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  • Texas Embraces Creators of Failed Healthcare.gov

    12/27/2013 4:21:24 PM PST · by ziravan · 9 replies
    Hardhatters.com ^ | 12/27/13 | Hal Hawkins
    Many are already familiar with Obamacare’s front-page debut and subsequent debacle called Healthcare.gov. Its crashes, bugs, and general incompleteness are infamous and have been the butt of many jokes, excuses from administration officials, and complaints from consumers attempting to use it. With not many signs of improvement for the website, many have looked for a scapegoat to place blame. One possible scapegoat has been a Canadian company, CGI Group, who was awarded a $93.7 million contract to develop Healthcare.gov, but that hasn’t discouraged the state of Texas from continuing and expanding its existing relationship with CGI. In August of this...
  • White House pushes back on Obamacare reports (Obama continues the lies)

    11/24/2013 7:42:18 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/24/2013 | Conor Finnegan
    The White House had to defend its rollout of the President's signature health care legislation Saturday after two scathing reports that allege missteps, miscommunication and lack of leadership sank the launch of Obamacare's online exchanges. The New York Times and the Washington Post each reported on a meeting between contractor CGI Federal and government employees at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in late August. CGI won the main contract to build the Obamacare website, and CMS, the branch of the Department of Health and Human Services that was overseeing the launch, was growing worried the site was riddled...
  • WH Docs: HealthCare.gov Designed to Handle “1,100 Users” at Once

    11/07/2013 8:47:17 AM PST · by rightistight · 12 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/7/13 | Aurelius
    The day before the catastrophic Healthcare.gov was supposed to start offering insurance, internal reports show that the website was only configured to handle “1,100 users” at a single time before “response time gets too high.” The document was released by oversight.house.gov. Under the category “stress test,” testers for Healthcare.gov ran a performance evaluation on the site. This evaluation occurred on September 30, just one day before the site was ready to hit prime-time. During the testing, results were, quite frankly, atrocious. The tester writes (emphasis mine): Ran performance testing overnight in IMP1B environment. Working with CGI to tune the FFM...
  • The Silence of the Left (0care)

    11/03/2013 9:52:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 3, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    There is widespread fury at the lies which were used to sell ObamaCare, a more than 2,000-page piece of legislation no one read before it was passed, a law opposed by the majority of voters which was crammed down our throats without a single Republican vote. The law essentially was a mishmash blank slate which left it to the administration's HHS head, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to write as she pleased and the president to -- by Executive order -- pay off with exemptions and special treatment those cronies and rent seekers not already paid off in the legislative and regulatory...
  • Internal government memo warned of "high" security risk with Obamacare website

    10/30/2013 9:28:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 30, 2013 | CNN.com
    An internal government memo, obtained by CNN today and written just days before the Obamacare website opened, warned of a "high" security risk because of a lack of testing of the website. "Due to system readiness issues, the (security control assessment) was only partly completed," said the memo from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "This constitutes a risk that must be accepted and mitigated to support the Marketplace Day 1 operations."
  • Obamacare website failed in tests just before launch date

    10/31/2013 5:39:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 30, 2013 | BySharyl Attkisson
    CBS News has learned the website failed with a small test pool of 200 to 300 people that included employees from the government and insurance companies. CMS employees were provided fake personal information to enter into HealthCare.gov rather than their own data and were given a date that testing would begin. However, on that date, the employees were told it was being postponed. When the testing finally took place in late September, the testers started trying to create an application. Just a couple of pages into the process, everything "ground to a stop," said one source. "It froze. It couldn't...
  • Did Jarrett And Michelle Pick Incompetent Website Firm?

