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"Entire Healthcare Reform Program" Jeopardized Unless Accenture Fixes By Mid-March

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A few days ago, when we reported that the existing main IT contractor behind Obamacare, CGI Federal, was kicked out and replaced by Accenture, we wondered the reason was that the government was unable to go through the "full and open competition process" before awarding them with a $91 million contract. Recall that "because of time constraints, CMS is awarding the Accenture contract on a sole-source basis." Naturally in a process plagued with mistake after mistake, awarding an express contract with no RFP or contract bidding, is merely the latest one.

So how does the Federal government explain this scramble to hand over the "sole-sourced" IT contract (to a company made possible thanks to Enron) so late in the process? Simple: the usual mutually assured destruction tactic used so "effectively" in all other recent rushed decisions. As The Hill reports, unless Accenture finishes (and fixes) the back-end of the portal by mid-March, the healthcare law will be jeopardized, according to a procurement document posted on a federal website. The punchline: "It says insurers could be bankrupt and the entire healthcare industry threatened if the build out is not completed." In other words, a newly retained consulting company has less than three months to fix all the errors of coding by a different company, and make sure is working properly... all 500 million lines of's code?

Good luck.

The Hill has more:

The document says officials realized in December that the need to bring on Accenture is so urgent that there is no time to go through the “full and open competition process” before awarding them with a $91 million contract.


“There is limited time to build this functionality and failure to deliver…by mid-March 2014 will result in financial harm to the government,” the document says.


“If this functionality is not complete by mid-March 2014, the government could make erroneous payments to providers and insurers,” it continues. “Additionally, without a Financial Management platform that accounts for enrollments and associated program costs that integrates with the existing CMS Accounting platform, the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized.”


Many of those who have signed up for ObamaCare are eligible for federal subsidies, which the government pays directly to the insurers. The document says that failure to complete the project by mid-March can result in “inaccurate issuance of payments to health plans which could seriously put them at financial risk; potentially leading to their default and disrupting continued services and coverage to consumers.”

Wow: so some pretty dire consequences if an outside third party fails at its task? So what exactly will Accenture have to fix :

According to the document, the system is vulnerable to “inaccurate forecasting” of the risk mitigation programs in place to pay insurers who enroll a higher-than-expected number of sick patients with expensive bills, “potentially putting the entire health insurance industry at risk.”


By mid-March, Accenture must build a financial management platform that tracks eligibility and enrollment transactions, accounts for subsidy payments to insurance plans, “provides stable and predictable financial accounting and outlook for the entire program,” and that integrates with existing CMS and IRS systems.


Accenture will also have to clean up some aspects of the project that CGI failed to complete, such as the notorious 834 enrollment transmissions to insurance companies that in October and November were transmitting inaccurate and garbled data.


In November, CMS deputy chief information officer Henry Chao told lawmakers that 30 percent of was still under construction, but the specifics and consequences remained murky.

Perhaps a better question is "what it won't have to fix" as it is absolutely impossible that in under three months the new consultancy will be able to fix all the errors in coding left over by the former contractor. Which is why we find it quite surprising that suddenly the fate of Obamacare and the "Entire Healthcare Reform Program" lies in the hands of a measly $91 million contract. Although, if the intention is to merely have a scapegoat for a failed ponzi scheme, then this is precisely the way one would go about it. And if indeed Obama drops the hammer on Accenture, well... we hear the name Andersen Consulting is available.


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Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:32 | 4345892 _ConanTheLibert...
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How can they fix something which is beyond repair? Stop this shit now!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:36 | 4345905 Scarlett
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"America is not a deadbeat nation." --Barack Hussein Obama

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:40 | 4345912 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"Did I do that?"
Barack Urkel Obama

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:45 | 4345920 The Gooch
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Kill it. Dead.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:00 | 4345926 AssFire
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We need to kill this program to see what's in it.

You didn't built that- goobermint did.

You could say they acted stupidly.

About the only correct line was: "You Lie!"

Brought to you from our ambiguously gay, mulatto economic hitman in chief.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:02 | 4345967 Cult_of_Reason
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It's all Bush's fault

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:03 | 4345971 Ignatius
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--->  Seahawks

--->  San Francisco

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:04 | 4345974 Ignatius
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--->  Denver

--->  New England

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:09 | 4345987 El Vaquero
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---> Bread and Circuses

---> Football! 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:36 | 4346059 Colonel Klink
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Heeeey, that's a trick question.  I see what you did there.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:40 | 4346070 El Vaquero
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I'm trying out my hand at being in the government by giving the appearence of there being a choice, when red team or green team will yield largely the same results.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:43 | 4346078 Colonel Klink
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Agreed but since man does not live by football alone, the second line should have been EBT and Football.  At least that way both would have been the same answer.

