Too many hats, not enough rabbits: Why healthcare.gov failed

It’s old news now, but this interesting chart from the Oct. 24 Washington Post details in simple, non-technical terms why the Heathcare.gov website failed. The text, a sidebar to the main story, Full testing of HealthCare.gov began too late, contractors say, clearly explains why the website failed and how complicated its repair is likely to be. Most interesting and … Continue reading Too many hats, not enough rabbits: Why healthcare.gov failed

Brook’s law and the Obamacare website

Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website, has so far been an unmitigated disaster. Obviously there are serious programming problems that go far beyond a few “glitches” or bugs, beyond heavy traffic and server overload. Anyone who knows anything about IT development knows a complex program needs to be tested extensively before it’s rolled out. And that didn’t … Continue reading Brook’s law and the Obamacare website

Speak up today to protect Medicare, Social Security

Washington is wrestling with its self-imposed budget sequestration, set to take effect at the end of the year if our representatives don’t act to stop it. Among the items being considered for cuts are Medicare and Social Security. You may or may not believe these programs should be touched, adjusted, or otherwise “fixed” in some way, … Continue reading Speak up today to protect Medicare, Social Security

Why nobody talks about Romneycare

(Updated Oct. 1, 2012, at 1:40 pm MT) Two Politico writers today called Romneycare “one of the greatest stories never told.” In “Big ‘Romneycare’ secret: It didn’t rein in costs,” Jennifer Haberkorn and Kyle Cheney explain why neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are talking about Mitt Romney’s health care plan in Massachusetts. The Republicans might be … Continue reading Why nobody talks about Romneycare