator, whether your income and household size may qualify you for lower costs on your monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
You can apply for coverage 4 ways: by phone, online, by mail with a paper application, or with the help of an in-person assister.
Thanks, and stay tuned for more updates.
Email Message from the White House.