White House Was Warned About Obamacare Website Problems

A report warned in March that Healthcare.gov was heading for trouble

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The Obama administration received warnings as early as March that its now-troubled health insurance enrollment website was falling behind schedule and heading for a problematic roll-out, according to documents released by House GOP officials probing the botched introduction of the reform law.

McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, prepared a report in March for the Department of Health and Human Services, warning that critical issues were threatening the health care roll-out’s tight timeline, the New York Times reports. The report specifically cited “insufficient time and scope of end-to-end testing,” and “significant dependency on external parties/contractors” in building Healthcare.gov. McKinsey held briefings on the report in the spring at Health and Human Services headquarters and at the White House, the Times reports.

As the administration scrambles to meet a promised end-of-November deadline to ensure that Healthcare.gov works for the “vast majority” of users, the White House said on Monday that it’s exploring a change in the law that would allow consumers to sign up for plans directly through insurance companies, rather than through the federal exchange. Under the health care law, people can buy plans directly from insurers, but they will only receive federal subsidies for plans that are also available on federal and state-run exchanges.

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86 comments
CharlieJackson
CharlieJackson

Obama has got to be impeached or our form of government is raw tyranny.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

If you put your private information on that website you are an idiot. There is no security, and it's already being hacked. There is over 500 million lines of code, and trying to fix the website while it's still running is completely stupid, and putting anyone at risk. Katheen Sebelius was warned about the hacking and privacy issues and she said it was an acceptable risk.

Anna888
Anna888

To all the Obama-bashers: what a bunch of hypocritical, paranoid losers you are! Getting foamed at the mouth about  those "secret meetings" and "he's a muslim" theories. I think you all forgot to take your meds. Oh, wait - is it because you don't have access to affordable healthcare?!!!!


hopeless
hopeless

might need to rethink that lowest bidder thing.

you get what you pay for!  ha!

DelawareJack
DelawareJack

But .. But ... But .. How can this be ?? ... A Messiah, his Disciples and feverent followers are never, ever wrong .. about anything .... Right ?.. Surely, somehow this must be Bush's fault ..

sallyedelstein
sallyedelstein

In the midst of our current Camelot mania it's worth noting that in 1962 health was a hot button issue for JFK not unlike Obamacare is today.

Medicare, the health care reform proposed by President Kennedy in 1962 was intended to prevent the elderly from going into bankruptcy. Kennedy fought hard for this but it was stalled in Congress.

The struggles that Kennedy dealt with concerning Medicare and the AMA were ripe for satirists.

One such parody "Carolines Doll Book"was published in 1962. A good natured satire satirizing the first family it offers us a glimpse into the politics people and issues that caught Americas attention during the heady New Frontier era, including the health care issues. Take a rare look http://wp.me/p2qifI-1OD

BorisIII
BorisIII

Wish some one would write an article of how to get signed up.  I've been trying for a month.

dboz555
dboz555

Oh gosh. You know, I'm not much on speeches, but it's so gratifying to... leave you wallowing in the mess you've made. You're screwed, thank you, bye. - Ray Patterson; The Simpsons

sixtymile
sixtymile

A software systems project behind schedule and not going out as planned... nothing very unusual, totally typical for a project report.

markrmulligan
markrmulligan

Republicans want to find ANYTHING at all they can use to discredit President Obama. It does not matter what the issue is, if they can make hay out of it, they will. The party of "life" doesn't care about people. Their real goal is to deny health care to Americans who need it while they hoard benefits for themselves, their families and their friends.They are pathetic. 

peterwang123123
peterwang123123

from the beginning the big insurances and doctors were against it.it spells less wealth to them.and to this very day they are fighting it.it is all about getting their bigger share of the american pie.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Anna888 He is considered a Muslim. Read the Hadiths and the Koran what constitute a Muslim. Secret meetings ? If he can send a secret message to Putin about more flexibility he can have met secretly with Putin to discuss those flexibility that he meant. Grow up.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@DelawareJack you know those bleeding heart libs, they think Obama is the 2nd coming, and could never be wrong or make a mistake. He is amuslim and  a liar.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@sixtymile "The first 90% of a project is what takes the first 90% of the budget.  The last 10% of a project is what takes the other 90% of the budget."

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@markrmulligan  

Hoard benefits? Are you completely special needs? How does one hoard benefits, please enlighten us, Lord of the Short Bus. 