    10/28/2013 6:15:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies
    <p>Health Fail: Healthcare.gov's implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism. Perhaps the White House was hoping for a friends and family discount.</p> <p>Why pick a Canadian firm with a French name to help develop the official ObamaCare website? It certainly wasn't based on the track record in developing health care software of CGI Federal, the IT contractor that orchestrated most of the Healthcare.gov website.</p>
  • Obama administration warned about health care website

    10/29/2013 3:32:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    CNN News ^ | October 29, 2013 | By Joe Johns and Z. Byron Wolf
    The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN. The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the HealthCare.gov web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones. The CGI document, which describes "outstanding issues currently being mitigated" says the testing timeframes are "not adequate to complete full functional, system, and integration testing activities" and lists the impact of the problems as "significant."...
  • Why the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov had zero chance of success

    10/26/2013 2:58:57 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 11 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 10/26/2013 | Derrick Wlodarz
    If you wanted to build a case study in the perfect recipe for IT project disaster, you wouldn't have to look any further than the new official Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov. The site, which was supposed to be the official gateway for Americans to purchase cheap (now clearly up for debate) health insurance, has become an overnight poster child for just how bad the government can fumble a well-to-do technology implementation. The common symptoms are all present: budget overruns, too little time to test, poor design & planning, and you can take it from there. So when the President came out...
  • Gall's Law says the Obamacare website will never work

    10/22/2013 7:49:26 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system. --John Gall
  • Michelle, CGI executive belonged to student group at Princeton that hosted pro-terrorist speaker

    10/28/2013 1:26:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10-28-13
    Michelle Obama and CGI Federal executive belonged to student group at Princeton that hosted pro-terrorist speaker First Lady Michelle Obama and her Princeton classmate whose company received the no-bid government contract to build the HealthCare.gov Obamacare website were both members of a black student organization that caused a tense scene on campus by inviting a PLO leader who advocated for terrorism. Michelle Obama ’85 and her classmate Toni Townes-Whitley ’85, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, were both students at the university when their groups the Organization of Black Unity (OBU) and the Third World Center (TWC) engaged in...
  • CGI Federal executive spent ‘Christmas with the Obamas’

    10/28/2013 1:29:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/28/2013 | Patrick Howley
    Michelle Obama’s relationship with Princeton classmate Toni McCall Townes-Whitley, whose company earned the no-bid contract to design the disastrous Healthcare.Gov Obamacare website, continued after the Obamas moved into the White House. Townes-Whitley and her husband even enjoyed “Christmas with the Obamas” at the White House in December 2010, according to a Facebook album created by Townes-Whitley. Although neither Michelle Obama nor Townes-Whitley has discussed their relationship, the Christmas event took place just seven months after Townes-Whitley joined CGI Federal as a senior vice president. Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, leads CGI Federal’s Civilian Agency Programs (CAP) Business Unit, which earned...
  • Did Mooch Screw the Pooch? College Classmate’s Company Built Healthcare.gov

    10/26/2013 9:07:28 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 46 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/26/2013 | Dean D. Garrison
    In mid-October The Washington Examiner reported that Federal Officials only considered one firm to build the epic fail now known as healthcare.gov. When that story broke you had to suspect that someone probably had a kickback coming. Richard Pollock reported on October 13th: Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI...
  • Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

    10/25/2013 10:23:48 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 57 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/2013 | Daily Caller
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/michelle-obamas-princeton-classmate-is-executive-at-company-that-built-obamacare-website/#ixzz2inpT7B3q
  • Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

    10/25/2013 4:14:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/13 | Patrick Howley
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
  • Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags (rewrote code to suit admin change requests)

    10/22/2013 5:14:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/22/13 | Jack Gillum and Julie Pace - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions mount over the website's failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government...
  • ObamaCare spending to top contractors tops $1 billion (Video)

    10/24/2013 10:38:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 24, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    A surge in government spending in the six months before the ObamaCare exchanges went live pushed federal spending to top government contractors over the $1 billion mark, a new study finds. According to the report released Thursday by Bloomberg Government analyst Peter Gosselin, federal spending ramped up in the months leading up to Oct. 1, with $352 million of the $1 billion in federal contracts to the top 10 ObamaCare contractors awarded during this time. “In a typical IT project, spending ramps up to a peak, then trails off during the final phase,” Gosselin wrote. The price tag usually associated...
  • Obamacare contractors: Don’t blame us

    10/23/2013 4:57:27 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Obamacare contractors: Don’t blame us By: Jennifer Haberkorn and Jason Millman and Brett Norman October 23, 2013 05:19 PM EDT The Obamacare website contractors plan to tell Congress on Thursday that they are not to blame for the massive problems at HealthCare.gov and that they completed successful testing before the Oct. 1 launch. But, according to prepared testimony, the four contractors ran into unforeseen problems once open enrollment began. The testimony offers a slight glimpse into the problems that made the website all but unworkable — and warnings that the problems are far from over. Lawmakers are expected to press...
  • Tears and energy drinks: Inside the ObamaCare fiasco

    10/23/2013 12:17:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions mount over the website’s failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government and not private...
  • CNN: Blowing up HealthCare.Gov and starting over still looking like their best option,....

