Oct
20
2013

White House bringing in “*Top* Men” to ‘fix’ #Obamacare exchanges.

A couple of things about this report:

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 HHS 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 who the administration had called in, or when the American people would see clear-cut results on Healthcare.gov.

One, the original version of this Politico article was a good deal more specific about the remarkably anonymous nature of these experts:

Officials would not specify who the outside experts are, what companies or government sectors they are drawn from, or precisely what their role is in addressing the array of problems that has made enrollment in Obamacare impossible for millions of people who have tried. Nor did they predict when the consumer experience would be significantly smoother.

I suspect that somebody over at Politico saw that original paragraph, and freaked out about how accurate it was.

Second, it’s like nobody in the administration has never watched Raiders of the Lost Freaking Ark:

“We have top men working on it right now.”

“…Who?”

Top. Men.”

…Why is it that we cannot be told who is supposedly swooping in to save the day? Surely the administration understands that they have a credibility problem, here: the last time we trusted them on health care, we got the Obamacare exchanges.

Moe Lane

9 Comments

  • Finrod says:

    They can’t even conceive that they would have a credibility problem, so the idea that they would have to deal with such a thing is completely foreign to them.

  • Cameron says:

    Officials would not specify who the outside experts are, what companies or government sectors they are drawn from, or precisely what their role is
    .
    That’s OK. Some blogger is going to get an anonymously sourced report on who they are. And then it gets fun again.

  • acat says:

    This has .. interesting .. potential. I kinda hope Cameron is right and someone inside *does* start blogging leaks.
    .
    See, right now, the technocrat-dems, all the Google drones and Microserfs and whatnot, can believe that Obamacare is a disaster *because the web site was built wrong*.
    .
    This, of course, is not the case .. Obamacare is broken because it depends on the laws of the universe not being what they are.
    .
    That means, sooner or later, the “Top. Men.” must experience their “Damascus Road” moment, when they come to the realization that it *cannot* fundamentally be made to work.
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    This has tremendous blogging potential.
    .
    Mew

  • Luke says:

    Continental Drift is millions of times worse than a trainwreck.
    But it’s not exactly exciting to watch.
    .
    Obamacare is a disaster, and will remain a disaster. But it’s also boring. The whole “imparting drama” thing is like naming your piece in Monopoly.

    • acat says:

      You have a good point, Luke. What makes this train wreck interesting – for me – is that I’m in the industry and have seen epic scale project crashes like this before.
      .
      This crash is double-schadenfreude .. both a political {copulation}-up and a professional one, although .. as with most other things, moderation is not a bad idea.
      .
      I can certainly see why this isn’t appealing to our host, given his educational background, and – as always – this is Moe’s place and he can and should write whatever amuses him.
      .
      Mew

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  • RainGeek says:

    “… tech experts from both government and the private sector….”

    Edward Snowden was unavailable for comment.

  • lineholder says:

    About those Top. Men.
    This just hit my FB tonight….
    http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/obama-calls-it-support-ailing-site?topic=04,29,18

    If this is true, then they’ve made a credible choice. Athenahealth EHRs are the top selling format in the US.

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