Federal Health Site Stymied By Lack of Direction

By Christopher Weaver & Louise Radnofsky

A team of young policy experts energized by President Barack Obama’s health law toiled for three years in a Bethesda, Md., office building to draw up specifications for the federally run insurance marketplace.

Forty miles away at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Baltimore headquarters, longtime agency computer experts with different bosses oversaw building the site’s software and hardware components.

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