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White House woos HealthCare.gov
critic with private briefing

CBS News, by SHARYL ATTKISSON

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Posted By:Write2Right, 11/28/2013 7:09:15 AM

Last Friday, John Engates, Chief Technology Officer at Rackspace Hosting received an email inviting a representative of his firm to a private briefing at the White House. Engates has been a vocal critic of the HealthCare.gov launch calling it "one of the most spectacular public failures of any website ever." Play VIDEO White House sticking to Obamacare enrollment deadline The briefing was held Monday morning in the White House Situation Room with a half dozen private sector IT experts in attendance, according to Engates, including representatives from IBM, Salesforce.com and ExactTarget.com. Members of the media were not invited. In fact, the private industry

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Truthfetish, 11/28/2013 7:22:38 AM     (No. 9632430)

One hopes Ms Atkisson has an armed entourage.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: squid, 11/28/2013 7:23:02 AM     (No. 9632432)

The MSM is abused and abused by this guy; and they still brown nose him. Then Obamacare collapses in front of everyone, and the guy thinks that the MSM is somehow going to save his but by changing the conversation (as they have over the last five years). Surprise! the MSM can´t change the conversation because they can´t cover up the 50 ton gorilla anymore.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: country boy, 11/28/2013 7:25:53 AM     (No. 9632435)

FTA "The group was instructed not to share some aspects of what they observed, including specific numbers and statistics displayed in the operations center."

The BS meter is banging again. Industry standard is a "Non-disclosure Agreement" that must be signed by outside vendors.

Either nothing happened, or obama just can´t control himself - breaking the law comes naturally, like breathing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/28/2013 7:49:36 AM     (No. 9632453)

Woos= bullied.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: horacer, 11/28/2013 8:06:41 AM     (No. 9632464)

Wow, they almost have it fixed. Except a little traffic and another crash. I´m impressed.

I don´t really care about the website. It´s the rest of Obamacare that should be the focus.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 11/28/2013 8:13:00 AM     (No. 9632470)

We need the website to continue messing up for a little longer just to cement in peoples minds the total incompetence involved, say another month or so, but then it needs to work so that those who think this is their health insurance salvation find out the awful realities that are a part of the plan itself.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MOBeef4u, 11/28/2013 8:14:46 AM     (No. 9632471)

Argh, that should be "peoples´". Sorry.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 11/28/2013 8:15:48 AM     (No. 9632474)

IMHO fixing the website is not the problem.

What is to be found within that website is the problem. You will find higher monthly premiums and financially disastrous deductibles. Those of us "one paycheck away" from financial ruin will find ourselves financially ruined. If I get sick, I´m a goner.

Thanks Obama. Thanks democrats. You finally did me in this time.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: uno, 11/28/2013 8:26:54 AM     (No. 9632481)

Well this won´t be fun for Rackspace. The Obamboozler will either buy them with corruption or try to shut them down for some fabricated non-sense like using the wrong kind of exotic woods...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 11/28/2013 8:58:40 AM     (No. 9632516)

Wooing or threatening?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/28/2013 9:01:58 AM     (No. 9632520)

Well, from the perspective of someone with significant experience in large scale systems development, this was an amateurish attempt at propaganda, since the companies invited are hardly expert at healthcare systems. They are certainly well known for certain aspects of high volume systems, but not for healthcare processes or databases, which are the core problem areas.

Inviting SalesForce.com (no offense, they´re a terrific product) to help assess your healthcare system problem is like inviting ArmorAll to help assess your new truck engine design.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/28/2013 9:12:43 AM     (No. 9632530)

Wait until the Obamacare plan you are being
squeezed for starts preventing you from seeing your doctor and denying you tests.
Last Monday while visiting my doctor, she ordered a prescription for me. It was faxed to the pharmacy and usually when that happens, it is ready by the time I get there. NOT this time! I went again last night and it is not ready..the pharmacy insurance plan is challenging my doctor´s order, and additional steps must be taken by the doctor before I can receive the prescription. 4 days having difficulty breathing, and still waiting.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: uno, 11/28/2013 9:17:20 AM     (No. 9632537)

#11 - It is all about the criticism, not the skill set.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Screwgun, 11/28/2013 9:31:55 AM     (No. 9632564)

"Yooz guys got a nice little company there. I´d hate to see anything happen to it..."

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Reply 15 - Posted by: john56, 11/28/2013 9:45:56 AM     (No. 9632574)

Oh, and Rackspace is based out of the San Antonio area, so it´s an opportunity to get at Texas as well.

But I think the Rackspace guys are friends of the Castro brothers (not the Cuba ones, but the San Antonio ones, same idea, though), so maybe they´re among the somewhat protected class.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: texsupreme, 11/28/2013 9:58:56 AM     (No. 9632599)

#12, that´s becoming standard for us now. Additionally, our visits with most of our doctors now consist mostly of watching the doctor type on the computer.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 11/28/2013 11:14:34 AM     (No. 9632677)

"The briefing was held Monday morning in the White House Situation Room with a half dozen private sector IT experts in attendance,....
......Where they were shown their NSA and FBI files, and told what would happen if they continued to criticize 0bama´s actions.

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