Well, This Makes Sense: Obama Donor’s Firm Hired to Fix Website Mess It Helped Make

Posted by on Nov 01, 2013 at 8:06 am

Liberalism in a nutshell. Completely screw something up, then appoint yourself to fix it.

A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site — but also is getting paid to fix it.

Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, which owns the software company now at the center of the ObamaCare Web-site fiasco.

UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI), which built the data hub for the ObamaCare system, has been named the new general contractor in charge of repairing the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov.

Welters and his wife, Beatrice, have shoveled piles of cash into Obama’s campaign coffers and ­apparently reaped the rewards.

Beatrice Welters bundled donations totaling between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s campaign during the 2008 election ­cycle, according to campaign- ­finance data compiled by Center for Responsive Politics.

SICK CALL: Obama bundler Anthony Welters’ firm owns the company picked to repair the health Web site.

The couple then became top donors for Obama’s inauguration festivities, kicking in $100,000 out of their own pockets and bundling another $300,000 from friends and business associates, according to the center.

The investments quickly paid off for Beatrice Welters. The Obama administration tapped her in 2009 for the plum job of US ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, which she held through last November.

The couple have been frequent guests at the White House.

This isn’t the craziest idea we’ve heard. Liberals actually believe liberals should fix the mess liberals make. And they wonder why the 2014 midterms will be such a bloodbath. By the way, we wonder if the Welters know Michelle Obama’s friends from CGI.

9 Responses to “Well, This Makes Sense: Obama Donor’s Firm Hired to Fix Website Mess It Helped Make”

  1. CEH in NJ on 1/01/13 at 12:30 pm

    Actually it does make a lot of sense, and is not cronyism. Here’s the logic.

    The original prime for the Obamacare IT system was CMS (Medicare and Medicaid Services). QSSI was just a subcontractor. Think of CMS as Ford Motor and QSSI as Delta transmission. CMS was responsible for making overall requirements and making the total system work together. QSSI was responsible for a part of the system

    QSSI met its part of the contract and delivered it’s subcomponent(s) to CMS, which CSM accepted. CMS, had the responsibility of end to end (E2E) systems integrator; they needed to do E2E for several months (they only did 2 wks) and then a beta test (which they did not do at all). The equivalent would be for Ford to assemble the prototype car, kick the wheels, then declare the car ready for the market place.

    The result was predictable— the system failed in multiple ways when if was put into production. CMS was “fired” as prime and Zients (a former Bain man, BTW) was put it place to get the Obamacare system functional in 30 days.

    With a 30 day timeframe, you don’t bring a new IT firm to fix things. With a complex IT system, the learning curve alone for a newbie firm would be 1-2 months. You need to pick a firm already familiar with the details of the project who you think is best fit to lead. Zients picked QSSI in this case.

  2. Clean Willie on 1/01/13 at 12:51 pm

    CEH in NJ, that all makes sense if QSSI is in fact competent. That is questionable. You seem to assume the problem is all with the system integrator (CMS), but in my opinion that is a big assumption. If in fact this was another example of Obama throwing money to his favorites, regardless of competence (think Solyndra, et al), then we are probably throwing good tax dollars after bad.

  3. Semper Why on 1/01/13 at 2:29 pm

    “Liberals actually believe liberals should fix the mess liberals make.”

    But they’re blaming Republicans for this mess. Ineffectively, but they’re trying.

  4. Adjoran on 1/01/13 at 3:03 pm

    Why would a company that delivered a product which doesn’t work be paid more to come back and make it work?

    In the Ford analogy, Delta wouldn’t get their final payments for the transmissions if it were that part that was failing. And if it is another part(s) failing, why bring in the transmission people?

    But it was a good ol’ college try at justifying the cronyism. Remember, though, that the cronies always have some justification to hide behind, don’t they?

  5. jukin on 1/01/13 at 5:27 pm

    they told me if I voted for Mitt Romeny that Bains Capital would be running the government.

    And they were right.

  6. VoteOutIncumbents on 1/01/13 at 5:44 pm

    Just amazing how the mainstream media refuses to cover this. How in the tank those folks are.

    One gets the feeling that Obama can do just about anything that would cause coast to coast media outrage if a Republican, or even another Democratic White House tried it.

    Are they afraid of being called racists? Or do they love the guy so much that they simply ignore whatever outrage comes up?

    The MSM will NEVER recover its credibility. They don’t seem to understand that few trust them anymore.

  7. Dale Cooper on 2/02/13 at 10:35 am

    “Actually it does make a lot of sense, and is not cronyism. Here’s the logic”

    You’re leaving out the part where the Welter’s gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Obama, now it’s cronyism and complete incompetence. QED.

  8. richard40 on 3/03/13 at 12:42 am

    Hey, we don’t have to worry. We have been assured that top people, only the very best, have been brought on to fix the website. If this is his idea of Top People, there is no way they will make the dec 1 date. Although I know the way this works, they will make the date, in that they will declare all the fixes completed by then, regardless of actual progress. The key question then will be whether all the remaining problems will be obviously noticeable enough that the MSM will still report on them.