Mmmmmmmmm red or green!  Christmas chili FTW!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:45 | 4346083 El Vaquero
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Or perhaps potato chips and football. 


But I've gotta hop in the shower, then go meet a friend to help move his gun safe.  Looking inside that thing is a real distraction.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:50 | 4346096 Colonel Klink
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I say EBT because that's todays modern day bread.

Be "safe" watch your toes.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:18 | 4346172 Handful of Dust
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"No one saw this coming."

I might sign up for insurance if I finally get my $3,000 for "Thingamagjigs" and another free golf cart. Otherwise, I'm sticking to my red-blooded 'merican ways of eating red meat, intensely Dark Double Dutch Chocolate ice cream and a few donuts a day to balance the two prunes I eat each morning.

It the Epoch of Zero Interest Rates and Zero Responsibility [and zero accountability for that matter].

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:17 | 4346509 El Oregonian
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Accenture? Oh, from ENRON to ENDRUN.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:07 | 4346151 mofreedom
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I voted for football though I will be making bakin powder biscuits (bread) this afternoon.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:11 | 4345990 Cult_of_Reason
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Change it to which team of oligarchs do you want to get richer...

---> Seahawks Team Owners Oligarchs

---> San Francisco Team Owners Oligarchs

---> Denver Team Owners Oligarchs

---> New England Team Owners Oligarchs

---> Don't Give A Shit

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:16 | 4346004 Ignatius
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People say a lot here at ZH and we all learn plenty.

Many here fancy themselves good at picking stocks.

Let's see if the ZH crowd can pick AFC/NFC champions.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:17 | 4346009 Cult_of_Reason
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Who the fuck cares about your AFC/NFC hype and propaganda for the sheep?!?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:19 | 4346015 Ignatius
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Goddamn it, allow me ONE guilty pleasure.

Some like titty bars.  Fine.  i like football.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:30 | 4346037 Manthong
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Whew! That’s a relief.

Ain’t gonna happen.

They cannot drum up, focus and manage the tens of millions of lines of code and the hundreds of thousands or more man hours necessary to fix that pig.

Bubble gum, duct tape and safety wire will not “get’r done”.

Of course, the fact that the populace is rejecting the Obamacare FUBAR (n.) in a wholesale manner is not obvious to the alleged and willfully ignorant PTB.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:41 | 4346074 Whoa Dammit
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" insurers could be bankrupt and the entire healthcare industry threatened if the build out is not completed."

"Oh no it'll be ICUs in the streets !!! Must print emergency ward funds !!!"

--Hank Paulson Redoux

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:56 | 4346300 Manthong
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Oh, the humanity!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 20:31 | 4347001 Nick Jihad
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Is "Redoux" pronounced "re-douche", by any chance?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:30 | 4346043 Cult_of_Reason
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And I like threesomes.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:32 | 4346056 Ignatius
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If you can handle 6 holes I'm impressed.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:05 | 4346139 Cult_of_Reason
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Maybe if if you stop watching a bunch of gays wearing tights and helmets (to look tough) playing for 30 seconds intervals with an egg-shaped ball and taking constant 3-5 minutes resting breaks, you also will be able to handle 6 holes.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:32 | 4346213 Ignatius
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I'd like to know how long you'd stick with that theory in the Denver locker room.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:01 | 4346316 Cult_of_Reason
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Is Denver Locker Room a gay bar or Denver gay bathhouse/sauna?!? Just curious...

Actually it doesn't matter, a bar or sauna. I'm not interested in any of these gay hook up places.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:04 | 4346323 Ignatius
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Don't tell us.  Go tell the players.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:06 | 4346335 Cult_of_Reason
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Go where?!?

Have you been smoking too much pot in your Denver?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:49 | 4346279 KickIce
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That's why I prefer hockey, they wear stocking and sweaters.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:51 | 4346103 Vendetta
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If you like your threesomes, you can keep your threesomes. But jamie and lloyd hve  to be part of it

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:29 | 4346044 Winston Churchill
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Gay football fan ?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:31 | 4346048 Ignatius
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Not really what I meant. 

Nice try though.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:10 | 4346159 Colonel Klink
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Only way to be sure is to watch football IN a titty bar.  Then see which you're watching longer.  Hard to get a lapdance from a TV.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:19 | 4346515 knukles
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Do the titty bars come with or without nuts?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:21 | 4346022 PR Guy
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This cartoon (When Big Projects Go Bad) is what happens when big consultancies like Accenture get involved in a project !

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:20 | 4346519 knukles
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Just think of all the humanly impossible man hours devoted to big consultancy interfacing with governmental agency meetings taking place!

