Without much fanfare, a website hurriedly put together by Google to help with the ‘Obamacare’ website went online yesterday. The new site, named GoogleCare, was commissioned by the United States Federal Government to augment the current website, officially known as HealthCare.gov, which is the online portal for the government’s Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA).
In a statement released today, Sabrine Lee-Sharpe, community relations director for Mountain View-based Google said that they were contacted by no less than President Barack Obama about three weeks ago, to seek technical assistance with HealthCare.gov. Sharpe however would not elaborate on the exact context of the request, but said that it seemed like the technical glitches plaguing HealthCare.gov since it started last year could not be resolved by Obama’s technical team, and sought the help of the internet giant to finally put all the problems at bay.
Sharpe said Google online teams immediately took on the project, working for three weeks straight, to get the much needed insurance portal online as soon as possible, with the Obama administration providing premium Java coffee, NoDoz, and pastries, and a nightly private show by local comedians to perk up the atmosphere at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
“We put all the best minds of Google together, from the hardware development teams, to the software teams to come up with the portal you see today”, Sharpe said. “There were also vendors who cooperated on the project that provided the servers, network hardware, pastrami sandwiches, and switching devices – it was a concerted effort, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners”, Sharpe added.
Affordable Health Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
Representatives from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could not be reached for comment as of the writing of this article.
Those interested my visit www.googlecare.com for further details.