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  • How Healthcare.Gov Imploded

    07/07/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 6, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Obama Administration continues to prioritize political success over people as evidenced in the rollout of the public face of Obamacare: Healthcare.gov. As of the end of February 2014, the Administration had spent $834 million developing a healthcare website that was flawed from the outset and allowed only a few million people to enroll for healthcare coverage, according to a new report by the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Five days before Healthcare.gov opened last year, President Obama addressed Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, promising that Obamacare would help the economy,...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: I 'made some mistakes'

    06/27/2014 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | June 27, 2014 | By NATALIE VILLACORTA
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Friday that she made mistakes leading up to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, worrying too much about whether there’d be a market for Obamacare and spending “too little time clearly on the technology side.” “I sure made some mistakes along the way in terms of focusing on some things and not on others,” she said at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
  • ‘The President needs you’: Meet the three Canadians who helped save Healthcare.gov

    06/22/2014 10:53:08 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    Financial Post ^ | June 21, 2014 | Armina Ligaya
    In late November, Stephanie Van Dyk got a cryptic call from her boss at Google. She noticed Mikey Dickerson, a site reliability engineer, hadn’t been at their Mountain View, Calif. office lately. Now he was calling her from an unknown location with this request: “Your country needs you.” Ms. Van Dyk, who is from Vancouver, jokingly said: “I don’t think you’re talking about my country.” He laughed, then said: “Fine, fine — the President needs you.” That’s how Ms. Van Dyk became one of three Canadians who were part of the so-called “tech surge”: a group of the best and...
  • Worse Than They Thought: House Confirms HALF Of All Obamacare Applications Flawed

    06/08/2014 6:37:51 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04 June 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    At least 4 million Obamacare sign-ups have flawed applications out of the 8 million total applications, according to a report released Wednesday by House Republicans. The Energy and Commerce Committee documents double the claims made in an Associated Press report released earlier on Wednesday, which found that according to a May 8 federal slideshow, 2.1 million Obamacare applications had “inconsistencies” in income, immigration and citizenship data. (RELATED: Obamacare Data Flaws Jeopardize Coverage For 1 in 4 Sign-ups) Federal Obamacare contractor Serco compiled a chart for the committee which displays over 4 million application discrepancies by May 27. The inconsistencies include...
  • Great news: HHS to overhaul Healthcare.gov … again

    06/06/2014 1:03:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    When the Affordable Care Act passed in March 2010, HHS had three and a half years and $400 million to produce a web portal for individual-market consumers that would … pretty much do what the existing portal did for the Medicare Advantage program that ObamaCare raided to pay for its own operation. HHS rolled it out on time last October, whereupon it crashed repeatedly and had to be overhauled. A few months later, the Obama administration bragged about the system when it hit eight million signups, even though the back end couldn’t actually determine how many actually paid for...
  • Good enough for government: 25% of ObamaCare signups have serious problems

    06/06/2014 4:25:21 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/05/2014 | IBD Staff
    Ineptitude: Millions of people could be in for a rude surprise later this year when they discover they aren't eligible for ObamaCare, or are getting too big a subsidy, thanks to another failed ObamaCare promise. In early September, administration officials declared that the ObamaCare "data hub" was ready to roll. This hub was central to making ObamaCare work, since it was supposed to verify citizenship, income and other information needed to determine eligibility and the level of insurance subsidies available. More important, it was all supposed to happen in real time, right when people were filling out their online application...
  • Obamacare: Home of the $11,500 Application

    05/22/2014 7:39:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pajam ^ | 05/22/2014 | Tom Blumer
    Remember the good old days when the Pentagon was spending [1] only $640 for a toilet seat and $400 for a hammer?Yes, I wrote “only.” (And yes, I understand that the problems at the Defense Department had far more to do with bureaucratic bloat than with genuine fraud or abuse.)It turns out that procurement officers there were, relatively speaking, wise stewards of taxpayer dollars, at least when compared to the Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS has given the American people the $11,500 paper Obamacare application — and that may be a lowball estimate.On July 1...
  • Thousands have not paid premiums for Cover Oregon health policies, placing coverage at risk

