Skip to comments.Did the Obama administration know Healthcare.gov would fail? [DUH]
Posted on 10/19/2013 4:30:12 AM PDT by markomalley
The British multinational in charge of processing Obamacare paper applications received a hefty contract boost just days before Healthcare.govs disastrous roll-out, a sign that the Obama administration may have expected serious problems with the website.
The Business of Federal Technology (FCW) reports that on Sept. 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increased their planned payout to Sercos U.S. subsidiary by 75 percent, adding an extra $87 million to the $114 million promised for processing initial Obamacare enrollment applications.
The contract documents do not explain the last-minute infusion of federal dollars, and neither Serco nor CMS would disclose why the agreement was modified so soon before the rollout.
Serco is a highly-skilled company that has a proven track record in providing cost-effective services to numerous other federal agencies, CMS said in an emailed statement to FCW. The company has provided exceptional records management and processing support to other federal agencies, similar to work they will do for the Marketplace.
Awarded in June, Sercos first contract required the company to process 6.2 million paper applications between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that paper applications would represent about 30 percent of federal Obamacare sign-ups during the six-month open enrollment period, with the remainder being handled by Healthcare.govs online insurance exchanges. But that website has proven more unwieldy than anyone anticipated, and very few eligible individuals have so far managed to purchase insurance.
Numerous deadlines were missed in the run-up to the Oct. 1 rollout, including one for the development of privacy and security systems for Healthcare.gov. At the time, CMS said it was confident that those and other systems would be operational by the beginning of October. But the eleventh-hour boost to Obamacares paper processing component suggests they may have been more aware of their IT troubles than they cared to admit.
The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported that Serco, which stands to gain as much as $1.2 billion through a series of application-processing contracts with the Health and Human Services Department, is under investigation for serious fraud in its native United Kingdom.
Do Fascists believe the ends justify the means????
No wonder Free Trader Commies support ObamaCare...the folks running the signup are all foreigners....something America Hating Free Traders love
DUH = Department of Unexpected Happenings.
obamA outsourced the jobs.....
He had know it would fail, his cronies designed it to fail.
Obamacare was designed as a must fail, it’s the biggest part of his agenda, to destroy the economy and rush in communism.
Now that he has no debt ceiling, his agenda is on an unstoppable, full steam ahead fast track.
I always say that if you took 100 politicians, and put them in a room with 100 cases of canned food, and 100 can openers, they'd starve to death. The idea that politicians understand ANYTHING other than politics is delusional.
..some RAT Senator told Odungo it was in trouble back in March (6 months ago). Guess where a lot of the money that has been spent went? Someone has to pay Soros back for putting up all that cash for his election. Keep in mind, a lot of SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN ARE CLEANING UP WITH SPECIAL STOCK OPTIONS....
Did the Obama administration know Healthcare.gov would fail?
I had the educational experience of working for an outfit literally filled with left wing nut jobs from top to bottom. Considering how they think and operate, I see the possibility of this massively incompetent administration being totally clueless about obamacare’s failure.
Sooner or later anything a socialist does turns out to be a failure, fortunately for us, obamacare is a known failure right out of the box.
It’s risky to underestimate the stupidity of elected officials who operate under the assumption they have a mandate. It is not a stretch to believe they were caught unaware.
“Awarded in June, Sercos first contract required the company to process 6.2 million paper applications between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014”
I’ll bet that Serco gets to keep the additional 87 million when they probably won’t even process the original agreed upon 6.2 million estimated paper applications. Follow the kickbacks.
Gee, Comrades! Maybe Pravda should investigate!
his cronies designed it to fail
A multi-database driven ( a polyglot of programming languages, data formats and an untold number of bureaucracies) commercial website is an exceptionally challenging project in human endeavor.
The failure is out there for all to see. (Hey, that Emperor guy is naked!)
Yes. He is purposely driving to destroy America.