Former official: Admin refused to bring in outside help for ObamaCare website for fear GOP would subpoena them; Update: Ten-year-old technology? Update: No improvement in week two; Update: Wasn’t tested until days before launch?

posted at 4:41 pm on October 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Lachlan Markay and Ace, who calls it “Nixonian.” This is the rare Hot Air item that might actually make liberals angrier at the White House than conservatives. If you’d staked your party’s credibility on realizing the utopian dream of universal health care only to have Obama deliver this fartburger, you’d be furious. Why anyone on either side still wants Sebelius in charge, I have no idea.

Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans, the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment system, one former administration official said. Officials feared that if they called on outsiders to help with the technical details of how to run a commerce website, those companies could be subpoenaed by Hill Republicans, the former aide said. So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts.

Very important to understand: Between this and the fact that HHS deliberately hid the price of insurance behind a reg wall on Healthcare.gov to reduce “rate shock,” the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be because they were terrified of transparency. And the reason they were terrified of transparency, both in the case of hiding the cost of the premiums from web users and hiding the site’s architectural problems from contractors who might be hauled before Congress, is because they know they’ve delivered a bad product. Put the premiums on the front page and the public, expecting “affordable care,” would recoil at the truth. Put the contractors at the witness table before Issa’s committee and the public, expecting that the government would “fix” health care, would recoil upon discovering that they can’t even build a website with three years’ lead time.

I don’t know what’s more amazing, that they’d place their own political comfort above creating a smoother user experience for the uninsured or that they somehow didn’t realize that a botched rollout on October 1 would be far more embarrassing than contractors talking to Republicans under oath. Or … would it? What was HHS so worried that outside contractors would tell the GOP that they preferred to risk total chaos on the exchanges during launch month instead?

Apropos of nothing, Reuters is now reporting that the budget for the site exploded earlier this year as the Hopenchange brain trust realized they were way, way, way off course. And by “exploded,” I mean “tripled”:

How and why the system failed, and how long it will take to fix, remains unclear. But evidence of a last-minute surge in spending suggests the needs of the project were growing well beyond the initial expectations of the contractor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Why this went from a ceiling of $93.7 million to $292 million is hard to fathom,” said Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group that analyzes government contracting.

“Something changed. It suggests they ran into problems and knew last spring that they couldn’t do it for $93.7 million. They just blew through the original ceiling. Where was the contract oversight?”…

The Obama administration was issuing regulations and changing policy regarding how the reform should be implemented late into this summer. Many required significant changes to the IT running Healthcare.gov, which kept contractors scrambling.

We’ll need congressional hearings to find out which regulations forced the IT team to scramble at the eleventh hour to rework the site, but this could be another example of the White House’s desire to hide the uglier parts of this boondoggle creating problems for the website architecture. Remember, it was only this past summer that HHS suddenly decided to eliminate income verification for subsidies for the first year. Applicants will be placed on the “honor system” in reporting their wages, which is basically an invitation to commit fraud — but which serves the end of making those subsidies nice and robust for anyone willing to lie, which encourages enrollment. Could be that they built the site with the income verification tech integrated and then had to tear it out quickly and haphazardly once HHS changed its mind, leading to bugs. Like I say, this is what congressional hearings are for.

Nancy Pelosi, by the way, thinks there’s no reason at all to delay ObamaCare if the exchanges are still a disaster come December, which also happens to be the deadline for enrollment if you want your coverage to begin in January. I’d be surprised if there’s a single manager anywhere in the insurance industry who agrees with her, given the Thunderdome-levels of chaos Glitchapalooza will be causing them next year if this persists much longer.

Update: Merry Christmas, Barack.

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

Recent changes have made the exchanges easier to use, but they still require clearing the computer’s cache several times, stopping a pop-up blocker, talking to people via Web chat who suggest waiting until the server is not busy, opening links in new windows and clicking on every available possibility on a page in the hopes of not receiving an error message. With those changes, it took one hour to navigate the HealthCare.gov enrollment process Wednesday.

Those steps shouldn’t be necessary, experts said.

“I have never seen a website — in the last five years — require you to delete the cache in an effort to resolve errors,” said Dan Schuyler, a director at Leavitt Partners, a health care group by former Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt. “This is a very early Web 1.0 type of fix.”

