Tag: Healthcare.gov

In the spirit of Yogi Berra, I’ve decided to list of the obvious things that I know in life: water is wet, the sky is blue, and big software projects fail.

I’m sure that you are aware of the very public failure of the centerpiece of Obamacare, Healthcare.gov, and by now have heard enough of the public interrogations of this project, the system, its agency, and policy.

Rather than adding to that, I’d caution that instead of staring too long and too closely at this incident, we should allow it to serve as a simple reminder that there are more and bigger failures lurking.

Stating the Obvious: Big Software Projects Fail

The media has been a firestorm of ‘glitchy’ reporting since the botched launch of the Obama Administration’s healthcare exchange marketplace, mainly because no one’s quite sure what did or didn’t happened.

If you missed it, the exchange’s Oct. 1st launch was mired with complaints, outages, and glitches. Many pundits and talking heads claimed that this was simply because of the enormous amount of Americans who were all trying to log into the brand new system. But we dived into the code to figure out what was actually going on, and what we found was much more nefarious.

Investigating HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?