As the 2014 Patient Affordable Care Act open enrollment deadline looms, and people all around the United States struggle to sign up for health insurance to avoid a penalty (or tax, depending on the venue), the Obamacare website remains bogged down with glitches. Should the U.S. Government delay the mandate and accompanying penalty to give the web designers a chance to fix the site?
Obamacare site glitches: More extensive testing could have revealed problems in advance
In order to serve the millions of people now required to purchase health insurance, a website must be extremely robust ,from server to code. Although software designers typically do extensive testing of new sites, the deadline for the unveiling of the Obamacare site was tight, and the ability to simulate millions of visitors was most likely an issue for those tasked with testing the site design.
Politicians call for delay
How long could it take to fix the site glitches? There's no way to know, although it's fairly easy to assume that site designers are working around the clock to reduce the embarrassment factor for the current administration. While America waits for the ability to sign up for health insurance that's now required by law, some politicians, including Democrats, are calling for a delay in the mandate - and a shakeup in the people responsible for the rollout. Rep. Richard Nolan (D-Minn.) told the Associated Press, "The President needs to man up, find out who was responsible and fire them."
Although the healthcare law may ensure that more Americans qualify and receive health care coverage eventually, right now it may simply be giving users (and the Obama administration) headaches. Prescription for future success: Beta testing, and lots of it.