Experts Saw Red Flags Ahead of Obamacare Rollout

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President Barack Obama has vowed to fix Obamacare's broken website,, but some tech experts say that's going to take a long time.

Web developers say the site was pushed out way too fast. And even those who built it say they saw red flags long before the system went online.

Complaints began as soon as it was turned on.

So far, 19 million people have logged on -- only to find confusing error messages, broken calculators, wrong information on Medicaid eligibility, or just long delays and time outs.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to testify before Congress next week. Her department spent $500 million to build the site, which critics say is a complete failure.

"A visit to the website is kind of like a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

"If they can't even handle the enrollment, how can they handle the actual system? It is truly shocking to us how badly things are going," one person said.

In an effort to resolve the issue, the president has reportedly reached out to telecommunications giant Verizon for help.

Meanwhile, Consumer Reports cautioned its readers to stay away from the website.

The online system needs so many repairs that experts warn it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline to sign up for coverage that begins in January.

One specialist said that as many as 5 million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the website runs properly.

But there are bigger problems: Obamacare itself may just be too expensive for most Americans.

"We could actually see an increase initially in the uninsured," the Heritage Foundation's Ed Haislmaier said.

Many critics, like Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., say that in the end, Obamacare is doomed because it just can't work.

"Obamacare is going to fail on its own right," Coburn said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"And you just talked about the number of people who have signed up. The fact is that sick people are signing up, the healthy aren't," he said. "And they're not going to because the deductibles are so high and the cost is going to be high."

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