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Hail to the HealthCare.gov Demo

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 28 2010

The White House called in some guy that'd been hanging around the place to demo for folks how the new HealthCare.gov information clearinghouse and plan picker works:

Recognizing that "Presidents of the United States of America" isn't a particularly robust user group, Obama demos the site from the perspective of Barack and Michelle Obama of years ago, two young lawyers living in Chicago. As a public resource and guide to the changing post-reform health care landscape, HealthCare.gov has a ways to go, particularly in getting insurers to hand over the data on plan costs that will go to flesh out the site's comparison matrixes. Getting the President himself identified with the site is at least a little boon to the people inside government that have to actually make the thing work over the long run. For some more background on HealthCare.gov, check this out.

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