    05/16/2014 10:24:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | May 15, 2014 | by Nick Budnick
    A large number of people who've signed up for private health insurers through the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange have not paid their first month's premiums, meaning they are at risk of going without coverage through November. "I've already had clients not pay and lose their coverage," says Lisa Lettenmaier, who owns the health insurance brokerage Health Source NW in Tigard. "It's imperative for people to pay their premiums on time." More than 81,000 people went through through Cover Oregon – either through paper or electronic applications—to select a private health plan. Of those, 5,000 have already cancelled policies or...
  • Big Increases in Obamacare Premiums and Deductibles Coming in November

    05/15/2014 3:51:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 5/15/2014 | Edward Morrissey
    The Obama administration postponed a portion of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act in order to avoid paying the political consequences of a market disruption in the group insurance sector. If new premium pricing proposals from insurer filings in the states of Virginia and Washington come to pass, the White House may have no way out of accountability for their health-care reform folly. When Obamacare first rolled out last fall, the failure of the federal and state exchanges were only the first signs of disaster. Premiums spiked upward in both the individual and group markets, and insurers raised deductibles...
  • Obamacare website back end still not fixed

    05/08/2014 8:31:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 7, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    So how can numbers coming from the Obama admin be reliable?That was the testimony today from insurance company executives, on the “back end” of the Obamacare website. That’s the part of the website which transmits data to and from insurance companies. It’s the part the public never sees, but it is critical to the operation of the system as to payments, enrollments, and other data. Via Capitol Cities Project: During a hearing on Capitol Hill today, insurance companies unanimously said that the Obamacare website is still not fixed. “One final question for all the panelists: Is the website fixed?,” asks...
  • Odd Connections: CGI, Stanley Inc, Analysis Corp, John Brennan

    10/23/2013 5:50:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 35 replies
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    He is an odd list of connections: CGI, the designer of the Obamacare website and computer system, is the parent company of Stanley, Inc., whose employees (2) along with an employee of Analyst Corp, were investigated for the State Department passport breaches involving said passports of Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Barrack Obama. The Analyst Corp employee, one Leiutenant (his name, not rank) Quarles Harris, was reprimanded but not fired. Analyst Corp is a small company of approximately 100 employees at that time. It's CEO was at that time John Brennan, now Director of the CIA. As an side note,...
  • ObamaCare enrollees told to change passwords after Heartbleed review (Husseincare bug)

    04/19/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/14
    WASHINGTON – People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov...
  • ObamaCare site flagged in Heartbleed security review

    04/19/2014 7:16:34 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 8 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 19, 2014
    WASHINGTON — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government’s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular...
  • Revealed: How Obama considered SCRAPPING healthcare.gov website just 16 days after its launch

    02/27/2014 6:42:31 PM PST · by gooblah · 13 replies
    UK Dailymail ^ | 27 February 2014 | David Martosko
    One day before the guffaw-inducing October 1 launch of the Obamacare program's healthcare.gov website, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough was telling friends that 'when we turn it on tomorrow morning, we're gonna knock your socks off.' Less than three weeks later, President Barack Obama asked McDonough whether it would ever be possible to make the website function reliably. 'Can it be patched and improved to work, or does it need to be scrapped to start over?' the top White House aide recalled the president asking him on October 17. Obama 'wanted to know if this thing is salvageable,'...
  • How many Obamacare customers have paid for their plans?

