Google, Red Hat, Oracle, and several other technology companies are providing dozens of computer engineers and programmers to help the Obama administration fix the Healthcare.gov website. Healthcare.gov is a health-insurance exchange website.
Ever since Healthcare.gov debuted on October 1st, it had repeated outages. Two of the engineers that are helping are Michael Dickerson and Greg Gershman.
?They are working through the analytics of what happens on the site to prioritize what needs to be fixed,? stated Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a conference call. Dickerson will be improving the stability of the website and Gershman will help the development process become more agile.
?I know it?s a very political topic,? stated Oracle chief executive officer Larry Ellison. ?As an information technology company we are doing everything we can to help.?
The Healthcare.gov website is the primary website for millions of uninsured people in 36 of the 50 U.S. states to buy private health insurance plans with the help of government tax credits. The other 14 states created their own health insurance website.
Around 8.6 million people visited the federal website in the first week. If Americans do not have health insurance by March 31st, they may have to pay a fine that is as much as 1% of their income.