You’ll have to read the rest to find out how clearing your cache might actually cause new errors.

Update: Icing on the cake from health-industry consultant Bob Laszewski, who says the system’s scarcely improved after another week of frantic HHS triage:

At the end of week two of the Obamacare launch, health plans were generally seeing no more enrollments per day then they saw in the first week.

As troubling, the backroom issues plaguing the connection between health insurers and the federal government had not been resolved and there is no indication from the feds when they will have these things cleared up.

My sense is that the feds, based upon the number of enrollments they have sent to the insurance companies, enrolled about 10,000 people in the first week (about 5,000 single and family contracts) and another 10,000 people in the second week in the 36 states using the federal exchange.

I guesstimated that the feds were up to 95,000 or so enrollments in my earlier post, less than 20 percent of HHS’s target for October. Laszewski thinks even that number is wildly optimistic. If he’s right and they’re only at 20,000 enrollments total, they’re at less than five percent of their goal.

Update: No one’s getting fired, huh?

The root cause of the problems was a pivotal decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to act as systems integrator, the central coordinator for the entire program. Usually this role is reserved for the prime information technology contractor.

As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual said…

“Normally a system this size would need 4-6 months of testing and performance tuning, not 4-6 days,” the individual said.

The source said there were “ever-changing, conflicting and exceedingly late project directions. The actual system requirements for Oct. 1 were changing up until the week before,” the individual said.

How could they have done a worse job?


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Always easy to pick apart someone else’s proposals especially when you don’t have one to counter with. The GOP continues becoming more irrelevant as the days go by.

Where is the GOP health care plan? Outside of free market and across state lines. I am willing to listen to their concerns when I see a credible plan.

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

As we now know without a shadow of a doubt, doing nothing was the superior plan.

Chuck Schick on October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Choke

Del Dolemonte on October 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Libfree’s pretty accomplished at that….so this won’t be anything new.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Yeah, but it’s more about getting every single (D) here on record as having no answer for such a simple question and arguably, per President Obama, one of the main reasons the law exists.

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

I understand and very much appreciate your persistence.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

PattyJ on October 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I was thinking pretty much along the same lines, she’ll be there until she get’s her golden parachute all lined up – just like Janet Napolitano – and then bolt with the thanks of her President to a well paid low requirement position that’s her’s as long as she stay’s loyal and quiet.

Athos on October 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Now, where were we?

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

 

As to your ‘left’ comment, I agree it would be better if some of the great tech and innovation companies were started by conservatives.
 
bayam on February 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Yeah, but it’s more about getting every single (D) here on record as having no answer for such a simple question and arguably, per President Obama, one of the main reasons the law exists.

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

You need to save this.

Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

A little too much golfie and partie over the last few years and not enough time in the web design department, eh????

ted c on October 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

 

and once it’s actually implemented, will ensure that millions with pre-existing conditions actually have access to affordable healthcare…
 
It’s also working for innovators and hi tech startups working to reduce the inefficiencies in the current system…
 
bayam on August 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

 

The promise of change has unlocked billions of private venture capital, igniting a wave of innovative companies that are starting to transform the way is healthcare services are managed and delivered. Now is the time to contribute to the solution, not endlessly whine about decisions made at the polls by a majority of voters.
 
bayam on July 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Icing on the cake from health-industry consultant Bob Laszewski, who says the system’s scarcely improved after another week of frantic HHS triage:

If obamacare were an elderly patient, it would be referred to the death panel. We are spending far too many healthcare resources on this thing and it won’t have any productive years of life left. It’s best to just let it die…..

/Death Panelzz

ted c on October 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

 

The US economy is driven by innovation and knowledge more than the extraction of raw materials from the ground. ..
 
But I don’t want to stop anyone from worshiping at the alter of energy production or promoting it as a source of employment in states like North Dakota and other states with significant energy reserves, especially when the workforce lacks the expertise to succeed in the innovation economy.
 
bayam on December 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

 
(Maybe my favorite.)

