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‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2013 | By LOUISE RADNOFSKY

Posted on 10/20/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

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 information about the development, which it is billing as a “tech surge.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cgifederal; failure; healthcaredotgov; obamacare; obamacarerollout; obamacaresoftware; obamacarewebsite; rinocare; serco
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Train wreck full of cash!
1 posted on 10/20/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Now really, wouldn’t the simplest way to fix all this
be to simply implant a chip in all of us... /dripping S.


2 posted on 10/20/2013 2:11:59 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
...which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people.”

Oh, I dunno. It's certainly lived up to mine.

3 posted on 10/20/2013 2:13:00 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Calling these people retards is a gross injustice to retards everywhere.

They’re subhumans.


4 posted on 10/20/2013 2:13:30 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I hope he is more committed to this surge than the phoney one in afghanistan, where he sacrificed our soldiers in a conflict he never cared about, much less intended to win, just so he could maintain his false “tough guy” disguise on terrorism — and to keep a lid on the situation long enough to get past the next election.

everyone that has died in afghanistan since obama was elected has been sacrificed to his political future.


5 posted on 10/20/2013 2:14:09 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
start with demanding the money back from the criminals that wrote this POS or bring charges against them for fraud...
6 posted on 10/20/2013 2:15:32 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You mean they have figured out that 1 = + and 0 = - in Binary.


7 posted on 10/20/2013 2:15:53 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

+ - - best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve healthcare.gov.”

A recipe continued disaster. Maybe there could be some success if they canned the current “team” and hired the best and brightest from outside the govt.

But bringing in more help with the existing team still in charge is guaranteed failure.


8 posted on 10/20/2013 2:20:43 PM PDT by redfreedom (Republicans = The faux conservative wing of the democrat party.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Too much emphasis on technical glitches and not enough on the basic flaws, including: (1) forcing people with good health insurance to cross-subsidize those without it; (2) forcing people to buy coverage they don’t want or need; (3) price controls on doctors and hospitals, which discourages them from providing quality care; (4) failure to address the lawsuit problem; and (5) cost-increasing regulatory and paperwork burden.


9 posted on 10/20/2013 2:22:02 PM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Having been through one or two of these myself, the new team will uncover so many fundamental flaws in the architecture that they will require at least 2-3 years of redesign, plus another year (at least) of testing prior to roll-out. Add in bureaucratic delays and you have a recipe for continuing disaster.


10 posted on 10/20/2013 2:29:59 PM PDT by jtonn
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This plan is right out of ATLAS SHRUGGED!!!!!!


11 posted on 10/20/2013 2:32:58 PM PDT by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: Socon-Econ
In my experience in S/W development (45 years) adding resources to a project that is behind or in trouble ALWAYS makes things worse. ALWAYS

And usually in proportion to the amount of new resources added. And it usually incurs a disproportionately high increase in costs.

Oh, and I am sure the requirements are well defined and documented, and have been thoroughly vetted against the regs that define the Law itself.

sigh

Stock up on popcorn boys & girls!

12 posted on 10/20/2013 2:36:59 PM PDT by Thom Pain (U.S. Constitution is a CONTRACT! : $70 TRILLION unfunded...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Isn’t this site going to be the Holy Grail for hackers and con artists everywhere?


13 posted on 10/20/2013 2:39:37 PM PDT by grania
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It’s a rewrite, or they’re in for more epic fails (which could be a good thing).


14 posted on 10/20/2013 2:39:52 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If Obama focuses on this like he focused like a laser on job creation, where there are now less people employed than in 1979, the exchanges are doomed.


15 posted on 10/20/2013 2:41:53 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Now their serious. They called the Geek Squad.


16 posted on 10/20/2013 2:46:35 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

That will make it worse. The new people don’t know anything about what what was already coded. They will slow things down. The problem was with the design. Stupid design gives stupid programs.


17 posted on 10/20/2013 2:47:30 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How is the “tech surge” going to solve the problems of disinterest by healthy youth, obnoxiously high premiums, even higher deductibles, doctor shortages, doctor denials of service to Obamacare enrollees...and I could go on.


18 posted on 10/20/2013 2:58:57 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Praying for a power surge, or EMP surge, to really “help them out.”


19 posted on 10/20/2013 3:01:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
... bringing in some of the best and brightest ...

Great idea -- throw more bodies at it. Sounds like most of the managers involved never bothered to read "The Mythical Man-Month".

20 posted on 10/20/2013 3:01:53 PM PDT by ken in texas
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Is it any wonder with these Chicago political thugs in the White House that the best and the brightest weren’t utilized from the beginning?


