Tom McDonald Explains Why The Obamacare Health Exchanges Need A “Do Over”

Healthcare Insurance Exchanges…on fire in a bad way.

He knows what he’s talking about too. Tom’s my IT go-to-guy.

Here’s something you should know: I.T. is not frigging rocket science. It’s no cakewalk to create a system for a nationwide program based on a law so complex no one who voted for it ever read it, but it’s something that can be done.

I saw Kathleen Sebelius comparing the site to Kayak.com, leaving out the key difference: Kayak works.

The problem is that the companies who have the skills to do the work and the companies who have the skills to navigate government bidding and contracting hurdles are not the same companies. The job goes to whatever political crony managed to manipulate the system more efficiently.

I imagine Mad PowerPoint Skillz, rather than programming expertise, had a lot to do with who landed the HealthCare.gov contract.

I assume the project was pieced out to various contractors, with poor communication and integration among the various players, all of it wrapped around a thick, neugoty center of government malfeasance and incompetence.

Read the rest.

You know what? For a few minutes, I thought the problem was something like this.

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But then I realized it’s more like this.

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It really is rocket science, and we need folks who actually know how to build them to build the one the government is trying to fly now.

Time to go back to the drawing board, gang.

  • AnneG

    Frank, you did it again! Great. I’m old enough to remember some of the spectacular rocket crashes. Irritating to me today is the USCCB letter.


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