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October 25, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Health-care: Bring states online one at a time

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi answers questions during a press conference October 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Pelosi answered questions on the problems surrounding the website for the Affordable Care Act.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi answers questions during a press conference October 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. Pelosi answered questions on the problems surrounding the website for the Affordable Care Act.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Individuals states should focus to remedy health-care glitch

Contrasting the two articles in The Seattle Times about the states that are successfully signing up enrollees in the Affordable Care Act and those that cannot sign up using the national website, it seems to me the solution to this problem is hiding in plain sight [“Obama concedes tech glitches but defends health-care law,” page one, Oct. 22].

Why doesn’t the federal government simply take the best of the state-developed, working health-care-enrollment websites (California, Kentucky, or Washington state for example) and use those? As government funding has already paid for those software solutions, it seems to me that you should be able to simply plug in the datasets from another state and quickly get each state up and rolling in quick order. A well-designed software solution would make it easy to plug in new data and new connections without disrupting the underlying code since these state solutions already have anticipated the need for annual changes.

If we break the problem down into a smaller steps and apply a proven solution, we should be able to bring states online one at a time.

Instead of trying to have one humongous solution for those states that dumped this responsibility on the federal government, focus on getting one state up each day and enrolling people. Microsoft and Google, among others, already have server space available in their server farms that could be used to house these state-specific solutions in quick order.

Dennis McClellan, Kent

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