During Yesterday’s House Hearings on Obamacare Website Rollout, Contractor Makes Embarassing Admission about Site … ‘It Didn’t Work’

UNREAL …

During yesterday’s House hearings on the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, Republican and Democrat lawmakers grilled four of the contractors that worked on the site. However, during the questioning, an alarming and eye opening admission was made by one of the contractors. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) asked Andrew M. Slavitt, an executive with Optum/Quality Software Services  (QSSI), if he tried to get on the Obamacare site himself. Slavitt replied, “I logged onto to create an account, but I just never received a confirmation email. It didn’t work.”.

Yup, who actually thinks the federal government can run the US healthcare system and 1/6 of the US economy?

From The Blaze:

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) asked Andrew M. Slavitt, an executive with Optum/Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), if he tried to get on the Obamacare site himself.

Yes, I did,” Slavitt replied.

“Did it work?” Murphy asked.

“Well, I logged on to create an account, was able to do so,” Slavitt replied. “I just never received a confirmation email.”

“So it didn’t work?” Murphy pressed.

“It didn’t work,” Slavitt answered.

The Finger Pointing Begins … ObamaCare Website Contractors CGI Federal & QSSI Blame Obama Administration for Healthcare.gov Fiasco

All for one and one for all, never mind, scratch that.

Its ever man for themselves as the finger pointing begins as who is to blame for the Obamacare website rollout disaster. ObamaCare Website Contractors, CGI Federal and QSSI, are firing back at the Obama administration and saying they are to blame for the Healthcare.gov website debacle. The blame game has begun; however, in the end the buck stops with Barack Obama and his signature piece of legislation. HHS secretary Sebelius was in essence the project lead and was responsible for the contractors work was up to snuff. Obama is in charge of Sebelius. So no matter how anyone wants to deflect blame from Obama, this is on him.

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This is why you never allow someone unqualified to run a country … And you voted him in twice, good grief!!!

Principal contractors hired to build the ObamaCare website HealthCare.gov are hitting back at the Obama administration for the site’s overwhelming technical problems.

Executives from CGI Federal and QSSI—the site’s main contractors—are among four companies testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Thursday on the glitches.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “serves the important role of systems integrator or `quarterback’ on this project and is the ultimate responsible party for the end-to-end performance,” CGI’s Senior Vice President Cheryl Campbell said in prepared testimony, according to the Associated Press.

“No amount of testing within reasonable time limits can adequately replicate a live environment of this nature,” she added.

Campbell also said, according to The New York Times, that all of CGI Federal’s work was done “under the direction and supervision” of the Centers for Medicare ad Medicaid Services.

The report notes she blames “another contractor” for customers’ problems creating secure password-protected accounts, but didn’t identify the group.  The Times said government records show QSSI had that responsibility.

Andy Slavitt, who represents QSSI’s parent company, said he also blamed the administration for the late decision to require consumers to create accounts before they could actually browse health plans. That change, he said, contributed to the overload.

Congressional Hearings on Healthcare.gov problems today.

OUCH, ANOTHER HIT FROM MSNBC … ‘Very, Very Major’ Social Media Site Co-Founder, Obamacare Technology ‘Sucks’

It is not just Republicans who think that the Obamacare rollout is a disaster …

Willie Geist on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’  via Newsbusters told  panel that a person he interviewed who was a co-founder of a site so major that they would all know it and might have it open on their computers said the criticism of the Obamacare website is fair because the “technology sucks.” Let’s just say that social media web site founders are hardly ever Conservatives.

Obamacare depends on young, healthy people, especially, young healthy males to sign up for the train wreck and subsidize older, sicker or poorer individuals. However, if the young, technological savvy generation on Twitter, Facebook and other social media think the technology sucks as well, they will lose them. Young folks are not going to waste their time, spending hours waiting for a web site in which we currently live in an immediate, instantaneous world.

