President Obama’s highly scrutinized and criticized healthcare program, known as Obamacare, is taking heat from republicans over some computer glitches in the program’s new clearinghouse website, healthcare.gov. Opponents suggest that the new website has far too many problems and that it should have been tested, prior to being rolled out to the public.
Buy or Sell Healthcare.gov?
I tried the HealthCare.gov website, and I am going to buy.
As someone who has designed many websites and built tons of content, including step-by-step instructions, I know what effective websites look like, and Healthcare.gov looks effective.
As you can see from the picture above, the site has a clean, user-friendly appearance. When you click “Apply Online,” you’re taken to a page that provides excellent, well-written information about the available programs and networks, broken down by income and coverage types.
I decided to apply for small business health insurance. The “Get Started” section is another aesthetically-pleasing page that leads the user to an application document that most elementary students could handle with little trouble.
Of all the government websites I’ve ever visited, HealthCare.gov is undoubtedly the best, so I’m buying.
How good is the actual healthcare? That’s an issue to tackle on another day.
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