WORCESTER, Mass. Mike Andruzzioni, a freelance web designer and part-time cab dispatcher, today offered to fix glitches in the website created to administer the Affordable Care Act for a fixed-price, “all-in” of $600.
Mike: “If you sold t-shirts on your site you could make a lot of money.”
“I’ve got one I’m doing for the Quinsigamond Community College cheerleading squad, and a bug to fix in the PayPal button on another I set up for Joey’s Pizza & Grinders, but after that I’m wide open,” Andruzzioni said during an interview at his triple-decker apartment in the Main South neighborhood of this gritty industrial city. “Grinder” is the name given to long sandwiches in Worcester that are referred to as “submarines” or “hoagies” elsewhere in America.
The website to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as “ObamaCare,” has proven to be inadequate with many healthy young people, essential to the economic success of the government healthcare program, giving up in frustration after discovering that it does not offer photographs of cats. “You’ve definitely got to have funny cat pictures,” Andruzzioni said. “Whoever left out that critical feature of any state-of-the-art website ought to be fired, I-M-H-O.”
Zients: “Facebook had problems at first, and it still played a critical role in matching up preppy college students, a much more important social goal than healthcare.”
The problems with the website have high-ranking administration officials back on their heels, scrambling to save the President’s signature achievement. “We’re talking to branding consultants about a re-launch,” said Jeffrey Zients, a Presidential Innovation Fellow who has been tapped for his skills as “fixer” to correct the problems with ObamaCare. “Three possible new names they’ve come up with are PelosiCare, ReaganCare and BushCare.”
Main South neighborhood
Andruzzioni is known for his everyday low prices for web design services, which makes his bid attractive compared to the $600 million that the government has already spent on the webite. When asked how he arrived at his estimate, he said “Simple. I can usually do it for 10% of what the other guy charged.”