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@markrmulligan  

your comment is flawed in so many ways it almost defies belief. let's take a look, point by point. 

1."Republicans want to find ANYTHING at all they can use to discredit President Obama. It does not matter what the issue is, if they can make hay out of it, they will."


a) do Demcrats not do the EXACT same thing? how quickly you forget. you all were digging for any little scrap of information to discredit Bush. get off your high horse you hypocrite.
b) you make it sound like Republicans are really stretching and grasping at straws. your dear leader is making it pretty dam easy. he's essentially discrediting himself

2. "The party of "life" doesn't care about people."

that's blatantly untrue. just because the politics of a group of people is different than yours and the people they represent and speak for have different views than your own, does not mean they don't care about people. it just means they care about people with different values than yourself. surely you, a grown man with a presumably functional brain (although you voted for obama, so i have to question that), aren't too stupid to understand this very simple concept.

3. "Their real goal is to deny health care to Americans who need it while they hoard benefits for themselves, their families and their friends."

if you honestly believe this, you sir, are a fuc*ing moron. their goal isn't to deny health care to anyone. their goal is to deny Obamacare from taking effect. health insurance (which is what obamacare gives people, not health care) is not the same as health care. health insurance is a privilege. health care, a right, which is why hospitals are required to treat you in an emergency regardless of whether or not you have insurance. see? no one is being denied health care genius.

4. "They are pathetic. "

matter of opinion. in my opinion, what's pathetic is forcing something that clearly wasn't ready to be rolled out on the people you've taken an oath to serve, solely because your ego prevents you from listening to the advisers who were telling you all along that it wasn't ready

it truly boggles my mind how profoundly uninformed and stupid people can be.


phatyphucker
phatyphucker

@markrmulligan no you dumocrats are the problem, obama is discrediting himself, what hole is he on right now -leaderless chump-nothing but lies,lies,lies

barneydidit
barneydidit

@markrmulligan It's worse than that Mark. Republicans will jump on every possible opportunity to discredit Obama, while simultaneously having NOTHING to put forward as an alternative to these policies they're discrediting. They're like a SIRI option in an iphone that does nothing but tell you you're hopelessly lost, without being able to bring up a map to show you how to get unlost. 

dboz555
dboz555

@peterwang123123 Not sure how doctors make less money with more people coming to see them. Also most of the regulations are aimed at insurance companies not doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceuticals where they should be. 

FlowerJasmin
FlowerJasmin

@peterwang123123 Yet it was written down by insurance lobbyists and medical organizations who took a lot of money from Obama administration. WebMd had hefty deals for one. Why would anybody force even more people to buy insurance instead of working towards reducing it. Imagine the opposite- you would be able to buy very cheap insurance but it would cover only catastrophic. What if the employer would increase salaries and not pay for our medical then doctors would not be milking the insurance which milks people, doctors, and companies. The insurance grew like a cancer because the law required companies to provide insurance.   

orchillesf
orchillesf

@peterwang123123 No.. It is all about government taking control over a very important part of our life and our personal records.

Anna888
Anna888

@ReneDemonteverde @Anna888 ok, let's pretend for a moment that Obama were a Muslim. Now explain how it would affect our country if our president would be Muslim. Last time I checked it's a secular state. 

Anna888
Anna888

@Openminded1 @Anna888 hey, you're not only nuts, you're a racist too! 


Soulice
Soulice

@tex805 @BorisIII  You do realize when you call, the operator then uses the website....so good luck.

dboz555
dboz555

@#libtardedamerica Two things; first the Democrats did the same thing trying to discredit Bush. What is funny is that if you go back you will find Bush actually tried to stop the financial crises and the Democrats stooped him every step of the way. 

Second I vote third party and think all the Democrats and Republicans are lying pieces of crap and I have nothing to gain by saying Obamacare would fail, but I said it. If you actually think about Obamacare logically you would see it had no legs to stand on and would fail. 

The Republicans have nothing to do with the Obamacare failure. If you do your research you will see EVERYONE in this country had access to health care coverage it was just a matter of how much you had access too and the cost. 

Obama got greedy and his plan failed Obama should have found a way to lower cost and have the Government fill in the blanks. Instead he decided to re-orchestrate a whole industry on his limited knowledge of the subject. 

tom.litton
tom.litton

@#libtardedamerica 

1.  While that is (and will always be) true for many democrats, they tend to be more rebellious.  So there are usually many willing to cross the aisle on most issues.  At least there were until the latest group of republicans took office.