    02/13/2014 8:17:59 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/11/2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Democrats claim three million people have enrolled in private health insurance through Obamacare. But how many have actually paid for their plans? Several state exchanges have begun reporting the number of customers that did pay their first premiums, and some results are as low as 51 percent.
  • (MA)Gov, Connector officials under fire over botched Obamacare website

    02/12/2014 2:05:17 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | Chris Cassidy
    Lawmakers blasted Gov. Deval Patrick and top Health Connector administrators today for stranding Bay Staters struggling to sign up for health insurance through the state’s botched $69 million Obamacare website. “The governor continues to say no one is going to fall through the cracks,” said state Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield), the chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. “But we hear constantly from our constituents who are falling through the cracks.” State Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) said Patrick has been “dismissive” about the depths of the website’s problems. She also read portions of the bombshell email from...
  • More Obamacare stupidity: Developers of website linked to Belarus government

    02/04/2014 9:16:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2014 | Rick Moran
    Developers linked to the government of Belarus may have placed malicious code inside the healthcare.gov website allowing it to hack into the personal information of consumers. No - I'm serious. Washington Free Beacon: U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns...
  • Is the new Healthcare.gov contractor worse than the first?

    02/10/2014 8:59:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Has HHS gone from the CGI Federal frying pan into the Accenture fire? A month ago, the HHS unit responsible for Healthcare.gov dumped its original prime contractor and awarded the project to Accenture in a no-bid assignment, a move that raised eyebrows especially considering how little time was left in the enrollment cycle to get the web portal problems resolved. Now, a new Washington Post report raises even more eyebrows about the decision, given Accenture’s troubled history with federal contracts: Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but...
  • The Belarusian Connection Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack

    02/03/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by driftdiver · 20 replies
    Washington FreeBeacon ^ | Feb 3, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised. The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S....
  • ObamaCare's Potemkin Village Website Written In Belarus?

    02/05/2014 10:12:16 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Incestor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Debacle: U.S. intelligence agencies report that developers linked to the Belarus government helped create the Healthcare.gov website and may have inserted malicious code making it vulnerable to cyberattacks and hacking. The disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov was bad enough. But as if Americans need another reason to avoid Healthcare.gov, we now hear that the Obama administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services, has indirectly contracted with developers in the worker's paradise of Belarus, a former Soviet republic still closely tied to Russia, to write some of the software code used for the website. The Washington Free Beacon's Bill Gertz...
  • Recalled Report Raises Question of Politicization of Intelligence (Obamacare SNAFU)

    02/04/2014 2:58:13 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-4-2014 | Bill Gertz
    February 4, 2014 Recalled Report Raises Question of Politicization of Intelligence Bachmann seeks answers from president, HHS on Obamacare security flaws Bill Gertz A member of the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday she is investigating whether an intelligence report warning about risks to Americans who posted data on the Obamacare website was suppressed for political reasons.Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) said she plans to write to President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging them to immediately shut down the Healthcare.gov website over concerns that the system is vulnerable to cyber attacks as a result of...
  • Man’s personal info stolen after using Obamacare website

    02/05/2014 10:51:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Captitol City Project ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Joe Schoffstall
    A Virginia man’s personal information has been stolen after he signed up for Obamacare on the healthcare.gov website. Now, he’s questioning if the website is the reason why. “There’s a possibility someone got my personal information from your website,” Virginia Beach resident Rich Guillory said in a video shot by WVEC-VA while speaking on the phone. “They knew my name and they had my number” — along with his address and social security number as well. he day after he signed up on the website, he got a call from someone claiming they could help him with finding health insurance....
  • The definition of crazy: Healthcare.gov developer, CGI gets more gov't. work after Obamacare flop

    02/05/2014 8:02:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rick Moran
    What is it about the primary cultprit behind the failure of healthcare.gov that allows them to continue to win federal contracts despite the most spectacularly incompetent website design and implementation in history? The Daily Caller is reporting that CGI, the general contractor used by CMS to build the Obamacare website, has received six additional contracts from CMS after the failures were discovered. The company that built the failed Obamacare website received six additional contracts from the Obama administration's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website's disastrous launch, The Daily Caller has learned.According to a company spokesman, CGI...
  • Why Is The Public Being Stonewalled On Serious ObamaCare Fixes?

