Healthcare.gov, the web site for Obamacare, is the crown jewel of the American welfare state and President Obama´s signature domestic policy achievement. Hundreds of millions of Americans will use Healthcare.gov every day for decades to come if the site ever functions properly and Obamacare becomes as permanent a feature of American life as Social Security. Yes, we can! So, if you were picking the IT firm to design Healthcare.gov, you would spare no effort to make sure every potential bidder knew about the opportunity, that the integrity of the bid selection process was beyond question, and that the company most likely to create
Healthcare.gov is just one more shady government contract that is extremely overpriced and doesn´t deliver as promised. What´s all the excitement about? Oh, and the firm who was awarded the contract is a huge democrat donor.
No surprises here, except that the government is surprised that the deliverable is this bad. They usually get fair to mediocre when they spend this kind of money.
Study what Obama did before (yes, that park in Chicago again) and find out what happened.
Money disappeared. Period.
That´s what happens with these people. If you can follow the money, you´ll discover that money always get siphoned away somewhere with them.
Look a the $174,000 that went to Lautenberg´s widow as part of the deal signed yesterday!! He was worth $30 million. Whose pocket did that go into? DNC coffers? I bet a dime it didn´t go to Mrs. Lautenberg.
If you are a Democrat, can you possibly explain how this is acceptable? Of course, none are on this site to answer, since I think most Democrats can´t even read.
This is a con game, practiced so very well by the Clintons, Obama, Reid, Sharpton, Jackson (His kid didn´t learn well, did he? He got caught) and the rest.
Hillary is just aching to get her snout back in the trough. Look at Cory Booker -he doesn´t even live in NJ.
Steal the people´s money. Lie to them and take what you can: Bernie Madoff is a piker next to any democrat. That´s the idea, and agree to do whatever the DNC says, so that they can continue their con in perpetuity .
The government is demonstrating, in all its glory, its ability to take over what is really the best health care system in the world and destroy it. The panic in the WH is not over the epic fail of their website. It is because they have made it very difficult for themselves to convince people that they should go to the next step of single payer socialized medicine.
#6. There are some interesting questions about just how cozy some Democrat leaders are with organized crime. The Chicago Outfit has long had fingers in city politics. So do the street gangs. Reid is from near Vegas. Clinton grew up in the mob town of Hot Springs and had family members involved in illegal gambling.
The silver lining here is that, like Solyndra, which was a crony capitalist fraud dreamed up to soak money out of the private sector and into government, perhaps, God willing, Obamacare will go the way of Solyndra -- unworkable, non-workable, static and defunct.
We know now O´Care is a gift to some FOAs (friends of Obama), since no proof of other bids is forthcoming. So that FOA gets beaucoup bucks for putting the scheme together and soaking the taxpayers for it, while the O´Care system is known to be fraudulent.
Ah. There´s nothing like sunlight to reveal the truth. But Icarus had a bit of a problem with sunlight. I am hoping POTUS will, too.
If you look closely enough you will probably find that there is a minority or women element that is supposedly running the US subsidiary of this Quebec company that justified to the liberals that the company should be selected without bid as the contractor to design and install the healthcare.gov IT operation.
This will turn out to be just another way that the Obama crew is redistributing taxpayer´s money to the "community" this time stretching that definition out to include Quebec, Canada. Thinking that an investigation by the wimpy Republicans will change the liberal´s way of doing such business at this stage of the game is pretty naive.
Maybe I´m crazy, but I think they got just what Obama wanted. A failed system that needs tad a singlee payer to work. His ultimate goal is to destroy us. Who continues to puzzle me is Congress. What do they get out of to go along with it?
As #5 points out, and I have posted before, the amount of money poured into this project does not compute. In other words, it disappeared down the rabbit hole, just as with Solyndra. And again, as with Solyndra, the government is stonewalling on details of how and what it is doing.
One of the scariest parts of having become a growing welfare state (on steroids) is the kind of people wanting to immigrate. No longer are we attractive to those wanting to be free and independent, working hard to better themselves and their families.
Since everything about the ACA is a disaster, I´m going to have as much fun while I am still covered. So I will share this morning´s experience:
I checked out future medical coverage through BC/BS, as directed by a document I received from their company. I LOL´d a lot!! And I was laughing at the customer service rep (CSR) who "assisted" me. This whole thing is laughable!! BC/BS does not know what they are doing. The document sends me to a website that doesn´t exist. When I told this to the CSR, he said I should go to Healthcare.gov. I told him I would not do this because of the horror stories I have read. He said he would send me a "packet." He asked for my contact info. ALL OF THAT, BTW, is on the document, so why is he asking me? This whole thing is disorganized and a ruse! The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing!! How much does anyone bet I will not get a "packet?" How much does anyone want to bet that CSR exists only to be in "compliance" with the ACA but doesn´t really work at all? We are all so screwed . . . I hate to be so cynical . . .
The way a for-profit organization would manage this process would be to form a team of subject experts, create then send out an RFI to a group of probable contenders, narrow the field, after that send out an RFP followed by on site presentations, followed by a decision made by the team.
Because we have the all-knowing presidente zippy, we just eliminate all those silly time-wasting steps and tell one of your big donors to come up with something and do it really fast then skip town with as much money as they can carry off in a big truck.
This is the greatest theft of American taxpayer dollars in history.
Its implementation will never see the light of day, as no doctor or hospital will likely honor an Obamacare policy (unless their/its palm(s) is/are already greased).
Why would any MD place their practice and license on the line opening themselves up to a lawsuit, with absolutely no protection or indemnity.
Worse, what screening process is undertaken for qualifying MDs who sign up to be a carrier?
And what is happening to all the private sector employees who have lost the employer-financed health insurance and/or the full-time hours reduced to part-time in lieu of the implementation of Obamacare?
Since this thing will never work, are they going to get their jobs, hours and coverage back? Doubt it.
It is absolutely true as reporters have stated, BO has transformed our economic structure that Lincoln, FDR and Truman combined could not envision.
BINO # 17 Rancher Jack....Did the people burn down or tar and feather the DC thieves...I would imagine the Muslim Brotherhood communists are involved as well...the evil in DC destroying health care, steal our every dollar...and enslaving this nation...Tar and feather is too good for them!!
Referring to #25´s comments. They are one of the reasons that Obama is now moving to cow the Republicans into passing the liberal Democrat immigration reform plan that will allow them to import hundreds of thousands of foreign doctors and nurses to service Obama-care based medical facilities. Once they start arriving there will be little or no verification of qualifications, similar to what Obama is doing with the lack of verification of income for Obama-care recipients who apply for federal subsidies to offset the cost of their Obama-care insurance premiums. If that is allowed to happen, fraud will be rampant and will be considered by the Obama crew to be an acceptable redistribution of taxpayers´ money to the "community".
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