Shutdown a Lifesaver for Buggy ObamaCare Tech
Matthew Yglesias thinks the GOP gave the White House a gift
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 2, 2013 1:56 PM CDT
An Independence Blue Cross (IBC) employee discuses a new health insurance exchange with a consumer, Oct. 1, 2013, at IBC's mobile education and enrollment center in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – The Obama administration shrugged off yesterday's reports of rampant bugs in its new health care exchanges as normal software growing pains, and evidence of the market's popularity. "Those were both decent pieces of spin, but they really are just spin," writes Matthew Yglesias at Slate. "Liberals shouldn't fool themselves. This was an embarrassing failure." But the administration got "a weird bailout from House Republicans" in the form of the government shutdown.

The shutdown has diverted most attention away from the exchanges, which means that if the system really does just need a few weeks to right itself, "nobody will remember the Great Security Question Dropdown Menu Snafu of 2013." But Noah Rothman at Mediaite thinks it might work the other way around. Maybe the debacle "suggests to the marginally tuned-in voter that the GOP might have been onto something with their last minute efforts to derail" the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republicans "partially vindicated" for the shutdown.

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Oct 3, 2013 3:46 PM CDT
As an enterprise web application developer, I can say with certainty that any web application that has no bugs ... simply hasn't been pushed hard enough yet. Nothing goes live in a state of perfection. In fact, sometimes millions of visitors make the best tests, because soon they'll do everything until the flaws become obvious (and then you know what to fix). And some of the lag time issues were literally direct results of huge volume. So the White House was right. It's flaws are only visible because of how popular it is. And it can only get better as things get adjusted and repaired.
Oct 3, 2013 2:44 PM CDT
Hmm, that article appears to say nothing at all.
Oct 2, 2013 7:50 PM CDT
As an experienced vet of many huge software launches I can say that each and every one had bugs and was soon followed by patches and updates. This article is an embarrassing reach from the stupid Matthew Yglesias.