    10/23/2013 11:55:54 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2:41 pm on October 23, 2013 | by Erika Johnsen
    Full Title: CNN: Blowing up HealthCare.Gov and starting over still looking like their best option, say more tech experts************************************************************* There’s a growing consensus on the mid- to late-November time frame by which the Obama administration really, really needs to have ObamaCare’s online portal running smoothly to avoid inducing more death-spiral risks and subsequent industry panic, and all of their plans for public outreach and directing people to call centers and whatnot is only going to get them so far.“Tech surge” or no tech surge, CNN reports that still more experts and computer engineers are piling on to the suggestion that...
  • Key House Republican presses tech companies on Obamacare glitches

    10/23/2013 3:58:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Reuters News via Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, Microsoft and three other U.S. companies to provide details on their possible involvement in a "tech surge" aimed at fixing a website implementing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the request in a letter to Google, Microsoft, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Oracle and Expedia, committee spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll said. Issa, a relentless critic of the Obama administration, wants information on contacts the companies may have had with the White House about the Healthcare.gov website...
  • Experts stunned at cost for Healthcare.gov website development

    10/22/2013 6:05:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 173 replies
    My FOX-TV DC ^ | October 22, 2013
    “My overall sense, right from day one, was it was created by people who had never created a commercial database application before," said FMS Software developer Luke Chung. Chung looked over the site and was stunned by the code and the cost - by some estimates, perhaps $200 million. Chung continued, “At $200 an hour, that would be a million man hours, 5,000 man years. I don't think they had time to use 5,000 man years. So I don't know where the money went. I don't know what these people were doing. There're not that many web pages. I don't...
  • CGI (Canadian) division Stanley,Inc: The passport breach of McCain,Obama and Clinton in 2008

    10/22/2013 7:17:58 PM PDT · by John S Mosby · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/22/2008 | Helene Cooper
    ".....In two of those cases, State Department officials said, the contract employees, who worked for Stanley Inc., a company based in Arlington, Va., that does computer work for the government, were fired. In one case, the employee was reprimanded and continues to be employed by the Analysis Corporation of McLean, Va. Mr. McCormack said Mr. McCain’s passport file was breached by the same employee who was reprimanded for breaching Mr. Obama’s file. "
  • How the HealthCare.gov Failure Will Morph into Obamacaregate

    10/22/2013 11:35:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | October 22, 2013 | David Weigel
    ".................The Canadian-owned company built the website, and in testimony from September 10, it told the skeptical House Energy and Commerce committee that things were going just great. To date, the FFM implementation has achieved all of its key milestones from the initial Architecture Review in October 2011 to Project Baseline Review in March 2012 and, most recently, the Operational Readiness Review in September 2013. Additionally, in April 2013, health insurers began submitting their plans to the system for review by CMS. Starting in August 2013, consumers were able to go into the system and register their accounts. At this time,...
  • Obamacare Tech Firm Tried, Failed to Build Gun Registry in Canada

    10/22/2013 8:26:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    CGI, the Canadian company whose U.S. subsidiary built the failed Obamacare website, was once contracted to build a federal gun registry for the Canadian government... CGI's contract was canceled in 2007 after a report by the Auditor General found that the Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) being built by CGI was "significantly over budget" and that it had been plagued by delays. The Conservative government that took power in 2006 canceled CGI's gun registry contract, and eventually repealed the Canadian gun registry entirely. ... The failed gun registry was only one of CGI's many Canadian failures, which included canceled contracts...
  • Gov't Gone Wild! Obama Donors Get HUGE Contracts For Obamacare (Serco and CGI Lead)

