The federal government has spent $634million on the Obamacare website--more than it cost to build Facebook or Twitter, it was revealed today. Despite the massive bill to taxpayers, the Healthcare.gov still doesn´t work properly ten days after it was launched - allowing only a handful of Americans to sign up for plans on the insurance exchange market. And experts warn that the site is likely to continue to experience significant glitches for months to come as engineers work out the bugs they failed to to spot before the site went live on October 1. The price tag for the broken
Comments: So far it´s costing only 6-1/2 times what was budgeted. The final bill is going to be painful.
Whatever you might think about them, Facebook and Twitter were built by motivated, intelligent, private sector free-enterprisers who are exceptionally bright and creative with great skill sets for the tasks who were determined to make their product work. The government has no such people.
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Country Boy, 10/11/2013 6:18:19 AM (No. 9560240)
Just to add, I think it is not entirely the fault of the contractor. Probably more like 60/40 contractor/government blame.
The government provides the business requirements, and probably high level project management (timelines and milestones). Also the government (software owner) can and probably did change the business requirements quite often, a real nightmare.
Surprised? Who on earth is surprised at the failure of this fiasco? Government can not run anything, especially run it efficiently. As has been said many times before, take a look at AMTRAK, the US Postal Service, Social Security, Medicare, et al. Who is surprised??
At the very end of this piece they state the number of regulations that weighted down the people trying to accomplish this task, it was over 50,000. It is stated they became accomplished at understanding the regs but not implementation. I also heard a report yesterday that persons working on the site for Obamacare would get 90% finished and then they would get orders for changes that would make them have start all over again. Apparently this happened repeatedly. Sounds like too much government oversight, probably from Sebelious.
Did you not 1. have anyone who could spell or 2. Could hire someone to proof this for you??
And the marvelously educated English are having a good laugh at the NitWit President and his idiot minions. (Of course the average 18 year old in England has the same education as our college seniors. Those stats are old, they are probably worse by now, especially if our senior majored in "Women´s Studies" or some other liberal claptrap.)
It´s probably hard to navigate the first questions on the application. With this cabal of communist the first question is gender and there were eight boxes to choose from. The second box was race and all the hyphenated terms will blow your mind trying to choose. I can see a ´ghetto queen´ going to the library, a place they have never been, borrowing a public computer and applying. It won´t happen.
And when it comes time to reimburse the doctors and hospitals ?How well do you think that system will work ? How long before you find most will just take the most expensive private insurance or want to be paid in cash ? When the medicare cuts come in 2015 and reimbursements plummet look for the seniors to not be able to find a doctor on any of the ´lists´ provided. There will be deaths caused by this disaster and probably in greater number than anyone now believes could happen.
Is this foul-up connected to the FU phone number? No one could accidentally get a number like that. I believe that the inclusion of the number 1 in 318-2596 was done to throw off the scanner that looks for specific words whether they be a company logo or an insult.
Let´s don´t let these people work on a computer system for the VA. At least their paper and pencil system for applying for disability and VA benefits still work, although there it is backlogged for months.
#17, that´s a pretty good idea of what happens to the software developers and engineers working for government contractors. Mr A works in that business and the MBA project managers are notorious for demanding the near or total impossible. The bureaucrat, amazingly ignorant about software design, simply waves his hands (it´s usually a little guy with a Napoleonic complex) and says, that´s what you were hired for--go do it, and stalks off. And the poor software engineer smacks his forehead, bites his knuckles and asks himself why he didn´t go play bass guitar in a rock band instead.
The only thing the techies can do is write a memo memorializing the conversation and file it for when they´re questioned about it after the project tries to self-destruct.
Well...we made it. Welcome to utopia. The socialist paradise is here. It only gets better from here on out. Oh wait...excuse me. This paradise is only for those exempted from the regulations and laws the rest of the second class citizens must follow.
Ahhh...so this is the socialist´s paradise and utopia. I didn´t know it would feel like this.
Not only is it a disaster to get on, and a sham to get the coverage, according to Dr Carson they ask all sorts of personal questions that has no bearing on your health care! Like "what political party you identify with". This is another way to get names to add to the voter fraud list. What a scam this whole thing is.
