You deserve better. I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems..."
-- HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius testifying before House Energy and Commerce Committee
"...You're now blaming it on the contractors and saying it's Verizon's fault."
-- Rep. Marsha Blackburn
"Let me be clear. I'm not pointing fingers at Verizon. We own the site...Hold me accountable for the debacle. I'm responsible."
"...The president is ultimately responsible for the rollout."
-- Rep. Gregg Harper
"No, sir. We are responsible for the rollout."
Clearly Obama is responsible for the rollout, didn't you see his Amazon Wish List last year where he wanted books on PHP, Java, HTML, and MySQL? Clearly he single-handedly coded the entire system and totally blew it. He's probably running it on a Pentium 3.
The problem with Healthcare.gov is that they used over 50 contractor companies with no one explicitly directing them all. No integration testing. No significant stress testing. Everybody wrote their own little part with very little, if any, coordination. Apparently they didn't design to scale out if more servers were needed. They flubbed the deployment from the beginning and became a textbook case for how NOT to do a huge IT project.
The Massachusetts system, the one that Mitt Romney signed in to law, had the same teething problems. I'm sure they didn't have as many contractor companies working on it, but it took them a while to get their site working properly. Also, they learned that the people registering on the system early are researching and comparing plans, not signing up right away. The signups ramped up the closer it got to the deadline. So few registrations and purchases at this point are meaningless.
The thing that bothers me are the people getting kicked out of insurance plans or having their premiums increased. You've got Obama constantly saying 'You can keep your existing doctor, your rates won't go up', etc., and clearly that's not the case. Is he misinformed, are insurance companies breaking the law, what? I'm very curious what's going on.
Clearly the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is going to be shaking out for the next year or so.