There will be a special place in Hell for This!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:48 | 4345928 Clint Liquor
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Kill it dead.

Oh, they will! After they have bankrupted the Health Insurance Companies.

As a past victim of Accenture's incompetence, I guarantee they won't even have the personnel together in three months.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:52 | 4345935 i_call_you_my_base
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You wouldn't even be able to figure out what CGI did in three months.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:08 | 4345986 wackydog
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Or what they left out.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:28 | 4346382 A Nanny Moose
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Seen vs. unseen.

If it is running on a Microsoft platform, is it just another Broken Window?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:37 | 4346039 Drifter
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They're gonna fix a 3 year $900 million clusterfuck in 2 months for $91 million?

Nope, no way.  It'll take 6 months to scope out the project, write the specs, and hire people.  6 months before 1 line of code is written.

Given the "mid march or bust" warning, it'll be bust, insurance companies won't get paid, they'll become insolvent, and even with a bailout zerocare goes down in flames, because the information side doesn't work either, nobody knows who has what coverage.

I thought zerocare might last a year, but it looks like 3 months now.

And Dems won't have to take any blame for it, all the blame goes on botched software.

So Obama spends a billion dollars on botched software to move to single payer.  A cheap price to pay to get where congress wouldn't go.

That had to be the plan all along.  Botch the software.  Pick an incompetent contractor (who would kick lots of that money back to Oama and Dems).

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:39 | 4346068 TBT or not TBT
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But the requirements documents are done and done. Law. So are the 10x volume of HHS regulations modifying and interpreting the law. And the thousands of specific waivers to friends issued by the Obama administration. It's all there in those tens of thousands of pages of legalese, so all they have to is translate into computer. Computers are smart now and they'll figure it out.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:10 | 4346155 James-Morrison
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For $91 million you could hire an "integration" team (hackers) to install the "Target" virus on and funnel the money to insurance companies.

Oh, I guess that is what is already: a virus.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:36 | 4346406 A Nanny Moose
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Oh the irony.

Have you seen my stapler.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 18:46 | 4346789 Real Estate Geek
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pass the buck to DOJ. DOJ gives immunity to the contractors to implicate FLOTUS--all equal under the law, see--so Barry can pardon her and they ride the kickbacks off into the sunset. Where RL will await.

That's my bet.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:16 | 4346507 Ballin D
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Hahaha thats what I thought. Spent the better part of a year there sitting on the 'bench' waiting for an assignment.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:07 | 4345980 Crash Overide
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Even if they fix the website, Obamacare will still be broken.

Last acts of desperation for all to see what a sham this has become.


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:32 | 4346220 Tim_
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Enron -> Arthur Andersen -> Andersen Consulting -> Accenture

Statement of the Hon. Rosa DeLauro on $10 Billion Accenture Government Contract

"Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) today [2004] released the following statement in response to news reports that Accenture, a technology and management company who has their headquarters in Bermuda to avoid paying US taxes, has been awarded a $10 billion border security contract with the Department of Homeland Security."

"I am deeply disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $10 billion of the taxpayers’ money to a company that refuses to pay its own federal taxes. Accenture, and other companies like it, have used loopholes in the tax system to shirk their duties to the United States, by incorporating, on paper, in other countries like Bermuda."

"These companies enjoy all the benefits of corporate citizenship in America - they look like U.S. companies, the principle market their stock is traded in is the United States, and their physical assets are protected by our armed forces. They just refuse to pay for the benefits - as every other U.S. citizen and company does."

"It is outrageous and it is wrong to reward these companies for abandoning our country -- particularly from the very department charged with safeguarding our homeland security as we work to pay for the ongoing war on terrorism. The United States government should not be doing business with those who want all the benefits of citizenship without any of the responsibilities that come along with it."

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:45 | 4345918 DeadFred
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If you like your 500 million lines of defective code you can kep your 500 million lines of defective code. I keep coming back to the debt limit showdown when O was willing to take the country to the brink rather than delay this monstrosity's rollout. Raise your hand if you think he had no inkling that these problems existed.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:57 | 4345951 TBT or not TBT
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It's hard to find anything he's done as what we'd call an individual contributor. No papers written, no laws proposed. His fictionalization of his past is full of composite characters and word choice that indicate professional ghostwriting. He is famously TelePrompTer dependent and does anything Valerie jarrett says. So what evidence is there he has any clueful thoughts at all about the execution of vast IT systems? Everything up to his election as president has just magically worked out for him using political foul play. He'd never had a job whose etymology boiled entirely down was "execute". Do. He can't do. He didn't even teach that well as far as we are allowed to know. His learnIng capability is also, alas, as sealed forever as the khalidi tape, his long form birth certificate, and any academic record or paper whatsoever.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:13 | 4345996 DeadFred
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Edit: Raise your hand if you think his handlers didn't have an inkling that these problems existed. Your points about Mr. Fictional are accepted. Still, they knew there were big issues and they still had their mouthpiece take it to the mat when they could have used the repubs to get some time to iron out some kinks. Instead of gaining points for negotiating they took a hardline behind a position that they knew would fail. What motivates that? A desire for the worst possible outcome? These people maybe evil, despicable minions of Satan but they are not stupid. There is likely a deliberateness to what is happening.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:43 | 4346080 TBT or not TBT
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Indeed It's hard to anything past a good number of obama's appointees and advisors. Holdren, Berman, Jarrett, Holder, and on and on down.

