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Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:47:54 AM »
http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/190064-report-o-care-website-may-not-be-fixed-by

November 12, 2013, 11:00 pm
Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30

By Justin Sink

The Obama Administration will not likely reach its goal of fixing the HealthCare.gov website by the end of the month, an anonymous official with knowledge of the project told the Washington Post.

Failure to meet the Nov. 30 deadline would strike another serious credibility blow to the embattled ObamaCare program, and undoubtedly lead to a new flood of calls for extending the insurance enrollment period and delaying the individual mandate at the heart of the legislation.


It would also be a political disaster for the White House, which has struggled in recent weeks with a flood of negative press about problems with the president’s signature legislative achievement.

According to the official quoted by the Post, the website struggles when more than 20,000-30,000 individuals attempt to simultaneously access it.

In an interview shortly after the launch of the website with USA Today, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said that the government initially planned for between 50,000-60,000 simultaneous users.

In that interview, Park said the original capacity goal was set based on the history of Medicare Part D, a prescription-drug program for seniors that launched during the Bush Administration. That website saw an all-time high of 30,000 simultaneous users.

In the days immediately following the launch of HealthCare.gov, a quarter million individuals were attempting to access the website at the same time — around ten times the traffic that the Post’s source says the website is capable of handling now.

The administration downplayed the technical issues when asked about the Post’s report late Tuesday night.

“The challenges we are addressing today are a snapshot of November 12, not November 30,” said Julie Bataille, director of communications for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “We are working 24/7 to make improvements so that by the end of the month so that the site is working smoothly for the vast majority of users. We are making progress, including fixes to reduce error rates and get the site moving faster.”

 

And White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday afternoon that the administration expected the website “to be functioning properly and effectively for the vast majority of Americans by the end of the month.”

“Any website of this size and complexity will occasionally have issues with it,” Carney said. “That’s true of major websites today in the commercial sphere. But we expect it to be functioning effectively for the vast majority of users so that they can navigate through it, review their options, find out whether or not they’re eligible for tax credits, and choose coverage that fits their needs, both their financial needs and their coverage needs.”

But if the administration is unable to boost capacity for the website by the end of the month, it would further weigh down the president’s submarining approval ratings.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday showed that the president’s overall approval rating had dropped to 39 percent, with a majority of Americans — 54 percent — disapproving of the president’s handling of his job.

Perhaps more troubling for the president was that for the first time a majority of those surveyed — 52 percent — said they did not find the president honest and trustworthy. Nearly half said the president “knowingly deceived” the nation when he promised repeatedly that individuals could keep their health care plans.

Top Obama administration officials — including Park — will field questions about the technical problems at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.

The White House had initially refused to make Park available for testimony, saying he needed to attend to fixing the issues with the website. But committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued a subpoena to compel his testimony.

 

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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013, 10:41:46 AM »
http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/11/13/washpost-website-ready-dec-1/

WashPost: Website Won’t be Ready by Dec. 1
by KEITH KOFFLER on NOVEMBER 13, 2013, 7:42 AM

Government-contracted geeks are unlikely to have the Obamacare website ready to roll by December 1 as solemnly promised by the White House, yet another failure and broken promise related to the Obamacare fiasco.

Did your parents tell you not to make promises you can’t keep? Apparently the group occupying the White House didn’t have such parents.

Let me ask you a question. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE ANYTHING THIS DAMN WHITE HOUSE SAYS, PARTICULARLY ON LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES LIKE IRAN?

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The insurance exchange is balking when more than 20,000 to 30,000 people attempt to use it at the same time — about half its intended capacity, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to disclose internal information. And CGI Federal, the main contractor that built the site, has succeeded in repairing only about six of every 10 of the defects it has addressed so far.

Government workers and tech­nical contractors racing to repair the Web site have concluded, the official said, that the only way for large numbers of Americans to enroll in the health-care plans soon is by using other means so that the online system isn’t overburdened.

Speaking in Dallas a week ago, President Obama said that the “Web site is already better than it was at the beginning of October, and by the end of this month, we anticipate that it is going to be working the way it is supposed to, all right?”


In fact, with those taking orders on both the phone and in person also forced to use the website, people will now have to enroll via telegraph and carrier pigeon.

Thousands of pigeons are being trained this week on the mall in Washington. Federal IT workers are being tasked to clean up the bird shit.


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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2013, 10:50:40 AM »
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Government-contracted geeks are unlikely to have the Obamacare website ready to roll by December 1 as solemnly promised by the White House, yet another failure and broken promise related to the Obamacare fiasco.

It's like we all said here at TBR.  You can't 'fix' something that is fundamentally flawed, and the website is fundamentally flawed.  You have to start over from scratch.

When the foundation is wrong, working on the roof is just a waste of time...


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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013, 10:52:18 AM »
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The Obama Administration will not likely reach its goal of fixing the HealthCare.gov website by the end of the month, an anonymous official with knowledge of the project told the Washington Post.

Really??? Who would have every thought that???

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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2013, 10:52:49 AM »
It's like we all said here at TBR.  You can't 'fix' something that is fundamentally flawed, and the website is fundamentally flawed.  You have to start over from scratch.

When the foundation is wrong, working on the roof is just a waste of time...

Well said and :amen:
« Last Edit: November 13, 2013, 10:53:16 AM by Bigun »

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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2013, 11:25:14 AM »
Well surprise, surprise, surprise!!  Who would have thunk this Regime would break another promise...??  And the website was supposed to be the easy part.

The question is, how many policies will have been cancelled across the Country by the time the next deadline for a "fix" rolls around??  This only gets worse by the day.

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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2013, 12:16:17 PM »
Maybe the website isn't supposed to work?   :whistle:


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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2013, 03:17:57 PM »
Maybe the website isn't supposed to work?   :whistle:

It's working just fine from their point of view! In addition to having siphoned off 3/4 of a billion dollars into friends of O's pockets it's well on it's way to destroying what's left of this once great republic!
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Re: Report: Unlikely O-Care site fix by Nov. 30
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2013, 04:35:14 PM »
It's working just fine from their point of view! In addition to having siphoned off 3/4 of a billion dollars into friends of O's pockets it's well on it's way to destroying what's left of this once great republic!
yep!



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