Three 20-Year-Olds Build Functioning Health Care Website In Two Weeks

November 11, 2013 11:21 amViews: 732

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President Obama has told us repeatedly how his healthcare plan will save Americans millions of dollars over the expensive way a for profit business operates. He has told us with Obamacare, he will make things better and more efficient and we will all go off into happy land being a much healthier nation.

However, when it comes to the rubber meeting the road, the Obama administration has had more than 3 years to build a functioning Healthcare.gov website and it has failed miserably so far. Taking just that simple part of government run healthcare, a functioning website, into consideration, how in the world are they supposed to actually run the entire system?

Well, just to prove how inefficient our government bureaucracy is, three 20-year-old programmers from the private sector created a functioning healthcare website where people can check on rates from the own exchanges in their own states.

Three programmers. Two weeks. A functioning healthcare website.

And after nearly a billion dollars of taxpayer money and more than 3 years, we have exactly what from Barack Obama?

Read more from CBS News below:

On Friday, President Obama had this to say about problems with the Obamcare website during a speech in New Orleans: “I promise you, nobody’s been more frustrated. I wanted to go in and fix it myself, but I don’t write code.”

But plenty of programmers do write code. And three of them have created their own website that addresses some of the most annoying problems with HealthCare.gov.

In a San Francisco office shared with other tech start-ups, three 20-year-olds saw HealthCare.gov as a challenge.

With a few late nights, Ning Liang, George Kalogeropoulos and Michael Wasser built “thehealthsherpa.com,” a two-week-old website that solves one of the biggest problems with the government’s site.

“They got it completely backwards in terms of what people want up front,” said Liang. He added: “They want prices and benefits, so that they could make the decision.”

Liang showed CBS News how it worked. “You come to our website and you put in your zip code — in this case a California zip code. You hit ‘find plans,’ and you immediately see the exchange plans that are available for that zip code.”

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