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 07:39 | 4347710 X_mloclaM
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mmmm I feel ya and others on this thought thread, but I'd bet the morons really thoughtd the code work okay with some fix-ups, recall just who these ppl are - not exactly geniuses

Hanlon's razor

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:16 | 4346007 Global Hunter
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As you point out he doesn't appear to have any original thoughts or ideas of his own, but furthermore I suspect he stays in the dark for legal reasons, plausible deniability if in the unlikely event he is impeached or arrested for treason.  He's not a very intelligent man, but I don't think he's stupid either, he's playing both sides, to the public he acts like an all knowing leader, behind the scenes he tries very hard to remain in the dark by plan.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:37 | 4346237 Vendetta
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Yeah but he has keen eye on that big payoff after he leaves like the last two rotten scumbags that dwelled in that office

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:17 | 4346013 VD
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well put TBT/notTBT.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:54 | 4345940 LMAOLORI
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Now as Paul Harvey would say the rest of the story...




"Unmentioned in the scores of news articles covering the successful Accenture bid is that Obama is the top all-time recipient of the firm’s many financial contributions, with the president taking in a total of $286,168 from Accenture employees, family members and its political action committee.


Obama has a further connection to Accenture. The chief scientist for Obama’s 2012 campaign’s data analytics team, Rayid Ghani, worked at Accenture for 10 years before leaving the firm to take up the position with the president’s reelection team

Previous firm...

Obamacare Website Company Had Ties to Obama Fundraising, Michelle Obama
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:00 | 4345963 TBT or not TBT
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The Chicago Way wasnt mainly about bringing guns to knife fights. It was about winning the battles before they can occur through corruption of everything and everyone.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:59 | 4345946 LMAOLORI
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Duplicate removed 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:59 | 4345956 stock trout
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Insurance companies will be fixed by the taxpayer, same as the airlines after 9/11, same as GM, Fannie, Freddi, Citi, AIG, Bank of America, JPM, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Chrysler, Morgan Stanley, US Bancorp, SunTrust, Capitol One, Regions, American Express, BB&T, Bank of New York Mellon, Blackrock, and a few hundred other deadbeats in 2008. 

Life will go on, and you and your children will be poorer, with no health insurance. 


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:11 | 4345982 LMAOLORI
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Yes it was written into the bill that taxpayers would bail them out.  LOL the most transparent administration made these deals in the back room.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:27 | 4346203 James-Morrison
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"If Congress had tried to pass a law simply transferring $1 trillion to insurance companies over the next decade, there would have been energetic resistance to its doing so. The Affordable Care Act amounts to the same transfer, even as it places insurers in the enviable position of having a federal law in place that gives Americans a choice between buying their products and being fined by the federal government."

-- From the article in a link listed above. 

Soicalized Medicine?  Not in our Kleptocratic Obamanation.

I love the fresh smell of Bail-Out first thing in the morning...

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:59 | 4346315 LMAOLORI
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How about the smell of Hypocrisy?

Obamacare Website Fixer Has Thing for Tax Havens

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:22 | 4346192 williambanzai7
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Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:42 | 4346367 A Nanny Moose
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This presumes it is broken, and that there is an interest in fixing it. Perhaps it is working exactly as intended.

Nevertheless, I find it amazing that we are so wealth as to have an extra $1 Billion to throw at a non-funtional mash-up of code.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:02 | 4346475 Everybodys All ...
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You didn't build that.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:32 | 4345893 youngman
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That is a job with no winning outcome.....the governement will short you if you do do it right......but governements always change things..they assume it does not cost prediction...this will never be an easy to use program with many flaws..and payments will always be screwed up....

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:32 | 4345894 MayIMommaDogFac...
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John Maynard Keynes could fix that software!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:01 | 4345966 TBT or not TBT
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He had armies of girls doing his calculations for him.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:34 | 4345895 CrazyCooter
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You can't BS your way out of situations which require applied science in order to be successful.

