Obama Administration Enlists Google, Oracle, Red Hat, Other Tech Powerhouses To Fix Jacked Up Obamacare Site

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The launch a month ago of the Healthcare.gov website, the online portal for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (AFA), aka Obamacare, went as badly as it possibly could have gone. Millions attempted to use the site, and it simply didn’t work. To fix the problems, the Obama administration is reaching out to the heaviest of hitters in the industry, including employees from Google, Red Hat, and Oracle. This, in addition to the work that Verizon will be doing to help clean up the disaster.

Specifically, Google site reliability engineer Michael Dickerson and Presidential Innovation Fellow Greg Gershman will be on the case. Dickerson will work with QSSI, the company that built the information-collecting “data services hub”, and Gershman will be with CGI Group, the Canadian company being widely blamed for the botched site build and testing.

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Among the issues on the table, personnel will be analyzing and prioritizing what needs to be fixed, improve site stability, streamline the developmental process, revisit end-to-end testing, and presumably fixing subpar and/or extraneous code. “I know it’s a very political topic. As an information technology company we are doing everything we can to help,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told reporters at his company’s annual meeting.

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The launch, or not-launch as it were, of Healthcare.gov is embarrassing. The level of incompetence and bureaucratic complexity of the parties participating in the website construction is galling. Sure, the AFA is a complex program, and Healthcare.gov has some heavy lifting to do and a flood of users to handle, but it’s not like creating a complicated website has never been done before.

There's a lot that doesn't get done in the government because of party bickering and partisan nonsense, but that's not what this is. The total failure of this website launch is pure, old-fashioned incompetence.
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ECouts replied on Sat, Nov 2 2013 1:01 PM

You would like us to fix Obama care Mr. President? Okay, we've deleted your site. Will that be all?

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OBAMACARE - from the same people that gave us CASH FOR CLUNKERS.

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Obamacare, from the same people who brought us Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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JohnFRonan:

Obamacare, from the same people who brought us Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Welcome to HotHardware, John! You mentioned Social Security, which was enacted during the 1930's, Medicare which was created in 1965, and Medicaid which was created by the Social Security Administration in 1965. These are good programs, but I don't believe that the political parties of today have the same goals, trustworthiness, or eptitude that they might have had years ago. I have no political party preference as I have lost faith in either of the two mainstream political parties. Politicians say and do what they must to get elected, IMO.

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