From NewsBusters:

WILLIE GEIST: I was interviewing last night at an event one of the co-founders of a very, very major social media site that you all know and may have open on your computers. And I said, are we being fair here? Am I missing something? He said, no, they had two-and-a-half years to figure this out; to build a site that would work, and as you said, there were going to be problems in the beginning, but you have things in place to fix that. And he said, frankly, the government’s technology sucks.

TECH SURGE: Barack Obama Bring in Tech Best & Brightest to Fix Obamacare Web Site (Healthcare.gov) After Already Costing Tax Payers $634 Million

Welcome to what government considers a glitch … Did Obama use “dumb and dumber” to create Healthcare.gov?

The Obamacare rollout has been nothing short of a joke and a colossal failure. After 3 years and wasting $634 million of tax payer’s money, the Obama administration is now saying that they are bringing in the “best and brightest” to fix the Obamacare website problems. Does that mean that for $634 million, President Barack Obama and HHS Sec. Katheen Sebelius did not use the best and brightest to create this boondoogle in the first place? It really begs the question, just what did tax payers pay for and who’s decision was it to hire the folks and oversee this project. After weeks of continual issues where individuals could not log on to the web site or create accounts, the Obama administration finally had to admit that there were more than just glitches and had to bring in outside help to fix the problems.

President Barack Obama is supposed to come out today and express his frustration with the Obamacare rollout. He was so concerned and upset by the Obamacare failures that he went golfing again over the weekend. Of course look for Obama to blame Republicans for the delays because they fought against Obamacare and continue to do so. The question that needs to be asked is how did Obama and Sebelius allow Healthcare.gov to open on the date they originally planned rather than actually having the site beta tested to see if it even worked properly? Only the government is allowed such colossal failures. If this was private business, you have one chance to make a first marketing impression.

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Over the past two and a half weeks, millions of Americans visited HealthCare.gov to look at their new health care options under the Affordable Care Act. In that time, nearly half a million applications for coverage have been submitted from across the nation. This tremendous interest – with over 19 million unique visits to date to HealthCare.gov– confirms that the American people are looking for quality, affordable health coverage, and want to find it online.

Unfortunately, the experience on HealthCare.gov has been frustrating for many Americans.  Some have had trouble creating accounts and logging in to the site, while others have received confusing error messages, or had to wait for slow page loads or forms that failed to respond in a timely fashion. The initial consumer experience of HealthCare.gov has not lived up to the expectations of the American people. We are committed to doing better.

Aside from the difficulties since launching the site, there are parts of the overall system that have proved up to the task.  The “Data Hub,” component, which provides HealthCare.gov with information that aids in determining eligibility for qualified health plans, is working.  Individuals have been able to verify their eligibility for credits, enabling them to shop for and enroll in low or even no-cost health plans.

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The site was open for mere seconds in the Obamacare rollout and it experienced many serious issues. But what else would you expect from Obamacare, the federal government and a healthcare takeover, that a majority of Americans did not want named after Barack Obama?

To ensure that we make swift progress, and that the consumer experience continues to improve, our team has called in additional help to solve some of the more complex technical issues we are encountering.

Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov.  We’re also putting in place tools and processes to aggressively monitor and identify parts of HealthCare.gov where individuals are encountering errors or having difficulty using the site, so we can prioritize and fix them.  We are also defining new test processes to prevent new issues from cropping up as we improve the overall service and deploying fixes to the site during off-peak hours on a regular basis.

Most importantly, we want to hear from you, and make sure that your experience with HealthCare.gov is a positive one.  If you have any comments, either complimentary or critical, please let us know by sharing your feedback at https://www.healthcare.gov/connect/.  We’ve already heard so many stories of individuals getting health insurance for the first time, and we are dedicated to making that possible for all Americans.

On Saturday, the administration announced that 476,000 people had applied for insurance through the site. However, HHS did not announce how many of those people had successfully been enrolled. The 400K+ number is hardly the number that will eventually enroll. One has to apply in order to see the prices. Also, many individuals had to create multiple accounts because of the glitches.