Or, in the words of Richard Feynman, "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."



Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:06 | 4345978 Clint Liquor
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"You can ignore reality. You just can't ignore the consequences of reality"  Ayn Rand

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:30 | 4346390 sunnyside
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"Goddamn bitch set me up"       Marian Barry

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:32 | 4345896 Musashi Miyamoto
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Good Luck

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:32 | 4345898 El Vaquero
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Burn baby burn!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:34 | 4345899 Seasmoke
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Mid March. That's less than 2 months, NOT 3 !!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:15 | 4346006 Black Forest
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They will use a super-fast computer network, processors of highest speed, and really big monitors.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:23 | 4346024 grunk
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Keyboards!!! We need more keyboards!!!

And more monkeys!!!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:23 | 4346025 Global Hunter
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First step to fix the problem...a state of the art command centre to place those really big monitors.  The NSA (I believe it was) has a command centre based on the bridge of the starship Enterprise, they'll need one of those built for starters.  Perhaps they can the drawings done by mid March?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:33 | 4346398 sunnyside
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Keith  Alexander is on the list.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:52 | 4346104 TBT or not TBT
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Like those CSI Miami monitors you can see through the back of while the superhot genius cops fluidly gesture the truth to float in the ether in front of us. Or maybe the jurassic park monitors that project the code onto the programmers faces.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:34 | 4345900 Troll Magnet
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I bet no one saw this coming.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:48 | 4345929 DeadFred
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I learned about this when you did, when I saw it on the the news -Obama

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:38 | 4345906 dick cheneys ghost
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if this thing blows up keep ur eye on the money changers........they will try something sneaky, as they always do during a crisis...



9ers Pats

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:37 | 4345907 Ulterior
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car software - 90million lines of code?


being IT engineer I find it bizzare if not retarded

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:48 | 4346278 Vendetta
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Indeed.  Notice the total lack of engine or systems diagnostics capability available to 'the consumer' except the same idiot light that we had back in the 60s.  Its all about non-serviceability for the consumer and revenue for the dealership service shops.  

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:39 | 4345910 iLiquid
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Gov’s coding panacea: throwMoneyAtIt()

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:48 | 4345930 StychoKiller
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If (errorFound() == true)

   tryFixingBlameOn Republicons();


   retireFromPublicOffice( withfat_cushyPension );

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:54 | 4345941 El Vaquero
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public class Government {

    protected long debt;


    public Government() {

        debt = 17000000000000;



    public long throwMoneyAtIt( long QE ) {

        debt += QE;

        return debt;



Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:59 | 4346314 Vendetta
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You forgot one:

 private inc_debt_to_save_lloyd_and_jamie () {

          Debt += 1, 000, 000;  


# run as automated event task every 4 milliseconds with thread

# priority 1 blocking all other economic activity


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:41 | 4345913 SilverFish
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The only way this could have ever been fixed, is if someone would have slapped O across the mouth for even suggesting it in the first place.


That window is closed now.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:56 | 4345952 max2205
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Start over.....please don't

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:42 | 4345914 Mike in GA
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Or else single payer will be imposed upon the lazy ass stingy taxpayers who want children to die and what difference does it make?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:47 | 4345925 Reaper
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Central Planning failed with three years to prepare. This time, Central Planning will succeed in less than three months. If this fails, Central Planning will create a more extensive plan. Our planners are an elite.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:52 | 4345936 Clint Liquor
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Three things you can count on from Central Planners:



Stupidity (it goes hand in hand with Arrogance)

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:18 | 4346014 Irene
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You forgot failure.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:08 | 4346152 Hughing
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Immortality, this fuckers going nowhere ever


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:12 | 4346163 mofreedom
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Inferiority Complex >>> Totalitarian Mindset

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:43 | 4346432 Vendetta
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Don't forget the death they will sprinkle around the world by the tens of millions

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:58 | 4346466 buyingsterling
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"If this fails, Central Planning will create a more extensive plan."

Not right on the heels of failure. We're all saying this computer issue can't be fixed in a few months. Whatever is done this year to 'fix' a crumbling health care system will not be anything new, it will involve shunting people on to medicare, medicaid. But it won't include banning private insurance, or privately paid care. That will have to wait until 60%+ get cash each month from 'Obama's stash' (your labor).


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:30 | 4346500 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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This is all going to plan. Single payer is up next. Cloward Piven in action just bankrupting the system by overloading it in a different manner.

