The Flaws of Healthcare.gov. Also, @Natsecwonk and the Maryland Attorney General's Parenting Skills.

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Oct. 25 2013 11:21 AM

The Healthcare.bomb Gabfest

Slate's popular weekly political podcast covers the healthcare.gov debacle, and the outing of @Natsecwonk.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why healthcare.gov has been a disaster, whether Twitter accounts like @Natsecwonk contribute to free speech, and what Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler should have done about a house full of drunk teenagers.

  • Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
  • Federal officials didn't fully test healthcare.gov until two weeks before it opened.
  • Before the Obamacare website was up and running, John wrote about how much was riding on its functionality.
  • The government's software development model is outdated.
  • Jofi Joseph was fired from his White House job for tweeting as @natsecwonk.
  • Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler visited his son at a party where teens were drinking but didn't intervene. He now says he made a mistake.

Emily chatters about the play Arguendo.

John chatters about Gerald Ford's entry to politics as a Republican primary challenger.

David chatters about a man determined to bury his wife in his front yard.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Rebecca Cohen.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.

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