I had some posts going back where I used the term “Magpie Healthcare” when it came to executives and members of Congress and the White House never trying for any “first hand experience” and so you can’t say John Boehner is a “magpie” anymore, he dove in there and not without the same frustrations experience by many.  The site is better but not completely stable as the combinations of items queried and the execute actions that follow up are varied as they change from individual to individual with putting together a different map with each enrollment.  That’s the stable part the engineers are working to fix.  I know, used to haunt me years ago and it’s a bear finding some of those glitches as some would do fine with querying certain patients and data related to medical records and others once in a while would “dive” so finding the “dive” bug can be a real challenge.  We all know by now that we have yet more omissions with the creation of the website…you can read my rant below on that one…issues that set things off on the wrong foot from the beginning as the “data logic” in planning was not there.

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Up until recently you never saw Sebelius taking advantage of trying to be some kind of a role model…it was always for “those guys over there” and she carried that message clearly in her public addresses and she probably didn’t even realize that she gave off that perception, but she sure did along with a few others. 

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Patients don’t engage for one because there’s too many “healthcare magpies” running around out there and secondly we have the data selling epidemic that continues to grow and make the rich, richer.  If Walgreens pulls in about a billion a year on selling data just add the banks and tons of other companies in and you’ll see where the easy money is made, selling “our” data. 

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When it came to personal health records, we have more magpies running around in this area than any other that don’t use their product  themselves but crash down on you if you don’t use their creation (grin).  The same can be said for mobile developers too with consumer apps, it’s fun to bust them here and there and find out they don’t use their own creations but yet will stand on a soap box to get you to use it (grin). 

Right now though consumer interest in apps and devices is probably growing to a snail’s pace as the insurance issues are center stage, I know it is for me.  This is really a good thing that the Speaker of the House went “hands on” and a little bit of a voice to challenge others to do the same, they will understand more about the issues with the website and the frustrations.  Granted constituent input is always great but nothing stands out like doing it yourself.  BD 


About an hour after Speaker John Boehner’s office said he couldn’t sign up for Obamacare coverage on the District of Columbia’s exchange, his office said he’s now officially enrolled.

“Kept at it, and called the DC Health Link help line. They called back a few hours later, and after restarting the process on the website two more times, I just heard from DC Health Link that I have been successfully enrolled,” Boehner’s office wrote.

 http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/john-boehner-blocked-from-health-sign-up-obamacare-affordable-care-act-100228.html#ixzz2lKsjcBJG

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