Since the beginning of this year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius insisted that the ObamaCare exchanges would be ready next Tuesday, when they officially open their virtual doors to those wanting to buy insurance. "We are determined and on track to meet the Oct. 1 deadline," she said back in April. Given the incredible IT requirements involved in getting the exchanges ready, the bureaucratic delays, and the government´s dubious track record in managing big technology projects, it always looked like a long shot. And with the deadline just days away, IT problems appear to be mounting, leaving what Sebelius will count
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Bad Dog, 9/26/2013 8:49:11 AM (No. 9537537)
So, the options for us at this point are (1) jump on it as early as possible on Oct. 1 and get it totally jammed up and more obvious as a disaster, or (2) wait until as late as possible on Dec. 31st, after the maximum allowable time for them to get their bugs worked out.
Hmmmmm.... decisions, decisions. But I suppose that regardless of how deficient the program works in practice, we´ll be penalized for real if we DON´T get in there, somehow. ´´Can´t´´ is Not/Applicable in the theoretical perfect world of the Left. You vill submit, and you vill like it!
These are not IT problems. They are simply logical problems presented by an unworkable, ill-designed and unsustainable tangled mess of a system that was thrown together by lobbyists and insurance people.
The computer can only do what it is told. It is obviously not being told a good story.
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lil dotty, 9/26/2013 9:45:22 AM (No. 9537637)
Our little ruler will find it takes more than "#1 Let it be so" to get the job done in a proper manner. The little king will find himself actually having to do some heavy lifting (aka WORK)to set the wheels in motion for all he wishes to destroy.
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