The gliches and problems with the national Affordable Health Care Act website have little to do with the federal government's inability to run major programs, because this website was produced under contract with the private sector IT giant, multinational corporation CGI.
CGI is "now based in Montreal and has a market capitalization of $8.9 billion on annual revenues of about $4.8 billion. After buying British rival Logica in July, CGI doubled its employee base, and became Canada's biggest tech firm. CGI Group has 72,000 employees in 400 offices worldwide — many of them in India — and 11,000 in the United States, with D.C.-area locations in Fairfax, Manassas, Washington, and Baltimore."
Perhaps the federal government should have created the website inhouse...oh, wait, Bill Clinton and Dubya down-sized government to the point that there is no longer the staff and/or capability to do these kinds of projects, so they are forced to rely on the private sector. Bad choice, but unfortunately one that has been repeated throughout the nation in the quest for smaller, more efficient government.
Bear in mind, first, that “efficiency” in the private sector means profit, and to ask that the government be run like a business is tantamount to asking that the government turn a profit. The problem in a nutshell, is that not everything that is profitable is of social value and not everything of social value is profitable.
Part of the problem with the web site is that the design work on it started a long time ago (by necessity) and before the full scope was known of how heavy the traffic load was going to be. Also, it was unknown just how many states that are run by Republican governors and legislatures would intentionally attempt to sabotage the program by refusing to set up their own online exchanges.
The law envisioned that most states would set up and run their own online exchanges, with federally-run exchanges as a backstop. However, only 16 states and the District of Columbia have done so; seven more are partnering with the federal government to operate their exchanges. In the other 27 states, people without insurance will use federally managed exchanges to shop for coverage.
Those 27 states whose Republican leadership have actively opposed the health care law from day one, contain a majority (59.4%) of the nation’s uninsured people; together they account for 54.6% of the nation’s population. Collectively, 16.8% of people in the “federal default” states were without insurance last year, compared with 14% in the states that have organized their own exchanges and 12.8% in the “partnership” states. These facts are lost on our own Rep. Andy Barr.
As can be seen, the majority of the blame for the somewhat rocky start of the signups can be attributed to this coordinated Republican attack for these states to sabotage the law in spite of how it hurts their own citizens. It is like Saddam Hussein gassing his own people to achieve his twisted politcal agenda. Nothing new here though, as the Repugs have been doing that ever since that Black Kenyan Socialist stole the last two Presidential elections! Not!
But let it be known, that in states like KY, where there were no such nefarious efforts, folks are getting online and signing up for coverage. And of course, even for those who poo-poo this as being a communist plot that will destroy our freedom (to not have heath insurance), they are enjoying the benefits that I listed below as well as others, like if they were to lose their job or get fired, they could still get affordable health insurance.