The company responsible for the embattled Healthcare.gov website, Canada's Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique (CGI) is "is deeply embedded in Canada's single-payer system," and has had it's share of problems, according to an article Monday at Invester's Business Daily.
It should be highlighted that taxpayers are footing the bill for President Obama to outsource the building of the website to a Canadian firm. The move is an astonishingly arrogant one, considering the oft-stated desire by the Obama Administration to keep jobs at home.
Brian Deese, deputy director of Obama’s National Economic Council was quoted in the Washington Post last year as saying,
“The president could not have been more emphatic about his vision for trying to eliminate the incentives for offshoring and increase incentives to create jobs here,”
Deese further cited the use of "creative administrative changes" to keep jobs in the United States. But those incentives must only apply to the private sector.
CGI, awarded the no-bid contract for the site, also has a major tie to the first lady, Michelle Obama through it's high level staff, at the very least creating the optics of cronyism reminiscent of recipients of Obama's failed public equity green initiatives. Last year, the Washington Times reported that
"...80 percent of the $20.5 billion in Energy Department loans for 'green' energy went to Mr. Obama’s top donors."
Michelle Obama's college roommate Toni Townes-Whitley is a senior vice president at CGI Federal.
IBD revealed the less-than-stellar past of the firm, including
"the $2.7 billion failed, Liberal-launched Canadian Gun Registry that was so plagued with corruption and mismanagement it brought on an investigation by Canadian Auditor General Sheila Fraser."
Additionally, IBD noted that "Its [CGI's] performance on Ontario, Canada's health care medical registry for diabetes sufferers was so poor that officials ditched the $46.2 million contract after three years of missed deadlines."
Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post wrote an interesting piece about CGI earlier this month, noting that some believe that CGI should not shoulder all of the blame, as the Department of Health and Human Services "took years to issue final specifications, preventing CGI from really getting started until this spring."
Dr. Donald Berwick, noted single-payer advocate and administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2010 and 2011, laughingly pointed to a lack of funds as the problem, as reported by the New York Times.