Do not blame the Affordable Care Act for the computer issues and lack of successful sign up performance. Go to the root of the problem: people and the decision making process. Was John McCain accurate when he suggested strongly this past Sunday on CNN State of the Union the following?
"Send Air Force One out to Silicon Valley, load it up with smart people, bring them back to Washington and fix this problem," he said. "It's ridiculous. And everybody knows that."
Clay Johnson, a former Presidential Innovation Fellow, and founder and CEO of the Department of Better Technology, a tech firm has an answer to the cause of the nonperformance of the website.
Mr. Johnson wrote an article Tuesday, Oct. 22 for the New York Daily News to explain the cause of the problem. He writes, “In the case of HealthCare.gov, the root cause isn’t the bugs we see in the software’s code. Instead, it’s the way that government procures things — in this case, software.
The regulation is 6,500 pages long, and if it isn’t followed, people go to jail.”
Consequently, if you can understand the regulation, adhere to it, and then you can get the contract. It does not matter according to Mr. Johnson whether you have the most technically qualified contractor.
This failure is a fact according to Clay Johnson, “that there’s a new digital divide in America: the one between the public sector and the private. In order to bridge this gap, we’ve got to fix the problems that created it to begin with.”
While the website bugs provides an excuse for those who use personal political agenda, the real bugs, writes Mr. Johnson, “are in the federal acquisition.”
Those who have a political agenda and can use this problem to prevent smart, efficient, effective tools to provide the American people with health care options need a John McCain to get legislation passed to change this nightmare of a regulation.
John McCain had it right. Let’s get some really smart people, who are really apolitical people without an agenda. Perhaps, the small technology firms can be hired.
President Barack Obama had it right on Monday in his address to Americans that really smart people had been brought in to fix the problems. He was not deterred by 6500 pages of regulation. I doubt that he is going to be impeached for this executive action.
Let the President present the merits of affordable health care and let the people determine with their sign up to the AFC, if affordable care is effective, cost efficient and smart, like out of the box thinking. That is an idea to utilize for the American people, if Washington cares about its constituents.