Tag: Obamacare

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

We’re less than a month into the launch of HealthCare.gov, and as each day passes we’re finding out about more glitches, shoddy code quality, a lack of end-to-end testing, and rushed changes made days before the healthcare exchange was to go live. All of which are symptomatic of a software project being rushed to completion to meet a deadline without considering the implications of a botched launch.

Haste Makes Waste Again: Healthcare.gov Faces a Long and Expensive Recovery