The Federal Dept. of Health and Human Services has announced plans for a "Tech Surge" to repair the ~$400M ACA website, after technical flaws have prevented many from being able to purchase required insurance. Will the "Surge" work?
I can't wait for the people who cant make a website to control my healthcare!
I say open source it. :P
Ha! I know Bout "tech surges". They'll have so many people they'll be tripping over themselves and just make matters worse. Best way to just start over.
600 million and it was outsourced to Canada! Ha! Didn't O blame Romney for outsourcing?! Once again government shows it complete incompetence and yet so many continue to vote and put their life and faith into it! Wow!
The site cost 634 million, not 400 and it doesn't work. Serious foreshadowing of the law itself.
Has anyone signed up? Pretty poor website. Heads should roll.
Sounds like "W" is back with the surge!
It's hilarious that people stil have any faith in this law after they already screwed up something as simple as building a website. To me this says planning issues, and scares the crap out of me for how poorly planned the rest of the bill is.
The iPhone only cost $150 million to develop. Some one saw the government coming.
Exactly what costs make a website $400 million?
No-bid and closed-bid contracts ought to be considered High Crimes, not business as usual. What a clusterfuck. You can't entrust something so important to a bunch of goons whose only skill is navigating bureaucracy.
damn them for spending our money on something that is gonna have to be repealed! we've got more debt then we know what to do with right now and they're throwing $400 million dollars into a website!?
You folks already tried repealing the ACA something like 40 times. Give it up already. You're wrong, and you lost.
"Give it up, you lost." I'd be willing to bet supporters of slavery said the same thing to abolitionists.
The Administration did not provide specific parameters to be programmed or they kept changing the parameters. IT will never be able to keep up with the vacillation of Democrats.
So, I assume you have signed up(or signed in). Low premiums and deductibles??? :)
You must have meant that comment for someone else.
Of course not. Good job America!
The surge will fix the site. The real issue will come when they finally release the real numbers of newly insured. They will have to break the site again to make sure we don't see those numbers. Transparency!!!
Another embarrassing event for Obama.
The Mythical Man Month says no.
Always time and money to fix/redo something; never the time, money, and courage to do it right the first time. I've seen so many bad decisions during development, and then during remediation of custom gov't software - frequently not the contrators.
Many time it is lack of clarity in vision and need (the what) and too much involvement in details (the how).
Really $400M to fix - who got that gig???
And they had three (3) years to get it right.
To get what right? The website? When do you think the site began development.....?
No.It has been&will be a waste of time & $.Let the states do it. Some already have. Utah has been working on a website for about 4 years. It is up & running, allowing people to evaluate cost w/o signing up, & compare many different plans. avenueh.com
I am absolutely certain that a mistake of this magnitude could only have been intentional. It's providing a distraction from discussion of the quality of the "product," and it may provide an excuse to delay the individual mandate without handing...
... the Republicans a victory.
The republicans won't get a "victory" here though. They are to far gone right now to really win at this. They might get an "I told you so" if they are lucky.
You missed the point. The whole thing was a sneaky way to deny them a victory.
Incidentally, I'm also tired of the crap opinion that anyone has "moved to the right." You can't name one policy of any part of the Repubs that is farther right now.
Where's the investigation? If a company made this type of debacle, the feds would wonder if people ran off with money to Switzerland, shareholders march on the CEO with burning pitchforks, and the cops would drag people away (unless he's Madoff).
Was the website outsourced to India for development? I want an investigation!!
It was a $600M website. If the Demokooks can't even get that starting point right, what confidence can you have in their programmers?
They hired people to do the site. They didn't actually design it. I doubt a single guy in DC knows the first thing about designing a site. So, explain how it's the fault of a specific party for one website...
Of course Democrats will think the surge will work but they miss the point.....over $400M was spent to produce a website that doesn't work. The government used a sorry Canadian company to mess things up.
One that was fired by the Canadian government after failing to produce an acceptable health care program for them, I might add.
By tech surge, I assume that they mean money surge.
So the government needs more money to throw after the $400 million bad money they already spent and we still have people that think Obamacare will be a food thing?
What a mess, as expected
The expected part was that obamacare wouldn't work, not the website.
Speaking of being able to do simple math, has anyone else noticed the side-by-side stories of tens of thousands signing up for health care while hundreds of thousands are having their policies cancelled?
Good observation! The penalty is cheaper. But is this a trap in the making? Step one: people out if private plans; Step Two: Comrade Medichisky Systemu?
Of course that was always the plan. The ACA added 10 very expensive requirements onto every private health plan in America, and that's why plans are being dropped. When your employer dumps your plan, there's nowhere else to go for health insurance.
Even the dullards in the MSM may eventually figure out that the plans on the exchanges don't have the same requirements...
