These clowns couldn’t operative a lemonade stand if you provided the lemonade and the stand for them.
The government website launched this week to sell health insurance was overwhelmed by up to five times as many users as it was designed to handle, President Obama’s top technology adviser said Saturday in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY.
U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said the government expected HealthCare.gov to draw 50,000 to 60,000 simultaneous users, but instead it has drawn as many as 250,000 at a time since it launched Oct. 1.
Park’s comments are the administration’s most detailed explanation for the glitches that have frustrated millions of consumers who have tried to enter the site or complete applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
“These bugs were functions of volume,” Park said. “Take away the volume and it works.”
Of course it’s not a matter of volume, it the flaws in design. That and sheer incompetence.
The administration’s explanation didn’t impress a Bush administration official who helped launch Part D in 2006.
“Whoever thought it would draw 60,000 people wasn’t reading the administration’s press releases,” said David Brailer, former national coordinator of health care information technology. “The Medicare Part D site was supposed to have 20,000 simultaneous users and was (built for) 150,000, and that was back when computing was done on an abacus. It isn’t that hard.”
There must be an investigation of this debacle.