Did The Tea Party Design The Obamacare Website?

Alan Shimel | Network World | October 3, 2013

Hard to believe healthcare.gov was developed this poorly unless it was done on purpose.

Whether you support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or not, one thing is clear - whoever designed and implemented the healthcare.org site must not be a big fan. In this day and age it is hard to believe the government could not build a scalable, elastic website that is in essence just one big form. But my "adventure" in trying to enroll has been an unmitigated disaster. I only hope that the health coverage they offer was not designed by the same folks who designed this website.

Like many of you probably have, I tried to log into the site and see if this controversial program could help my family and me with an affordable health insurance solution. I logged in after midnight on Monday night. I guess I wasn't the only one trying that maneuver, as it said the site was busy and I could not log in. I chalked it up to trying to be early and figured I would just wait until the morning.

Tuesday morning I tried to log in and this time I received a different screen but the same message - the site was getting slammed and I could not log in. I am a somewhat patient man, though, and figured if Apple's servers can get slammed on account of iOS 7, there is no reason to blame the government for the first day of eligibility slamming their servers.