But not this soon though risk corridors will keep the insurance companies solvent while forcing taxpayers to subsidize the companies offering plans on the exchange and outside if they conform to obamacare plans.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:39 | 4346552 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Any state may contract with one or more private contractors to operate a reinsurance program.  No state is required to operate a reinsurance program.  If a state chooses not to operate a program, the federal government will operate the program in that state.  In any event, the federal government will collect reinsurance assessments from self-insured plans, and the state may opt either to collect payments itself or have the federal government do it for insured plans.

The federal government will operate the risk adjustment program in a state that does not operate its own exchange.  In a change from the proposed rule, however, a state that does operate its own exchange does not have to operate the risk adjustment program, but may choose whether to operate the risk adjustment program or allow the federal government to do it.  The federal government will operate the risk corridor program in all states.

Reinsurance assessments are collected from all insured and self-insured plans quarterly (unless a state decides to collect them more or less frequently) on a per capita basis. Reinsurance assessments will be collected from Federal Employee Health Benefit Program, state and local government, multi-state, COOP, and self-insured plans, but not Medicare and Medicaid plans.  HHS chose to use a per capita rate because it was simpler administratively than a percentage-of-premium rate, particularly for application to self-insured plans.

The total amount collected nationally is established by the Affordable Care Act: $10 billion for 2014, $6 billion for 2015, and $4 billion for 2016, plus $2 billion in 2014 and 2015 and $1 billion in 2016 for a “U.S. Treasury contribution.”  HHS will set a national contribution rate.   States may themselves collect additional contributions for additional reinsurance payments if they choose to.  Reinsurance funds collected in a state, either by the federal or state government, will remain in that state, except for the U.S. Treasury contribution and federal administrative expenses.

Nongroup plans will receive reinsurance payments on a quarterly basis (unless a state decides otherwise) to cover a percentage of  expenses of claims costs of enrollees (coinsurance rate) when claims exceed a specified threshold (attachment point) up to a maximum reinsurance cap. The final rule specifies that all covered claims, and not just claims for essential health benefits, are eligible for reinsurance payments, which may prove a significant protection for consumers in states where a highly restrictive plan is chosen as the essential health benefit benchmark.  States must eliminate or modify their high-risk pools to coordinate with their reinsurance program, and may not use reinsurance funds to subsidize high-risk pool programs.


All insured plans in the nongroup and small group market will participate in the risk adjustment program, including CO-OP and multistate plans, but not including Medicare Advantage, Medicare Prescription Drug, Medicaid managed care, excepted benefits (such as dental or vision), grandfathered, or self-insured plans.  The federal government, or a state (or its contractor) in states that operate their own exchange and choose to operate the risk adjustment program, will collect funds from plans that have better-than-average risks and pay them to plans with higher-risk enrollees.  Collections and payments will be calculated by multiplying a plan-specific actuarial risk score by a baseline premium, such as a state average premium.  A national methodology will be used unless a state chooses on a timely basis to apply its own methodology, which must be approved by HHS


The resemblance between the risk corridor and medical loss ratio provisions. Under the risk corridor program, plans whose allowable costs fall below a certain percentage of a target amount (premiums minus allowable administrative costs) must pay the federal government an exaction to be paid to plans whose allowable costs exceed a specified percentage of their allowable costs.  The risk corridor program resembles the current medical loss ratio rebate program in that plans that spend too little on allowable costs must give up some of their excess earnings, except under the risk corridor program the funds are transferred to plans that overspend rather than to the consumer, as they are in the MLR program.

Because of the resemblance between the programs, the final rule attempts to align definitions with the MLR rule.  Allowable costs, for example, include claims, quality improvement, and certain IT costs, as in the MLR rule; administrative costs (including profits) cannot exceed twenty percent, as in the MLR rule.  Unlike in the MLR rule, however, risk corridors are calculated on the plan rather than the issuer level, and taxes and regulatory fees and reinsurance and risk adjustment payments or receipts are applied to adjust allowable costs rather than subtracted from the premium. Moreover, the MLR rule suggests that the MLR must be calculated by adding or subtracting from the premium reinsurance, risk adjustment, and risk corridor payments and receipts before calculating the MLR, but although MLR rebates are now due on August 1, risk adjustment payments are not even due under the final rule until June 30, and no timeline is given for applying risk corridor collections and payments.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 16:51 | 4346577 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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The other R, risk adjustment.

After insurers tally the claims they pay out in 2014, another program known as risk adjustment takes some premium money from health plans that paid out less than average—that is, their members were generally healthier—and gives it to plans with higher medical claims. This Robin Hood-style redistribution takes away insurers’ incentives to recruit only healthy, low-risk people. It’s permanent and meant to be a zero-sum program to spread risk across carriers.

Statistical data manipulation agencies like the BS (formerly the BLS) could be proud of using hidden risk pools.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:51 | 4345934 gwar5
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Fucking progressive socialists.  Millions of us told 'em so at many townhalls and deomonstrations. 