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

 

The future is more digital health innovation, better incentives that align with patient outcomes, and great patient involvement in decisions with a cost component.
 
bayam on March 26, 2013 at 2:01 PM

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:06 PM

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

 

There’s an incredible wave to tech innovation going on today that will transform the way healthcare is purchased and delivered over the next 10 years, and it’s much more consequential than reform directed from the top down.
 
bayam on March 27, 2013 at 9:16 PM

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Brayam is a talking point spewing faux intellectual faux investor . Not really much there.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

You guys just don’t get it do you?

OBAMCARE WAS DESIGNED TO FAIL

FEATURE – NOT A BUG

Single Payer will be the fix once ObamaCare is beyond fixing – and by that time the whole health insurance industry will be kaput – so there’s no going back to the old times either.

HondaV65 on October 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Others have already answered this and you would be write, but right now ObamaCare is making government look incompetent. Who the heck is going to want single payer now if this is the way it is going to be run. One of the attacks against Obama that Republicans and Conservative leaders don’t do enough is that Obama and the Dems are incompetent. This is something even Low info folks can understand, it is some young voters can understand.

Basically the Dems promise stuff but they are too stupid to deliver and I say thank god for that.

William Eaton on October 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Always easy to pick apart someone else’s proposals especially when you don’t have one to counter with. The GOP continues becoming more irrelevant as the days go by.

Where is the GOP health care plan? Outside of free market and across state lines. I am willing to listen to their concerns when I see a credible plan.

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM
As we now know without a shadow of a doubt, doing nothing was the superior plan.

Chuck Schick on October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Agreed- nothing was better than Obamacare, by a mile. But Republican proposals were even better- focusing on reducing the cost of health care (via tort reform and increased HSAs, among other things), eliminating some of the onerous regulations that stifle competition (allowing sales across state lines) , and strengthening the existing high-risk state pools (which cover those with preexisting conditions), rather than meddling with the internal dealings of insurance companies and interfering with everyone’s personal liberty by forcing you buy a particular type of insurance.

LASue on October 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

You need to save this.
 
Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

 
Yeah, that was hilarious. So much so that I almost felt bad for him. It’s true. I’m sort of a sap like that.

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

error above write = right…sp check…

William Eaton on October 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

You need to save this.
 
Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

 
BTW, I saw he’d already played the RACIST! card, so I guess he figured he’d try something different.
 
Good for him for test driving a new word. Shame it didn’t come with airbags.

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Met a retiring Naval officer earlier this year who confided in me that he was retained to help “fix” this disaster.

It “cannot, and will not be fixed.. it’s a total do-over”.. his words. And he’s only working on the VA fix. None of the databases talk to eachother, they are out of date by at least 15 years, and there is such a mish mash of competing systems that it is fatally flawed. The Obamacare website was a flimsy design by some Obama donors with sons who dabble in I.T..

/Forward.

Key West Reader on October 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Snicker.

Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I had suspected that bayam was a braying acolyte of Krugman, particularly given some of the things he’s said re economics, markets, and technology innovation… it’s helpful to get it confirmed.

Athos on October 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Always easy to pick apart someone else’s proposals especially when you don’t have one to counter with. The GOP continues becoming more irrelevant as the days go by.

Where is the GOP health care plan? Outside of free market and across state lines. I am willing to listen to their concerns when I see a credible plan.

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Like the “brains” of DC, their idea was to add the 10% uninsured, screwing the other 90% that HAD it.

Now we are like 40%/60%.

You know, you’d be the MORON that would buy a brand new Mercedes, take it home and replace the engine…..to get that 10% more Hourse power.

REEEEAAALL SMART!

-west

mr_west on October 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Roger and RWM :

Did I miss it or has a big deal been made of the fact that a Canadian company was part of this debacle? We outsourced a major component of Obama’s crown jewel?

Also, didn’t Michael Moore have a website designed by a Canadian company years ago?

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

The issue here is that the “website” was designed to have pretty features on the front end, but no functionality on the back end.

Typical Obama like invention.

/Too bad 47 million Americans will lose their health benefits and have no place to turn in just 45 days, but they will be forced to pay a “fine”.

Key West Reader on October 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Throwing resources at a project doesn’t necessarily buy what you think it does. This fiasco reminds me of what Fred Brooks wrote almost 40 years ago in his seminal software project management work, The Mythical Man Month.