At that price!? It should work no problem.
That's how much they'll spend for one 1980s desktop computer
People never seem to realize it's almost impossible to predict the load a server will have to bare. This being one of the most visited website, probably in US history. It has millions of hits, queries and problems. It has to calculate instantaneously
It was supposed to provide 30 million uninsured people a chance to sign up for health care. It shit the bed with 9 million hits.
I'm pretty sure a fifth grader could have predicted this outcome.
They could have outsourced to AWS.
Bullcrap! Apple, eBay, and Amazon handle more traffic than that every hour! And the info is secure, accurately entered into the databases. Don't be a naked apologist.
And apple, eBay and Amazon have had years to perfect their servers to handle it. A simple example. When the video game Battlefield 3 came out, even with beta testing the servers, they didn't predict the strain correctly and the servers were down...
For long periods of time. Same goes for the game Sim City when it came out. All the people that had bought the game but couldn't play it were pissed off that the companies could predict "such a simple thing". But unless you've worked, seen or dealt..
... With servers being overloaded you don't really understand that it isn't easily predicted. Specially when the server goes live and is instantly hit with millions if hits at once. I'm not a apologist, I'm a realist that understands technologies..
The fed govt owns both the fastest computer in the world and the largest data storage system ever created (in Utah). They could easily have had ten times the capacity they needed. This decision was deliberate.
@DeathSheep: Which is why they should have outsourced the job to AWS (Amazon Web Services).
It is preposterous for us to advance one more nickel into this debacle. The developer is entirely responsible and more federal money should not be used to bail them out. Time for a thorough investigation.
Eventually, but it will be late and over budget.
I spoke to a very knowledgeable source this weekend who pointed out something I had not considered - the federal site is having to cover for all of the [Republican] states who chose NOT to open their own exchange. So the traffic is very high...
...this doesn't excuse the bugs, but, having worked on similar projects, I can sympathize with the project leads who no doubt started with a much lower user base than they are facing now. It's tough to quickly adjust the tech, after a certain point.
Why wouldn't the most expensive computer system rollout in history have already HAD the best and the brightest?
Repeal Obamacare now!
That's not quick enough!!!!
Only 50k people can access it at one time. That means it would take 15/16 years for everyone to get insured through their website. Ironic thing is obamacare fines start in 3 months. Sounds fishy.
Only a half million people bothered to create an account to see what's offered. The insurance industry says only 36,000 people have applied for insurance so far. This thing is going to fold almost before it starts.
I don't need to visit the website. If anything I'll drop mine in protest. They can take the fines out of my tax return.
They really can't fix it until the government decides to show what the prices of the coverages are without checking every other government database to see which programs you qualify for so they can make the price appear smaller through subsidies.
The website is but the portal for which to sign up. That should be the easy part. Wait until these same morons have to administer the program.
Honestly, this is the best we have solving one of the biggest divisive issues in our country?
A 600 million dollar website?
What does it do? Shoot lasers and cure cancer?
Plus that 600,000,000 went a Canadian firm..... :(
NOW they can hire a ScrumMaster!
Shocker- Theyre going to pump more money into a program thats already far exceeded original "projections" from the federal govt yet again. And people believed those estimates and promises yet again. And shocker- they were disappointed find all lies
Maybe but the program will still suck either way.
It's important to point out that Health.gov only supports 36 states - the rest of the states have their own exchanges and websites which, for the most part, are working fine
Just goes to show you how poorly the fed govt executes basically everything and why states should have more power of their constituents
Actually - the California website is private - a.com
And how is California private company website working? Honestly, I haven't heard one way or the other.
Oregon's is broken still, but will be up soon... they are doing it all manually right now but have STILL managed to get 56,000 people insured in the last 2 weeks (mostly by using food stamp rosters to identify people who would pre-qualify by income).
New York State has its own website. It hasn't signed up a single person yet.
Curious as to how much more this will cost...
Much more than originally estimated, thats for sure.
possibly but doesn't financially atone for flawed design. in h/w and s/w you get what you pay for upfront - buy the best you can and test test test.
... And start with some real requirements that you can lock down. The government has been changing ACA for the last 3 years, not exactly a recipe for project success.
I think an "Integrity Surge" might be more beneficial...
How can you even think "integrity" and the Federal government at the same time. I tried and can't see any connection.
How stupid can this govt get? Get Zuckerberg and the google guys involved. They know how to run websites.
Or Amazon who manages to run a website that can deliver the goods and years later remember what you bought.
The government wants to fix something. Can someone give me an example of when that plan worked?
..........i can think of examples when they tried to fix thigs and made them worse instead, does that count?
Hitler.... They fixed him...
They fixed the middle class like they fixed Hitler.