UPDATE I: Barack Obama plans ObamaCare damage control and most certain spin today in presser.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Says Glitches & Technical Problems in Rollout of Obamacare Trainwreck Were “Unacceptable”

If it looks like a train wreck, sounds like a train wreck and operates like a train wreck … ITS A TRAIN WRECK!!!

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that the glitches and technical problems that have plagued the rollout of President Obama’s landmark health reform law were “unacceptable” and have to be fixed. Actually Nancy, the fact that this law was forced down the throats of the American people on a partisan Democrat vote is unacceptable. Pelosi can also be heard in the video below in her hyper-partisan tone that both sides were not equally to blame for the government shutdown and her  ad hominem attacks against those who are for less government, wasteful spending.

Previously, former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called the rollout “Excruciatingly Embarrassing” and some one needed to be fired.

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The Hill:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that the glitches and technical problems that have plagued the rollout of President Obama’s landmark health reform law were “unacceptable” and have to be fixed.

“As far as the Affordable Care Act, as I call it, the fact is, that, yes, what has happened is unacceptable in terms of the glitches,” Pelosi told ABC News’s “This Week.”

“This has to be fixed, but what doesn’t have to be fixed is the fact that tens of millions of more people will have access to affordable, quality healthcare. That no longer having a preexisting medical condition will bar you from getting affordable care,” Pelosi said.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the online insurance exchanges have created enrollment forms that misreport family members, create duplicate entries, or clear important data fields.

Experts Say Obamacare Exchange (Healthcare.gov) Technology Completely Outdated, Needs Total Overhaul … “They’re probably using 1990s technology in 7.0 world”

So this is what three years and $600 billion gets you from the Obama administration, an Obamacare web site that needs a total overhaul.

It just rolled out two weeks ago and USA Today is reporting that the technology used to create the Obamacare federal health care exchange websites is 10 years old and may already need a total overhaul. Talk about a total waste of tax payer dollars.  Tech experts are saying that it is not a glitch as President Barack Obama claims. Experts are saying, “It is a core problem in the sense of it’s fundamental to this thing actually working, but it’s not necessarily a problem that the people who wrote HealthCare.gov can get to. Even if they had a perfect system, it still won’t work.” Can you say EPIC FAILURE.

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY.

The site could be perfect, but if the systems from which it draws data are not up to speed, it doesn’t matter, said John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, a cloud computer service provider.

“It is a core problem in the sense of it’s fundamental to this thing actually working, but it’s not necessarily a problem that the people who wrote HealthCare.gov can get to,” Engates said. “Even if they had a perfect system, it still won’t work.”

More from the Washington Free Beacon:

“The application is fundamentally flawed. They’re probably using 1990s technology in 7.0 world,” said Jeff Kim, president of CDNetworks, a content-delivery network:

Recent changes have made the exchanges easier to use, but they still require clearing the computer’s cache several times, stopping a pop-up blocker, talking to people via Web chat who suggest waiting until the server is not busy, opening links in new windows and clicking on every available possibility on a page in the hopes of not receiving an error message. With those changes, it took one hour to navigate the HealthCare.gov enrollment process Wednesday.

Those steps shouldn’t be necessary, experts said.

“I have never seen a website — in the last five years — require you to delete the cache in an effort to resolve errors,” said Dan Schuyler, a director at Leavitt Partners, a health care group by former Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt. “This is a very early Web 1.0 type of fix.”

Cab you say WOW!!! This is Barack Obama’s signature legislation and it is a complete and total failure. Talk about a game changer, these are hardly glitches, a total overhaul of the system is what they call a “remarkable” event.

