Right-Wing “Analysis” of Obamacare Web Site Problems


It is sheer incompetence that the administration couldn’t get something as simple as a Web site working properly from day one, and it is never going to be fixed properly because it is too complicated.

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  1. blf says

    It is sheer incompetence that the administrationlowest-bid contractor couldn’t get something as simple as a Web site working properly from day one, and it is never going to be fixed properly because it is too complicated.

    Fixed. An alternative is “time-and-materials …”, in which case you can add, at the end, “…and the payments would cease.”

    (I know nothing about the actual contract(s) and contractors for the ACA websites and backends.)

  2. george says

    @blindrobin

    The link is both revealing and upsetting ( to say the least). How many people and projects, including Affordable Care Act, have been screwed during these 10 years due to sustained incompetence and inertia from the higher ups?. This is why it is very difficult to understand when (in the face of so much pain caused to the less protected or unprotected class) people say: Well, this is life!. Oh yes, is this life?. Your ass buddy!!!. You say so because you most probably belong to the protected class!.

  3. wtfwhateverd00d says

    “It is sheer incompetence that the administration couldn’t get something as simple as a Web site working properly from day one, and it is never going to be fixed properly because it is too complicated.”

    Let me fix that for you from a liberal perspective of an engineer doing this stuff for 30 years.

    “It is sheer incompetence that the administration couldn’t get something as simple as a Web site working properly from day one, and it is never going to be fixed properly because it is too complicated when managed and implemented using current government processes.”

    And you know who agrees with me, President Obama who admits his site works enormously better because they aren’t constrained to current government processes.

    BTW, PhysioProffe, just what the fucke is your phd in anyway that you know shit about software engineering?

  4. birger johansson says

    Is this the first time ever that a web site has failed to work on day one?
    And, if so, would fixing it be more difficult than developing fusion reactors/ curing cancer ? (sarcasm)

  5. Oob says

    I really do appreciate comments on how web sites really ARE complicated and that there are often troubles with launching massive services online on day one. (Though, comparisons to this site are about as far from the reality as comparing an ant hill to a skyscraper. Scale for this site is orders of magnitude below what a health care site can expect. GoDaddy is…. insufficient.) I am also in full support of Barackacare. (I think that’s what the republicans are calling it.)

    But that said, reports are coming out that the health care site was actually heavily mismanaged, poorly designed with many different and incompatible databases that need to constantly convert and “talk” with each other, resulting in far worse performance than would realistically be necessary. This isn’t a project by Google or Microsoft, this is a civic project that picked out far too many contracts. I’m saying that it could have been done better. Day one launches for MMOs have gone smoother than this. I’m glad that performance has been drastically improved since those day one woes, but the reality is that even these performance improvements are a bandaid on far more fundamental design issues with the site. These CAN be fixed, but at the moment the focus seems to be on providing the current design with as much as can be done so it can hobble along sufficiently while on the backend they redesign the site from the ground up. I believe that’s probably the best course of action at the moment.

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