What Didn't Work With Obamacare's Rollout This Week

The Motley Fool's Market Checkup drills down on the hottest headlines and biggest market movers in the health-care sector. This episode -- featuring a special guest appearance by Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning -- highlights a biotech stock that popped 40%, gives a full examination of the Affordable Care Act's debut week, and finishes off with two stocks poised to profit from Obamacare.

In the following video, Fool health-care analyst David Williamson and Dan talk with Fool health-care bureau chief Max Macaluso about what didn't work with this week's rollout of Obamacare's health-insurance exchanges. David starts by observing that glitches in the exchanges' websites that stemmed from high traffic levels led to some problems for visitors trying to get information. He notes in particular that Xerox (NYSE: XRX  ) has been working with the Nevada health-care exchange to keep the website up and running even with the huge traffic volumes hitting its website.

Dan points out that troubles with websites led to a relatively small number of applications actually getting finalized, although applicants still have months before hitting the open-enrollment deadline. Moreover, Dan reminds viewers that similar problems arose during the launch of Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, yet that program has been hugely successful and popular after the government worked those issues out. Dan concludes that given time, Obamacare's tech problems will get resolved and won't endanger its long-term success.

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  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 4:06 PM, davidzzz wrote:

    Hillary/Davis 2016 Yea!!!

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 4:46 PM, mikegalt wrote:

    I wonder by what criterion these authors can claim ObamaCare is off to a strong start? Makes me think they are probably either WH staff members or people on welfare who love Obama and think a nonfunctional computer system is a strong start. After being nonfunctional in your own life must seem like a strong start everyday when you get out of bed to go buy food with your Food Stamps.

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 5:11 PM, sypoth wrote:

    Hey bmorebamma, get a life! Davidzzz is an obvious blind party loyalist who is more like a sports fan than a thinking individual, and Obamacare is NOT off to a strong or healthy start and it will not remain that way. It's a very bad deal, but then again living on wellfare it must seem like such a great and grand thing, after all, those sores you have on your body from not bathing and laying around all day must be looked at, that is until you realize that this so called "free" healthcare is far from free.

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 5:49 PM, Pray4Peace wrote:

    As a career I.T. employee and computer programmer, not once was there ever a system rolled out without glitches. Concerning the system overloads, is it caused by a huge number of people who want Obama care, or by a huge number of Republicans clicking on the web site to try to sink it?

    I think a lot of people are trying to sign up.

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 5:55 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    When ebay started up they had more traffic on the site yet the site performed well , same goes for amazon and other online shopping site !

    The difference is that those sites were well planned and the launch was executed only after the sites were extensively tested , the sloppy and careless implementation of this website can be seen as a strong indicator about how "well" the entire law is crafted

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 6:01 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    I am a BSEE and have worked on several large projects in my life, every engineer and project manager knows that the most critical moment is the initial product release , if you release a product too soon than it will cost you and can even kill your business !

    As a professional I ask myself, has no testing been done on this website before it was released to the public ? big ecommerce platforms like ebay and amazon first used independent testers before inviting a sizeable number of beta testers to check their websites before the initial launch , there are also tools that can be used to simulate traffic to see if the website can handle the predicted traffic .

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 6:03 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    my opinion is that the website didn't work and democrats knew it but instead of officially delaying the launch they just went ahead anyway !

    Now they are scrambling to fix the issue

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 6:07 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    I don't agree with the author about the impact of this on the success of the law !

    The ones with pre existing conditions and the freeloaders who want the subsidies will wait it out - no doubt but im not so sure about the rest !

    The young and healthy are mostly what I call " generation right now " they are not patient and don't want to wait and most of the ones why tried to sign on the first day lost patience no later than the second day and they wont be back

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 6:26 PM, BackStabbed wrote:

    Actual comment from someone who was able to log on to Obamacare website.....

    I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 “Silver Plan” and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I “opt-out” and chose to continue along with no insurance. I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the “REPERCUSSIONS PORTION” for “non-payment” of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with “Non-Payment” and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy “Automatically withdraw” your “penalties” weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is “Free” or even “Affordable.”

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 6:48 PM, greyhound44 wrote:

    Anyone who signs on with Obamamama NON CARE is as crazy as Insane Hussein and her ship of fools.

    Notice none of them did as they are "exempted"!

    The USA is a country of IDIOTS!!!

    ret expat (10 years now) MD: NBME; ABIM; ABNM; ABR w/spec comp NR and 46 years in medicine

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 6:52 PM, dlc2103 wrote:

    Seems that cities with a Koch Brothers plant in or near it are getting 1000% of the active on the Government’s web site!!!!!!! ???? People with the same names applying 6 to 10 times a day!!!!!!! This is causing the Health care web site to crash!!!!

    Do not Goggle Health Care it will take you to Koch Brothers and republican controlled sites. Who are selling your information to the Chinese!!!!

    Go to www.healthcare.gov no were else!!!!

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 6:54 PM, dlc2103 wrote:

    Seems that there a lot of anti-American, Anti-Jesus church going republicans that HATE American!!!

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 7:33 PM, KingRana wrote:

    “Welcome to AmeriCare……Long Live Obama………God Bless America”

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 8:24 PM, Bearmacdaddy wrote:

    Honestly I will not have to use the affordable Health Care act for hopefully 6-8 more years from now. I can retire early at age 55 or take full retirement at 57. To have affordable health care from that age until I reach 65 strengthens my ability to retire. That is with out mentioning the benefits the act gives me now! This law may not be perfect, but unless your in the top 10% it will put money back in your pockets!

  • Report this Comment On October 06, 2013, at 11:12 PM, singaporenick wrote:

    A few computer glitches at the start is hardly a sign that Obamacare will fail,and in fact are quite irrelavent.Wheter or not Tea Party/Koch Bros loyalists are trying to crash the sites I do not know,but it is certainly possible.

    What the Republicans hate about Obamacare is the fact that it appeals to many in their party base,and is likely to swing those supporters to the Democrats.

  • Report this Comment On October 07, 2013, at 12:41 AM, woody3691 wrote:

    The failure of PPACA has nothing to do with signup glitches. It's the fact that with so many exclusions and so many states not participating in the Medicaid expansion (15) and so many leaning towards not participating (7), it's apparent that those needing healthcare the most will still be losing out. And large companies that already participate in employee healthcare will find it cost effective to ditch their present plans and use the exchanges. This is a federally mandated HMO and when the doctors discover their decreased remuneration, increased scrutiny and documentation demands, you will find a shortage of top physicians, an increase in early retirement of existing physicians and a decrease in top people entering medicine. So be prepared for a dramatic change in the complexion of physicians in America over the next 25 years.

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