    01/27/2014 2:33:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 26, 2014 | Scott W. Atlas, M.D.
    ...Obama and his supporters in Congress spent a great deal of time and energy justifying the urgency of passing health care reform. The purported basis for passing the Affordable Care Act into law was to increase access and affordability of health care, mainly by increasing the number of insured people.After being heralded by his supporters and being firmly assigned the title as “the signature legislative achievement” of the Obama presidency,the law’s major provisions have finally begun. But in direct contrast to what one would rightfully expect from such a supposedly grand accomplishment,we see a strongly negative reaction from the American...
  • Colossal cost of Cover Oregon prompts lawmaker to call for end to spending ($200M spent/0 Enrolled)

    01/21/2014 10:28:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    KATU-TV ^ | January 21, 2014 | Chelsa Kopta
    The On Your Side Investigators revealed the colossal cost of Cover Oregon for the first time Monday and it shows how much of your tax money has been spent on the failed website. KATU learned Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority collectively spent just shy of $200 million on its Cover Oregon website, which has been plagued with problems for months and still hasn't enrolled a single Oregonian for health insurance since the site launched Oct. 1, 2013. The state health insurance exchange's top dogs have been back and forth for months, extending the date when the website likely...
  • The Latest From Obamacare Central (Free Republic Mentioned)

    01/21/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    It's time for your latest Obamacare update, and it will come as no surprise to you that things are not getting any prettier for this monstrosity. Let's just take a jog down Obamacare Avenue and see what is popping out at us from the storefronts this week. Roll down your windows so you can get a clearer look: --Obamacare devotees are still clinging to the idea that this law will expand coverage, but the most recent data indicate that it may fall short of this goal, too, just as it has failed in every other respect. Forbes reports that instead...
  • Security Expert Hacks Obamacare Website In 4 Minutes; Accesses 70,000 Records

    01/20/2014 8:42:03 PM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 20, 2014 | Michael Krieger
    The hits just keep on coming for ObamaCare. It was less than two weeks ago that I highlighted the potential premium rate death spiral that ObamaCare faces due to the fact that only old and sick people are signing up for the program. Now it seems there are further security related concerns plaguing the site, as cyber-security expert David Kennedy recently claimed that “gaining access to 70,000 personal records of Obamacare enrollees via HealthCare.gov took about 4 minutes.” It’s actually hard to be this incompetent if you tried. More from the Washington Times: The man who appeared before Congress last...
  • Hacking expert David Kennedy says he cracked HealthCare.gov in 4 minutes

    01/20/2014 10:04:15 AM PST · by ransomnote · 39 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    The man who appeared before Congress last week to explain the security pitfalls of HealthCare.gov took to Fox News on Sunday to explain just how easy it was to penetrate the website. Hacking expert David Kennedy told Fox’s Chris Wallace that gaining access to 70,000 personal records of Obamacare enrollees via HealthCare.gov took about 4 minutes and required nothing more than a standard browser, the Daily Caller reported. PHOTOS: Eye-popping excuses in American political scandals “And 70,000 was just one of the numbers that I was able to go up to and I stopped after that,” he said. “You know,...
  • Computer Security Expert: Obamacare Website Security ‘Much Worse Off’ Than Before

    01/19/2014 3:24:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 19, 2014 | Staff
    The Obamacare website is even less secure than it was in November, David Kennedy, head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC, told Fox News Sunday. Kennedy testified before Congress Thursday that the site was “100 percent” insecure and personal information for consumers at healthcare.gov was at risk, Reuters reports: Before the hearing, Kennedy told Reuters the government has yet to plug more than 20 vulnerabilities that he and other security experts reported to the government shortly after HealthCare.gov went live on October 1. Hackers could steal personal information, modify data, attack the personal computers of website users and damage...
  • Hackers: HealthCare.gov still riddled with potential security issues

    01/16/2014 10:46:53 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Nbc News ^ | 1/16/2014 | Julianne Pepitone,
    Cybersecurity researchers slammed HealthCare.gov's security during a House hearing on Thursday morning, saying the site is still riddled with problems that could put consumers' sensitive health details at risk. “The reason we’re concluding that this is so shockingly bad is that the issues across the site are so varied,” David Kennedy, founder of the information security firm TrustedSec, told NBC News. “You don’t even have to hack into the system to see big issues – which means there are [major problems] underneath.” Kennedy was the first of a group of so-called "white-hat hackers" who testified before the House of Representatives...
  • World's greatest hacker calls Healthcare.gov security 'shameful'