I am probably only one of a handfull of everyday Americans who have actually read and studied this law. It is absolutely the worst piece of unworkable garbage ever sent through the halls of congress and signed into law. It si more like a liberal comic book of unworkable bureaucratic machiner. It reminds one of the movie "Brazil" (if you have to seen it, do so) It is a bureacratic nightmare of a legalistic, constantly changing labyrinth if "laws and regulations" no one will ever sort out. I pity the people who will die under it (unless they are people who voted for Øbama and Pelosi).
We can´t believe any statistics yet. Obama could very well be explaining low interest in the site to software glitches.
We now supposedly have a large enough sample to get some useful facts. I don´t care how many warm bodies they have. I want to see a subsidy spread. How many are getting covered for free or at greatly reduced rates. I suspect that number is high.
It´s so easy to spend other people´s money...who cares whether it works, or not? Remember, whatever the cost overruns and whatever subsidies the cronies and special interests get, the more each participant´s monthly premium will be.
How nice it is that Nevada, New Hampshire, Maine, unions, and Congress get exemptions. All on the backs of everyday American workers.
This whole "healthcare" fiasco is built on fraud and lies. It will be the downfall of America and this is why it was implemented to begin with.
What we have here is what is known as "design by committee". Which is the SOP for most government agencies. And even after a contract is awarded, some low level will dream up another idea and be convinced that is absolutely must be included. So, out goes and update to the specifications. I happen to know about the C-5 program when it was being built by Lockheed. Every time you turned around, some spec change just had to be made. There was even a spec for the C-5 to be able to operate on a short unpaved dirt runway! Have to ever seen what those huge engines can suck up off the ground? I have. They can even suck up a grown man (I´ve actually seen that happen). So, there are huge cost overruns that were never in the original budget. Using the C-5 program, after huge cost overruns were happening, the government decided to change the design of the wing. Lockheed told them that it would never stand up over the long term. The gov. said yes it would. So, after a few yrs of service, they came back to Lockheed and spent several BILLION dollars to upgrade the wing. That´s how government procurement works (or doesn´t work).
The technical failures are only a distraction and the tip of the iceberg. The technology could be fixed in time, for another couple billion or so. And it will never work well because government stuff NEVER is superior product. It´s always mediocre at best.
The real failure is that people are finding if they had insurance before, BOCare is going to cost them TWICE as much, often pushing them out of the health insurance market. People who had no insurance are finding the prices far beyond their means. The ones that will sign up are the ones with serious health care bills and find $10,000 BOCare a bargain. For now. When not enough other people sign up, their costs will rise significantly.
Finally, considering the technology FAIL, and the financial FAIL, do you have ANY belief that the government will manage your health care information well? That the doctors and health system will function well under their heavy hand?
All of us are going to get LOUSY health care while still paying a fortune for it. As the costs rise, harsh measures will be put in place to deal with it. Death panels, rationing, you name it.
Most of the country had good health care. BO has wrecked the whole system in his federal power grab.
You know, there are many examples of government IT project snafus...but I predict this will be the Mother of All Government IT Snafus. These aren´t "glitches" they´re describing, they´re "The Code to Nowhere." The nature and scope of the problems described are so extensive, this thing may never get off the ground.
It´s a project designed for political purposes to be hyper-complex (20,000 pages of regulations). Such is the stuff of unprogrammable systems.
This rip -off is doing what the communist planner dictators want: creating confusion and adding more control over the body and mind of each American victim. That´s the plan and Barry and his commie cell members are all delighted and laughing their demented asses off, while we run around in all kinds of useless confusion. The agitators are winning and we´re too stupid to even call them communist agitators !
This Health-care snafu is by design. I do not believe that the people that ran the excellent Obama fund-raising web sites and succussfull oes too, would mke hese mistakes. Plus most programmers and IT guys are left and support Obama. I think Obamanites culdashe Goog guys to do it and it would be perfect. No this is slamming thesystem. It is Cloward-Piven strategy for radicalism. It is to get the people to say "STOP, we have had enough. Just send out single govt payer bills and we wi;l with deal with it.Socialized medicine, Your sick kid just waits.Don´t buy this b.s. It is an Axelrod and Junta scheme.
I am fed up and sick of the way federal government spends, spends, spends. In my world, I am berated when I go even a little over-budget or, heaven forbid, my team is a bit late rolling out the project. It is almost humiliating when we go to our reviews and have to hear it from the higher-ups. But these government bozos just do whatever and there is nobody to answer to. I am not sure, but it seems to me that there is no oversight for schedule or budget with these people. Fire ´em all!
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