“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”.

bandarlog on October 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Very important to understand: Between this and the fact that HHS deliberately hid the price of insurance behind a reg wall on Healthcare.gov to reduce “rate shock,” the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be

But rate shock is not hidden for people who don’t get a subsidy.

Fleuries on October 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

rogerb, you are a national treasure.

Chuck Schick on October 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

But rate shock is not hidden for people who don’t get a subsidy.

Fleuries on October 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Oh, I’m sure that’s just a handful of people.

Chuck Schick on October 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Did I miss it or has a big deal been made of the fact that a Canadian company was part of this debacle? We outsourced a major component of Obama’s crown jewel?

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I covered it about 10 days ago, but haven’t seen it much elsewhere.

Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Anyone who is surprised by any of this is an imbecile…

dpduq on October 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Then there’s this little copyright detail as well:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-website-violates-licensing-agreement-copyrighted-software_763666.html

tennesseejed on October 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Dwnload from Pirate Bay?

katy the mean old lady on October 17, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Ignore my last post–this one, too.

davidk on October 17, 2013 at 7:49 PM

How much more are Americans going to take? When is it time to march 2million plus real Americans on Washington and demand these petty, corrupt, wannabe tyrants resign and stand trial for treason and corruption?

jawkneemusic on October 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I have only one comment regarding this thread.

I’d like to buy rogerb a beer.

JusDreamin on October 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Be proud, you leftist idiots who make all idiots indignant.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Always easy to pick apart someone else’s proposals especially when you don’t have one to counter with. The GOP continues becoming more irrelevant as the days go by.

Where is the GOP health care plan? Outside of free market and across state lines. I am willing to listen to their concerns when I see a credible plan.

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

A few things strike me as interesting here:

1) The implication that “something” is better than what is already in place. It doesn’t matter that Obamacare had serious flaws because it was at least proposing to do something!

2) Saying “Where’s your plan other than this plan you proposed” is weird. If you have legitimate criticisms about the plan proposed, lay them out. But saying, there’s no plan then mentioning things that were proposed doesn’t make sense.

3) The GOP has proposed multiple reforms that would help bring down the cost of healthcare. That you can only name two indicates that you haven’t been paying close attention. Other posters here have mentioned some of them (e.g. tort reform, expanded HSAs, etc) so I won’t go over them again, but, if you’re truly interested in listening, I suggest you look into those other proposals.

JadeNYU on October 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Man, I really miss the Obamateurism of the Day.

Obamacare would win not only Obamateurism of the Day, Week and Year, but it would have to be in he top 3 for Zero’s entire presidency. (Along with Benghazi and Fast and Furious…but there’s still 3 years to go and if we’ve learned anything over the past 5 years, it’s that under O, things can ALWAYS get worse than you thought possible).

Mayday on October 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Always easy to pick apart someone else’s proposals especially when you don’t have one to counter with. The GOP continues becoming more irrelevant as the days go by.

Where is the GOP health care plan? Outside of free market and across state lines. I am willing to listen to their concerns when I see a credible plan.

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

A few things strike me as interesting here:

1) The implication that “something” is better than what is already in place. It doesn’t matter that Obamacare had serious flaws because it was at least proposing to do something!

2) Saying “Where’s your plan other than this plan you proposed” is weird. If you have legitimate criticisms about the plan proposed, lay them out. But saying, there’s no plan then mentioning things that were proposed doesn’t make sense.

3) The GOP has proposed multiple reforms that would help bring down the cost of healthcare. That you can only name two indicates that you haven’t been paying close attention. Other posters here have mentioned some of them (e.g. tort reform, expanded HSAs, etc) so I won’t go over them again, but, if you’re truly interested in listening, I suggest you look into those other proposals.

JadeNYU on October 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Aye. What we had before Obamacare is better than Obamacare, so who needs a third option?

slickwillie2001 on October 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

JusDreamin on October 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

 
Aw, shucks.

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 8:33 PM

What other Socialist, dictatorial, control freak, faux genius, who wouldn’t let people who knew what they were doing have any control, and led his country to ruin do we know of? I’ll give you a hint: he loved dogs too. Just not on a plate.

teacherman on October 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

 
A few things strike me as interesting here:
 
1) The implication that “something” is better than what is already in place. It doesn’t matter that Obamacare had serious flaws because it was at least proposing to do something!…
 
JadeNYU on October 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

 
Universal all-purpose (D) for-the-children technique.
 
