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Steve Breen

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    Where’s the mountian of red tape attached to a boat anchor?

  2. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, about 1 year ago

    I’m assuming using the internet is not the only way to enrol one’s self onto this ACA? I’m guessing there are amongst those who’d need this care that are less likely to possess a computer, or even be computer literate.

  3. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    You are right. One can apply with paper forms, and yes, many of those eligible for the exchanges are not computer literate and/or do not have reasonable access to a computer. BTW, for a neat ‘toon about the ACA, look at Pat Bagley’s toon today on the site

  4. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 1 year ago

    I guess their biggest mistake was hiring a Republican-leaning firm to build the web site (CGI Federal).

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago

    Watched a news program this morning where a reporter tried to enroll by telephone. He was told that he had to enroll at the website and then they could assist him. What a hoot!

  6. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, about 1 year ago

    You must be joking. This was a disaster from the very beginning. We were lied to and all of the supposed benefits were falsified to get it through, and now you want to blame a “Republican leaning firm.” The big lie is that anyone could believe any of the crap we were fed. This was designed to fail from the beginning. That way we can move directly to single payer, which is what the Dems have been after for 75 years.

  7. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 1 year ago

    Look, guys, i’m – amongst other things – a fully qualified DBA (mysql). I work with Tera-bytes of data and millions of records per table on a daily basis. My buddies can write website code like nothing, we thrive on that.


    We wouldn’t have been able to setup something really big like out of the blue (we are a small company) but we SURE AS HECK would have found that out EARLY ON and we would have made our voices heard, in the press if nobody else was listening! And we would have tested! I’ve written some test-data generators myself when i was a younger man. And getting a bunch of PC’s to generate high transaction load on a webserver is not that hard either, just look at these DDOS kits out there. But nobody is so blind as the ones who don’t want to see…


    What happen here is a prime example of public-private corruption. The vendors, consultants etc. got some sweat deals ($300M is A LOT for a bunch of servers, databases and web-code) for a promise of silence if things went south on the bureaucrats end. Which was bound to happen.


    Reminds me of the “Deepwater Horizon” accident. Never has a sitting president looked so small and weak. BP wouldn’t have done that with Lyndon B. Johnson, you can bet your fanny on that! He would’ve had the complete management in leg-irons by day three, just to make a point, the prospect of hanging focusing the mind and all that…

  8. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago


    Becareful what you wish for… This is an incompetent administration using government to get the job done. There is plenty more that can go wrong than just everything.

  9. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The state of WA set up a computer tracking system for welfare, spent tens of millions and many years on it, it never worked and they finally scrapped it.
    I wouldn’t put it past a write wing ringer coder putting in a few lines as a poison pill. A lot of red states are not being cooperative too.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    Any conservatives who consider Jon Stewart to be a “Obamabot” should watch his interview with Ms. Sebilius. It was pretty good. He took her to task.
    @ Radish - between reporters world wide who wanted to see it, Republicans who wanted to criticize its features, and the people who actually wanted to sign up for insurance, I believe that piece of the “Information superhighway” was as locked up as I-395 in DC where it connects to I-495 and I-95 south. Took me six hours to go seventy miles. State route 1 was equally backed up.

  11. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    The problem with the web site is almost certainly a combination of hiring low bidders who hired incompetents and marginally capable code writers with that the whole thing was designed by a committee of “blind men.” That is, various groups doing the code had little or no connection to other groups doing other parts of the system.
    When it was finally put together you end up with a mismash of poorly interconnected modules of code that don’t work together. Instead they clash and crash, run slowly due to poor design and have wholes a hacker can fly a 747 through to steal the data.
    That is almost certainly what happened.

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 1 year ago


    “When it was finally put together you end up with a mismash of poorly interconnected modules of code that don’t work together.”

    I thought that after this first started. Not an uncommon occurrence, especially with the specifications coming in from multiple agencies (or those agencies writing their own code). At a guess they’ll have to scrap it or there will be so much maintenance programming done on this mess that it won’t have a life expectancy of more than a year or two. The jumble of code won’t tolerate future maintenance programming for very long

    It’s a lot more fun to read the conspiracy theorists, though..

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Sure glad Iraq (going back not just 22 years, but 50) never turned into a tangled web, likewise Afghanistan. Oh but those were run by competent conservatives! (right)

  14. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, about 1 year ago


    Looks to me like they are based in Virginia:

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