21 posted on 10/20/2013 3:01:55 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
“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.”

Yup...that will work...(rolling eyes)

How about take the site down, outsource the fix to a actually company who does this for "profit" put some realistic incentives on the table for a fast turnaround...

Probably it will be up and running right in a year...

By then we will have won the Senate and just repeal the bastard child from hell..

22 posted on 10/20/2013 3:06:29 PM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Adding more programmers to a late project makes it later. Politicians always throw money at a problem in the futile hope that a solution can be bought. No such luck. It's a work of amateurs. Nobody with a shred of conscience wants it to work anyway. The man who invented the guillotine tasted the fruits of his invention. Learn from that example and don't repeat it.
23 posted on 10/20/2013 3:07:16 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Socon-Econ
Correct.

Even if the tech glitches were fixed, the prices will still be the same.

Inflated sky-high because of Gov't Big Brother mandates.

24 posted on 10/20/2013 3:09:17 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Forget for a moment that the reason for this website is a poorly designed and disastrous law that should have never been passed in the first place.

What matters now, in that there is some ability to actually do something about it, is keeping the monstrosity of this website in the public’s eye and holding the administration accountable for the long series of poor choices made, as well as the long series guaranteed to come.

First, because of the way the first contract was bid, the old disaster can’t be torn out from the roots and replaced entirely. That would open the old contractor to liabilities and the bidding process to congressional scrutiny. It should, but admitting failure is not an option here. This means a portion of the old poor decisions must remain, at least for a bit. This will drag down the replacement efforts, no matter how well they proceed.

Second, any well functioning IT system has an appropriately sized testing and rollout plan. Not here, schedule will not allow it. large swaths of code will be load tested for the first time in production, little to no security and penetration testing will occur, and significant risks will be accepted... often unknowingly. This means your personal information will be at risk as a user, insurance companies will be exposed to hackers and lawsuits, and all without accountability.

Third, when you pull an “all hands on deck” scramble on a complex problem, you are forced to borrow preassembled components from elsewhere and try to make them fit together. There are going to be major integration issues as each stakeholder shoves their products into the system, each with their own interfaces, data formats, and system requirements. The boutique interface translators will be a further drag on development and performance. They would also be a drag on testing, but the testing won’t actually occur.

Fourth, the political pressure is going to be a particular harm to the efforts. The administration has not been accommodating of criticism or eager to admit its faults, there is no indication this will be any different. Project manager, no matter how capable, will have a constant press by nameless bureaucrats to deliver successes they can present to the public quickly. They will shift priorities, undermine the project management at every turn and dissolve into the ether when called out for their meddling.

Long story short, this is going to be a disaster for a long time


25 posted on 10/20/2013 3:16:12 PM PDT by jz638
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Obama promises FASTER FASCISM!
26 posted on 10/20/2013 3:20:07 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Myrddin

Exactly. Building crap on top of a lousy foundation is not going to help. I’ve got 15 years of experience building enterprise applications and lipstick on the pig isn’t going to help.


27 posted on 10/20/2013 3:23:21 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If they could not do a tech surge in the last three years, what makes them think that they can do it now?

I hope the techies they hire report all the interfaces they find to the DNC and ACORN, and Soros organizations.

I’ll bet the cancer has metastasized to every socialist sympathizer that there is. It will include sharing your identity and your medical records, and will be excused after a sincere apology and the explanation that either it was a rogue worker or that they simply made a mistake.


28 posted on 10/20/2013 3:30:38 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Chode

Now that’s what I’m saying.

Time for re-reimbursement and charges.


29 posted on 10/20/2013 3:36:56 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: Thom Pain

Do you think it’s possible for them to hire people that actually know what they’re doing and have this website recoded properly in a short amount of time, say six months to a year?


30 posted on 10/20/2013 3:40:34 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This only telegraphs UTTER CATASTOPHIC FAILURE.

where will be the security checks of these “rescuers” be done?


31 posted on 10/20/2013 3:42:22 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Thom Pain

You have more years in the barrel than I. But, having worn the white hat many times, I agree with you.

IMHO, first thing: A comprehensive document that does a no nonsense comparison between the published specs and the “finished” product. Oh, there are no specs? Well then, we may have to go back and start over.


32 posted on 10/20/2013 3:57:42 PM PDT by upchuck (nobamacare must be stopped before it can live down to our expectations.)
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To: jz638

bump #25


33 posted on 10/20/2013 3:58:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

What is really funny is that the stupid arrogant Phucker in the White House could have postponed this mess a year and blamed it on Republicans.


34 posted on 10/20/2013 3:58:16 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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Software that’s been patched up to work, operates about as well as an Armani suite that was worn during a high speed motorcycle wreck (with lots of road rash) looks.


