Another day, another contractor has quit trying to make ♡bamaCare!!! function. Only this time it isn’t some tiny firm in just one small state:
QSSI, the politically-connected information technology firm that rescued the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website unexpectedly announced Thursday that it is stepping down as prime manager.
The surprise departure of QSSI, the Columbia, Md.-based subsidiary of the IT health firm Optum and the health insurance giant United Healthcare Group, will raise new doubts about the future viability of the website for President Obama’s signature program, Obamacare.
Three IT companies will have managed HealthCare.gov in its brief two-year history once QSSI is replaced.
A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, which manages Obamacare, declined to comment on QSSI’s decision, including whether the firm’s departure was voluntary.
The short version is, the website still doesn’t work. Mandate-customers in 38 states (I think, now that Hawaii has shut down its state exchange) rely on Healthcare.gov to buy health insurance, and the website still doesn’t work. Not after almost three years since it went live, and not after five years since ♡bamaCare!!! became the oh-so-settled law of the land.
And nobody can make the website work, not even a “politically-connected” tech company.