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Washington Post: Why www.Healthcare.gov Was DOA

Written by Gary North on November 5, 2013

The Washington Post is liberal. When the Post runs an article as devastating as this one, you know the problem facing the President is overwhelming.

“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” said David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign, who was not the individual who provided the memo to The Washington Post but confirmed he was the author. “It’s very hard to think of a situation where the people best at getting legislation passed are best at implementing it. They are a different set of skills.”

The White House’s leadership of the immense project — building new health insurance marketplaces for an estimated 24 million Americans without coverage — is one of several key reasons that the president’s signature domestic policy achievement has become a self-inflicted injury for the administration.

From the moment the law was passed, he kept telling his staff that the website had to work. They did not get the message.

White House officials say they were focused on whether there would be enough insurance plans for sale in the new marketplaces and on whether enough people would enroll. They say they didn’t have a clue how troubled the Web site’s operation was.

Only during the weekend after HealthCare.gov’s Oct. 1 opening did the president’s aides begin to grasp the gravity of the problems, the White House official said. Obama soon began getting nightly updates on the performance of the Web site, which has still been unavailable to Americans for hours at a stretch over the past week.

The extent to which it does not work has yet to be seen. It doesn’t work. By the end of the month, everyone will know. It won’t work in time for millions of Americans to avoid the tax penalties next year.

The President’s A-Team has until December 1 to get it fixed. If he comes before the voters in December to promise success by New Year’s Day, he will look silly.

When it does not work reliably on New Year’s Day, what then?

To get some sense of just how big a digital hole the President is in, click the link.

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7 thoughts on “Washington Post: Why www.Healthcare.gov Was DOA

  1. Key words are "didn't have a clue". These people are amateurs.

  2. Very interesting and telling…incompetence!!

  3. Why has it taken five years for people to discover that the present administration is incompetent? They speak big words in soothing tone, but what have the ever done that has worked? They bounce from scandal to scandal. From failure to failure. They never finish anything successfully. Where are the jobs? When will the economy improve. Why are people losing their health care? Five years of political wreckage behind them. We cannot afford much more of this. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  4. "Why has it taken five years for people to discover that the present administration is incompetent?"

    Because liberals have an aversion to reality, until they are mugged by it. And even then sometimes not.

  5. Randy Crawford says:

    In 2008 (and 2012) Obama was the great guru of Internet data management. It was the basis of daily totals for his contributions and contributors. Remember how Obama was the dear leader to whom legions of little guys sacrificed their hard won dollars $5 and $10 at a time? Obama's campaigns had zero trouble accounting for all the millions of contributors and the hundreds of millions of dollars. Plus contact information so the suckers could be dunned again.

    But now in 2013 we are to believe that Obama and his lackeys are suddenly and magically clueless as to how to eliminate all the computer glitches in the Obamacare system. Baloney– they know exactly what they are doing. To say Obama doesn't know how to manage an Internet data acquisition and compilation site is like saying Hitler didn't know how to get slave labor to a concentration camp. The sad underlying truth is that the worse Obama trashes the United States, the more thoroughly he hopes to reconstruct everything in his own Marxist image from the ashes he fabricates. He just needs to keep the smoke and mirrors and fog act going a little longer, with a smile.

  6. You nailed it.

    First destroy the economy, then people will sell their soul for a bowl of soup, and then Obama can get rid of that pesky thing called our constitution.
    ..and the O-Bot willing willingly throw everyone including themselves under the bus for a handout. Then Obama will be the god he always dreamed of being. ..and our country will be a pile of decay.

  7. John Irwin says:

    I come out of a 40 year career in major Weapon Systems Program Development for many systems (SAGE, Original Dev. of the GPS for Nuclear Submarine Missile Guidance, P3C ASW, S3A ASW, F18 Avionics Suite, F20 Avionics Suite, and Special Weapons for the B2 Bomber among several). Every one of these systems contained both the hardware as well as the software as an integrated Weapon System. They also have millions of lines of code. To develop such systems you start with a set of Basic Requirements; reviewed by all affected parties in detail and iterated many times to firm up a consensus between the various team members. Then a Specification is prepared and it too goes through many reviews and updated, Then the Contractor prepares a Preliminary Design, based on the Requirements and Final Specification and it is Review in-depth as well. Then there is an Detailed Interim Design followed by a Final Design and they follow the same Design Reviews. Some Basic Coding (Programming) may proceed the Final Design Requirements on a Modular Basis. Every discipline of engineering is employed in the Design & Testing (Systems, Subsystems, Programming, Human Eng's, Testability, Reliability and sometimes Manufacturing). Many Subcontractors provide technical support and Hands-on from the very beginning. I should point out that the Software Engineers prepare an Detail Architecture of their design which becomes a "Living Document" throught-out the development and is reviewed constantly. The testing is first done in a Software "Mock-up" very iteratively and then on a Hardware Software Mock-up, then in a "Static Aircraft Mock-up and finally on a Flying Teat Bed. It is finally tested on a Production Model, at which point it is approved for Production. At this point a Baseline is established from which feedback from Customers/Military/Government can request changes.

    I say all this to educate the uninformed as to the complexity and thoroughness of such an endeavor and not one of these Development Phases can be ignored or you are inviting significant difficulty with the so called Final Product.

    The Politicians and to a large degree the Developers have exhibited a total lack of knowledge as to what is required to create any complex System whether it be Commercial, Government or Military. They are absolutely amateurs and it is obvious to me they never have been exposed to an development environment such as described above.

    It is criminal that this company was selected, as a soul source and not investigated as to the "Measure of Success" of accomplishing such an important and massively visible product. All Military Prime Contractors and Subcontractors are thoroughly Vetted before they are selected, using a tried and trued Checklist.

    What I just described is how a System evolves from a Concept to Deployment. Granted there might be minor variations to this tried-and-proved process. But the attention to details is never compromised.

    The Citizens of these United States have thoroughly been deceived. I go as far to say on purpose. You have to understand the Real Agenda of the Progressive Ideology. I won't go any further than that. There is more to come.