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New plan on Healthcare.gov: Declare victory and fix it later
Hotair ^ | 11/30/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 11/30/2013 11:09:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Well, I guess it beats explaining why the Obama administration failed to meet yet another of its deadlines in getting a 42-month web-portal project to work. According to the Washington Post, the White House will announce tomorrow that the Healthcare.gov site has been fixed, even though the site won’t actually be fixed — not even by the administration’s own metrics:

Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site’s capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once. But they have yet to meet all their internal goals for repairing the federal health-care site, and it will not become clear how many consumers it can accommodate until more people try to use it.

As of Friday night, federal officials and contractors had achieved two goals, according to government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss ongoing operations. They had increased the system’s capacity and reduced errors. On the other hand, the site’s pages do not load as fast as they want, officials said, and they are working to ensure that large numbers of consumers can enter the site.

An official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the federal health insurance exchange, said the site’s true capacity is somewhat murky because workers need to see how it performs under “weekday traffic volumes” when demand is at its peak.

What exactly constitutes success? Jeffrey Zients declared a month ago that the web portal would be “fully functional” by tomorrow. This past week, though, Kathleen Sebelius moved the goalposts about 80 yards by promising only that consumers would “have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month.” The Post splits the difference, although noting that the White House has been slippery on what exactly constitutes success:

Administration officials have said for several weeks they define success as having “the vast majority of users” be able to navigate the site and sign up for insurance. While they initially did not define what that meant, White House press secretary Jay Carney said earlier this month that the administration’s aim was to have 80 percent of users enroll through the site. Those working on the project have set speed and error rates as a way of measuring that goal.

Industry observers are less than impressed with the new metrics for success:

However, problems continue to plague the system, and technology experts question if the fixes being deployed by a team of government workers, outside contractors and specialists can get it functioning smoothly as soon as Saturday.

Luke Chung, president of Virginia-based software developer FMS Inc., called the administration’s prediction that HealthCare.gov would work at 80% capacity on or around November 30 an impractical threshold in the software world.

“I don’t know how to build something that’s only 80% complete,” Chung told CNN. “I don’t even understand how that works.” …

Meanwhile, insurance industry insiders told CNN on condition of not being identified that problems continue with the transmission of data submitted by people signing up for coverage through HealthCare.gov.

“There’s no part of us that thinks all of this will be fixed in three days from now,” an industry official said, referring to the November 30 date for the site to run smoothly for most users.

In other words, we’re about to see the second beta release of Healthcare.gov. Don’t you just love it when software companies use a release as testing for failure thresholds? I guess you can’t find out what’s in Healthcare.gov until you release it … just like a couple of months ago, it seems.

You couldn’t find out overnight, though, because the system was down:

The entire ObamaCare Web site was suddenly taken down for 11 hours — from Friday night into Saturday morning — just before its long-awaited ­relaunch.

Officials said the extended shutdown, which began 9 p.m. Friday, was required to get the site ready to accept double the number of applicants starting Saturday.

“We have more upgrades that require more time,” said Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the problem-plagued portal.

The site has been taken down before, but usually only for four hours between 1 and 5 a.m.

Even before the unexpected move, health-industry experts were skeptical that the fix that’s supposed to produce a “new and improved” site Saturday would be the game-changer President Obama has promised.

And just how confident is HHS in the fixes? This confident:

“There are 23 shopping days in December [until the deadline for coverage that starts Jan. 1]. No need to rush,” Sebelius advised in an attempt to avoid a panicked rush of the uninsured on Saturday.

Don’t forget that all of this is just to get the front end working. Does the subsidy payment system on the back end even exist yet? If not, then the 23 shopping days are meaningless, because insurers might not provide coverage without full premium payments.

Maybe the White House should declare victory and depart the field altogether.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: healthcaregov; lawlessnation; missionaccomplished; obama; obamacare; obamacaresecurity; obamacarewebsite; obamacarewebsitefix; obamacarewebsitenot; obamafail; obamalies; pravdamedia

1 posted on 11/30/2013 11:09:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Do that! Do exactly that! The sea levels retreated from a mere declaration, didn’t they? These declarations work wonders. He just declared the cancelled health plans reinstated and that made it so, didn’t it?


2 posted on 11/30/2013 11:19:29 AM PST by Tonytitan
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To: SeekAndFind

So O really has become Dick???


3 posted on 11/30/2013 11:23:06 AM PST by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind
But they have yet to meet all their internal goals for repairing the federal health-care site, and it will not become clear how many consumers suckers it can accommodate until more people try to use it.