See also “gun control”.

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Who’s going to stop this thing, the Republicans? We can poke fun at it and curse in 24/7. It won’t make any difference because we don’t have a representative democracy, much less a republic, any longer.

I served 12 years in the Army. I used to fly the flag every day. Now I don’t fly it even on national holidays. I don’t want love of country to be conflated with acquiesce in the current system. I’m considering not voting anymore, because voting tends to legitimize the current corrupt political system.

What’s left?

claudius on October 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Sounds a lot like Romney’s ORCA.

Wigglesworth on October 17, 2013 at 8:51 PM

I say tear it down, and just pave it over, then start again fresh.

At least a few shovel-ready jobs would be generated.

dissent555 on October 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Insurance companies actually hit the lottery with this computer crash because they are jacking up the rates on existing policyholders to fund the freeloaders, but the new subsidized Obamacare policies aren’t being underwritten because the systems aren’t running properly.

Wigglesworth on October 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM

MYTH:

“President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history…”

TRUTH:

the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be because they were terrified of transparency.

ITguy on October 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM

How could they have done a worse job?

They could have forgotten to register the domain name.

Or would that have been an improvement as it would have saved many people a lot of time?

But then, what would we have to laugh at?

“They don’t care, they don’t have to, they are the government!”

Freddy on October 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

How MUCH crap does the nation if not the world have to take from the Democrats? Obama is a madman and his Party is filled with his enablers.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Ted Cruz, ANYone on Right, in politics or out of it, needs to sue this debacle for a refund and for damages. Teal, DNC, whomever, we need a refund, we require and merit damages from their awful dereliction of job duties, if that’s what they can be called.

Seriously, file lawsuits, get a refund in the millions with damages even higher. Sue these freaks.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

“They don’t care, they don’t have to, they are the government!”

Freddy on October 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

The entity that contracted to do the work ISN’T “the government”.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Single Payer will be the fix once ObamaCare is beyond fixing – and by that time the whole health insurance industry will be kaput – so there’s no going back to the old times either.

HondaV65 on October 17, 2013 at 4:58 PM

The problem for Obama is the swiftness of this disaster. Federal failures of this size do not instill enough confidence to go forward with ANY federal replacement program.

This is the biggest PROGRESSIVE mess since Prohibition! And of course, that was repealed as fast as people could vote to get rid of it.

Freddy on October 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

MYTH:

“President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history…”

TRUTH:

the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be because they were terrified of transparency.

ITguy on October 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM

DITTO.

And doesn’t that just exemplify Obama’s sickness entirely?

Everything he says, his smears about others, it’s now a given one can take those things and believe the opposite of them AND reapply the original to Obama.

“transparency” means “opaque,” etc.

“obstructionists” means “revealers.”

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

The entity that contracted to do the work ISN’T “the government”.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Isn’t that what the Worldcom CEO said about Arthur Anderson?

Freddy on October 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

maybe in the new budget negotiations in dec-jan-feb they won’t budget for another $600M website seeing as how they already have one…kinda like defunding it.

gracie on October 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

OCare was probably viewed as a simple website design.

In reality, it should be enterprise class business software.

It would be like developing SAP or Microsoft Windows from scratch.

You can’t fix Windows in 3 weeks.

faraway on October 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Former official: Admin refused to bring in real doctors for ObamaCare for fear GOP would subpoena them; Update: Ten-year-old technology? Update: No improvement in week two; Update: Medicines weren’t tested on animals until days before tried on humans as guinea pigs.

SparkPlug on October 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

All things great and small start in little seemingly insignificant ways.

1.I have the “hope to change” the establishment.
2.I do not need the forced restraints of a budget to fulfill my destiny.
3.I do not need an armed civilian population to stand in the way of MY “hope and change”.
4.I need MY private Army to do MY work with in the Continental US.
5.I do not need a dysfunctional congress for “Hope and Change”.
6.I do not need a Congress except to do what I tell them to do.
7.I need to redistribute the wealth from the rich to the poor.
8.I do not need other authority figures of religion to compete for my place over the people.
9.The Press and Internet must be controlled.
10.They don’t understand, and tell lies about me, only I tell the truth.
11.I must remain true to with MY certain rich friends, foreign and domestic, for only they will help me when in need.
12.This I tell all is my Ordained Destiny of “Hope and Change”.

