White House Brings in Google Talent to Fix Obamacare Site

Part of 'tech surge'

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Mark Lennihan / AP

An engineer on leave from Google is among the dozens of developers and analysts the Obama administration has brought in to fix its problem-plagued health insurance website.

Michael Dickerson, a Site Reliability Engineer with Google, has “expertise in diving into any layer of the tech stack, from the metal to the application code to the people that write it,” the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the Obamacare rollout, announced Thursday in a blog post revealing just some of the talent it promised in a “tech surge” to fix the site.

Others in the White House dream team include developers, designers and analysts from Red Hat, Oracle, CGI, and the general contractor QSSI.

Since it’s launch on Oct. 1, Healthcare.gov has been plagued by serious technical failures that have frustrated many people trying to use the site to purchase health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange. Obamacare critics have pointed to the website’s shortcomings as an example of flaws throughout the Affordable Care Act.

11 comments
reallife
reallife

Sooooo... you mean to say that in all those millions and millions of government employees that work for that gigantic government that WE the taxpayers are supporting, you couldn't find a few of them competent enough to fix this little problem?

What a surprise!

Veteran68
Veteran68

I think it's a great step forward to getting our new healthcare plan up and working  for all the folks who want and need it. Instead of posting narrow-minded, negative, worthless comments here , try posting useful, helpful and positive comments. Try being part of the solution to new ideas and thoughts instead of just being part of the problem.

chrispy
chrispy

This is hilarious (and sad). As another example of the government doing a terrible job at things, we need to bring in a private sector company to fix the problem. Government always does a horrible job at everything. Why is it that people didn't realize this when they were begging for government-involved health care. What may be worse is that google is now involved. I think google is even worse than the government because of all the privacy concerns. I purposely use DuckDuckGo as my search engine because I don't trust google, and I use HushMail for email, and Ravetree for social. Anyway, that's my plug for privacy. Government run healthcare is the worst decision this country has ever made. What a terrible terrible idea. 

catalectic26
catalectic26

I'd prefer if Eric Schmidt just fixed everything in Washington. I'm serious.

jmac
jmac

A tech surge.  That sounds so refreshing.  Maybe we can have a climate surge, a Middle East peace surge, a big bank surge, an economic surge . . .

tom.litton
tom.litton

At least one of those people should realize adding people to an already late project makes it later. 

All they really need to do is take the top 3 developers from each team and lock them in a room together.

chemdude
chemdude

@chrispy you really think the NSA isn't archiving every single thing you do anywhere on the internet?

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

@chrispy : What's sad is that some people will read the nonsense that you have just written, and think that it makes sense. If you're really concerned about your privacy, don't use any of these services, try a pair of tin cans and string (but watch out for "man in the middle" attacks). 

RJWagner
RJWagner

@jmac

Liberals would have us believe that while they may not be able to build the healthcare version of Kayak.com, if we only pass a Comprehensive Climate Change Bill they can steer Earth's climate in the right direction.  Their hubris and narcissism are only exceeded by their stupidity.

Seriously, can you imagine what a disaster that would be?  Climate getting cooler? - Our plan is working!  We must stay the course!  Climate getting warmer?  We're not doing enough!  At least they can't spin and deflect their way out of this disaster.



S_Deemer
S_Deemer

@tom.litton That's Brooks's Law: "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later". Another variant is that if it takes a pregnant woman 9 months to produce a baby, putting 9 pregnant women on the job is going to make it any faster.

Your suggestion probably makes more sense than most of what has been proposed. 

BrittnyeDione
BrittnyeDione

@S_Deemer Besides your response being RIDICULOUSLY hilarious, I completely agree with you. @chrispy Google is a search engine..just like DuckDuckGo and HushMail. Do you really believe that using no name sites will protect a hacker from stealing your identity? Google isn't the problem...