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Obama Brings in Former Microsoft Exec to Fix Healthcare.Gov

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 17, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House announced today that President Obama has brought in Kurt DelBene, a former high-level Microsoft executive, to fix the healthcare.gov website.  While bringing in a high-level tech company executive is a fine idea, it is three years late.

It is reported that over $300 million of taxpayer money and three years of effort have been spent creating the healthcare.gov website.  Yet it still does not work.  While DelBene, an engineer by training, should understand the issues with the troubled website, bringing him in at this late date is a PR stunt.  The website is flawed in design and implementation.  Bringing in even the most talented individual one week before Americans are required to sign up is laughable.

Mr. DelBene will replace Obama confidante Jeffrey Zients in managing website repairs.  Zients was previously brought in by the President as a supposed expert and quicklypromised to have the website operating by December 1.  That deadline passed with the website having significant issues, especially in the backend where billing occurs.

DelBene will report directly to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius.  Given that Sibelius has been responsible for the website since day one makes his PR stunt transparent.  After the announcement was made, Sibelius of DelBene: “Kurt has proven expertise in heading large, complex technology teams and in product development.  He will be a tremendous asset in our work.”  These comments begged the question that if such an asset was required, why wasn’t it added three years ago?

Remarkably, given the huge waste and incompetence shown in the implementation of Obamacare, not one high-level government official has been held accountable to the American people who they are supposed to serve.  Sibelius and others should have been fired for gross incompetence.  The fact that they have not demonstrates the inherent corruption in government.

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