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Root cause of Obamacare website
crashes is red tape, not technical glitches

New York Daily News, by Clay Johnson

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Posted By:FlyRight, 10/22/2013 6:34:02 AM

The history of information technology acquisitions by the government is a bit like the history of helicopters. You spend a lot of money on something and most of the time, it lifts off the ground. But more frequently than you’d like, it crashes, and when it does, it leaves a big fiery mess.HealthCare.gov is but one of those fiery crashes. Whether it was USAJobs.gov, or New York’s CityTime project, governments have a history of expensive crashes. In the case of HealthCare.gov, the root cause isn’t the bugs we see in the software’s code. Instead, it’s the way that government procures


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Janjan, 10/22/2013 6:49:40 AM     (No. 9576452)

The ´smart´ people in the media have lots of clever little theories about what happened to this web app. Obama awarded the work to a Democrat donor (a firm already fired by the Canadian government for incompetence) in a no bid contract and then let the fools at CMS manage the project. You didn´t need a crystal ball to know how this was going to end.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Country Boy, 10/22/2013 7:00:06 AM     (No. 9576460)

I think the problem is at the extreme end of "red tape"

"The regulation is 6,500 pages long, and if it isn’t followed, people go to jail."

Also in the news this past week, megabank JP Morgan is setting a price of a fine for misdeeds in two of it´s purchases in 2008. The fine is approx $13Bill. The two companies are Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns. Problem is, it was Washington that begged JPM to buy these two troubled firms to begin with. And now levies a fine on JPM for owning them.

If the problem of "red tape" was bad before obama showed up 5 years ago (and Eric Holder), it is 100 worse now.

Seriously doubt that obama will get any skilled web designers to get near his disaster called obamaCare. Who needs the grief?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: privateer, 10/22/2013 7:14:25 AM     (No. 9576472)

They will do it in exchange for J P Morgan´s fine.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/22/2013 7:33:46 AM     (No. 9576491)

It was designed to fail. Obamacare is not the goal. Single payer is. The chaos from the failure presents Obama with a crisis he will not let go to waste.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MattMusson, 10/22/2013 8:11:49 AM     (No. 9576550)

Yes. 90% of all failed implementation fail because of bad management.

Please send the WH and DHS managers a dollar. So, they can buy a clue.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JAN, 10/22/2013 8:25:18 AM     (No. 9576570)

No different than the cash for clunkers, cash for caulking, and EBT for voting.

Corruption is the rule and no excuses will change that.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Joe Btfsplk, 10/22/2013 8:47:46 AM     (No. 9576603)

The stench of desperation is oozing from every gland and pore on Barry´s skinny frame. He´s in a corner and he knows it. The Tea Party will never back down again. Karma will slap Obama so hard that he´ll burn like a Fisker.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jglas, 10/22/2013 8:49:32 AM     (No. 9576604)

No reason there can´t be a bunch of diseases afflicting this piece of work. They include but aren´t limited to red tape resulting in faulty procurement and the hiring of people gaming the system rather than skilled software developers, bad programming by the aforementioned gamesters, misperceived marketing imperatives as in requiring everyone to register their life history before being permitted to choose from the healthcare offerings because you can´t let people see the raw price without subsidies or they´ll run away, lousy communications between government agencies who are more interested in protecting their domain than sharing their information and finally politics which drove them to launch a known faulty product before it was ready in an attempt to get it out and embedded and so not able to be cancelled or removed.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/22/2013 9:25:15 AM     (No. 9576657)

The website is a shiny object now being used to divert attention. I´ve maintained that Obama´s horde of foot soldiers are in inner cities across America signing up his followers as we speak. Knowing Obama, he will eventually play his Aces by threatening his faithful with a loss of their benefits. The villains? The Tea Party, i.e. Cruz and company. They MUST turn out in 2014 and join La Raza in demanding what is theirs (so to speak). If not all will be lost.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/22/2013 10:06:54 AM     (No. 9576729)

And the real problem does not reside in the software at all. The perverseness of this system is such that it will attract high maintenance resource consumers while repelling the healthy payers into the system. The cycle of doom will start right from the get go. Train wreck is not the word. It is going to be like watching a fully loaded A380 go down.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/22/2013 10:10:21 AM     (No. 9576731)

David Burge (Iowahawk) has tweeted an Obamacare website threat level - today´s level in caps:

Green: Overload
Amber: Buggy with kinky boo-boos

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Reply 12 - Posted by: nevernaught, 10/22/2013 10:11:03 AM     (No. 9576732)

This is the Peter Principle Administration from top to bottom. The only job they are experts at is fixing elections. Of course that took years of practice in Chicago.

