NEW YORK -- Of all the terrible websites I've seen, healthcare.gov ranks somewhere in the middle. It has been difficult if not impossible to sign up, and customer service has been inadequate. But it's certainly better than the New York City Department of Education site that I attempted to help a friend navigate two years ago, in hopes of her getting paid her actual salary instead of a default salary; the blatantly inept Web code got the best of us. And it's better than the evanescent Web encyclopedia Cpedia, which rolled out with pages that literally consisted of nonsense (such as "Clickbooth Cuil but not avail due to flooding traffics and making their servers 'too hot' to handle"). The problems plaguing healthcare.gov aren't due to a unique coding failure or a unique government failure -- plenty of products have had similar early deficits, such as the Electronic Arts server bugs that rendered SimCity unplayable by most for more than a week after it was released this March. So healthcare.gov's failures are not uncommon -- they're just exceptionally high-profile.