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  1. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 year ago

    No, looks more like the House Republicans figuring out the budget.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    Even super-lib Nick sees Obama(non)care for what it is: A disaster.

  3. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 year ago

    Just like George W’s sell-out to big Pharma? What’s it part D? something like that.

  4. mnsmkd

    mnsmkd said, about 1 year ago

    Over 634 MILLION for the web site which was supposed to cost “only” one million……Where’s the outrage?

  5. soupinnh

    soupinnh said, about 1 year ago

    Wow – Racism at its worst!

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @soupinnh

    I actually disagree, Soupi, and folks get on my case about bringing up the racist slant.
    So many liberal journalists and writers have been finding out info on the roll out of this Oct 1 sign up web site. The lack of beta testing, the foolish inclusion of many designers as if to give everyone a piece of the credit, and the failure to consider the number of people who might investigate the site showed enormous lack of planning and vision.
    There is no doubt that this website can be fixed, perhaps even before the deadline, but Mr. Obama has opened himself and his team to much criticism by failing to test the product before releasing it live. The use of monkeys to show such foolishness isn’t racist, though with all of the taints of racism surrounding things involving the way conservatives view this President, your impression has a sad validity. I just don’t think it’s the case here.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  7. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Ha, next up this will be what it is like in the hospital and emergency room.

  8. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 year ago

    @mnsmkd

    Must have used Halliburton for the job.

  9. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    Of course, your app would probably be bought pennies on the dollar from some starving computer tech by a larger corporate entity who would then sell it to the government at highly inflated beyond reason prices, giving them obscene profits which they would use to buy a Republican Congressman who would then lower their taxes or provide another overshore tax exclusion which they would then in turn use to buy ads proclaiming how the government doesn’t work and everything should just be turned over to “free” enterprise. Oh and while they were at it, repeal the 13th Amendment and use the principles of eminent domain to “enlist” your a$$ in a war of choice because somebody has some oil reserves. Yep, where’s the outrage?

  10. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 1 year ago

    @Gore Bane

    No let’s be more accurate and compare them to Boehner, Cruz and company. After all, where’s the conservative outrage over cost us some $24 BILLION for the government shut down in wages lost and activity stalled. Oh and don’t forget, we might get to do it all over again in a few months. There’s that adult attitude we have come to expect from the Republiclans.

  11. brent

    brent GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Who likes the idea of Lowest Bidder? What sounds “fiscally responsible” is actually a fool’s errand.

  12. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 1 year ago

    the company that was rewarded to create the healthcare.gov website are from canada, not silicon valley or seattle or any other high tech areas of america.

  13. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, about 1 year ago

    @coraryan

    Let’s discuss the knee-jerk gleeful reactions to the glitches, too, shall we?
    .
    More costly, less effective. It’s a continuing Republican insane mantra of privatization, and “running government like a business.”
    .
    Outsourcing government has never been about cost savings or efficiency. Republicans are all excited about juicy, big fat contracts they can parcel out to political donors.
    .
    This outsourced clusterf**k that is the national Obamacare portal is a case in point.
    .
    Of course, that doesn’t stop the wingnuts from lumping the merits of the ACA with the rollout – the irony is that the policy of outsourcing the task to a private company was a failure.

  14. Quantum Leaper

    Quantum Leaper GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    After reading the comments, I wonder how many have designed Web pages in the past? I will let you ponder the meaning of the question….

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    CANUCK said “Same place as the Redneck outrage when Dick Cheney gave himself a $400 billion contract to “rebuild” Iraq.”

    I’m pretty sure pointing out that Cheney had divested himself of all interest in Halliburton isn’t going to stop this meme.

    “Cheney divested himself of all interest in Halliburton, the largest U.S. oilfield services company, after the 2000 election.”

    CNN Money

    “Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut.

    Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.

    CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was ever a public solicitation for building Healthcare.gov, the backbone of Obamacare’s problem-plagued web portal.

    Instead, it appears they used what amounts to a federal procurement system loophole to award the work to the Canadian firm.

    CGI was one of 16 companies that had been qualified by HHS during President George W. Bush’s second term to deliver, without public competition, a variety of hardware, software and communication products and services.

    In awarding the Healthcare.gov contract, CMS relied on a little-known federal contracting system called ID/IQ, which is government jargon for “Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity.”


    Feds reviewed only one bid for Obamacare website design

    While I would ordinarily point out that the Administration used the same “loophole” (ID/IQ) to award CGI the “no bid contract” that was used to award Halliburton the “no bid contract”, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that Halliburton was the only company with the experience and wherewithal to do the job at hand (putting out oil fires and repairing oil infrastructure) whereas there are probably thousands of companies that can build a website.

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