I remember when Obamacare was voted into law. Less than 30 days later the socialist/communist paradise of Greece was allowed to collapse and shattering the myth that european style socialism was sustainable. It wouldn't have looked good for Greece to expose the EU collapse before Obamacare was voted into law.  Nihilism at it's finest.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:57 | 4345948 unwashedmass
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oh grow up and turn off Fox TV.... we don't have socialism in this country or anything close to it.  what we have is parasitic, cannabalistic crony capitalism ....... and you promoting this nonsense about socialism (one more time with feeling!) just help these sociopaths keep the system in place and growing more vicious by the day. 
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:31 | 4346040 TBT or not TBT
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There's a whole lot of redistribution going on, to individual voters, not just to corrupting companies like CGI, or GE, or Goldman. And don't forget the vast unioized public sector unions and permanent administrative state in all its forms, including the education sector.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:57 | 4345949 unwashedmass
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oh grow up and turn off Fox TV.... we don't have socialism in this country or anything close to it.  what we have is parasitic, cannabalistic crony capitalism ....... and you promoting this nonsense about socialism (one more time with feeling!) just help these sociopaths keep the system in place and growing more vicious by the day. 
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:57 | 4345950 unwashedmass
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oh grow up and turn off Fox TV.... we don't have socialism in this country or anything close to it.  what we have is parasitic, cannabalistic crony capitalism ....... and you promoting this nonsense about socialism (one more time with feeling!) just help these sociopaths keep the system in place and growing more vicious by the day. 
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:10 | 4346157 I Write Code
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we don't have socialism in this country or anything close to it.  what we have is parasitic, cannabalistic crony capitalism

What's the diff?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:32 | 4346221 Vendetta
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The media hyped socialist meme provides effective cover for the fascist theme so more fascist legislation is passed without so much outrage

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:58 | 4345954 Clint Liquor
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Millions of us told 'em so

When the Military Officers told them 'if you put Women in the same units as men there will be sexual assaults' they were ignored. Now it is the Military Officer's fault there are sexual assaults. See how that works?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:28 | 4346206 mofreedom
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Communist Party of America:  Fundamentally transforming America since 191?.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:55 | 4345942 unwashedmass
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forgive me if i am not terrified that the parasitic health insurance industry is at "great risk of bankruptcy". 

best thing that could happen ever if you are interested at all in actually providing people with healthcare. 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:02 | 4345968 americanspirit
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unwashedmass - oddly enough I couldn't give you a greenie. Got an error message. So here's about a hundred of 'em. The best thing that could happen to health 'care' in the US would be massive bankruptcy of the parasitical insurance industry. Maybe then real docs would go back to accepting chickens and "mow your lawn" in return for health care.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:30 | 4346214 mofreedom
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I wish it were true doc.  But then how could the gub control us?

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 04:41 | 4347633 the0ther
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I agree that'd be great, unless there's a TARP style bailout for the insurance companies. Seems likely. 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:59 | 4345958 Atomizer
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Obama:  I didn't build that!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:59 | 4345959 max2205
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If Benyellen would send barry one month of pomo every man woman and child could be paid 100k and we finally get a real the man to the moon project!



Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:59 | 4345960 fingulas
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I've worked arround Acenture a LOT in the I.T. business.  Book this project TOAST.  They won't get the new functional specs in rough draft form by March. 

Swim through millions of lines of bad code along with trying to break through the layers of political firewalls in this project is impossible.  I have friends on this project and the biggest block to anything working is the orders from higher up...they want nothing documented that can make it to congressional records.

The whole thing is the Biggest money laundering scam in the history of the world.


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:23 | 4346026 Atomizer
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5 star comment.


They’re getting exceedingly self-assured nowadays. Take this example. The theft is in broad daylight.


Obama is planting another trap. No comment needed

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:29 | 4346046 mick_richfield
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I wonder why it is that, whenever I think of the Great Projects that Our Dear Government is engaging in .... I always am reminded of deserted ancient cities in Central America. 

Three thousand years later, archaeologists walking around the cities saying "I can't understand it.  It's as though they all just deserted the cities at the same time.  As though they all just gave up and walked away...."


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:13 | 4346165 Vendetta
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If it is all these claimed millions of lines of code, its obvious to me they didn't know what they were doing unless revenue was based on number of lines of code... not functionality and requirements.  Disclaimer: 30 years of sw experience in  6 sectors of the tech economy

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:00 | 4345961 rsnoble
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Ten bux says the IRS is fully ready.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:00 | 4345964 I am Jobe
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Obamacare Outsourced


Call India Stupid Sheeples 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:02 | 4345970 ebworthen
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Bankrupt the sick-care industry?

