Why The Government Failed With Healthcare.gov
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “Experts have predicted that the site would experience a crush of users between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it’s now unlikely the site will work by then.”

    The Experts are idiots, common sense will tell you if you can’t be denied heath insurance for pre-existing conditions, then to you don’t pay $5,000-$15,000 a year for insurance until it’s the cheaper alternative.

    “We need a smarter, better and more efficient government.”

    It is insane (def: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time) to think this is possible. The Government Monopoly will always suffer from the lack of the “Feedback of Competition” which forces continuous improvements in Quality, Service, and Price in the Free Market.

    This means that the only way to limit the waste, inefficiency, and corruption of Government, is to limit the Government to only those few things which only it can do (Defense, Foreign Affairs, Justice).

    • TheCynical1

      Agreed; George Washington had only four Cabinet departments (War, State, Justice, Treasury) and he had all the bases covered.

  • Lyle7

    Hey now, the Deathstar was operational despite being partially incomplete.

    • Unfortunately, O can’t bring in a Darth Vader-style fixer to “find new ways to motivate them”. One thing about Emperor Palpatine: he knew the old rule that personnel was policy.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Of course this did create some ethical issues for the rebels:
      http://www.whysanity.net/monos/clerks5.html

  • Matt B

    National politics and spectacular engineering failure in one story – I never knew that Schadenfreude could feel this good!

    Here’s another analogy for Healthcare.gov: this is like Dr. Frankenstein saying his monster is about “70% complete”. Right. All that remains is attaching a few more parts, say the legs and the head. Then, according to the project plan, we’ll just run some juice through it and whammo! it will spring to life.

    The reality is, that last step tends to be harder than you expect. And given that this particular monster is being assembled by 55 contractors overseen by government bureaucrats, you can expect that last step to be very, very hard.

    In my experience, when a development team tells you they are 90% done, that means you are halfway to delivering something. So we’re not even that far yet.

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