“Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,”

  • musclmed

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    Oct 14, 2013 7:29 AM GMT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/us/politics/from-the-start-signs-of-trouble-at-health-portal.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all&

    In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them.
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    "So much testing of the new system was so far behind schedule, I was not confident it would work well."
    —RICHARD S. FOSTER, who retired as chief actuary of the


    Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized.

    For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which has refused to say how many people have enrolled through the federal exchange.

    Even some supporters of the Affordable Care Act worry that the flaws in the system, if not quickly fixed, could threaten the fiscal health of the insurance initiative, which depends on throngs of customers to spread the risk and keep prices low.

    “These are not glitches,” said an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange. Like many people interviewed for this article, the executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he did not wish to alienate the federal officials with whom he works. “The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, ‘It’s awful, just awful.' ”

    Interviews with two dozen contractors, current and former government officials, insurance executives and consumer advocates, as well as an examination of confidential administration documents, point to a series of missteps — financial, technical and managerial — that led to the troubles.

    Politics made things worse. To avoid giving ammunition to Republicans opposed to the project, the administration put off issuing several major rules until after last November’s elections. The Republican-controlled House blocked funds. More than 30 states refused to set up their own exchanges, requiring the federal government to vastly expand its project in unexpected ways.

    The stakes rose even higher when Congressional opponents forced a government shutdown in the latest fight over the health care law, which will require most Americans to have health insurance. Administration officials dug in their heels, repeatedly insisting that the project was on track despite evidence to the contrary.

    Dr. Donald M. Berwick, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2010 and 2011, said the time and budgetary pressures were a constant worry. “The staff was heroic and dedicated, but we did not have enough money, and we all knew that,” he said in an interview on Friday.

    Administration officials have said there is plenty of time to resolve the problems before the mid-December deadline to sign up for coverage that begins Jan. 1 and the March 31 deadline for coverage that starts later. A round-the-clock effort is under way, with the government leaning more heavily on the major contractors, including the United States subsidiary of the Montreal-based CGI Group and Booz Allen Hamilton. ........
  • musclmed

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    Oct 14, 2013 7:30 AM GMT
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-health-care-exchange-rollout-gets-thumbs-down-7-percent-of-americans-have-tried-it-out/2013/10/10/f56637f2-317c-11e3-ad00-ec4c6b31cbed_story.html
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    Oct 14, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
    Fortunately it is a third-world experience. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 14, 2013 1:48 PM GMT
    Lucky for Obama, the stupid republicans have spent the last two weeks ruining the budget process and possibly damaging the American economy. Them sure be some stupid republican teabaggers ya'all done gone and elected there.
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    Oct 14, 2013 3:21 PM GMT


    "Politics made things worse. To avoid giving ammunition to Republicans opposed to the project, the administration put off issuing several major rules until after last November’s elections. The Republican-controlled House blocked funds. More than 30 states refused to set up their own exchanges, requiring the federal government to vastly expand its project in unexpected ways."





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    Oct 14, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    "Politics made things worse. To avoid giving ammunition to Republicans opposed to the project, the administration put off issuing several major rules until after last November’s elections. The Republican-controlled House blocked funds. More than 30 states refused to set up their own exchanges, requiring the federal government to vastly expand its project in unexpected ways."



    If the proponents of Obamacare thought they could "go it alone" and just try to pass the law on a slim margin with a budgetary trick , then expect the republicans to vote to fund it is absurd.

    Its about the only government creation of its size that doesn't have bipartisan support. Programs will always need support down the line with amendments and fixes.

    Since Obama brought it up in one of his lectures to the republican caucus elections have consequences.

    Distilling it down the laws proponents blame its failures on republicans not supporting it like the democrats.

    My plan would have worked if everyone voted for it- nice bumper sticker.
  • conservativej...

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    Oct 14, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    Well, Barack Obama's heart and soul is third world. America will just have to accept Healthcare.gov for what it is.