People, the US Health system is now under control of complete incompetents. This whole system will make Hitler´s death camps look like a trip to the park. Coming soon.. abortion huts on every corner along with millions of hungry homeless people sleeping in the streets.

Probably a bit overstated, but you get the idea.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Salt5792, 10/22/2013 10:34:59 AM     (No. 9576776)

Any skilled IT professionals who now work to repair the Obamacare website, and fail, can expect to be indicted by Holder. Particularly if they are Republican.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/22/2013 11:02:38 AM     (No. 9576829)

I recommend Harconian Heart Plugs. ( a la Dune)

The plug, of course, must be removed from the last contractor in the presence of the new contractor for maximum effectiveness.

There must be clear consequences for failure.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 10/22/2013 11:03:39 AM     (No. 9576832)

Hey guys, it´s old Barry you´re looking at. DIdn´t he get out of the Syrian mess? He´ll do just fine.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/22/2013 12:37:37 PM     (No. 9576998)

Totally agree w/ #8. If this website is anything like the Dept of Education´s FAFSA website where students apply for student loans and grants (and even if you don´t want either, the college may require it for a scholarship application), it has serious design problems. It sounds like the purpose is to collect as much personal information as possible (to be used later for campaign data-mining for OFA and the DNC) before you can even get a quote. You can´t get a simple cost estimate for a (traditional) family of one male adult, one female adult, and two kids under 10, none with pre-existing conditions and all healthy, because they want to conceal the real cost. It´s like a rip-off website that you have to give a credit card number (along with the security code) before they will tell you what something costs. If it is like FAFSA, you can´t go forward to the "next page" until you have given satisfactory answers to all the questions. And then Obama´s government /OFA will run a check to see if you have input all the SS#´s correctly, etc. And anyone can tell you, that moving from one government department to another is an almost impossible feat. Then if the ex-spouse has already checked on your kids using their SS#´s, the whole thing kicks out because of their too sensitive/inappropriate fraud detectors, etc. But when a programmer has to code do-loops, iteration boxes, decision trees, and conditions for a 60,000 page law, you´ve got a programming nightmare. It all starts with the stupid law that Nancy Pelosi passed. Then add in Obama´s desire to collect all your personal data, and you have Healthcare.gov . Go to STOP.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Chiritwo, 10/22/2013 1:22:40 PM     (No. 9577078)

I have to agree with #4. Obama wants the single payer health care (the gov´t). Sit back and think about it. We´re all being played like puppets. All the closure signs were ready when the gov´t shut down - has one ever seen the gov´t act so quickly. The republicans fell right into his hands. It had been planned. The same with the website for signing up for obamacare. It was meant to fail yet the lapdog press doesn´t have the guts to look into it.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Salt5792, 10/22/2013 2:16:26 PM     (No. 9577143)

The Obamacare website is an event of major national significance, like Y2K was. To get ready for Y2K, tens of thousands of analysts and programmers worked for close to two years in thousands of companies to get ready. Obamacare hasn´t even started this process yet. Interesting times are ahead for our nation.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Gr8Shiphandler, 10/22/2013 3:45:38 PM     (No. 9577282)

I´ve logged into the Health Care website several times doing my best to help clog it up. Fortunately for all of us who know that it is unfixable, nothing will salvage this bogus program. By the way, couldn´t they find any photos of Americans to grace the site. All I see are Mexican and Asian women. What´s that all about?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/22/2013 8:18:18 PM     (No. 9577641)

The root cause is not the red tape. The root cause are the clowns that the sheep keep electing to congress with the msm´s help. The same clowns brought Obiecare to us.

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