There, fixed it. Anybody stupid enough to believe that their personal information is secure with these clowns deserves what they will get.

4 posted on 11/30/2013 11:26:08 AM PST by Carry_Okie ("Single payer" is Medicaid for all; they'll pull the sheet over your head, and then take your house.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh sure, put all of your personal data in a website still basically being beta-tested. How incredibly stupid do they think Americans are? Wait, don’t answer that.


5 posted on 11/30/2013 11:27:02 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: SeekAndFind

Typical socialist solution to an insolvable problem.


6 posted on 11/30/2013 11:29:23 AM PST by Parmy
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To: SeekAndFind

“We deem it fixed!”


7 posted on 11/30/2013 11:34:07 AM PST by moovova
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To: SeekAndFind

Did anyone really expect anything different?

owebamacare’s “success” will be the entire destruction of US healthcare and that’s what they are really trying for.


8 posted on 11/30/2013 11:36:28 AM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe they’ll have a ticker tape parade.


9 posted on 11/30/2013 11:42:53 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind
"was required to get the site ready to accept double the number of applicants starting Saturday."

DOUBLE???? It needs to handle MILLIONS of users. Obamacre will go down in history as a word meaning 'epic failure', the same way were refer to a disaster having 'Titanic' proportions

10 posted on 11/30/2013 11:55:01 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like you constitution, you can keep it. Period.)
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To: Tonytitan

It’s fixed, just like the Iran deal was made.

These guys are too funny.

One lies and the other swears to it.

Americans know better , but the left half acts like they don’t.

What future does this country have with a Muslim liar running it.


11 posted on 11/30/2013 12:00:42 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Tonytitan

I don’t care what they tell us. The Emperor still has no clothes on.


12 posted on 11/30/2013 12:04:03 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SeekAndFind

ObamaCare® 3.11 with endless updates for a crap product


13 posted on 11/30/2013 12:06:54 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yet another Obama “Mission Accomplished” moment.


14 posted on 11/30/2013 12:09:46 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SeekAndFind; GeronL
What exactly constitutes success?

That depends on the meaning of the word 'is'.

15 posted on 11/30/2013 12:12:48 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Vendome

HEY NOW! That’s not a bug, that’s a feature!


16 posted on 11/30/2013 12:13:34 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SeekAndFind

Our application resulted in an erroneous eligibility results letter. Sent in an appeal Nov. 1. Finally on 11/29 got an automated message from Maximus Federal Services, saying they are a federal contractor authorized to review appeals, and notifying me that our appeal has been received. No mention of timing to get it resolved. Meanwhile the 12/15 deadline for January 2014 coverage has been pushed back to 12/23. Hope we make it!


17 posted on 11/30/2013 12:34:42 PM PST by Old_Grouch (66 and AARP-free. Monthly FR contributor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

On the today show they were discussing the website and its failure to even handle 50,000 applicants when amazon can handle a million in a minute. This money, our money spent went right into the criminals hands and was never intended to work it was a ponzi scam of the highest order just like solar energy solyndra. Handing out money to thier friends and donors a payment and repayment in the future


18 posted on 11/30/2013 1:00:23 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: ronnie raygun

The outrage is not so much that the website sucks, it’s that WE paid 60 million dollars for this turkey. Why aren’t the republicans up on Capitol Hill screaming about this administration stealing 60 million dollars of taxpayer money and funneling it their cronies?


19 posted on 11/30/2013 1:15:31 PM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I see a `Texas Sharpshooter’ solution from these birds by Monday.
The “TSS” is as follows: You squeeze off six shots into the side of the barn.
Holy smoke, you successfully hit the side of the barn all six times!
Now, take a piece of chalk and circle each bullet hole:
All “bulls-eyes”! Heavens to Betsy .... (rushing to microphone)

Comrades! Attention Comrades! I have glorious news for you!


20 posted on 11/30/2013 1:27:34 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, time for a huge “Mission Accomplished!” banner.


21 posted on 11/30/2013 2:06:36 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: ez

Er, uhm, no.

The bill for this non-working Facebook page is closer to 600 million.


22 posted on 11/30/2013 2:16:34 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: ez

RE: The outrage is not so much that the website sucks, it’s that WE paid 60 million dollars for this turkey.

60 million? Your estimate is probably the LOWEST I’ve read thus far.

I have read figures of $300M to $500M to over $600 Million.

The numbers being thrown about are so out of whack that I don’t know what to believe anymore.


23 posted on 11/30/2013 7:26:20 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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