Three guys, three days to build a better Obamacare website - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Three guys, three days to build a better Obamacare website

Posted:

Courtesy ABC News

Three twenty-something programmer dudes did something in three days that 55 U.S. government contractors couldn't do in more than 2 years: Build a workable healthcare.gov website.

HealthSherpa lets users quickly shop for health insurance plans by ZIP code, and calculates their federal tax subsidy eligibility. Unlike the federal and state exchange websites, the site does not force users to go through a lengthy sign up and application process to get their information. Instead, users can find what they need by clicking through a few clean, Google-like screens.

Recommended: Obamacare Website Faces New Woes

Nig Liang said he created the site with his friends George Kalogeropoulos and Michael Wasser, working part time in about three days. Their goal, he said, was to make Obamacare benefits easily understandable to consumers.  Beyond hosting fees, the site cost next to nothing to build and maintain.

Unlike everyone else though, Liang said the HealthSherpa team does not wish to disparage the government's efforts.

"They did the hard part like pulling all the data together and coordinating all the state exchanges," he explained. "All we did was put a better face on what they've already done."

Liang, who met Kalogeropoulos and Wasser through a community of programmers, also said that the government's project had a lot of competing aspects, which could explain why the user interface got the short shrift.

He admitted HealthSherpa isn't perfect either. It doesn't calculate things like co-pays, maximum out-of-pocket expenses or deductibles.  But Liang said those should be added by the end of the week.

The site has its share of minor glitches too, like not returning any info for certain ZIP codes. Liang said the threesome is focusing on fixing the errors.

Recommended: Country Stars Mock Obamacare

"Every time someone sends us a comment we correct it as fast as we can," Liang said. "We're working around the clock to get things right."

So far, no one from healthcare.gov has reached out to ask the trio for advice. Liang said. But the site, which went up last week, has already racked up more than 1,500 mostly satisfied customers.

Read on ABC News

  • Mostafa Remembered

    Mostafa Remembered

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-04-24 03:51:27 GMT
    The beloved owner of the Tim's Market on Ayers and Brownlee, 59-year-old Ben Mostafa, was remembered at a memorial service Wednesday evening. Mostafa was shot and killed in his store during a robbery back on April 14th.More >>
    The beloved owner of the Tim's Market on Ayers and Brownlee, 59-year-old Ben Mostafa, was remembered at a memorial service Wednesday evening. Mostafa was shot and killed in his store during a robbery back on April 14th.More >>
  • Services Held for Well-Known Businessman Benjamin Mustafa

    Services Held for Well-Known Businessman Benjamin Mustafa

    Family, friends and community members came together Wednesday evening to remember 59-year old Benjamin Mustafa, the victim of this city's latest homicide.A memorial was held for the beloved and well-known businessman, who was fatally shot last week at the Tim's Market on Ayers Street. Services took place at the Bay Area Fellowship on Rodd Field Road.Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live from the memorial services with more information.To many, he was simply known as Ben, or Benjamin, a...More >>
    Family, friends and community members came together Wednesday evening to remember 59-year old Benjamin Mustafa, the victim of this city's latest homicide.A memorial was held for the beloved and well-known businessman, who was fatally shot last week at the Tim's Market on Ayers Street. Services took place at the Bay Area Fellowship on Rodd Field Road.Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live from the memorial services with more information.To many, he was simply known as Ben, or Benjamin, a...More >>
  • Students Bound for Rome to Witness Canonization Ceremony

    Students Bound for Rome to Witness Canonization Ceremony

    Some lucky Coastal Bend residents, including students and teachers from John Paul II High School, are on their way to Rome to witness history.Pope John Paul II will be canonized on Sunday, and our own citizen reports from John Paul II High School will be there to watch. About 70 members of the community boarded buses Wednesday morning heading for Houston, where they will catch a plane to Rome.Pope John Paul II and Pope John the 23rd will be proclaimed saints at the ceremony at the Vatican Sun...More >>
    Some lucky Coastal Bend residents, including students and teachers from John Paul II High School, are on their way to Rome to witness history.Pope John Paul II will be canonized on Sunday, and our own citizen reports from John Paul II High School will be there to watch. About 70 members of the community boarded buses Wednesday morning heading for Houston, where they will catch a plane to Rome.Pope John Paul II and Pope John the 23rd will be proclaimed saints at the ceremony at the Vatican Sun...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KIII. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.