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The Health and Human Services Department unveiled a new consumer website Thursday that could undercut the old joke, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." is meant to help Americans figure out what insurance and care options are available to them.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the new site "provides unprecedented transparency into the health care marketplace." It makes comparison shopping for policies easier, she said in a post on the White House blog, and takes some of the mystery out of "a system that thrived on complication and confusion."
The site asks visitors to answer a series of questions about their health and employment status and comes up with a list of options available for where they live. The customized list is drawn from information on 1,000 insurance carriers, every Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program in the country, and the new pre-existing condition plan that every state now has as required under the new health reform law. In October there will be price comparisons online as well.

The full impact of the new health reform law won't be felt until 2014, when insurance companies sell polices in regulated marketplaces called exchanges. is a precurser to the exchanges, which will resemble comparison shopping sites such as Expedia. In addition to health care data, the site is serving as a clearinghouse for information about changes the new law will bring and when they'll kick in.

HHS is asking users to contribute suggestions to make the site better. It's already gotten a good review from Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist. He said the site will result in more independent research by consumers and businesses, and more competition among insurers. "Overall, the deal is better customer service from government, and better return for taxpayer dollars, pretty good!" Newmark wrote at The Huffington Post.
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The sad thing here is that there are several private websites that do the same thing,,more jobs lost to big governement!

July 01 2010 at 6:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

More gov't jobs. Unless this whole thing increases jobs in the private sector it is going to be more of the same federal shell game with taxpayers money. Any other business owner/ manager has to control his labor costs as part of balancing the budget of that business. These guys in DC just keep adding to the payroll. Not to be trite, but sooner or later they're going to run out of someone else's money.

July 01 2010 at 6:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are some interesting comments on here. I for one feel this move to help us understand and the program is appreciated and embraced by most. Forget the past goverments, this is a new and focused one. I have friends and relatives working their butts off to make this a better health care country and to them I take my hat off.

I had cancer, Blue Cross Blue Shield cancelled my policy because I(after paying them $87,000.00 in 10 years) no longer lived in their teritory. I was devastated but paying the chemo and radation off and will for the rest of my life. I was robed by the Insurance industry and they do not care now will they. The reform was way over due and I think those who are making a difference

July 01 2010 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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I am sorry that you had cancer,,but to be honest Blue Cross had no choice but to cancel you legally,,the governement would not allow them to keep you. God Bless,,

July 01 2010 at 6:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Bush's tax cut just saved the family of the 72nd richest man in the world, who died recently, from helping pay down the debt by 4.5 BILLION dollars since his estate of $9 billion incurred NO TAXES... Can you imagine the poor family if they had to live on only $4.5 Billion?? Thanks Republicans! from your wealthy bosses.

July 01 2010 at 4:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, that site,, was a real help...NOT. I wonder how many tax dollars it has cost to tell us what we already should know about our health care choices.

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Isn't it funny how out of the blue , the CBO caculators work correctly?

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get rid of everyone in government that had any thing to do with passing obomacare

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When do you give up this idiotic attempt to become Air America and become interesting again?.

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