There might be a wild card in all of this health care. That is Hillary Clinton. 20 years ago she came up with a health care plan and was basically put down by all. Now her plan of 1993 could be the corner stone of her run for the oval office.

jpcpt03 on October 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

rogerb on October 17, 2013

….gawd you are good

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Everyone knows the gov. is inefficient, inept, incompetent and an all around waste of tax payer funds and time. What galls me is that liberals insist on dragging the rest of us down with them into oblivion and we let them.

I wish libs would grow a pair and make their own country. Take their own states and have at it. No neanderthal, back woods, knuckle dragging, God fearing, gun toting conservatives to hold them back. Just unabashed liberalism. They won’t of course because how can you create the utopian society without people who are actually willing to work?

JAGonzo on October 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

The entity that contracted to do the work ISN’T “the government”.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Isn’t that what the Worldcom CEO said about Arthur Anderson?

Freddy on October 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Thinking back to those billions squandered by ENRON, not that I was part of that campaign to impale ENRON, just that there was a successful suit or many against them.

Don’t know about AA other than having to work with (as in, work while it was taking place) one of their massive audits once.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I wish libs would grow a pair and make their own country. Take their own states and have at it. No neanderthal, back woods, knuckle dragging, God fearing, gun toting conservatives to hold them back. Just unabashed liberalism. They won’t of course because how can you create the utopian society without people who are actually willing to work?

JAGonzo on October 17, 2013 at 10:18 PM

They did: Cuba, Mexico, Nicauragua, Venezuela, most of Africa and many countries otherwise in South America, Haiti, California, NYCity, Chicago…

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Insurance companies actually hit the lottery with this computer crash because they are jacking up the rates on existing policyholders to fund the freeloaders, but the new subsidized Obamacare policies aren’t being underwritten because the systems aren’t running properly.

Wigglesworth on October 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM

No; the unsubsidized 2014 premiums are so high that very few people will buy in, whether young or old, pre-existing or not. That’s no lottery.

slickwillie2001 on October 17, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Well, now we can have a whole bunch of front page stories on this because the Republicans lost and the press is free to report so go at it, MSM, and give the people the truth about something, for a change.

bflat879 on October 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM

I have never seen a website — in the last five years — require you to delete the cache

Cash. He said he’s going to delete our cash. Not the same thing.

Ronnie on October 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Touche…

JAGonzo on October 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

So if Krystal Ball worked for the design firm for the website, that means it’s just a typical shell company for politicians to dump their people in off years or when they get fired and financed by govt contracts and grants.

Naturally, they got the job! And now we have the result.

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

LOL!

PattyJ on October 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Where is the GOP health care plan? Outside of free market and across state lines. I am willing to listen to their concerns when I see a credible plan.

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

That has worked for everything else. But then capitalism is hateful to socialist idiots. Socialism as repeatedly demonstrated will always fail.

You would think that humans would smarten up and drop what doesn’t work.

dogsoldier on October 18, 2013 at 5:25 AM

Any military members who have dealt with the decade-plus rule of NMCI as our IT contractor know that healthcare.gov will never be fixed, ever.

joewm315 on October 18, 2013 at 7:26 AM

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…

There’s an incredible wave to tech innovation going on today that will transform the way healthcare is purchased and delivered over the next 10 years, and it’s much more consequential than reform directed from the top down.

bayam on March 27, 2013 at 9:16 PM

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Roger, thank you sooooo much for these jewels.

All I have to say to bayam’s post is, yep, there WAS an incredible wave to tech innovation….stopped dead in its tracks by this administration!

We’re from the government, and we’re here to help!

questionmark on October 18, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Any military members who have dealt with the decade-plus rule of NMCI as our IT contractor know that healthcare.gov will never be fixed, ever.

joewm315 on October 18, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Yeah, but they will keep producing AWESOME PowerPoint presentations

Roy Rogers on October 18, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Just an anecdote with a hidden message:

My ten-year old daughter needed to print homework last night. The printer had dropped its WiFi connection. So, I started troubleshooting with her tagging along.