Lets not forget that it was republicans who stated their goal was to defeat Obama.  No democrat has done that.

2.  Yes, they do care about some people, just not poor people.  Or at least this is what their rhetoric and policies indicate (47% takers, significant cuts to SNAP while providing billions to farmers in the same bill, etc). 

3.  If their goal is to deny Obamacare from taking effect and not have an alternative, then the result will be millions of people unable to afford decent health care.   Their goal may be to defeat Obama, but their tactics will deny decent health care to mostly the poor.  This is a common theme with republicans.  

4. There are real political and policy implications to delaying it.  It will never ever happen.  It would be much better for the country for republicans to find ways to make it work then to try again to repeal it.  Or at the very least focus on jobs instead of trying to repeal it.  

Anna888
Anna888

@phatyphucker @markrmulligan not really. What happened is that he tried to keep the costs so low, it backfired. Still prefer Obama to any  Republican thug out there. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Anna888 Of all the BS you really top yourself with this one. Bin Laden was killed by Obama who gave the order. But he used the system placed by George Bush. The search for bin Laden, the reward, the participation of the ISI Pakistan secret service all of this were already in place. It was just luck that bin Laden was found when Dear Leader was President. But did you know that Obama tried to back out three times from killing bin Laden but was forced by Hillary Clinton ?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Anna888 @ReneDemonteverde So let us pretend Obama is a Muslim. So he sent lawyers to the Boston bomber post haste and the FBI interrogators were not able to secure the necessary info to prevent another bombing. So let us pretend Obama is a Muslim. So he would invite Muslim Brotherhood to the White House, ignore the Coptic Christians being massacred in Egypt by Muslims, ignored the Christian paster imprisoned in Iran, celebrate Ramadan but ignore Easter and Christmas among many things. As for this secular state tell that to all the Presidents who swore by the Bible, tell that to those who print our money not to include In God We Trust in our currency, tell that to the more than hundred million of Americans who call themselves Christians, tell the Board of Education to delete all those reference to God said and written by many of our historical figures starting with George Washington, tell that to those people who insisted on placing crosses in accident sites where their love ones died in accidents, tell Obama to tear down those crosses in a cemetary in Normany where many of our soldiers died. Then come back and tell us the reactions.l 

Anna888
Anna888

@Openminded1 well, if he is a Muslim, then he's not a very good one. Killed Osama bin Laden for one. Doesn't keep his wife in a burqua. Hasn't ordered anybody to be stoned yet. I think we can sleep well tonight. We're not going to be swallowed up by the White House jihad. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

His wifes mentor is  janette  i think she is the direct contact to barry o in the white house, she was his wifes mentor and admits to being a muslim, so is her son Obamas golfing buddy.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Anna888 @Openminded1 Anna its all there do some research , the adviser I mentioned name starts with the Letter M and last name starts with an E look it up read the story. read obamas bio too, the whole family is muslim.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Anna888 @ReneDemonteverde which means nothing do some real research on muslims, they smile has they stab you in the back. they are religious fanatics, that is a danger to the world..

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Anna888 @ReneDemonteverde you are naive, number 1 that would make him a liar, we already know he is. 2nd muslims are violent all around the world.3 he was funded by the MB of which is brother malik is a member of 4 muslims can not be trusted they hate Americans and everyone who does not agree with their ways. 5 How do we know what he is doing for them behind the scenes, 6 he has 6 known muslims on the white house staff including his wifes mentor. 7 His homeland security adviser just today said he thinks the USA is a islamic country and the he supports the MB. So why would Obama have 6 staff members that are muslim and put a muslim in the position of homeland security adviser?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Anna888 I am black just like rappers they can call any black the N word, i can call any black a boy, which i did not do anyway i referred to him as your boy, that has a different meaning

Anna888
Anna888

@Openminded1 @Anna888 so what are you trying to do by calling another black man a boy? You think Republicans will care for you if you humiliate other blacks? 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Anna888 @Openminded1 dummy I am a realist, and by the way dumbo  i am black. hardly a racist toward a black. Just a say it like it is black and not the expected to love the muslim black because he is black. he is the racist liar.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Anna888 you black or a white woman who love black men, or just a bleeding heart that will vote along party lines even if Oj was running for office.

Anna888
Anna888

@Soulice @Anna888 sure, affordable healthcare. What did you get with Bush? Financial crises? your overpriced house under water? unnecessary war?