Swallow your pride and call in George W Bush, @BarackObama. You need his competence. #obamacare

And that’s not just my assessment of the man’s abilities: that’s USA Today‘s.

[Barack Obama’s Chief Technology Adviser Todd] Park said the administration expected 50,000 to 60,000 simultaneous users. It got 250,000. Compare that with the similarly rocky debut seven years ago of exchanges to obtain Medicare drug coverage. The Bush administration projected 20,000 simultaneous users and built capacity for 150,000.

That’s the difference between competence and incompetence.

Via Mary Katharine Ham, and note that that assessment was made ten days ago. Things have not improved for the administration since.  Heck, it’s an open question whether or not HHS is going to get sued for, God help us all, software piracy:

Healthcare.gov, the federal government’s Obamacare website, has been under heavy criticism from friend and foe alike during its first two weeks of open enrollment.  Repeated errors and delays have prevented many users from even establishing an account, and outside web designers have roundly panned the structure and coding of the site as amateurish and sloppy.  The latest indication of the haphazard way in which Healthcare.gov was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing agreement for the software.

It takes real skill to pirate open source code, but this administration managed; and they also managed to strip out the credits and leave the developers’ personalized documentation. House Oversight might need to bring in a second committee to handle the overflow on this one.

Moe Lane

9 thoughts on “Swallow your pride and call in George W Bush, @BarackObama. You need his competence. #obamacare”

  1. How the heck you manage to botch on stealing freeware is something only Government Workers can know. I pronounce DOOM! upon the lot of them.

  2. Do NOT fire Sebelius. I don’t want to risk having someone with a functioning whip hand in charge.
    These people want us to die in a fire. I’m content to let them self-immolate.

    1. Replacing Sibelius would require Senate hearings. Her replacement would be confirmed but embarrassing questions would be asked and answered with transparent lies.

  3. Okay, my first response to this was the desire to rather vehemently say “be quiet, Moe” (just different words being used).
    But given Obama’s narcissistic streak, telling him to lay his pride aside is like waving a red flag in front of a bull, which means that the leadership he will provide in response will be to dig this admin in that much so deeper….
    Sooo, carry on, Moe.

  4. One big problem with the exchanges is their requirement to collect and verify personal date of people who just want to window shop for plans based on supplied but unverified assumptions. This would lighten the load on the system by not requiring as much inter-system connectivity but goes against the administration’s pathological need to data mine as much data as possible.

    1. You would be amazed at what sort of personal information they are asking for in order to verify the account holder is who they say they are.

    1. “According to one specialist, the Web site contains about 500 million lines of software code. By comparison, a large bank’s computer system is typically about one-fifth that size. “

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