    01/16/2014 9:00:11 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 16, 2014
    Security expert -- and once the world's most-wanted cyber criminal -- Kevin Mitnick submitted a scathing criticism to a House panel Thursday of ObamaCare's Healthcare.gov website, calling the protections built into the site "shameful" and "minimal." In a letter submitted as testimony to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Mitnick wrote: "It's shameful the team that built the Healthcare.gov site implemented minimal, if any, security best practices to mitigate the significant risk of a system compromise."
  • Obamacare Outsourced

    01/13/2014 8:09:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Economic Populist blog ^ | January 12, 2014 | Robert Oak
    The Obama administration has offshore outsourced Obamacare. They made Accenture the lead contractor for the website healthcare.gov. The contract is estimated to be worth $90 million and the original contractor, CGI Federal, is out. We pointed out earlier that the failed Obamacare website was poetic justice as CGI Federal is also an offshore outsourcer of U.S. jobs. But now the poster boy for labor arbitrage, offshore tax havens, and bloated, often failed government contracts is in charge, Accenture. Accenture is one of the biggest offshore outsourcers of American jobs. In 2012 they used 4,037 H-1B Visas alone and are ranked...
  • ‘TELEPHONIC SIGNATURE’? Obamacare Now Forces States to Accept Applications ‘Signed’ by Voice

    01/13/2014 8:08:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/13/2014 | David Steinberg
    The Obama administrationÂ’s interest in creating a streamlined application process [1] for Medicaid, CHIP, and subsidized health insurance via the state Obamacare exchanges has come at the expense of effective [2] security [3] and fraud prevention [4].As of January 1, 2014, this easing of requirements now includes the mandate that states accept applications completed entirely via telephone. Rather than require such applications be later accompanied by the electronic or mailed transmission of a signed document, HHS instead requires states to accept a spoken assent on a telephone call as the equivalent of an actual signature.Says J. Christian Adams, PJ...
  • White House stops short of veto threats on House healthcare (ID theft) bills

    01/09/2014 5:45:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/09/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration stopped short Thursday of threatening to veto House bills to require officials to tell people if their personal data has been compromised through ObamaCare, and to require weekly reports on the health law's implementation. The White House said in two Statements of Administration Policy that it opposed both bills, one of which is set for a Friday vote in the House. Weekly reporting requirements on both enrollments and the operation of the HealthCare.gov website would require "unfunded, unprecedented, and unnecessary reporting requirements" on the health insurance exchanges, it said in one statement. "It would require the reporting...
  • QSSI to stay on as HealthCare.gov’s general contractor

    01/14/2014 9:47:10 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-14-2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    <p>The Obama administration has decided to retain Quality Software Services Inc. as its general contractor for HealthCare.gov, even as it has hired a new contractor to do most of the work on the Web site.</p> <p>In a joint statement Tuesday, Optum/QSSI and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said they would keep working together to ensure the online federal health insurance marketplace works well for consumers. On Saturday, CMS signed a contract with the global consulting firm Accenture to serve as the site's primary contractor in the coming year.</p>
  • Obama White House Dumps IT Contractor Responsible for Health Care Website (Replacement Has Problems)

    01/10/2014 11:00:36 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 10, 2014 | Becket Adams
    The Obama administration is reportedly dumping the IT contractor responsible for building the glitch-riddled healthcare.gov website. Officials familiar with the situation say CGI Federal’s inability to resolve the many problems that plague the online federal health care exchanges prompted federal officials to look elsewhere for IT help. Obama administration officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract valued at $90 million with a different contractor, Accenture, after CGI Federal’s contract expires in February, the Washington Post reported, citing “a person familiar with the matter.”
  • Obama administration to end contract with CGI Federal, company behind HealthCare.gov