Please!  It's unaffordable as it is!

Time to put the lawyers, the middle-men, big pharma, and corporate-care out of business!

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:05 | 4345976 nmewn
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Another Obama selfie..."health care reform".

Is there nothing this man can't fuck up?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:35 | 4346058 mick_richfield
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He has improved his chipping game substantially.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:18 | 4346178 Vendetta
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He's had lots of help....k street is right there walking hand in hand with our govt making sure they step in the "right $" direction

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:09 | 4345988 Moe Howard
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Grow up and learn how to use a mouse properly unwashedass.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:10 | 4345991 Heroic Couplet
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Obamacare only has to work as well as RomneyCare works in month x, y, and z, GOP bullcrap to the contrary. If you lost your job and healthcare because your job was sent offshore, you should be in a Republican politician's office conducting your job search. If you never find another job, you never leave the Republican's office.

Square mile-age wise, the United States' largest enemy, the Soviet Union, collapsed. How much was the Pentagon budget reduced? nada. The Cold War ended. How much was the Pentagon budget reduced? nada. The United States second largest enemy collapsed. In Iraq, in the Bush administration, the United States poured billions of military dollars into an area the size of California. I don't support Marxism or Socialism for the military, for Wall Street, or for the 1%.The United States does not have a debt problem; the United States has a corruption problem.

If RomneyCare works successfully as intended in Massachusetts for nearly a decade, it's common sense ObamaCare will work successfully in the other 49 states. If you can deliver California and its populace, then then you can pay for states with a lower population density. Common sense.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:11 | 4345995 Freewheelin Franklin
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I'm sure the TBTF health insurance companies will be getting some life support services, if need be. 

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:13 | 4345997 GrinandBearit
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The final collapse will be glorious.

I will thoroughly enjoy seeing these scumbag politicians dragged through the streets and beaten to death.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:51 | 4346449 Vendetta
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Don't hold your breath...  but its a fun daydream

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:13 | 4346000 Crawdaddy
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Lets see here....Accenture must onboard a few hundred new developers, provision network and application accounts/security, deliver new laptops with all the required software, manager approvals, security clearances. Hell they won't be done with onboarding by March even if they started last month. This is the same issue even if they already have the developers on staff. It takes time to get everyone set up and functional on the healthcare IT infrastructure.

Optimisticly assume they fast track the onboarding and just blast out the provisioning needed to get development to the point they can do actual work. Assume that was done by today. Now the Accenture drones have to tackle the code. They will probably spilt teams up by priority and have each team attack the bug backlog by ranked priority. Which means it is likely one team of 30-50 developers will be charged with fixing the 20 most critical bugs by March. If they fast track dev/test/QA/prod, they will be fortunate to fix 5 bugs in that time frame.

From what I have seen in the news, they have a big problem with data transfers to/from the crony insurance cos. If CGI fucked up something that simple then the rest of their code is probably shit. So March is out. Ain't gonna happen. Queue up the power point armies to explain it all away and move the goal posts once again.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 15:19 | 4346359 Caveman93
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Brooks' Law; background-attachment: scroll; background-color: transparent; background-position: 0px 0px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">  Definition - What does Brooks' Law mean? Brooks’ Law refers to a well-known software development principle coined by Fred Brooks in The Mythical Man-Month. The law, “Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later,” states that when a person is added to a project team, and the project is already late, the project time is longer, rather than shorter.
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:16 | 4346010 Shrapnel
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The insurance company bailout approaches, just as designed.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:18 | 4346012 PR Guy
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This cartoon (When Big Projects Go Bad) is what happens when big consultancies like Accenture get involved in a project !


Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:19 | 4346017 Judge Crater
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Put the Carlyle Group (whichr runs the NSA) in charge of Obamacare.      

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:24 | 4346029 PGR88
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All the free, printed money in the World from the Federal Reserve will insure this project eventually "succeeds."

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:25 | 4346031 Smuckers
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I think in all this programming, someone forgot to first confirm "Hello World".

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:25 | 4346032 mick_richfield
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Entire Healthcare Industry Jeopardized if Accenture Fixes by Mid-March.

I wouldn't be too concerned...

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:52 | 4346107 Atomizer
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Connect the dots.. NSA & Healthcare


Obama called for an end to the NSA's ability to store phone "metadata." In the next 60 days, Obama will ask Congress, the Justice Department, and the intelligence community to decide where such data should be stored.

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 14:27 | 4346202 novictim
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I like where you are taking this...

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:32 | 4346053 grunk
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Send The Hill article to Drudge

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:43 | 4346072 novictim
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