A reader who says that he has done large software installations for one of the big accounting firms wrote the following in an email. It seems to validate the concerns discussed in my Washington Examiner column on the Obamacare IT mess.1. The integration aspect is most difficult. In this case, the integration of various Federal Systems to determine subsidies is proving a daunting task. You are dealing with legacy systems that don’t integrate very well. Also the integration with the insurers consisting of sending an insurance application to the insurance company, a much easier task, was also screwed up. 2. The
One assumes that the kickbacks have gone out on schedule.
Wasn´t that the point?
Real people who develop software know that projects fail as often as not, so while a company might pursue development in-house it will also keep an eye on competitors and, if necessary, buy the better product.
Surely the details about payments to vendors will fall under executive privilege so the Congress cannot find out who the vendors and recipients are. And good old Chuck Schumer and John McCain and Dick Durbin will see to it that Republicans in the House and Senate will never see who is paid, not to mention how much.
This shouldn´t surprise anyone except other liberals. Liberals and leftist have no actual skills, only hatred and foolish Marxist dreams. These fools CANNOT create anything except chaos, destruction and death.
If they had any brains or ability to actually reason, they couldn´t be leftists and liberals.
Thank goodness the elected Dems exempted themselves from this mess. Now they won´t be bothered with all these problems and can continue uninterrupted doing the People´s business. Goobernment of the elite for the elite and by the elite. The rest of us can just go to Hades.
Not to mention that if they stay on this path all of the uninsured are going to pony up 1% of their income via the IRS and how much would you like to bet that more than half of them don´t even know it yet?
That software code probably looks like Michelle´s un-tended weed garden. And once it gets going what honest doctor will want to get sucked up in this vortex of chaos? You think it´s going to be expensive to fix, jus wait till the fraud starts. It´s going to be a field day for fraud on levels we´ve never seen before with this system. Quacks and scam-artists no doubt see a skeevy system being ripened for the picking while the honest ones will have to wait forever for their money! By the time the Obamboozler is done he will have ripped our medical system out by the roots and turned everything upside-down. That thar´s whatcha call "fundamental change" son!!
My prediction is that the December 15 drop dead date will come without these problems solved. The Republicans offered a lifeline. Make the individual mandate optional.
That would gut the bill of its deliberately unstated goal: total control of the lives of American citizens. But it would also make the bill palatable to those who actually want to sign up.
So what happens on December 15? A real mess unless the insurers could extend the old individual policies they are phasing out for one year and make signup optional. But that would screw up getting the insurance pools large enough to float this ship.
So the sticking point is not simply technical -- it´s the individual mandate? Well then, why not solve this problem right now and simply remove all mandates, both employer and individual?
Let those who want to sign up do so. Let those who don´t, abstain. There. Now what´s wrong with that solution once the technical "glitch" is fixed?
If this program doesn´t launch on Jan 1, there are going to be a lot of questions about PCIP, the Preexisting Conditions Insurance Pool which will end when Obamacare begins. Remember, that part started in 2010 and was estimated to have as many as 625,000 enrolled the first year. With advertising and lowered rates, they have finally gotten 100,000 on board, but they blew through the entire $5 billion set aside to provide care until Jan 2014. PCIP shows that Obamacare can´t work, because they are spending between 3 and 5 times per person what the states were spending on their high risk pools.
This is a microcosm (macrocosm?? lol) of how Zippy operates where nothing he initiates works and the failed results typically are ignored or glossed over. Think about it. What program has he backed that worked (other than redistributing my tax dollars to his buddies). However, THIS TIME, this program is soo big that it can´t be ignored and swept under the rug.
Zippy, you´re an idiot that has been put in a position of responsibility and you are an abject failure. FAILURE!
The only way this thing could be fixed is for them to hire people and award contracts that are not based on "diversity," affirmative action, political cronyism or outright fraud. I see no sign that that will happen in my lifetime - or my children´s lifetime.
Even if, somehow, it did happen and by some chance the website worked, The ACA still wouldn´t work because the whole thing is flawed from the ground up. Like Socialism and Marxism, the ACA is based on false assumptions and wishful thinking.
I remember a line from a movie about going to the moon, where one astronaut says isn´t it comforting knowing we are hurtling through space in a vehicle built by the lowest bidder.
Now it seems that the government hurtles though tax dollars with contracts given not to the lowest bidder, but to the best connected regardless of ability or cost.
At any other time in history, this would sink a presidency and result in tremendous turnover in the House and Senate. But not now. The media will continue its years long apology tour de force while all the corporatists and hangers-on continue to bilk us for hundreds of billions of dollars. And why not, the cash bar is open with no limit in sight.
This is going to be a gold mine for the next crew. I can hear it now. "I don´t care what it costs, just fix it". Then, after they fix the signup problems, they can start on the hard part. Implementation.
And this is all about getting the paperwork done. Just wait until we get to the other little details , like delivering the care. That´s going to be more than just frustrating. When it doesn´t work, stuff will really hit the fan.
This is no different than Solyndra. Obama´s buddies have already banked most of the money and pass back a good portion of it to the DNC. They will probably be given the contracts to reshuffle the Deck Chairs on the ship going down.
Agree with #12. I´m waiting until the newly minted enrollees can´t get the care they expected. Then it will hit the fan.
I guess we should be happy though that we have a public sector ~ otherwise where would some of these incompetents even find employment? They would not last very long in the private sector where accountability is the rule.
IT at my company built a new site and on the first day for a single morning customers were not able to print coupons although everything else worked fine. It was a true ´glitch´ and corrected within hours but management really came down hard on the team reponsible.
1. Bad Spec (The ACA itself) 2. Ignorant Management (Sebelious) 3. Bad Architecture 4. Java Scripts for production code? 5. Magnifies inconsistencies in connecting Databasess 6. No Alpha, Beta testing 7. Idiots who produced it are fixing it? 8. Fixes and Patches = Spaghetti Code 9. Unrealistic deadlines
If appears that this is just another dim promoted "get rich quick" scheme for politically connected persons. All you need to do is win a government contract for something, promise a large amount of money to someone´s campaign coffers, and presto, you have a nice fat bag full of taxpayer money. Of course, you really don´t have to supply any working service or product. Just blame someone else for all the problems. Like republicans or Bush or Cruz ...... Works every time.
I like the term legacy systems. I suspect some of the existing federal systems the new software was to supposed to integrate with are incredibly clunky. I´ve requested taxpayer account detail from the IRS that arrived in formats I haven´t seen since the 1970s.
There is one US Government entity that is legendary for having put out first class, bullet proof software on a number of projects... NASA, in its heyday. At the heart of their success was state of the art structured software development from the specification phase right through development, testing and acceptance. One of their somewhat secret advantages was a large percentage of women developers on the teams. Hot shot geek programmers, not so much. Wasn´t exciting enough for them I think.
And it´s interesting that when Putin offered self-cornered Obama a Syrian lifeline he desperately took it immediately. But when the Republicans offer him a year delay Individual Mandate lifeline, he scoffs at it. Obviously his enmity for the Right knows no bounds. He will soon learn to regret this vindictive and amateurish mistake.
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