When Healthcare.gov went live on October 1, 2013, it was a disaster in the making due to the CGI IT group, based in Canada, and another IT group being pressured by the White House to make changes, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday and Sean Hannity on Wednesday.
The pressure was so great that the website’s computer code contained placeholder language; something that programmers typically use in preliminary drafts and according to Sean Hannity on his radio program, the Sean Hannity show, on Wednesday, amounted to well over a million lines of code.
Sean Hannity explained that programmers had to rewrite the code a month and even days before the October 1st deadline.
Normally in the IT industry, when website and other computer programming are developed, it is sent through a series of tests before the product is officially introduced.
In the case President Obama’s “Obamacare” website, the final tests were not complete due to White House interference.
Why was the code re-written?
The reason was due to the White House not being happy that consumers could see the health care rates and be able to compare those rates before signing up, something unheard of in the healthcare industry.
In other words, a cover-up went into effect so that consumers could not see the high rates before giving their life history to the federal government, which also raises privacy issues and what if the consumer decides to not select a plan.
What happens to that data?
Bloomberg stated in their report, “Officials from CGI Group Inc. (GIB/A), one of the main contractors for Healthcare.gov, told staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the site’s design was changed about a month before the Oct. 1 debut.”
“It was done to prevent users from comparing prices without registering for an account, according to a letter sent by Republican lawmakers today to Todd Park, the U.S. chief technology officer, and Steve VanRoekel, the U.S. chief information officer. The company wasn’t able to identify who in the administration made the decision, the letter says.”
Sanjay Singh, Chief Executive officer at software contractor hCentive Inc., who helped with the exchanges told Bloomberg that the Department of Health and Human Services was making changes to the exchanges hours before they were scheduled to go live.
Singh also told Bloomberg that at the time, his employees were rushing to accommodate “a late-night patch” that the department had just added.
“There was not enough time to do end-to-end testing,” Singh said.
“The system keeps changing, so how do you run the tests?”