    10/20/2013 4:47:04 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/20/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that President Obama is “frustrated” by snags in the Obamacare rollout. But how about American citizens who either are having trouble enrolling in Obamacare or are suffering from the shock of rising healthcare insurance premiums AND the size of their deductibles? The anecdotal stories of “sticker shock” are legion (for example, here is a story from New Jersey). And physicians in New York are howling as well. Of course, there are many winners in the Obamacare rollout. Some households will receive added benefits and healthcare benefits that they previously didn’t have. But the biggest winners...
  • ‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges

    10/20/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 124 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2013 | By LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people.” “We are committed to doing better,” agency officials said in a blog post that also said that “our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve healthcare.gov.” Spokespeople for the agency didn’t immediately respond to questions seeking more...
  • Sebelius 'will testify' on ObamaCare website woes, Durbin says

    10/20/2013 9:17:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 20, 2013
    A top Democratic senator said Sunday that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress about the problem-plagued ObamaCare website, amid a growing call for her to accept requests to testify. “Ultimately, Secretary Sebelius will testify,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, told “Fox News Sunday.”
  • It Feels Good To Be An Obama Crony: Website Butcher CGI Gets Nearly $100 MILLION For $22K Donation

    10/20/2013 9:54:18 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 10 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/20/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that President Obama is “frustrated” by snags in the Obamacare rollout. But how about American citizens who either are having trouble enrolling in Obamacare or are suffering from the shock of rising healthcare insurance premiums AND the size of their deductibles? The anecdotal stories of “sticker shock” are legion (for example, here is a story from New Jersey). And physicians in New York are howling as well. Of course, there are many winners in the Obamacare rollout. Some households will receive added benefits and healthcare benefits that they previously didn’t have. But the biggest winners...
  • Obamacare's Failure In One Chart

    10/18/2013 8:14:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/18/13 | Tyler Durden
    Confirming our fears from a few days ago, the early numbers are in for Obamacare... and they are not good. Of course, listening to "bloggers" an be bad for your health, but it seems, very few of the million of "uninsured" have decided that it is as crucial as the "leader" has exclaimed. As Millard Brown Digital reports, fewer than 1% of those trying to register for health insurance under Obamacare have completed the enrollment process. The following inverted pyramid highlights the dismal reality of the Affordable Car Act so far...   
  • Humiliation: Design firm yanks Healthcare.gov credit from its website

    10/17/2013 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 17, 2013 | Allahpundit
    A fitting tribute to Obama and Sebelius, who helped wreck the Healthcare.gov site because hiding stuff was more important to them than getting it to work properly. Between this and the devastating USA Today piece calling for “total overhaul,” the official Hot Air pool on when O will announce he’s delaying ObamaCare is open for business. Having hundreds of thousands of people tearing their hair out in frustration at using his crappy site won’t shame him into pulling the plug, but the political embarrassment of his allies starting to back away from his big “achievement” might.
  • ObamaCare Site Creator: 'People Fainting In Conference Calls'

    10/16/2013 4:23:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Nolte
    CGI Federal is the Canadian IT contractor responsible for creating most of the ObamaCare website. Tuesday, after describing the site as a "complete train wreck," the Washington Post took an in-depth look at the company -- its origins, track record, and how it landed the ObamaCare contract. It is all worth a read, but one staffer told the Post that the working environment at CGI is so awful today that "People are getting sick, fainting in conference calls." The healthcare.gov debacle has taken its toll on the working environment at CGI Federal's 10-story complex in Fairfax, Va., according to a...
  • We paid $634 million for the Obamacare sites and all we got was this lousy 404

    10/10/2013 12:41:39 PM PDT · by yoe · 19 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | October 8, 2013 | Andrew Couts
    It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the ( befuddled beast) that is Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress. The site itself, which apparently underwent major code renovations over the weekend, still rejects user logins, fails to load drop-down menus and other crucial components for users that successfully gain entrance, and otherwise prevents uninsured Americans in the 36 states it serves from purchasing healthcare at competitive rates – Healthcare.gov’s primary...
  • The Insiders: Obamacare is a blemish on American technology

    10/13/2013 10:36:39 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 11, 2013 | Ed Rogers
    What the president heralds as his signature accomplishment is not only creating great domestic upheaval as a political and policy failure, it is also an immense American technological failure on display for the world to see. The American brand has been dealt some sharp blows under this administration. We are suffering from a weak economy, reeling from the recent embarrassing debacle over Syria’s chemical weapons, and we still haven’t brought anyone to justice over what happened in Benghazi. The world watched as our enemies protected junior nobody Edward Snowden when he handed over our secrets, and now the world is...
  • Obamacare Site Source Code Includes ‘No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy’ Warning

