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October 21, 2013 - 7:43 am

The Obama administration had three years to build Healthcare.gov correctly. Clearly they failed, and now the administration is calling in chits from Silicon Valley to help save their botched website.

The Obama administration Sunday said it’s called on “the best and brightest” tech experts from both government and the private sector to help fix the troubled website at the root of the Obamacare enrollment problems.

The unusual Sunday 600-word blog post from the Department of Health and Human Services was the first update in more than a week on the many failings of an expensive website that HHS itself described as “frustrating for many Americans.” But it didn’t specify whom the administration had called in, or when the American people would see clear-cut results on HealthCare.gov.

“We’re kind of thinking of it as a tech ‘surge,’” an HHS official told POLITICO.

The Health and Human Services statement didn’t explain everything that’s wrong, or give technical details about the repairs under way. It outlined some steps being taken to fix the site, including updates with “new code that includes bug fixes.”

The Obama administration still refuses to give some basic information about Healthcare.gov, such as how many Americans have actually been able to purchase health insurance through it. Today Obama will do what he does best — give a speech — in the White House Rose Garden to address the failure of his signature law. He will also surround himself with human props, people who the administration claims have been able to sign up for Obamacare. Unless the president’s production team can wedge millions of Americans into the shot, the props will only serve to highlight that very few Americans have successfully signed up for Obamacare.

While the “tech surge” commences, gold standard product ratings magazine Consumer Reports offers Americans’ advice on Healthcare.gov: Stay away from it for several more weeks.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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They are not bugs. They are security features.
39 weeks ago
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"gold standard product ratings magazine Consumer Reports offers Americans’ advice on Healthcare.gov: Stay away from it for several more weeks."

Absolutely hilarious - I cancelled my 20+ year subscription to CR after their obsessive cheerleading for Obamacare and 1.0 complete failure to acknowledge that in it's desire to insure one group of people - that the larger balance of Americans who already had insurance were going to lose it and 2.) that access to insurance had nothing to do with access to care.
39 weeks ago
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The "tech surge" is well underway. The Department of Defense is busily crafting rules of engagement modeled on the politically correct, humanitarian and, therefore, indisputably successful rules of engagement used to win the hearts and minds of Islamist peoples everywhere.

An initial draft of the DOD ROE specifies that no bug will be eliminated but only accommodated. If and to the extent that any code has to be rewritten, it will be done in a Sharia compliant way, subject to the wise guidance of CAIR.

With this approach, the final ObamaCare roll out will be historic.
39 weeks ago
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"The Obama administration Sunday said it’s called on “the best and brightest” tech experts from both government and the private sector..."

In the old days, we called this "The Mongolian Clusterf*ck" (or "Mongolian Horde" to be respectable). The (manager's) idea is that more brains will mean work gets done faster. In reality, more egos mean more conflicts and a slowdown in actual working code produced.
39 weeks ago
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I agree. In my experience in the software industry, it was almost a rule of thumb that the more developers you threw at a project, the less development actually got done.
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