Brook’s law and the Obamacare website

8 thoughts on “Brook’s law and the Obamacare website”

  1. Personally, I think the whole mess proves the fact that government rarely if ever does anything better than the private sector and usually worse, and usually more expensively, and usually more incompetently. That’s the problem when you have a group of people who spend other people’s money and have no skin in the game. They just believe that no matter what the mistakes, they can go back to the endless money source and keep patching it up and throwing more money at it forever.

    And honestly, what did anyone expect? When you have a law that is 3,000 pages long you have to expect that that degree of complexity is a recipe for disaster.

    They’ve literally had years to figure this out – but apparently that was not important to those responsible. If this had happened in a private company and had had this kind of impact on the public, people would be going to jail, being ravaged by the press, and testifying in front of endless Congressional hearings. Since it’s the gubbermint, we’re all just expected to give them a pass and theorize on what went wrong. Seriously?



    1. It’s a colossal mess on a scale that only the government could produce (but then, the legislation was seriously flawed to begin with). A private company with such an awful roll-out would simply go broke because no one would do business with them.

      I am, with great difficulty, refraining from a lengthy rant about all the Obamacare problems that have been exposed this month. Much of it I’ve covered before, and I intended to limit this post to the website’s problems. However, the thing that shocks me the most right now is the revelation that hundreds of thousands of people who already had coverage with private companies and were happy with it have suddenly and unexpectedly been kicked off their plans because of Obamacare regulations that were not publicized. In fact, we were told repeatedly — by the president himself — that people who liked their insurance could keep it. Dumping people off existing private policies because the government deemed those private policies inadequate is unconscionable.

  2. I can’t say it would have made things perfect, but I think writerchick’s “no skin in the game” comment points to a way this could have worked much better: Everyone involved in setting this thing up, from the president, to congress, and right down to the lowest ranking worker in the development chain, should have known up front that they themselves would have to benefit or suffer right along with the rest of us!

    1. Since my son is a developer, I’m hearing a lot from his point of view, and I’m not blaming the developers in this. The government took too much time writing the specs, cutting into the time left for the developers to do their job. They did the best they could, right up to the launch, with no time left at all to do the testing that should have been done. Testimony yesterday indicated that they had repeatedly warned the higher ups that there were significant problems, that the site would not be ready by October 1, that not enough testing had been done, etc. But management, as is so typical, was oblivious and perhaps didn’t even grasp the technical problems involved. They just kept to their schedule of an Oct. 1 launch, no matter what.

      So no, I don’t blame the contractors in this case and don’t think they should be stuck with the results of this debacle. I would, however, be more than happy to insist that every politician and political appointee in DC be required to switch to Obamacare and lead by example!!

  3. How long did they have to create this site? When was this passed? March of 2010? If so, then if developing the site was put into action immediately, there is more than enough time to get this site up. I haven’t seen any timeline as to it’s development and would like to know.

    1. I’ve forgotten the figures my son got. Something like two and a half years from start to finish — with the usual hangups — the specs weren’t done on time and the techs couldn’t get started without them. They weren’t allowed enough time to get their work done and ended up the in the last few weeks before launch trying to implement a major change rather than testing the final product. The Son thinks they ought to scrap what’s been done and start over with something short and sweet, just enough to start processing applications. I’m inclined to think they should stop telling people it will be ready by the end of November and just admit it’s going to take months. “Sorry folks, come back in 6 months and we’ll try again.”

      1. Who knows. I actually build registration sites now – but nothing like this. I think there was plenty of time, but was poorly managed.

      2. You couldn’t do any worse than they have!! The only managers I trust to know what they’re doing are those who’ve been in the trenches first, who’ve risen through the ranks, done the job themselves, and know exactly what’s going on.

... and that's my two cents