    01/10/2014 12:32:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/10/2014 | By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein
    The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work of repairing it. Federal health officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract worth roughly $90 million, probably early next week, with a different company, Accenture, after concluding that CGI has not been effective enough in fixing the intricate computer system underpinning the federal Web site, HealthCare.gov. Accenture, which is one of the world’s largest consulting firms, has extensive experience with computer systems on the state level, and it...
  • Critics urge moving away from Maryland exchange (to Healthcare.gov site)

    01/06/2014 3:22:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Democratic and Republican critics of Maryland's troubled health exchange urged state officials on Monday to consider other options to signing up state residents for health care plans. Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat, formally asked the state's health secretary for a specific assessment of the idea of switching to the federal health exchange while Maryland's exchange is being repaired. He wrote in a letter to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein that Maryland could make the switch in whole or in part or on a temporary basis.....
  • Obama signs up for health care, selects ‘bronze’ plan in D.C. exchange

    12/23/2013 11:34:21 AM PST · by rawhide · 70 replies
    WAPO ^ | 12-23-13 | Philip Rucker
    <p>President Obama has enrolled in the federal health-care insurance exchanges, selecting a bronze-tiered insurance plan on the D.C. marketplace, the White House announced Monday.</p> <p>In advance of Monday’s key enrollment deadline, Obama signed up for coverage over the weekend during the start of his holiday vacation here in Hawaii in what a White House official described as a “symbolic” act to promote the Affordable Care Act, his signature legislative achievement.</p>
  • Obama Couldn’t Use Website To Sign Up For Obamacare

    12/24/2013 8:25:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | December 24, 2013
    HONOLULU — He won’t use it, and he didn’t actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges. Announcing his enrollment Monday, the White House called it a symbolic show of Obama’s support for the fledgling exchanges where millions of Americans must buy insurance or face a penalty. Ironically, it also served as a reminder of just how complex and sometimes daunting the process can be. Obama, like so many other Americans, couldn’t use the website. “The complicated nature of the president’s case required an in-person sign-up,” the White...
  • Dem cries foul on Issa's ObamaCare tactics

    12/18/2013 8:44:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    thehill.com ^ | December 17, 2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The House Oversight Committee's top Democrat is accusing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of deliberately stoking fears about HealthCare.gov with partial and misleading document releases. Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) cried foul on Issa's habit of withholding portions of documents about ObamaCare and charged the committee chairman with "cherry-picking" evidence to heighten concerns about the enrollment website. "The chairman's actions are a reckless and transparent attempt to frighten Americans away from the HeathCare.gov website and deny them health insurance to which they are entitled," Cummings wrote in a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Cummings disputed Issa's recent allegation that users' personal...
  • Breaking: Microsoft exec to take over Healthcare.gov rescue

    12/17/2013 12:22:48 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Everyone who loves Internet Explorer and Windows 8 will rejoice at the latest appointment from the White House to rescue its core policy from incompetence. The rest of us will just marvel at the irony: The White House is tapping the private sector for its next point man to fix the troubled Obamacare website. The administration is set to announce that Kurt DelBene, an executive at Microsoft, will succeed Jeff Zients in leading the overhaul of the embattled HealthCare.gov, according to four sources with knowledge of the decision. But DelBene isn’t just a Microsoft executive. He’s also the husband of...
  • Enrollment Errors Cut, Officials Say; Fixes Are Overstated, Insurers Report (NYT)

    12/15/2013 6:17:22 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 14, 2013 | By Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Saturday that it reduced the error rate in enrollment data sent to insurance companies under the new health care law, even as insurers said that the government’s records were still riddled with mistakes. The quality of the data is important; it could affect the ability of people to get medical care and prescription drugs when they go to doctors’ offices and pharmacies starting next month. For each person who signs up, the government is supposed to send information electronically to an insurance company in a standard format known as an 834 enrollment transaction. In...
  • Obamacare And The Fraudulent Turk

