A Glitchy Link Poem, That's Also An Obamacare Summary

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 02:41 PM

The online clearing house for the Obamacare exchanges went live on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 (

We're looking into "glitches" for an upcoming episode of New Tech City.

Naturally, the NTC team shares links and ideas with each other via email.

Rarely though, do the clipped rhythms of a busy journalist pecking away at a keyboard accidentally land so poetically as this dispatch from our editor Charlie Herman, which just happens to also sum up most of what you need to know about the tech failures of the government healthcare website.

A glitchy poem on Obamacare: 

So much broken.

It didn’t have to fail.  

Meet the company who built

What I learned trying to sign up for Ocare.

Can’t search on Ocare.

The glitches are scaring people.

The visual cascade of the links is what really impressed me. Call it a glitch that worked.

OK, friends, that concludes this behind-the-scenes peek into New Tech City production process. If we left a link out, or you want to show us what real link poetry looks like, the comment section is all yours. 


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Comments [1]

Joseph Bell from Downtown

Mr. Goldmark, while the website problems are real, I'm afraid the actual story of the new health plans is being grossly distorted. The website is not the main delivery channel for the Obamacare plans.

A great comparison is the website where Seniors can select Medicare plans. Most Medicare recipients dont use it to enroll. I believe this is the closest existing analogous site, yet I don't hear it mentioned at all. BTW, they have glitches every annual enrollment period which get corrected by the bureaucracy. The medicare Part D Rx plan rollout under Bush was a mess.

This is rarely mentioned. I have been in the insurance industry for many years, I don't see any fundamental flaws at this point in the process. we still kill a lot of trees by using paper applications. Thanks

Oct. 18 2013 02:53 PM

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