Now that the country’s attention is no longer on our government’s partial shutdown. The truth about the infamous launch of Obamacare is being revealed. Reuters reported the cost to launch the website Healthcare.gov tripled:
A Reuters review of government documents shows that the contract to build the federal Healthcare.gov online insurance website – key to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform- tripled in potential total value to nearly $292 million as new money was assigned to the work beginning in April this year.
USA Today reported the system was made with outdated technology:
The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY…
“I have never seen a website — in the last five years — require you to delete the cache in an effort to resolve errors,” said Dan Schuyler, a director at Leavitt Partners, a health care group by former Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt. “This is a very early Web 1.0 type of fix.”
Last but not least it appears the system was not properly tested before its launch, according to The Washington Examiner:
As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual said.
Federal officials were “freezing requirements in time to permit full testing at all levels of the site — integration testing, user testing, performance testing and tuning,” the individual said.
“Normally a system this size would need 4-6 months of testing and performance tuning, not 4-6 days,” the individual said.
As the chaos continues, the administration is faced with the cold hard fact that they will be forced to delay the implementation of its “crowning achievement.” A few days ago, while everyone was looking at the government shutdown, the GOP released this video:
Will someone be fired?
I think not.
There is a very real possibility that all these “mistakes” were not mistakes. According to Forbes:
HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.
Oh well, at least now with the government up and running to its fullest potential everything is “back to normal”