Will Obamacare Fix be the Biggest Hackathon in History?
HealthCare.gov contains an estimated 500 million lines of code. To put that in context, that is five times the amount of code as contained in a large bank's computer system.
There is no doubt that millions of Americans are "looking for quality, affordable health coverage, and want to find it online," as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proclaimed in a blog post.
The problem, however, is that HHS's own website, HealthCare.gov., is a disaster. Many Americans have been unable to create accounts on the site, which would then allow them to shop for insurance plans or apply for federal assistance.
And so a "tech surge" is underway.
According to a New York Times report, "as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly." The entire site contains an estimated 500 million lines of code. To put that in context, that is five times the amount of code as contained in a large bank's computer system.
That means the government is going to need some extra help. Hence, the "surge." According to an HHS blog post:
"Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov."
In the meantime, HHS wants you to join the conversation, and you can do so here:
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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