Comments on: The lessons from Obamacare’s flawed Web launch http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/ Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:30:06 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: billbradbrooke http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-931 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:19:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-931 Sir, it is not “disingenuous” for those who vote against any measure in Congress to continue to speak out against it. It is not “hypocritical” of them to continue to use any parliamentary means are at their disposal to defeat that measure, and it is not “indefensible” for them to turn back funding for such a measure if such should be possible. Healthy opposition is the only hope for individual liberty. When a measure is broadly unpopular, it would be “disingenuous, hypocritical and indefensible” not to voice opposition. In the case of Obamacare, as it becomes clear that American households will save $2,500 a year, will be able to keep their doctors and their insurance plans, opposition will simply melt away. Have no fear. Till then there is a clear obligation, for you as well as me, to fight unwise laws and abuse by dishonest politicians. Anything else is “disingenuous, hypocritical and indefensible.”

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By: Tomohawk http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-930 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:57:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-930 With all due respect, one more aspect you forgot to mention: the contrition that you, and most your associates in the press have with this administration. Your lack of any in depth investigation into this huge and expensive issue has now come back to haunt us all. You could have reported back in 2009 the clauses, and unanswered accusations by ‘the opposition’ that directly address the major flaws and misrepresentations in this legislation. But you did not. And just as the administration has had 3 years to make this work, the press has had 3 years to investigate it. Neither did their job. You’d mentioned we now distrust the government even more. Wake up call: you better believe we can’t trust the press to do their job either.

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By: MargaretBartley http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-929 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:41:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-929 The history of large, outsourced public projects in this country is littered with vastly overblown budgets, missed deadlines, and incomplete or incompetent implementation of the original, promised product.

The main difference here is that there are so many people who wanted it to fail, and the media is trumpeting that failure.

About twenty years ago, governments and corporations started the process of outsourcing. Skilled programmers were let go, and the new generation of programmer/analysts were told pretty bluntly not to expect to stay at their job long term.

Business journals and managements schools were saying that managers of IT projects do not have to be IT people, and we saw huge projects being managed by budget analysts and bureaucrats.

They are technically incapable of assessing the situation when a vendor gives an explanation of why a deliverable is late, or not working. It could be that the original specs were ridiculous. It could be that the vendor has gone cheapo on its hiring, and hired a bunch of low-wage newbies (a common practice), and they are incapable of delivering what they promised, or it could be that, indeed, the vendor is right, it it will be ready in two weeks.

A technically competent person would be able to ask the questions and suss out what is going on. A bureaucrat will trying to come up with a way to not make this their problem.

What most people do not understand is how important not only technical knowledge is, but also how important institutional knowledge and business rules are, and also how much of a difference there is between a skilled programmer and a newly-graduated low-wage grunt.

Until we go back to having IT be a good, long-term career for serious-minded techies, and not a get-rich-quick scheme for well-connected snake-oil purveyeurs, this will continue to occur, over and over again.

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By: Gracchus http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-928 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:11:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-928 Nov 30 was initially stated as a promise, not a goal. That, in itself, was unwise at best.

“….assigning oversight responsibility to people with extensive IT experience, rather than general managers with programmatic commitments.” Good idea. But who was the person, or who were the people assigned this oversight? Even after watching the hearings this is not clear. If it was Sebelius that is astonishing. A project of this magnitude needed a czar or a group with no responsibility other than ensuring the roll out was as smooth as possible. Not someone with the wider responsibilty for HHS.

“It is hypocritical for those who held up confirmations of key officials with responsibility for managing federal healthcare programs…” Whose confirmation was held up?

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By: AZreb http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-925 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:17:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-925 So Larry Summers would throw even more money at a problem and more no-bid contracts that always seem to cost at least twice as much as when first unveiled.

“Government oversight” tends to mean “government fraud” with kickbacks and bribes – we are now seeing it in military areas more than ever seen in the past.

It isn’t what you know, but who you know when it comes to spending government (TAXPAYER) money.

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By: 2Borknot2B http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-924 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:09:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-924 Mr. Summers, The health care industry has been in trouble for a long time. The problem is the insurance companies. So, to do more of the same is the problem. Neither insurance companies or web sites offer actual health care services. Direct single payer is the only way to offer cost effective, appropriate, efficient and fair care. The system is already in place and the only thing that would change is the unnecessary bloat of “administration.” Billions of dollars per year that could go toward the delivery of actual patient care, just imagine.

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By: 2Borknot2B http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-923 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:56:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-923 SJmithB. To comfort your belief, go have a full body MRI done and you will not find a chip. Besides they don’t need a chip. You should seek help from the Mormon Church and their missionaries.

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-922 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:44:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-922 @SJmithB, I truly hope either you turn yourself into authorities or they track you down. You are a threat to society.

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By: SJmithB http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-921 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:38:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-921 Read “A Note on Uberveillance” by M. D. Michael. Newport News Police and Virginia State Police had Dr. Lawrence Chang implant me w/o my knowledge and consent with a biochip. It enables torture. They use it as a sensor and pulse energy projectiles at you. I had a heart attack. It enables voice to skull communication. See LRAD white papers or audio spotlight by Holosonics. See Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence by Springer page 9. See Mental Health and Terrorism by Amin Gadit. See Bio Initiative Report 2012. See Forbescom and search Brandon Raub. Law enforcement tases citizens into “excited delirium” (see at nijorg) to make them act in ways they normally would not. I believe they are directly responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre. There are 3 reasons to have it implanted 1) mental health, 2) criminal record, and 3) infectious disease. If you don’t meet any of those requirements like me, they’ll falsify your records. All the mass shootings are the work of law enforcement. They want to take away your right to bear arms and make America a police state. They torture people into a state of what the national institute of justice calls “excited delirium.” People aren’t suddenly going crazy, they’re being tortured. I also believe the biochip to be responsible for PTSD. Read Brian Castner’s book “A Long Walk”. I have the same ambiguous pains, twitches, heart attack, night mares, day mares, gurgling, etc. I never served in the war. What do we have in common? The biochip. Suicide is one way to get relief. Virginia’s suicide rate is higher than the national average and the military suicide rate is unacceptable!

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By: RobertK123 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/2013/11/11/the-lessons-from-obamacares-flawed-web-launch/#comment-920 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:25:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/lawrencesummers/?p=372#comment-920 Interesting analysis. One factor that escapes you is that there was no bipartisan support. It is not because opposition parties wouldn’t play, it is because it had to be “his way or the highway.” This is the goal of the Administration–if you can’t get it done through legislation, do it on your own. Separation of powers and recognition of opposition positions, force leaders to use their powers of persuasion. These tactics were used by the Administration against it own party member–Nelson had to accept deals that his constituency didn’t want and wouldn’t take. No real affinity to negotiation. Some times we miss the trees from the forest. The ACA is all on “him.”

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