I mentioned that the network may be the issue and explained that the laptop talked to the printer ‘over the air’. She rattled off a definition of network. She explained it in terms of topology. Then she finished with an definition of protocol. I almost fell over. My fourteen-year old started learning HTML/CSS/JS when she was eight. (Pickens County, SC public school system.)

We have a web development system at home. I’m fairly certain we could deliver the interoperable framework to Obama by Monday morning. Then all the disparate integrating systems can build simple interface-shims to comply with a single, modern architecture. The girls can do the work. I’ll just keep the network up.

(Liberals talk complimicated stuff. Conservatives do it.)

Tsar of Earth on October 18, 2013 at 8:26 AM

I was coming here to post that Obamacare’s roll out has been an unmitigated disaster and a profound illustration of leadership failures throughout the Administration.

And then I saw this:

Choke

Del Dolemonte on October 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Libfree’s pretty accomplished at that….so this won’t be anything new.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Dude. You are *OBSESSED* with imagining my sex life and then posting about it. Literally. Obsessed.

But what color dress did he wear to the ball?

BeachBum on October 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Libfree knows.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Why do you hate life so much. Does swilling semen rot the brain? So many homosexuals bow at the altar of abortion.

CW on July 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Libfree’s years of guzzling semen has brought rot to his brain.

CW on August 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

You’re just another fool who thinks it is a zero sum game….

semen does rot the brain.

CW on September 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

God screwed us over with the guy we have now. I wish I would have borrowed some of libfree’s lube.

CW on August 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

At least he gets paid for being O’s whore. Libfree gets jizzed on.

CW on August 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

And there’s just a smattering. I don’t have time to do the full rogerb search for all of the super weird comments you make about semen or j!zz or who knows what else. Clearly, part of you has a deep seated desire to engage in gay sex (or what you imagine gay sex is). Would you kindly go out there and do it, instead of leaving your masturbatory fantasies all over the internet?

libfreeordie on October 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Where is the GOP health care plan? Outside of free market and across state lines. I am willing to listen to their concerns when I see a credible plan.

loveofcountry on October 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

You’re hilarious.

You answered your own question. Free market and allowing insurance companies to cross state lines is the answer.

Better than Obamacare? Doing nothing is a better plan than this sh!tburger!

itsspideyman on October 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

libfreeordie on October 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Dear God.

What dreams were you working on last night? Wake up to wet sheets? Dream of Ted Cruz out of the Senate?

Dream on.

itsspideyman on October 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Dear God.

I know, CW is super weird right?

libfreeordie on October 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Complete and utter incompetence is the hallmark of this regime…

Pest on October 18, 2013 at 9:01 AM

So, basically, our incompetent leader shot his signature legislation down all by himself, well, with a lot of help from the incompetent advisors he appointed to actually do the work for him. Got it.

Kissmygrits on October 18, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I feel truly honored. Not only do I get to pay higher rates due to the risk ratings of others, not myself, but I also get to pay the subsidies others get since I actually earn an income and pay taxes. It makes me proud to be a Swedish U.S. citizen under the party-down presidency of the Grand Poo Bah Obama Kuwhana.

IndieDogg on October 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Former official: Admin refused to bring in outside help for ObamaCare website for fear GOP would subpoena them

So it is the Republicans fault…I was wondering how they were going to weave that in.

The reason for the failure is the evil Republican’s who attack everything good.

Awwwww, now it becomes clear…the vast right wing conspiracy.

Many people will laugh, but their supporters will say “good move” can’t give those evil conservatives anything to fight with.

“Burn the village, destroy the crops, let the invaders starve!!”

right2bright on October 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM

So, basically, our incompetent leader shot his signature legislation down all by himself, well, with a lot of help from the incompetent advisors he appointed to actually do the work for him. Got it.

Kissmygrits on October 18, 2013 at 9:01 AM

No, he was protecting the government from the evil Republican’s…now do you “got it”?

This comment from an “former official” is a smoke screen…a cover up, the defense that always works…the Tea Party, had to protect us from the Tea Party, Conservatives, Issa, Cruz, right wing extremists…they martyred themselves for the sake of protecting the country from rogue politicians.

right2bright on October 18, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Dear God.