Obamacare (Healthcare.gov) Website Violates Licensing Agreement for Copyrighted Software from British Company SpryMedia

What a joke, You just can’t make this stuff up …

The Weekly Standard is reporting that the Obamacare webite, Healthcare.gov, violates licensing agreement for copyrighted software and uses a copyrighted web script for a data function for the site. UNREAL. As if the roll out of Obamacare has not been enough of an epic failure, now this. They had over 3 years and hundreds of millions of dollars and this is what was produced. Way to go Barack. I am pretty sure that violating copyrighted software and scripts is not considered a glitch. It is reported that SpryMedia said it was “extremely disappointed” to see the code used without the copyright notice, and that they’ll be looking into the issue with HHS.

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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.

The script in question is called DataTables, a very long and complex piece of website software used for formatting and presenting data.  DataTables was developed by a British company called SpryMedia which licenses the open-source software freely to anyone who complies with the licensing agreement.  A note at the bottom of the DataTables.net website says: “DataTables designed and created by SpryMedia © 2008-2013.”  The company explains the license for using the software on that website [emphasis added]:

More from NRO:

The copyright is in the opening lines of the software, an example of which can be found on SpryMedia’s website, but TWS says it’s not anywhere in Healthcare.gov’s code:

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Attention Jedi’s … Star Wars Lightsabers Have Finally Been Invented

May the force be with you …

How cool is this, The Guardian is reporting that scientists have discovered how to make a lightsaber. Well, at least the technology for the light aspect of the saber, it appears they still need to build the actual weapon and produce the THHHHHHWWWWOM sound made when wielding a lightsaber.

Wannabe Jedi Knights rejoice, for scientists have discovered that the famous lightsaber weapon wielded by Luke Skywalker and his ilk in the long-running space opera saga might one day exist beyond the realms of fiction.

Harvard and MIT physicists writing in the new edition of Nature say they have discovered a way to bind photons together in order to form a new molecule which behaves almost exactly like George Lucas’s deadly devices.

“Most of the properties of light we know about originate from the fact that photons are massless and do not interact,” said Harvard university physics professor Mikhail Lukin. “What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they act as though they have mass, and bind together to form molecules.

Inexplicably, reports suggest that physicists have not yet begun the process of using the technology to build actual lightsaber-style weapons, nor have they perfected the THHHHHHWWWWOM! sound traditionally manifested when duelling Jedis do battle.

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Why Can’t Government be more Like Cost Effective Businesses … GOP Lawmaker US Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) Wants a ‘Virtual Congress’ with Telecommuting plan

VITUAL CONGRESS IS A START, TERM LIMITS SHOULD BE NEXT …

US Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) has introduced a resolution that would allow lawmakers to be able to hold hearings, debate and vote on legislation virtually from their district offices. What, our government save money and actually use the 21st century technology at their hands? The barrier to this resolution would be the lawmakers. How are they going to be able to go to the DC parties and be wined and dined by K Street lobbyists if they are at home? Of course the resolution makes all the sense in the world,  make the politicians accountable to their folks back home. Imagine Representatives of the people that are actually available to the people. The people of their district should have more access to them than the lobbyists. What a novel concept.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) wants to create a “virtual Congress,” where lawmakers would leverage videoconferencing and other remote work technology to conduct their daily duties in Washington from their home districts.

Under a resolution Pearce introduced on Thursday, lawmakers would be able to hold hearings, debate and vote on legislation virtually from their district offices.

While Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may have recently nixed the Web company’s work-from-home policy to boost its performance, Pearce believes a remote work arrangement may benefit Congress and make lawmakers more accountable to folks in their home districts.

Pearce says the resolution would eradicate the need for members to jet back and forth from their districts to Washington each weekend. This would allow lawmakers to spend more time with their constituents rather than the armies of lobbyists from K St., he argues.

 

Imagine the costs saved by not having to pay for the endless air travel expenses back and forth from DC to their districts? Imagine if politicians used the very technology that every business pretty much uses today for cost savings measures? Imagine if politicians were home more than in DC and more accountable to their constituents, rather than lobbyists on K street? One has to ask the obvious question, with all of the technological innovations that have taken place just in the past 5 years, how come our government does not take advantage of them and lower the tax burden to “We the People”?

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