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November 19, 2013 - 11:11 am

Jim Geraghty watched Henry Chao’s testimony to Congress today regarding Healthcare.gov’s catastrophic rollout. The IT chief delivered a jaw-dropper. Video at the link.

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., asks Chao what percentage of the system remains to be built.

Chao says, “I think it’s, uh, just an approximation, we’re probably sitting somewhere between 60 and 70 percent, because we still have to build the systems–”

Gardner responds incredulously, “Sixty to seventy percent that needs to be built, still?”

Chao responds, “Because we still have to build the payment systems to make payments to issuers in January.”

“Let me get this correct,” Gardner says, ”60 to 70 percent of Healthcare.gov still needs to be built?”

Chao responds, “It’s not really Healthcare.gov, it’s the federally facilitated marketplace.”

Gardner: “But the entire system that the American people are being required to rely on…”

Chao: “That part is there. Healthcare.gov, the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled, generating enrollment transactions, that’s 100 percent there. What I’m talking about–”

Gardner: “But the entire system is 60 to 70 percent away from being complete?”

Chao: “There’s the back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need be built.”

That’s only the parts of the website that make the whole thing work. Without a payment system, you may as well not have a website.

Wow. How does Henry Chao still have a job?

In the past few weeks, both Barack Obama and John Kerry have offered a novel defense to their actions: “We’re not stupid.”

Kerry said it earlier in November, regarding the nuclear arms talks with Iran. Obama said it last week, when he said he isn’t stupid enough to launch a website that doesn’t work.

After today’s revelation, their best defense now is that they are stupid. What else explains launching a website that the majority of which still does not do the basic things it was supposed to do?

Whatever the answer is, just don’t call them stupid!

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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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Let me get this straight. You have to buy an unknown and unwanted product that does not yet exist for an astronomical price, and if you don't buy it you get fined or taxed? Sounds like extortion or strong-arm robbery, which I think is a felony. But that's just me.
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Bryan, I posted in another thread of yours, an email sent to me by a friend.

It says that only ONE company was allowed to bid on this project, that company was a bundled for Obama, that company helped him shut off the credit card security system in his campaign and that a friend of Michelle Obama is at the head of that company.

Why are Republicans not asking serious questions about any of this?
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Epic

Someone ends to make a video

Patient shows up a new hospital with what he thinks is a broken arm.

Clerk greets him and starts registration process. After many crashes and problems he finally says to the patient "whew finally did it. Got you registered"

"Where do I go now? What about my arm?"

" well...that part of the hospital haven't been built yet. So that's it until maybe sometime in February. bye"



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Maybe before Barry thought about president he should have tried his hand at an actual job like a paper route or flipping burgers at a fast food joint. Barry's idea of leadership is missing because he's never been a leader; he's been a follower or at best a bystander. I'd sure love to take a look at Barry's college transcripts.
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and we have spent how much for a system that is still far from being complete and how much over budget.

this is a colossal failure of leadership, but par for the course from the affirmative action, unpatriotic, irresponsible failure that is playing golf on our dime, and vacationing and partying on our dime, and occasionally working, when he isn't blaming others for his failures.
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Hey, it works if it's meant to fail. The part that gets people signed up with insurance companies will work, the part that pays the subsidies won't. When people get treatment, the insurance companies will pay and the government won't. As the insurance companies go broke, the government will tell them that the money's coming as soon as they fix the system. The insurance companies go bankrupt, then the providers don't get paid. At this point, the government comes to the rescue with single payer. It's not a fault, it's another benefit of Obamacare! Those fine elitists take such good care of us.
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How about incompetent,deficient, wanting, inept, bumbler, unqualified, vacuous, simple-minded, imbecile....... I could go on and on and guess what they all fit.
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4 people testifying in today's hearing...

Is the website secure ?

Answer: no, no, no & no

I think the answers as to whether it would be secure on December 1 were the same.


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As Ann Barnhardt just pointed out, it looks like the only part of the website that actually functions is the part that collects all your personal data. After that... (whistles nonchalantly)
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All 'kidding' aside.

How on earth do Americans expect this admin to manage our 'health care'? Every day conservatives and Repubs should ask that question loudly and clearly.

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Those wascally computers are conspiring against the Boy King.

Like Oprah says, a black president is despised by everybody and everything just because of the color of his skin.
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These morons couldn't run a lemonade stand much less a nationwide healthcare system.
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Wait, they've spent 3 years to get 30% done and that doesn't exactly work. Now, they have about 43 days to get 60-70% of the system complete? Methinks he has not read "The Mythical Man-Month".

Sure, the first 30% takes 24 months to complete and the final 70% takes only 1.5 months. Sure! Of course! Even supposing he has it backwards and it's 70% complete, there's no way the back-end will be complete if there's 30-40% remaining. The last parts ALWAYS take longer the first ones.

Based on that timeline, I guess we don't have to worry about it actually being implemented until 2017.
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Henry Chao: "Let's do more Hope'n'Change! (That moronic mindless slogan worked for Obama and) lo and behold, I also have "skin color"."
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Wait. According to LinkedIn, Chao does have government experience as a CIO and CTO. Of course, his experience is still not in the development of a project this large.

Deputy CIO and Deputy Director, Office of Information Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
January 2011 – Present (2 years 11 months)Baltimore, Maryland Area
Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, DHHS
Chief Information Officer
Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, DHHS
August 2010 – October 2012 (2 years 3 months)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Chief Technology Officer
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
December 2007 – July 2010 (2 years 8 months)

He states that the back-end will be tested in the same way as healthcare.gov was tested. An old buddy of mine used to say, "Testing? I have 80,000 testers!" in an 80,000 user system. Just go ahead and test it in production, folks!
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