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Lt. Gov. says Ohio could have done better the Obamacare web site
But Mary Taylor acknowledges online glitches are a complex problem
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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It’s been just over a week since the federal health exchange opened for enrollment.

Since Oct. 1, the federal website has crashed repeatedly because of the number of people visiting the page and other technical difficulties. In contrast, some state-backed sites such as Minnesota's have worked well.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor also heads the state’s Department of Insurance and is a critic of the Affordable Care Act. She says Ohio opted not to set up its own exchange because of the cost.

However, Taylor says now that difficulties Ohioans are having with the federal system may have been avoided if the state had gone the other way. Taylor says she oversaw a major transition to a new system while she was auditor and respects how complicated IT can be.
Lt. Gov. says Obamacare website crashes could have been avoided

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“IT projects are complicated—they’re big—and you have to follow a proper protocol process."

Taylor told leaders with Ohio’s National Federation of Independent Businesses that her office has been warning people about such technical problems before the exchange opened for enrollment.
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