What A Federal Government Can Do For You — Zerocare Website Not Tested Until 4-6 Days Before Launch!


Federal officials did not permit testing of the Obamacare healthcare.gov website or issue final system requirements until four to six days before its Oct. 1 launch, according to an individual with direct knowledge of the project.

The individual, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described the troubled Obamacare website project as suffering from top-level management disarray, changing systems requirements and recurring delays.

The root cause of the problems was a pivotal decision by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials to act as systems integrator, the central coordinator for the entire program. Usually this role is reserved for the prime information technology contractor.

As a result, full testing of the site was delayed until four to six days before the fateful Oct. 1 launch of the health care exchanges, the individual said.

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Huge bureaucracies don’t react well. And, this is, yet another reason to oppose Zerocare.  When we’re talking about delays in permits or something of that nature, the federal behemoth is still almost tolerable.   But, putting them in charge of our healthcare ensures, without question, that people will needlessly die.  One poor decision, even by a low level bureaucrat can do unfathomable harm. 

Clearly, some pinhead in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is one of those poor decision makers.  No sane person would think that’s acceptable. 

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18 Responses to What A Federal Government Can Do For You — Zerocare Website Not Tested Until 4-6 Days Before Launch!

  1. DirkH says:

    Oh. As I said. They haven’t tested properly.

  2. Tom in Indy says:

    How many uninsured need to buy insurance through an exchange?
    Is there a website that keeps track of how many uninsured have signed up?
    Is there a date by which everyone without healthcare insurance has to be signed up?

    With those 3 pieces of information, you could create a nice little countdown widget for the top of your website. e.g. Countdown to the Deadline: 8 days to go, 8 million to insure.

    I have to believe that if enough uninsured are unable to sign up by the deadline, Obama will delay the individual mandate. (oh snap, that’s what republicans said they would accept in return for funding the government prior to the shutdown.)

  3. Latitude says:

    aren’t these the same people that were complaining when it was on a local/state level?…..LOL

  4. Latitude says:

    Oct. 18, 2013, 1:08 a.m. EDT
    Obamacare woes widen as insurers get wrong data

    Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified.

    Emerging errors include duplicate enrollments, spouses reported as children, missing data fields and suspect eligibility determinations, say executives at more than a dozen health plans. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska said it had to hire temporary workers to contact new customers directly to resolve inaccuracies in submissions. Medical Mutual of Ohio said one customer had successfully signed up for three of its plans.


  5. leftinbrooklyn says:

    But, it’s going to make us all healthier!! It’s a law! It’ll make us eat less, smoke and drink less, and exercise more!

  6. philjourdan says:

    Sounds like many successful businesses – that never were! Government, the problem to all your solutions.

  7. HankH says:

    Here’s a problem I hope they considered. The people paying the highest health insurance premiums are those in their 40’s through 60’s with chronic illnesses. Many of those individuals are stuck in a very high cost insurance plan because of pre-existing conditions or because they’re tied to the plan through the employer. Then there’s the small business rates on the exchange which are attractive for business with a high risk pool. They can get better rates in the exchange even with the highest tier.

    I predict that the early adopters will older people with chronic illness and small businesses with a high risk pool – not the young and healthy people the exchanges need to make work. They’ll pay their $95 to opt out. The losses in the exchange will be so high that the young and the poor will be faced with much higher costing plans four to five years from now when the insurance companies get concession to hike rates to cover their losses.

  8. tom0mason says:

    Do you think NSA gave them a helping hand? If so maybe we’re a lot safer from NSA spying than we suspected, unless they got that French hacker to help ’em out with this too.

  9. Bruce says:

    What you all don’t realise is that there was a spelling mistake during the drafting of the bill. It was originally the Affordable Car Act.

    So the contractors dug out the last lot of plans for an affodable car and went to work.

    Then someone noticed the spelling problem and corrected it. The testing had to be delayed because of this.

    On the other hand if you ever manage to register on an exchange do not be surprised to find a bad plastic car turns up in your driveway the next morning.

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