Why be first?
In business, first-mover advantage can be crucially important because it gives you a head start against aggressive competitors. But in many personal choices, second or third movers might have the advantage, because first movers turn out to be guinea pigs who expose problems that quickly get fixed. And people aiming to be early enrollees in Obamacare, the troubled new health-insurance program, could learn a couple of key lessons from late adopters.
Obamacare is basically a start-up system consumers experience through a technology innovation — the website. It’s hardly surprising there have been some snafus in the effort to connect a government portal with the varying data systems of dozens of insurance companies. President Obama’s team clearly blew it by setting rosy expectations for the site and failing to road-test it properly before it went live. But the furor over the rocky launch obscures a simple solution for consumers eager to enroll in Obamacare: Just wait a while.Read More »from The Simple Solution for People Locked out of Obamacare