I know, CW is super weird right?

libfreeordie on October 18, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Weak on English usage, aren’t you?

itsspideyman on October 18, 2013 at 9:15 AM

You know what amazes me about this botched ACA rollout?

It’s that this was supposed to be the big PLUM, the freebie, the big new heavily-subsidized benefit. It’s the item I feared because it was a big giveaway that people would grow dependent on and could thus never be scaled back.

Everything else in the ACA is clearly bad news for people — the purchase mandate, the penalty/tax, the Medicare cuts, IPAB, the new UIMC tax, the new medical device tax, the Cadillac plan tax, etc. All stuff people are virtually guaranteed to hate.

But they managed to botch the GIVEAWAY. For all of my criticisms of the Obama Administration, I never thought they would mess that part up.

Chuckles3 on October 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Officials feared that if they called on outsiders to help with the technical details of how to run a commerce website, those companies could be subpoenaed by Hill Republicans, the former aide said. So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts.

Paranoia will destroy-ya. . .

Chuckles3 on October 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I checked the major news sites, and I’m happy to report that there is no crisis with Ocare whatsoever. Apparently Fox is the only one seeing any serious trouble, and you know how they just make stuff up. So, go back to your games or reruns and relax confident in the knowledge that your federal government is doing absolutely everything. I’m waiting for them to send over a government bureaucrat to go to work in my place. This is the life, and it’s all free since we can just print the money. So just drop those antiquated ideas about morality and the work ethic.

claudius on October 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The obscene amount of dollars spent to buy this product, ensured that Obama would get exactly what he needed, politically

The red herring is all the noise being generated about how bad it is

I worked IT. No way is a product tested 2 days before. You have project charts with timelines on big projects. Computer programs can be skeletonized. In fact, large product is normally skeletonized, that is you write a product that calls the base modules needed, and plug in the modules later. The skeleton can be tested from day 1 with dummy modules filling in the blanks.

Nope, this result was bought and paid for.

There is an election coming that is the key to DEM consolidating power.

It is important that Obamacare not be functioning before the election. It has to be pie-in-the-sky. Something that could be great if it wasn’t for the lousy software house. Lets have a hearing about who chose the developers, and drag the red herring right through the election. Those who believe in Unicorns know the Unicorn is still there, once we take care of the bad guys who messed up a good idea.

Obama got exactly what he needed. We paid for his cover

It takes an obscene amount of money to buy a reputation, but its worth it

entagor on October 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

libfreeordie on October 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Fascinating…what brings a person to be so obsessed that they research and copy what people say about them on an internet blog?

I get responding in a thread, copying and such, but to July, August, etc. That is just plain weird.

It will all become moot once you get a job and actually began focusing on something more important…like taking personal care and responsibility for yourself.

Than a family, and what someone states in an anonymous blog won’t haunt you…

You will be amazed what happens when you actually become a responsible, productive, citizen.

right2bright on October 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

entagor on October 18, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Guess I could add, there are many ways to sabatoge a software developer. For instance, external updates to programming language or OS (operating system), that subtly change what happens when a call is executed in a properly written program. Hardware calls could work well until the hardware mfg makes a change in a driver

Timing is everything in life, and in hardware

Just sayin to be fair

entagor on October 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

And to add to it, there’s this, (Apologies if someone already linked previously)

They are violating copyrights:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-website-violates-licensing-agreement-copyrighted-software_763666.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

questionmark on October 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I checked the major news sites, and I’m happy to report that there is no crisis with Ocare whatsoever. Apparently Fox is the only one seeing any serious trouble, and you know how they just make stuff up. So, go back to your games or reruns and relax confident in the knowledge that your federal government is doing absolutely everything.

I’ve been wondering about this — how much of the cataloguing of horribles is being done only on Fox News and in the conservative blogosphere, and how much is being done by the MSM?

Most searches one would do would produce a bias — for example if you search “Obamacare glitches” you’re naturally going to preferentially select critical coverage.

I just tried as neutral a search combo as I could think of “Obamacare rollout” — and confined it to the last month. The overwhelming majority of hits were about all the screw-ups; I’m allowing myself to believe that it’s not just us, that the colossal screw-up here actually is being acknowledged by the left-leaning press.

Chuckles3 on October 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on October 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

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