    12/09/2013 9:43:11 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 2 replies
    andstillipersist.com ^ | 12/5/13 | Bruce Webster
    ... In a tongue-in-cheek fashion, I was merely carrying on a long-standing tradition over centuries of false automata, mechanical devices that appear to act with skill and intelligence but that, in fact, are actually being operated by humans behind the scenes. The most famous of these is the Turk (pictured above), a device built in the late 1700s that appeared to play a very good game of chess against humans. In truth, a human chess player was ensconced within the device’s cabinet with the ability to perceive the current state of the board. Note that the Turk himself was a...
  • Obamacare marketplace violates federal security law

    12/12/2013 1:15:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 11, 2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    The bureaucracy tasked with Obamacare implementation may be violating a law that requires government agencies to keep private information safe. Under the the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to have an “Authority to Operate,” or ATO. In order to receive an ATO, new information tech systems must perform a set of tests, including “Security Control Assessments” (SCA). But according to CMS’s 2014 budget request, no such security assessment took place. The Federal Healthcare Marketplace website was rolled out without full end­-to­-end testing. Indeed,...
  • Issa Charges Sebelius with Criminal Obstruction of HealthCare.gov Investigation

    12/12/2013 2:07:58 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 12/11/2013 | Joseph Marks
    The lead congressman investigating HealthCare.gov’s dismal performance during its first two months online ratcheted up the executive-congressional conflict on Wednesday, accusing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of criminal obstruction of his investigation. The dispute centers around a letter the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent to a contractor that worked on the online health insurance marketplace, directing it not to turn over correspondence and other documents to congressional investigators and stating CMS would manage any congressional inquiries. That letter amounted to “criminal obstruction” of a congressional investigation,” according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell...
  • NYT Claims Obamacare Website 'Vastly Improved' While Ignoring Two Fatal Flaws

    12/10/2013 1:35:17 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 10, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    Congratulations to New York Times writers Lizette Alvarez and Jennifer Preston. They managed to write an upbeat article about the "vastly improved' Obamacare website without mentioning not one but two huge elephants in the room. The writers bubble over with excitement over the fact that in the first week of December, 112,000 people "selected plans" at the HealthCare.gov website. Left unsaid was the fact that there is still no payment system on that website plus the fact that anybody providing their personal information is at extreme risk of having his personal information hacked due to the fact that HealthCare.gov continues...
  • Health Care Exchange Is Vastly Improved, Users Say

    12/10/2013 6:20:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/10/2013 | By LIZETTE ALVAREZ and JENNIFER PRESTON
    MIAMI — After two months of false starts, error messages and pleas for patience from the once-hobbled federal online health care exchange, Karen Egozi, the chief executive of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, watched on Monday as counselors navigated the website’s pages with relative ease. Click. Next page. Click. Next page. The website, HealthCare.gov, was working so well that Ms. Egozi, who oversees the 45 navigators in eight locations who help consumers enroll in health plans, said her team gave the system an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, meaning that most people got as far as selecting...
  • Of Persistent Obamacare Gremlins and Other Health Care Policy Failures

    12/08/2013 2:15:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Ricochet ^ | December 7, 2013 | Pejman Yousefzadeh
    I presume that this is the “new and improved” Obamacare that everyone is suddenly supposed to be enthusiastic about: After refusing for weeks to detail the extent of back-end problems with healthcare.gov, the Obama administration on Friday said a technical bug affected approximately 25 percent of enrollments on the federal exchanges in October and November. Those technical bugs, separate from the troubles consumers had experienced accessing information on the website during the first two months, are posing a significant new problem for those who signed up and are expecting insurance coverage come Jan. 1. One in four of those applications...
  • Security Experts Warn Healthcare.gov Is Vulnerable to Hacking

    12/03/2013 9:18:34 AM PST · by topher · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2013 6:01pm | John Parkinson
    Cyber security experts told Congress today that the Obama administration should take Healthcare.gov offline until privacy vulnerabilities are addressed and detection capabilities are improved. David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat hacker” who tests security flaws by hacking online systems to help identify weaknesses, warned that there are critical flaws and exposures “currently on the website that hackers could use to extract sensitive information.” “The purpose of security isn’t to say, ‘Hey, we’re 100 percent impenetrable all the time,’ but can we detect the hackers in the very early stages of the life cycle of the attack, monitor that, and prevent...