Healthcare.Gov May Be Saved by Virtual Competition
The Obamacare website is off to a rocky start, according to CNN.com. Problems include faulty logins, error messages, and corrupt applications. In other words, it ain't working right.
These problems, along with skepticism about the program, may keep Americans from signing up.
Can HealthCare.gov be revived?
To fix the glitches and build excitement, White House officials need look no further than the folks running fantasy football.
Here are three reasons a fantasy football format may work for Obamacare.
Web Functionality Scores Big
I'm not sure who the computer geniuses are who program and monitor fantasy football websites.
They could be MIT graduates, high school dropouts, or escaped bears from the Moscow Circus.
No do I care. Because the sites work.
Every week over 32 million people login to fantasy football, according to Forbes.com. For the most part, the sites are user-friendly and run without glitches.
If they didn't, you'd see a national uprising not seen since prohibition.
So send out an executive request, asking … no begging … the programmers to work their magic to fix the Obamacare website.
The future health of the American public hangs in the balance.
Manage Your Team
One of the draws of fantasy football is the ability to assemble and control your own team.
Why not apply this concept to health care?
Sign up and pour over scouting reports like you're Bill Belichick the night before playing the Jets.
On draft day, you may pick doctors, specialists, anesthesiologists, surgeons, and other professionals to cover any emergency.
By the time the season kicks off, you'll have a medical team talented enough to treat everything from a bunion to an inexplicable illness you caught while mushroom tasting in Costa Rica.
If your health needs go awry, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.
Now for the fun part.
Enrollees will go head to head with other members. Points will be awarded based on overall performance.
- 6 Points for successful appendectomy
- 3 Points for accurate eczema diagnosis
- 8 Points for prescribing an apple a day
As the season progresses, points will be totaled.
Year-end winners can have bragging rights. And maybe the Department of Health and Human Services could award cash prizes.
So there you have it.
Americans may embrace Obamacare if it means they can maintain a healthy life, make a few bucks, and kick someone's butt.
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