Why didn’t we hire “the best and the brightest” in the first place?
Has anybody seen Secretary Sebelius? She is apparently up in Massachusetts and avoiding any serious questions about this disaster known as the ObamaCare roll out.
She did say that the search is on for "the best and the brightest", i.e. the top tech people in the country to fix the Affordable Health Care Act website.
My question is this: Why didn't we hire the best and brightest before? What was that $600 million contract for? Did we pay top dollar for the B-team?
Perphaps "the best and the brightest" wanted no part of this for two reasons:
1) This is not really about health care. This is about expanding the role of government into areas such as the doctor-patient relationship.
2) The "best and brightest" understood just how complex this enterprise was going to be, as Ezra Klein reported today:
"HealthCare.gov is monstrously complex. The Times reports that there's more than 500 million lines of code -- of which more than 5 million lines may need to be rewritten. And that code is interfacing with computer systems (and computer code) at the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, state Medicaid systems, insurers like Aetna, and more. Even the best programmers would have trouble figuring out what's going on -- much less what's going wrong -- quickly.
The truth is that the Obama administration is, to a much greater extent than it would like, dependent on the very people who built HealthCare.gov to fix it. They're the only people who know what's going on inside the system."
This is a mess!
Maybe this is why CNN has disapproval for ObamaCare is at 56%!.