WASHINGTON — In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them. Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized. For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which
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Devastating reporting from the New York Times. Wow.
Forgive my reply because I refuse to click on any Slimes articles. In response to the lead in posted above I must dispute one statement - the current WH is incapable of being embarrassed, deeply or otherwise. If they were, they would all have resigned and slunk back home at least 3 yeas ago.
´Delay´ it until Oct. 1, 2014, during which time probes into the legislation and regs will serve as cannon fire for the Nov 2014 elections...the Dims will shout louder than us to repeal it before next Oct.
Generally a good article...which means it is devastating to the Obama administration, because it is the NY Times telling the truth about the technology fiasco...and why politicians don´t run software companies.
Only problem: last paragraph claims that increased traffic on day 1 indicated more interest than expected. No, that means the same people trying repeatedly to get into the system...and failing to do so. Not more interest.
Over half a trillion dollars and the the best we have is utter failure. This, of course, is exactly what we have come to expect from years of watching goobernment failure. At least the near trillion dollar stimulus actually put some money into Union thugs hands. This near Stimulus goobernment boondoggle has put nothing into the Unions´ hands. No wonder they are so PO´ed about Obambicare. Imagine how well the Death Panels will work!
As usual, Barry and Co. have decided that his reputation is far more important than anything or anyone else, such as the citizens who have been forced to deal with this debacle. The government is good at one thing-screwing stuff up. An ominous sign of things to come.
The team that developed this monster knew well in advance that the launch was going to be an epic failure and so did the Obama Administration. They had different teams of developers working on different parts of the application and they were not talking to each other, nor was the system even fully tested. This is exactly how the entire federal government operates. Obama was desperate to get his new wave of entitlement addicted government dependents on board prior to the midterms so they went full steam ahead with this debacle hoping for the best. I don´t think the House needs to worry about a delay in the individual mandates. These incompetents took care of it for us.
General Motors had a notorious reputation of releasing cars for sale to the public without first ironing out all the bugs and problems. The joke was that the public was their quality control dept. So is it any wonder they eventually needed a bailout? Some learn slower than others, some never learn, some even make the same mistake twice-chalk up the administration to never learn category. The DC commies, the new snake oil salesman, should have reasoned the damage this would do to their ponzi scheme. They needed all hands for it to work and their launch was self-sabotaging. Fly into the window pane, enjoy their pain. ha ha. No group of people deserves more ridicule than the foolish democrats. They made their bed - time to lie down and reap the "returns". They hang themselves as interest languishes.
As I have noted previously, the program could have been run through plain old insurance brokers/ages, who would have found the best health policy for the applicant, just as the agents do for car insurance purchasers, homeowners, and the like. And the law could have been written to use prior year income to compute government subsidies. That is exactly what a mortgage company does, when underwriting a loan. But . All of those low brow ´navigators´ would not have been hired, and those 16 thousand IRS agents would not have been needed. And those folks will vote democrat...
Wait until you are standing in line at the pharmacy and the Pharmacy, Insurance Company and Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) Company try and calculate the portion that you owe because of subsidies. Right now they wouldn´t have a clue because the software doesn´t exist. It will be just as bad at doctor´s offices. The real fireworks will start then.
FTA: "...the government was so slow in issuing specifications that the firm did not start writing software code until this spring, according to people familiar with the process."
This is beyond belief. Even very small companies I´ve worked for have a "system". Each project is given a "timeline" that shows the basic steps that have to happen in order to get the project completed. Attached to each "step" is the name of the person or department responsible for that step, and the date by which it has to happen. Then periodic meetings are held to ensure that each deadline is met. If they are not, the SHTF. This is very, very basic stuff.
FTA: "A New York Times researcher, for instance, managed to register at 6 a.m. on Oct. 1. But despite more than 40 attempts over the next 11 days, she was never able to log in. Her last attempts led her to a blank screen."
Next time some of the morons in the press try to say that this imbecilic website had X number of hits, we need to point to the NYT and divide it by 40 or more. That´s how many actual unique visitors they had.
Show us the Unique Visitors!! That is the truth! (And we all know you know!)
When a "Charlie Bit My Finger" YouTube video can get 566 million views on the internet, the 17 million hits on the government Healthcare site where everyone in the entire nation who doesn´t have medical insurance is required by law to go to buy insurance are not impressive. That they blew two thirds of a billion dollars building the site is impressive. They could have just opened the competition in health care insurance to competition across state lines which would have lowered prices and sold a heck of a lot more insurance than they´re selling now plus it wouldn´t have cost them anything. Then they could have paid everyone´s first month premiums with the money they saved.
