The Washington Times - November 5, 2013, 08:52AM

The disastrous rollout of the federal Obamacare website has resulted in recriminations, congressional testimony and late-night jokes.

Now, there are people who say they could have made a lot better, even without the vast resources of the federal government.


The Atlantic Wire reported that three coders from San Francisco — George Kalogeropoulos, Ning Liang and Michael Wasser — devised a step-by-step website that demonstrates, perhaps, what the federal website should have looked like.

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The Health Sherpa website simply asks people to type in their ZIP code to see if they need to stay on the site or should be directed to one of 15 state-run exchanges. It then lets users click on their appropriate age and family categories and pick a bronze-to-platinum coverage level, generating a list of available plans and directions on whom to call to finish the enrollment.

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The site may not have had the burden of establishing a federal data hub to verify Americans’ identity and other facets of online enrollment, but it calls into question the Obama administration’s decision to put a plan-comparison tool on the back end of the enrollment process, which resulted in a bottleneck at the front-end registration process.

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