Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
"They are a symbol of the problems inherent with government-run systems as
compared with the private sector." Not true. The failure rate for large
software development projects is distressingly high - about 50%. This is true
for both private and public sectors. Software engineering is a tough job. Of
particular importance is the testing of the application. The job of the testers
is to break the system. For that reason the testers should NOT be the
developers of the system. I'll wager that a lot of the problem comes from
inadequate testing. I have experience with software development, and the
failures I was involved with often stumbled in this phase. Unless
there is some simple fix, which I doubt, this application may be DOA. It could
actually be easier to start over, relying on older technology like the phone in
They have until january 1, 2014. No need to go Hannity yet.
Absolutely Sebelius should testify. And she and Obama have the
ultimate responsibility.But, keep in mind that Sebelius and Obama
didn't design the website or write the code.Reality is that the
Govt contracted with experts, a group of I believe, 6 private corporations ( I
could list them, but it serves no purpose). Yes, the Govt,including
Obama and Sebelius are ultimately responsible. However, there are a group of
private companies that should have some major egg on their face for their part
in this failure.These companies have, for the most part, kept off
the front page. Lucky for them.(Note -If your takeaway from this
comment is that I am shifting blame, you need to reread. Obama by default is
responsible. Clear enough?)
"But the secretary of Health and Human Services says she will do so when her
office and Congress can find a "mutually agreeable date.""I guess you guys don't get the latest news, being way out there in the
Rocky Mountains (and before you all start sending angry darts my way, I am just
kidding about that - I'm a native of the Rocky Mountains). The meeting has
been scheduled for next Wednesday."Interestingly, she has found
time to appear on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” on Comedy
Central, but the schedule seems so tight when it comes to making an accounting
before the nation’s elected representatives."I think it is
even more interesting that a few days after the Congress so graciously allowed
our government to re-open, their first order of business is not to hold hearings
to understand how they let the shutdown occur, but to ask the Secretary why she
hasn't fixed computer glitches, as if she is personally responsible for
those glitches and can personally fix the problem.
"A cascade of glitches in a major online college application program has
frustrated prospective students across the country and prompted several
universities to push back their fall deadlines, exposing vulnerabilities in the
nation’s college admissions system."So reads the opening
paragraph of an artcile found in the this morning's Washington Post.
I'm waiting to hear about what a "train wreck" higher education is
and calls to aboilish it altogether.
Give me a Break. A little overreacting don't you think? Changing
insurance companies is not always fun and easy. On average we, at work, change
health insurance companies every two years. We have to spend at least two hours
receiving an orientation on the new options. We then receive forms to fill out
to formalize our agreement. After submitting the forms, the process takes about
four to six weeks. By the way not all is broken. If one has
difficulty with the web site, take the other option, by making a phone call. You
can get a live person quicker than when calling the IRS. Testifying
before Congress, will do little. One journalist tagged Congress as the most
"under achieving" government body in our Country's history.
Shutting down the government...didn't work out so well for
republicans...What to do...What to do...Hey...let's
attack the implementation of the ACA...Yeah...that will do it...But what if that doesn't do it...Not to worry...We'll just keep attacking until we find something...make that
anything...that does it...Perfect.
"What difference does it make now"? Hillary Clinton. "I will not
answer any of your questions and I respectfully claim my 5th amendment
rights" Lois Lerner. "This is nothing more than a witch hunt." Eric
Holder. All famous quotes from other Obama administration "leaders"
testifying before congress. Arrogance and irresponsibility are what they ALL
have in common. How dare you ask me to be accountable and to tell the truth?
We're going to escalate this silliness to Benghazi paranoia level in short
order, I believe.
Democrats believe in good government - it's absolutely incumbent upon Obama
and Sebelius to get this fixed and be accountable. Republicans
believe government is (almost always) horrible, bad, a waste, evil. These
technical problems feed right into their narrative.Obama's
re-election team annihilated Romney's election team in terms of information
technology and analytics, which is supremely ironic, but it's time to
repeat the performance and get these ACA problems solved. Period.
Fast and Furious scandal + Benghazi scandal + IRS scandal + Obamacare rollout
nightmare.... Eric Holder + Hilary Clinton + Barack Obama + Kathleen Sebelius
all responsible but NO accountability for anything. The Obama administration is
without question the MOST corrupt and secretive administration in recent memory
going all the way back to Nixon. There is no question Kathleen Sebelius is
responsible to the disaster that is Obamacare yet you can bet she will NOT be
held to account for anything. Who was it that hired the contractor in a NO BID
process? Who was it that defined the requirements for the web application? Who
was it that monitored the progress of the web application prior to roll out? In
ANY normal corporation the vice president over the failed product will be held
accountable and most likely lose his/her job...but not with the Obama
administration. The Obama administration along with its media (CNN, NBC, ...)
won't even admit that there is a problem let alone attempt to fix it.
America is living in denial and the ugly consequences are just beginning to
show. How long can a sinking ship stay afloat?
"There's nothing here to see, folks. Move along" That has been the
administration's response to Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS corruption, a
sky rocketing sovereign debt, saber rattling in Syria before Putin took the
initiative, the ACA sign up fiasco and other egregious government incompetence
and waste. Accountability is a concept that the White House has yet to embrace.
Sec. Sebelius is unfortunately the personification of the Peter Principle:
promote someone to the level of their incompetence.
"In ANY normal corporation the vice president over the failed product will
be held accountable and most likely lose his/her job...but not with the Obama
administration."You mean like this?"Brownie,
you're doing a heckufa job"
I see nothing wrong with asking Secretary Sibelius to report on why the roll-out
was so glitchy and what's being done to fix it. Sure. Just let's not
News Flash:10212013 (yesterday's news)HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius is expected to testify before Congress about the rocky
Obamacare rollout a week from Wednesday.(politico)
Also, another problem might be government's obsession with "open
source" software. One development project I worked on in state government
had a choice - proprietary (e.g. Oracle) or open source software (e.g. Java).
The proprietary solution could have been implemented within one year. The open
source solution is still not (5 years ago!) functonal. I don't know of
course if this was an issue with ACA, but it might be. I look forward to
hearing Sebelius' testimony.
She's only testifying because there was so much bad press (from the late
show comedians and some dems as well as Conservatives) because she had a gala to
go to in Boston, but didn't have time to answer questions from the elected
members of congress who represent the citizens. We'll see if she
takes the 5th.
"Who was it that hired the contractor in a NO BID process? Who was it that
defined the requirements for the web application? Who was it that monitored the
progress of the web application prior to roll out?"I'd like
the answer to these questions and I would also like to know why it was
outsourced to a Canadian company that had several problems in it's recent
history, even being fired by the Canadians?
@JoeBlow:"But, keep in mind that Sebelius and Obama didn't design
the website or write the code."Of course they didn't. But
they let the contract to get the job done. What they forgot to do was to follow
up to make sure what was being developed was what was wanted and the it worked
efficiently. Or they should have let another contract to someone to do that
phase of the project for them. But they did neither. Sebalius should be fired
and Obama should be impeached.@There You Go Again:"Shutting down the government...didn't work out so well for
republicans..."The shutdown was George Bush's fault... as
is the Obamacare roll-out debacle. Haven't you heard?
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