Ah, Semantics, and slanted truth. The "system" cost more than $400M. Yeah. A LOT more, at this point about $240M more. as the cost has approached $650M and they are rebuilding parts of the system. just like saying a new Mercedes vehicle cost more than $11K - Yup - maybe 4-5 times as much, or more. That is trash journalism at its best from the Times. Even when they tell the truth it is slanted toward the Administration.
Come on. It´s only the type of glitch that happened with Apple´s new OS.
“These are not glitches,” said an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange. Like many people interviewed for this article, the executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he did not wish to alienate the federal officials with whom he works. “The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, ‘It’s awful, just awful.´ ” [emphasis mine]
So it´s unworkable. But rest assured; rather than admit it´s a big mistake that needs fundamental change, or better still, repeal and replace in segments if needed, this Administration will make everyone suffer, waste billions of our taxpayer dollars to fix the equivalent of a shattered clay pot dropped from a high building, and will continue to steal OUR money to fix the unfixable.
There is no admitting wrong-doing anywhere in this White House except for that one moment of truth when Obama said, "Oops. There really weren´t any shovel-ready jobs."
What is shovel-ready, is this pile of steaming governmental intrusion laughingly called the "Affordable Care Act". Even the word "act" is wrong, let alone the other two.
Not only do I think this is a front for a program that was NOT ready for roll-out, I think it was intentional. It is a slow way to expose tge LoFo´s so 1. They avoid some sticjer shick, and 2. People that are not *required* to sign up resign themselves to doing so.
What do I mean by people not required? Well, this is something the Government and media will NOT tell you!
States that opted out of Medicaid funding, for those that qualify, they are NOT required to sign up, NOR can they be penalized! There are a lot of states that have also passed laws preventing, either through nullification or by passing laws, that prevent mandatory sign up AND prevent penalties or fining. If you give in and do it anyway, then it is out of ignorance! Educate yourself, because ignorance of the law is no defense!
This is all terribly costly and truly embarrassing, but we knew it was coming.
Those of us who knew all along that the skinny little emperor was naked could do nothing but brace for the inevitable. Well, here it is, and here we are. We´re in it now, and the only way out is to push through it.
We´ll suffer, yes -- but this is all good news, in the long run.
stinky is toast; he´s done. he´s a laughingstock on the global stage, he´s reduced himself to teleprompting at community colleges, the NY and LA Times are shuffling a little dirt these days -- I read them both -- listen, a lot can happen in two years and I wouldn´t be shocked if he pulls a Nixon and bails. Seriously. No joke.
The premise will be a lie, as always, but I think he´ll pull a runner. His organ grinders will force it; the White House is in such a freaking bloody mess that its leaking into the NY Times of all places.
stinky really does stink, and he´s stinking up some hallowed liberal halls. No can do, dood. You´re out.
Better to leave it to sloe joe and mop up the mess ASAP.
This is all good Sunday morning news. The left has had their day, and they´ve wrecked it.
Morons, yes. But the difference is that their moronism is now on display 24/7, thanks to obamacare.
who did the admin hire to develop the software? I have no doubt that this was crony contract and many people got their paybacks. FBI should look into this. Same was with Solyndra and electric cars. Welcome to the commie world where nothing was done properly, cost bunch of money and nobody was responsible. (Oh, American imperialism was responsible!) Everybody, who like myself, came from behind the "iron curtain", knows that and we see more and more of it.
(1) Get an appropriation (3) Distribute the proceeds to your buddies (4) Blame problems on George Bush (5) If finally caught ~ recycle old Cobol based programs of similar nature, but use a new object oriented and very colorful front end.
Issa needs to hop on this one like an Egyptian locust on grain.
Bring in the managers ~ should be cute since some of them already showed up for the IRS scandal, and it´s not unlikely that some of them will have been involved in Fast & Furious.
These are not glitches, they are features. Obama needs a collapse. He wants a collapse. He wants to be the one the people turn to who will save them, and he will gladly comply with single payer. Then we will be wards of the state, indentured servants, slaves. Pick one. What we won´t be is free. Big government will be our daddy.
Somewhere in time can we hope Commiecare software was infected with deliberate and fatal flaws that cannot be reversed. In all it would be the perfect destruction of a illegal law and the ONE´s legacy legislation. The law crafted out of a gutted house bill in the Reid criminal office with contents replaced with said Commie care and passed also illegally by one party.
Yes, where has all the money gone? I met someone today who says the money allocated for ACA has gone overseas to BM´s buddies (he said in London) and it is being used now to undermine the moderate middle-east alliance against Iran/Al Queda.
How do we find out where the money has gone? Ramona (the Pest)
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