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January 22, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Fox’s Jim Angle got ahold of internal Obama administration documents that cast the government’s internal deliberations over Obamacare in a new light. While the administration offers moderately happy talk that everything is fine, in the background there is terror that Healthcare.gov’s flaws could bring the entire healthcare law down.

To justify a no-bid contract with Accenture after firing CGI as the lead contractor, the administration released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services that offered a rare glimpse of its worst fears, saying the problems with the website puts “the entire health insurance industry at risk” … “potentially leading to their default and disrupting continued services and coverage to consumers.”

Then it went even further, saying if the problems were not fixed by mid-March, “they will result in financial harm to the government.”

It even added that without the fixes “the entire health care reform program is jeopardized.”

Shortly after the website went live,one official told Congress a critical part of the system – what is known as the “back end” — had not even been built yet.

Doug Holtz-Eakin, former head of the Congressional Budget Office, says “the back end — that information is supposed to be transmitted to an insurance company, the insurance company knows who you are, they know what policy you’ve picked.”

But the back end still hasn’t been built, so insurers are dealing with massive confusion, missing information on who’s signed up and what subsidies they get.

Holtz-Eakin says that the web site can’t match policies and people to the subsidies — the most important thing it is supposed to do. If the site can’t do that in two months, Obamacare could collapse.

Healthcare.gov cost more than $319 million to build with a total of $677 million obligated, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who keeps saying that everything is fine and there’s nothing to worry about.

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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We should be so lucky.

The Obama regime has lied about almost every aspect of Obamacare, there's no reason to believe they aren't lying about the seriousness of this "crisis". As another poster points out, they don't want to go through a competitive bid process, but may be lying to justify that decision, as well. The rule of thumb shoulkd be, if the Obama regime is involved, assume they are lying.
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Bryan,
Much of this reflects how a Contracting Officer must write the Justification and Analysis (J&A) in order to jump through certain wickets of contract law. In order to lawfully bypass a normal competition process, which has legally established minimum timeframes for bidders to prepare their packages (could be 30-60 days or even more, not including the time for Evaluations and Discussions), there are occasions when the government allows contracting agencies to go directly to a sole-source provider (i.e. no competition). These instances require legal review, and the lawyers have to see some sort of dire impact on the government if the sole-source contracting route is dis-approved. Those justifications normally reflect worst case situations and of course are prone to hyperbole.
With that in mind, I would treat this information as one data point in the mosaic, but do not rely upon it too heavily. It may or may not reflect reality, it may or may not reflect the administration’s mindset, all we know for sure is that this language is what was required to get a new contractor assigned to the healthcare.gov website as quickly as possible.
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"...in the background there is terror that Healthcare.gov’s flaws could bring the entire healthcare law down."

Oh, healthcare law. I thought you wrote "system" or "industry" and was wondering why that bunch would feel terror about achieving their goal.
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Is this the same Accenture that had a USDA contract ?
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Bryan - Earlier today, on your post on Aetna's giving consideration to pulling out of O'care, you cited an Administration claim about how the sign-up numbers were not far from whether they needed to be. I commented that, that was as probably true as O's claim about keeping your healthcare. Now, just about 8 hours later, we have evidence that once again they are lying.

What is it with this Administration? Can't they just admit they screwed big-time? Instead everybody in the Administration keeps on lying. Are they brain-damaged and think what they are presenting us with is the truth, or (more probably) do they think we're brain-damaged and can't see the lies for what they are. At one end, this is Orwellian; at another end, it is Kafkaesque.
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For Barack Obama and his administration, lying is not an issue. BO has lied at every stage in his life and it served him well and enabled him to get to the next government level EVERY SINGLE TIME. To think that when he reaches his pinnacle he wants to -- or is even capable of -- abandoning the central strategy of how he built his success is naive.
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