Obama Appoints Microsoft Honcho and Husband of Dem Congresswoman as New Captain of the Titanic

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

In other news, you’ll only be able to access the joys of ObamaCare while using Internet Explorer. Really, a guy from a company known for its bugs and glitches coming on to fix a website known for its bugs and glitches? Maybe then we’ll have the Blue Screen of Death Panels.

You can’t make this stuff up.

  Former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will take over the job of overseeing ongoing fixes to the federal Obamacare marketplace HealthCare.gov starting Wednesday, officials said.

DelBene, who retired as president of the Microsoft Office division last summer, will replace management guru Jeffrey Zients, who was tapped by President Obama in October to manage the emergency repair job on that badly crippled website.

Zients was originally scheduled to start his new job as director for the National Economic Council at the beginning of 2014. But on Tuesday it was disclosed that Zients will take that job after the State of the Union address on Jan. 28. In the meantime, Gene Sperling will stay on as the council’s director until Zients takes over.

DelBene’s appointment comes at a crucial time for HealthCare,gov, which sells Obamacare insurance to residents of 36 states. Nearly two months of widespread software and hardware fixes have left the site functioning much better than it had been after its botched Oct. 1 launch, but it still needs to process what officials predict will be several millions enrollments in coming months.

Kathleen Sebelius, meanwhile, unwittingly provided a reason why she should have been fired by October 2.

“Jeff did an outstanding job working with our team to provide management advice and counsel on the HealthCare.gov project. Today, the site is night and day from what it was when it launched on October 1.

Er, whose responsibility was that?

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