Three programmers in San Francisco has a website that has the same functionality as Healthcare.gov has. Healthcare.gov is a federal insurance marketplace healthcare website that has been plagued with errors and delays. Healthcare.gov was supposed to launch properly on October 1st, but it still does not work and is not expected to be fully functional until at least Thanksgiving. HealthSherpa, a website created by the three programmers, was built in a few late nights.
HealthSherpa lets users search for health insurance plans based on zip codes, age, and number of people in the household. The federal website requires every user to register and fill out an application.
“They got it completely backwards in terms of what people want up front,” stated Ning Liang in an interview with CBS. “They want prices and benefits, so that they could make the decision.” Healthcare.gov was created by 55 contractors managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
HealthSherpa was created by Ning Liang, George Kalogeropoulos, and Michael Wasser. However, HealthSherpa only addresses only one small part of Healthcare.gov and it still has bugs.