35 posted on 10/20/2013 3:58:41 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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Sorry, Mr. Healthcare Official, the “best and brightest” are all gainfully employed at Google, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zillow, Trulia, SalesForce.com, et al. You get the “worst and dimmest” because you are government and who in their right mind would work for you? You don’t offer anybody the chance to be a millionaire or maybe even a billionaire. Unless you’re a CEO crony corporatist crook, that is.


36 posted on 10/20/2013 4:03:10 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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“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.”


37 posted on 10/20/2013 4:12:48 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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“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.”

Yup. Easy to do this when one is spending Other People's Money.

38 posted on 10/20/2013 4:21:43 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Thom Pain
In my experience in S/W development (45 years) adding resources to a project that is behind or in trouble ALWAYS makes things worse. ALWAYS

Something I've wondered about quite a bit is that businesses are put through the wringer every year, in order to comply with SOX regulations. Given the reports that the system wasn't tested until the week before the rollout, but the company I work for spends at least a full month every year, just working with auditors for SOX compliance, I'll bet dollars to donuts that ObamaCare IT infrastructure does NOT comply with SOX! IIRC, non-compliance with SOX makes the CEO criminally liable. Since Barky is the "CEO" of the USA, I wonder if he's criminally liable?

Mark

39 posted on 10/20/2013 4:23:52 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

40 posted on 10/20/2013 4:26:38 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“Sorry, Mr. Healthcare Official, the “best and brightest” are all gainfully employed at Google, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zillow, Trulia, SalesForce.com, et al. You get the “worst and dimmest” because you are government and who in their right mind would work for you? You don’t offer anybody the chance to be a millionaire or maybe even a billionaire. Unless you’re a CEO crony corporatist crook, that is.”

You make a good point.


41 posted on 10/20/2013 4:33:05 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: RKV
I've been building at enterprise level since 1983. During that time I've witnessed the validity of the wisdom in the Mythical Man Month as other projects repeated the error. My current group was certified at SEI 5. We just had a company split, so the process is restarting. The SEI 3 was just recertified. SEI 5 evaluation underway. Very confident that we will be back there in a few weeks. It's mostly a matter of scheduling the evaluations. The organization is running that way already.
42 posted on 10/20/2013 4:33:27 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; a fool in paradise

Been there, done that (or rather, refused to get involved when I could.) A software disaster of this magnitude takes in my experience years to fix.


43 posted on 10/20/2013 4:35:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Hardraade

actually they are very adroit thieves

Severe punishment beyond prison time is in order

The tumbrels must roll


44 posted on 10/20/2013 4:38:23 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Another few billion squandered will do the trick. To screw up this much you really need a union.


45 posted on 10/20/2013 4:39:29 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Two approaches need to take place on this. They need to happen concurrently:

1.) Hearings on why the system originally failed. Subpoena EVERYTHING related to the effort.

2.) Hearings on whether this surge effort to “fix” the problems is adhering to government contracting law. Because the way I hear this the Obama Administration is definitely going down the road of “ask forgiveness not permission” and the “fixes” will happen in a highly illegal contracting environment.


46 posted on 10/20/2013 4:40:23 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: CommieCutter
absolutely!!!
47 posted on 10/20/2013 4:43:29 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Sorry, Mr. Healthcare Official, the “best and brightest” are all gainfully employed at Google, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zillow, Trulia, SalesForce.com, et al. You get the “worst and dimmest” because you are government and who in their right mind would work for you? You don’t offer anybody the chance to be a millionaire or maybe even a billionaire. Unless you’re a CEO crony corporatist crook, that is.

I'm betting that calls have already been made from the White House to Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerburg (and other successful Liberal tech entrepreneurs) requesting that they "loan" their best/brightest to HHS to get the system up and running.

And there's no doubt that they've said "absolutely".

Unfortunately, the rework of Healthcare.gov that's being proposed is going to violate all sorts of Federal contracting laws, regulations, rules, practices, etc.

The Republicans need to get out ahead of this and stay on top of it.
48 posted on 10/20/2013 4:46:09 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Number two is key.


49 posted on 10/20/2013 4:55:33 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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WaPo: “Even now, administration officials are declining to disclose many details about the debugging effort. They will not say how many experts — whom they describe as “the best and the brightest” — are on the team, when the team began its work or how soon the site’s flaws might be corrected. Still, in talking about the repairs, administration officials for the first time conceded that the site’s problems extend beyond well-publicized front-end obstacles, such as with setting up a personal account.”


50 posted on 10/20/2013 5:08:33 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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