Skip to comments.Obamacare website looks "like nobody tested it," programmer says
Posted on 10/09/2013 6:16:03 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Obamacare website looks "like nobody tested it," programmer says
(CBS News) Healthcare.gov launched more than a week ago, and while millions of Americans have signed into the site, not many have been able to actually sign up for insurance because of glitches with the website.
Administration officials implementing the new health care law will be on the hot seat Wednesday as the House Oversight Committee hopes to find out what the problems were.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told CBS News' Jan Crawford that he plans to ask how the mess surrounding the website could even happen.
No one knows how many people have managed to enroll because the administration refuses to release those numbers, but the website's launch has been rocky.
Media outlets have struggled to find anyone who's actually been successful. The Washington Post even illustrated that sought-after person as a unicorn, and USA Today called the launch an "inexcusable mess" and a "nightmare."
White House officials initially blamed the problem on an unexpectedly high volume as they had more than 8 million hits in the first week, but after it went offline over the weekend for repairs, officials now acknowledge other problems.
"We've identified the glitches, we've added hardware, we're recoding software, and I can tell you today is better than yesterday, and we are hoping in the very near future to have a seamless process that's what we are aiming for," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.
However, computer experts say the website has major flaws.
"It wasn't designed well, it wasn't implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it," said Luke Chung, an online database programmer.
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You’d think the left would care they outsourced it to Canada. So much for their wanting to keep jobs in America.
There is nothing about his administration, since it’s takeover, that has met any sort of a road test. They are only about pulling things out of their asses as they go along.
REFEERENCE--EXCERPTS A November 30, 2012 Cato.com report indicated the Insurance Exchanges will cost Twice What it Costs to Administer Medicare (NOT what he's told Americans).
ONE STATE'S LAUNCH COSTS Then in March 2013 CATO.COM reported "The Cost to Launch the California Health Insurance Exchange is $910 million".
So far (2012) California has received $910 million in federal grants to launch its new health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). The California exchange, "Covered California," has so far awarded a $183 million contract to Accenture to build the website, enrollment, and eligibility system and another $174 million to operate the exchange for four years.
The state will also spend $250 million on a two-year marketing campaign. By comparison California Senator Barbara Boxer spent $28 million on her 2010 statewide reelection campaign while her challenger spent another $22 million.
The most recent installment of the $910 million in federal money was a $674 million grant. The exchange's executive director noted that was less than the $706 million he had asked for. "The feds reduced the 2014 potential payment for outreach and enrollment by about $30 million," he said. "But we think we have enough resources on hand to do the biggest outreach that I have ever seen."
For additional perspective....private insurance marketing site, Esurance sells not only health insurance but also things like homeowners and auto insurance across the country......putting my zip code into their system along with my age, they offered me 87 different health plans from all the big players in my area.
Now granted, the new health insurance exchanges are more complex because they have to interface with Medicaid and the IRS as well as calculate subsidies. But the order of magnitude difference in what it cost to launch esurance compared to the California exchange is pretty big.
Privately funded Esurance began its multi-product national web business in 1998 with an initial $5.5 million round of venture fund investment in 1999 and a second round of $34 million a few months later.
The start-up experience of other major web companies is also instructive. Facebook received $13.7 million to launch in 2005. eBay was founded in 1995 and received its first venture money in 1997$6.7 million.
Even doubling these private investments for inflation still leaves quite a gap.
Which hockey team designed the software?
corrupt government thugs siphoned off the money and had some third rate outfit (maybe themselves, some “company” they quickly set up for the job) invent the web site
I write software for a living- this thing looks like it was programmed by government bureaucrats
The natives are restless. Check out Healthcare.gov Facebook page for a few laughs.
Thankfully, it will be repaired by bureaucrats.
Politicized. The contract was almost certainly awarded to a DNC apparatchik that hired lesser Rats to implement the contract.
If you can find a programmer’s union you can find the developers. They were without doubt unionistas. The purpose of the contract was to reward the worthy, not to facilitate the Obamacare signups
The outsourcing to Canada needs to be broadcasted far and wide.
Facebook - e-mails - local message boards
No one is talking about it.
(I post it every chance I get)
So do it. I was thinking college interns. There certainly was no SCRUM, unit testing or load balancing done before launch. And the Q/A team would have already been fired where I work.
Gee, if only we could get these same guys to redo the irs.gov site...lol
That should read “So do I”
With all of the true believers who are still drooling over the prospect of “single-payer” health care, I cannot say this is a bad thing. The ineptitude on display here may penetrate some of their thick little skulls and make them realize that government-run health care will be nothing but a mess of red tape and inefficiency.
They have their little utopian fantasies of what government-run healthcare will be like. I can do nothing more than encourage them to read up on how government-controlled health care works in other countries—but all they do is read the fairy tell stories cherry-picked by our media.
Another Natural news site has the same type of info posted.
Fake web site. Look it up as FR won’t let it post.
Should anyone be surprised?
Has anybody considered the possibility that Healthcare.gov is just a front-end mockup of an online exchange.
Anything in government which does not go well is a direct result of lack in funding. The bigger the failure the greater the lack of funding. This fact creates a disincentive to succeed at anything that is done by government. The trick is to grab the brass ring of funding by getting a congressional hearing over your failures in order to get the press to get the word out.
Maybe it was designed by Solendra staff!
How many signed up? “The administration refuses to post those numbers”.
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