Wired's Steven Levy managed to get a sneak peak at the next iteration of the government's online healthcare exchange, and you will not believe what he reported back. Brace yourself: Levy says the new Healthcare.gov is elegant, functional, and easy-to-use. I'll believe it when I see it.
Although the new site won't be public until November 15, when the next enrollment period begins, it does sound like the Obama administration has made a heck of a lot of progress since last year's embarrassing boondoggle. It's easy to see how this new team of "young geeks from Silicon Valley" has already improved the site with simple fixes. For instance, the sign-up process that used to be five-pages-long is now just two. According to Levy, that tiny tweak "led to a ten percent increase in successful completions overall." That means more Americans have insurance which is a great thing!
If you're interested in the nitty gritty, it's worth clicking through and read the Wired story in full. But rest assured that things are looking better for the so-called Marketplace 2.0. It's actually hard to imagine how they could get much worse. [Wired]
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