The British multinational in charge of processing Obamacare paper applications received a hefty contract boost just days before Healthcare.gov’s disastrous roll-out, a sign that the Obama administration may have expected serious problems with the website.The Business of Federal Technology (FCW) reports that on Sept. 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increased their planned payout to Serco’s U.S. subsidiary by 75 percent, adding an extra $87 million to the $114 million promised for processing initial Obamacare enrollment applications.The contract documents do not explain the last-minute infusion of federal dollars, and neither Serco nor CMS would disclose why the
The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported that Serco, which stands to gain as much as $1.2 billion through a series of application-processing contracts with the Health and Human Services Department, is under investigation for serious fraud in its native United Kingdom.
So this White House hires a company with, to say the least, a dubious reputation, to fix something the White House broke? Well, color me aghast at such incompetence. In fact, color me purple with outrage over the rapidly-piling-up list of incompetent endeavors we taxpayers are paying for.
I do think O & Co. planned this to fail so that they could then scrap it and go directly for single-payer under the rubric of simplifying it "for the people".
What does Mr. Bordelon mean by asking if they knew it would fail? Of course they knew it. And if they didn´t, the stratospheric level of cognitive dissonance coming out of this White House is more than shocking. It´s criminal.
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el zopilote, 10/19/2013 11:14:58 AM (No. 9572553)
My take is that Obama knows exactly what he´s doing. He´s not incompetent at all, he has Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod telling him what to do. Its part of the overall scheme to bring collapse so they and their Marxist collaborators can rebuild the country the way they want.
We better hope that the Republicans keep the House and hopefully win the Senate or we will be, most assuredly, screwed.
The liberals and progressives have to break the US healthcare insurance system before they can fix it. At this stage of the game Obama is doing what he said he would do, redistributing taxpayer´s money to the "community" and at the same time is promulgating all sorts of rules and regulations designed to put the health care insurance companies out of business.
There will never be a government run single payer socialized health care system in the USA that "EVERYONE" must recive their health care through, as if such a system is ever established there will always be a first class private health care system for the elites and the rich and famous who can pay for their own health care, and that is going to include an awful lot of the liberals and progressives who were behind the socialized government run health care system for everyone else.
Why would anyone that pays for their insurance not purchase one that meets their needs directly from an internet insurance company portal? Why purchase one with benefits required, but not needed, from a government exchange? That leaves only medicaid and pre-existing condition people on the government exchanges, who will get a subsidy.
#4 speaks to SERCO - this indeed is a company of dubious reputation - their name has come up before in connection to Obama and ?Soros - must repeat research on them. Poster is also on point that this health insurance website was designed to fail to hasten single payer government controlled health services - don´t be fooled by pretty words - this is yet another disaster rolling over us.
Try checking out the reviews for Serco at GlassDoor.com (or any other company you want to check.). Order the review results by date so you can get the latest first. The following url should take you straight to the reviews by date:
Serco´s results are abysmal. Mr A says there´s a call center run by Serco not far from his office and the workers look "downtrodden," to say the least. They sit outside a lot, smoking cigarettes. When they go to or from the building, A says, they drag like they´re totally exhausted and depressed.
Read the locations of the 35 employees who gave their views, bearing in mind that for a good many English isn´t their first language. Seems like all the employees in India are working at call centers.
As for the techies who wrote reviews, Mr. A was employed by a local software company with very similar reviews. It almost killed him while he was trying to find another job to escape the toxic environment.
If this company´s workers are handling the call center part, it´s no wonder there´s such tangled chaos with the application process.
I think this is where Obama´s arrogance and narcissism is going to finally come back and bite him. He wanted this done and that´s all he cared about. He´s under the impression that if he wants something, he´ll get it. Reality is this was a foul up from early on. Nothing was done about it, because Obama wanted it, therefore it would appear. He lacks any executive experience or ability, so he cannot fix it.
As for the idea this was done deliberately to make single-payer come to be: some may have wanted that, but I think the reality is going to be that people are going to see how badly the government screwed this up, and will never agree to let them have more control.
Did the Obama admin. know that the Chevy Volt would become the next Ford Edsel? Of course they did. That´s why they tried to smear Toyota and that´s why they forced the taxpayers to buy a fleet of junk for government workers, junk on which nobody but delusional college professors could possibly want to spend forty thousand dollars.
Green boondoggles and pipe dreams are barry Obama´s specialty. If obamacare had been successful, it would put little barry in the history books as the underclass hero who created universal health care. If it had failed, which it did, he could always blame it on the republicans, which he did.
I am beginning to suspect - just suspect that Ted Cruz might be crazy like a fox. The easiest course for 0bama to help his 2014 chances was to postpone the implementation in return for raising of the debt ceiling till 2015. Sen. Cruz might have goaded him and Jarrett into making it a prestige point and lock themselves into this disaster. Time will tell..
