Manager in July: Problems May “Crash the Plane at Take-off”

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

Weird how we find this stuff out four months later, huh? We thought this was the most transparent administration ever?

Almost three months before the botched launch of, a U.S. health official expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the website, fearing quality assurance issues could “crash the plane at take-off,” according to government documents obtained by Reuters.

The documents were released by Republican investigators with the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. Republican lawmakers, who have consistently sought to undermine President Barack Obama’s signature health system overhaul, are probing the law’s disastrous rollout.

Two series of internal emails in July between officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including project manager Henry Chao, describe struggles with contractors, staff shortages and software problems long before the federal healthcare website crashed on its October 1 launch and threw the rollout of Obamacare into political turmoil.

In a July 16 email sent ahead of a meeting with then-prime contractor CGI Federal, Chao describes the agency’s low confidence level in the project work, from constant struggles with releases to changing delivery dates and poor quality assurance on software.

“I just need to feel more confident they are not going to crash the plane at take-off,” Chao says in the email, which was among several documents the Republican investigators released.

So with this in mind, what did he tell Congress?

A day after writing the email about CGI, Chao assured a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that would be ready on time.

S0 he lied to Congress. He needs to go to prison. Heck, there should be a long perp walk going on right about now.

“I would like you (to) put yourself in my shoes standing before Congress, which in essence is standing before the American public, and know that you speak the tongue of not necessarily just past truths but the truth that you will make happen.”

What the hell does that mean?

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