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Why the Googlification of Obamacare Really Matters

The healthcare.gov website
The healthcare.gov websitePhotograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Internet is piling yet more vitriol on the shoddy Obamacare rollout in response to a report, by Bloomberg’s Alex Wayne, that the administration has recruited technology experts from Google, Oracle, and Red Hat to help fix the bug-infested healthcare.gov website. “Bringing in the Silicon Valley cavalry isn’t a bad idea, but it’s hardly a silver bullet,” cautioned Gizmodo’s Adam Clark Estes. “Throwing more cooks in an already crowded kitchen—even if they’re great cooks—might not be the best way to save dinner.”

A healthy level of skepticism is justified given the website’s troubled launch. But, even if we are in for more drama surrounding healthcare.gov, this is great news for the White House, because: