Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Why the Obamacare Website really failed

Before we're too quick to blame inefficient government or lazy bureaucrats for the problems with the ACA (Obamacare) Websites, consider this simple, credible analysis from National Public Radio:
When it became clear that HHS would need more money to build the federal exchange than had been allocated in the original law, Republicans in Congress refused to provide it.
As a result, says Jay Angoff, who formerly ran the health exchange program for the Department of Health and Human Services, officials "had to scrape together money from various offices within HHS to build the federal exchange."
Then there was the timing issue. Technically, department officials have had 3 1/2 years since the law passed. But much of that time was spent in limbo.
Read the full NPR story here.