Gee I can´t wait to sign up and see what a sweet deal Dear Leader has ready for me. I hope the website is fixed by next year. Let´s make it a New Year´s wish! We don´t want to be in trouble with the IRS, lol.
Maybe if they just went to paper their troubles would be resolved. Then the Feds could award a ridiculous contract to a paper manufacturer and embezzle some more money. We could sign up at the post office or when we vote(while reality is fresh on their/our minds).
I think it wold be hazardous for any messenger to deliver bad news to Obama and most of his political appointees. Therefore I think the answer to this question is No and Yes. The people at the top did not know because they chose to be willfully ignorant. The mid and upper level career people knew and generally kept their mouths shut as they considered other personal alternatives.
Note that applications by federal employees seeking retirement have skyrocketed on 2013. The smartest worker bees often leave sick organizations before most outsiders can see the rot.
Obama is not a programmer or a information services administrator, so he would not, left to his own knowledge, understand that things were going bad. Still, there are plenty of persons in this program that have the necessary understanding to know that the software and computer systems would not function. He is responsible for this fiasco as the man in charge. The ACA is flawed not only in administration, it has economic flaws that will become apparent in the future.
Face it, Obama´s army can barely use a Smart Phone. The people who can use an online system want no part of Obamacare.
I´ve stated elsewhere that we are in the "freeloader" signup period. That requires face to face community organizers. They will fill out the forms, apply for subsidies and check the appropriate Democrat registration boxes. All the mark will have to do is to scribble their name at the bottom.
Many are saying that Obama and his adminisation know exactly what they are doing and this is part of some grand scheme to destroy the country. I disagree. This is exactly the behavior of people who associate only with those who are like minded - unchallenged and unprepared.
"Stupid" decisions are usually made under duress, and the Adminisation is in the middle of a forest fire of their naiive making,
There are two things that are dooming Obamacare: a systemic failure and a structural failure. Systemic: I have been in the Federal IT market since 1992 and have seen no small number of IT systems rolled out into abject failure. These are due to the nature of the Federal procurement process and to the unnatural measurement metrics of federal program offices. Structural: Obamacare is nothing more that the Ponzi scheme Social Security system made much more immediate. And obvious.
These are the schemes of people who´s ideas are unchallenged.
Doing a bit of research and it seems that there is a Serco North American subsidiary of the main company and its CEO is Ed Casey, who appears to be an American. Note the qualifiers. The way the material reads leads me to believe those responsible for the fiasco, debacle, disaster, fustercluck, call it what you want, are Americans.
Here´s a message from Casey: "Taking Pride in the Jobs We Do." Just a sec, have to clean the coffee off the screen. Okay, with a dry mouth and no more spurts of coffee, I give you the link to Ed Casey´s message:
Lots of info on this home site--go for it, see if you can find some more words of wisdom.
Obama has been shooting from the hip since day one...with the help of the media. The stack of failed decisions have been accumulating, and the spinning has helped him skate thus far. However, the media will not be able to wash this one clean. Obamacare is exactly how Max Baucus described it will be... a train wreck. This is Obama´s equivalent to the Blue Dress.
The only thing Obama is good at is reading a devisive speech about the Tea Party or blaming Bush. That´s it. I don´t give him credit for much else. The word Amateur describes him perfectly.
#30 - I´m right there with you! Ever heard of RCAS?? Government had banks upon banks of AIDA coders writing scripts to creat what amounted to MS Office sitting on a Unix platform. We (the folks writing and illustrating the training) would go home and fire up Outlook to get in touch with others all the while shaking our heads at what we were creating at work. Oh, yeah, on top of that, the General´s Secretary had editorial control of the training text over the folks with Master´s Degrees in Instructional Design.
Don´t even get me started on this, with an Oracle DBA and years of software development with the gubment I could have developed, written, tested and deployed with a few colleagues in a miniscule amount of time and money.
Vladimir Lennin said that socialized medicine is the keystone to a socialist state. Obama is trying his best to collapse the system and then come riding to the rescue with single payer. The rest of his socialist agenda will be a breeze after we realize we owe our very existence to the state.
I think it is single-payer all the way. Vintage Cloward-Piven to slam the system with overload and crack it. then people are supposed to holler "stop, we give up" fix the system any you want". we are just flat out not going to have any health care available to us. Kiss yr HMO, doc, plan good bye. If we are near a border ,there are going to have to be Healthcare ´Maquiladoras" where there are hosps and labs and nurses and PT and all US trained good ones. And if not near a border there are going to have to be Healthcare UnderGround Rairoads or Speak easys...do a clandestine subscription thing Or like script.
I have come to the conclusion that 0 is pushing all these failures on us t ush us to the point of revolt, then he will declare martial law, take our guns, and we are toast. But some will go out shooting.
Anyone who visits a dot gov site is being data mined and tracked. A bit off topic, as for Glenn Beck being prophetic on a lot of issues, he is. Deal with it. No wonder some people think he´s been marginalized.
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