Re: A SURVEY: HOW DO YOU THINK THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IS GOING TO END?
posted at 10/10/2013 6:00 PM EDT
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
So, in addition to people who know very little about health care insurance trying to dictate public policy about health insurance...
...now we have people who know very little about IT business services - security administration, networking, relational databases - trying to second-guess highly complex systems from the outside in (and which may involve highly sensitive personal data). The government has many more rules about this stuff than commercial business does.
How much it costs is even more arcane a topic.
That said, as a longtime IT consultant myself, I can only surmise that the people who implemented the website are working 24/7 to update the software ASAP. I've been called in to fight fires on projects like this, and it's not fun or easy. And for their own sake, I can only hope the govt shutdown did not affect the contractor's ability to fix the mess they're in.
Anybody upgrade to iOS 7 lately...??
I also know for a fact that most of the individual state exchanges are running smoothly and on schedule...which may or may not be related to size/scope of those releases.
May I second that Matty.
My husband has been senior software engineer for a long time. When new projects are rolled out, despite everything that has been done to avoid bugs, etc., he has often gotton calls in the middle of the night, on the weekend, etc., to work on the new project to put out one or more fires himself.
Looking not at the mico, but the macro of this immense rollout, anybody in IT I am sure expected there were going to be problems. I would have been absolutely astounded if there were not.
As you pointed out, the websites involving individual state exchanges are running smoothly and on schedule.
However, the majority of the exchanges involve federal exchanges and and that is where the problems are.
On top of this, contrary to the ongoing chant that people do not want Obamacare, the sites have been jammed with people who DO want Obamacare. Even sites that run perfectly well, when jammed, will crash.
In addition, we do not know the demographics yet of those who are signing up for Obamacare. Specicfically, how computer literate they are. Nor do most of us know how computer friendly the websites are. These two factors could certainly be adding to the problems.
I am sure with some time and patience, this will all get straightened out. IT people are amazing at fixing problems given the opportunity.
Less we forget, people have until December 15th to get insured by January 1st. (That is OVER two months away.) They have until April 1st as an overall deadline.
p.s. of course this has nothing to do with the title of the thread. The thread seems to have run off course...nothing new.