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Another Teachable Moment?

7:35 AM, Oct 21, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Later today, President Obama will do one of those events where he appears with several people whose life experiences provide an example for the rest of us. In this case, they will be people who have successfully signed up for Obamacare on its website, despite what are described by the New York Times as:

… roadblocks to creating accounts that continue to prevent legions of users from even registering. Indeed, several said, the login problems, though vexing to consumers, may be the easiest to solve. One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly.

Meanwhile, the administration has gone with exciting alternatives, as CBS reports:

… expanding the availability of offline options - like call centers or paper applications - to allow people to sign up for insurance in the absence of a functioning website.

The tech problems will, no doubt, be fixed.  It will be expensive, of course, but since when has that deterred Washington from anything?  And meanwhile, this is another opportunity for the president to appear before the American people to clear up things they do not understand ("...how the health care law is strengthening health benefits and coverage for Americans") and discuss with them, in a forthright and non-partisan fashion, their shortcomings.

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