    10/14/2013 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    The Corner ^ | October 14, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    The Obamacare online exchanges have been met with several concerns since they launched at the beginning of the month, but a recent discovery may raise further fears about privacy under the health-care law. The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier reports that during the process of creating an account, the website asks users if they accept the “Terms & Conditions,” which prohibit unauthorized attempts to upload information or change the site. But the website’s source code, which is not visible to users on the standard “Terms & Conditions” page, includes a warning that users should have “no reasonable expectation of privacy”:
  • No online enrollment tools yet for Spanish health insurance marketplace

    10/14/2013 12:57:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    MEDCity News ^ | October 14, 2013 | by Jesse Mendoza
    The Spanish language website for the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, won't be available for online enrollment until the week of Oct. 21, officials said. Spanish speaking members of the community have been directed to the website Cuidadodesalud.gov as the Spanish language alternative to HealthCare.gov to enroll for insurance coverage. However, the website is not yet equipped with online enrollment tools, officials said. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said the enrollment tools will launch when they celebrate a national Hispanic Week of Action during the week of Oct. 21 in order to ensure that Latinos in the...
  • If you think the ObamaCare exchanges and premiums were bad …

    10/14/2013 12:58:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    … then Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper has news for you. The initial shock of the premium increases and the incompetent use of $94 million [see update] to create the world’s biggest 404 exchange are just the starting shocks of ObamaCare. Wait until people have to actually start using their new insurance, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all will be waiting: Adam Weldzius, a nurse practitioner, considers himself better informed than most when it comes to the inner workings of health insurance. But even he wasn’t prepared for the pocketbook hit he’ll face next year under President Barack Obama’s health...
  • 'So much wrong': Aetna CEO blasts Obamacare tech debacle

    10/15/2013 5:26:50 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 14, 2013 | Dan Mangan
    Aetna's CEO gave a harshly critical review Monday of the federal government's Obamacare marketplace, saying, "There's so much wrong, you just don't know what's broken until you get a lot more of it fixed." Asked on CNBC's "Squawk Box" if he knew that the rollout of Healthcare.gov would be problematic, the insurer's CEO, Mark Bertolini, said his giant company's role as an alpha tester for the system gave it a sense of how many problems the health insurance marketplace faced on the eve of its launch. "We were pretty nervous as we got further along," Bertolini said. "As they started...
  • Healthcare.gov: Code Developed by the People and for the People, Released Back to the People

    10/01/2013 1:04:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 28,2013 | Alex Howard
    As the first website to be demonstrated by a sitting President of the United States, Healthcare.gov already occupies an unusual place in history. In October, it will take on an even more important historic role, guiding millions of Americans through the process of choosing health insurance. How a website is built or designed may seem mundane to many people, but when the site in question is focused upon such an important function, what it looks like and how it works matter. Last week, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) relaunched Healthcare.gov with a new appearance and...
  • HAWAII HAS ZERO OBAMACARE SIGNUPS

    10/10/2013 2:02:00 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/13 | Wynton hall
    Not a single resident of President Barack Obama's home state of Hawaii has signed up for Obamacare, reports CBS's D.C. affiliate. Hawaii officials say Obamacare's nationwide website failures have prevented the state's citizens from accessing even basic premium and healthcare plan information. Coral Andrews, executive director of the state's Obamacare "Health Connector" exchange, said she does not know when Hawaii will be able to relaunch its busted Obamacare exchange.
  • Feds reviewed only one bid for Obamacare website design (Obama Campaign Contributor?)

    10/14/2013 5:32:27 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 13, 2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there...
  • Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare website

    10/10/2013 12:33:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-10-2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned. CGI Federal’s parent company, Montreal-based CGI Group, was officially terminated in September 2012 by an Ontario government health agency after the firm missed three years of deadlines and failed to deliver the province’s flagship online medical registry. The online registry was supposed to be up and running by June 2011. Officials at the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded six technology contracts worth $87 million to CGI Federal for...