Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Regarding the healthcare.gov mess...

Regarding the healthcare.gov mess: The "best and brightest" avoid government contracts like the plague. It's all too political and bidding is sometimes all about getting the lowest price, to hell with quality. That's one reason the military ends up with counterfeit components, which endanger the lives of the men and women in uniform. In the specific case of healthcare.gov, I suspect sabotage, either on the inside or on the outside.

BuzzFeed has an interesting article in which it claims that the contractor who built healthcare.gov (CGI Federal) is a big Republican supporter. I link to this to reinforce that the whole bidding and completion process is rife with politics.

Rusty Foster, a writer and computer programmer, wrote a more detailed analysis of the problems in an article in the New Yorker, "Healthcare.gov: It could be worse." National Public Radio interviewed him; a transcript is not yet available but you can listen to the interview which is rather informative. The interview and article pointed out that over 55 government contractors were involved with the site; any soup made by 55 cooks would be inedible.

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