HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

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    HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    http://blog.heritage.org/2013/10/22/guest-post-how-healthcare-gov-discredits-liberalism/

    The Internet does weird things to people. One of those weirdnesses comes from the tech-savvy community on the left, who sincerely embrace an agile, entrepreneurial, bottom-up culture in their professional and voluntary pursuits, yet forcefully argue for the top-down paternalism of forcing people to buy health insurance, imposed by a bureaucracy that can’t build a website.

    President Obama wants you to believe the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov won’t impede the same bureaucracy from implementing Obamacare more broadly. But the odds aren’t good, for reasons that go far beyond the website itself.

    HealthCare.gov is an object lesson in the perils of big bureaucracy and crony capitalism. These issues are at the heart of the broader conservative critique of big government. Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias tries to argue that HealthCare.gov doesn’t discredit liberalism. He is right to be concerned that it might.

    No one has a better understanding of this issue than Clay Johnson, who traded partisan politics (including helping to elect the President in 2008) for helping government build better technology. He is furious, and rightly points out that the issue stems from federal procurement laws.

    But things like bad procurement laws don’t come out of nowhere. They arise in dysfunctional cultures that are the result of highly politicized decision-making processes. Part of the blame lies with successive Congresses. But part of it, if we’re being honest, is the rigidly bureaucratic culture of government itself. No one who values getting things done quickly and efficiently would ever build a system like the one we have now.

    Congress could design and federal IT regulators could enforce a new procurement law that was the epitome of agility and nimbleness, one that would allow for tiger teams of Mark Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin’s best engineers to tackle things with “Move Fast and Break Things” gusto. But such a law would be the antithesis of the modern administrative state that is a product of 20th century liberalism.

    I get that progressive techies didn’t set things up that way, and left to their own devices, can produce pretty good results (see the 2012 Obama campaign). But the governing philosophy they support is at odds with the startup mentality they also embrace. For better or worse, the impulse for a bigger government that makes more health care decisions goes hand in hand with bad procurement laws administered by a unionized federal workforce bullish on routine and bearish on innovation.

    This is how we get a bureaucracy that, when it comes to technology, moves slow and still breaks things.

    Nor is this critique purely a partisan one. In 2005, I worked in the CIO’s office at a federal agency, and saw how the big IT contractors (like CGI) served as an extension of the government itself, colluding with the federal bureaucracy to shut out upstart competitors. At the time, the Bush Administration was pushing to outsource more of the government’s technology work. Ostensibly, private contractors would compete with the federal workforce for big chunks of the IT work. In our case, though, the incumbent contractor found a way to join forces with the feds. Knowing that the fix was in, no one else would bid. The incumbent public-private consortium was awarded a $90 million-a-year contract, effectively in a no-bid process, all done under the aegis of the Bush Administration’s push for more private-sector involvement.

    The Obama Administration came into office with some good impulses, even talking up procurement reform. But it has utterly failed to deliver on those promises.

    We can and should talk about the specifics of procurement reform. Fixing a badly broken federal technology infrastructure isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a partisan issue.

       

     
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    The Iraq War discredits conservatism.

     

     

     

     

    In other words, CLC, congratulations on flatulating in text

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    In response to A_Concerned_Citizen's comment:
    [QUOTE]This bullcrappe from the people who created the idea of the individual mandate [/QUOTE]

    "The individual mandate discredits conservatism," says ardent conservative?

    Better get government out of his medicare, stat!

     

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    Non-sequitur.

    This is pure partisan garbage from the same think tank that has been opposing the ACA from the beginning.

    By definition, technology is apolitical.  Only people can be partisan.

     

    However, this is the procurement system we have, for better or worse.  The laws made it this way.  If Congress cares so much, they should quit di**ing around and fund IT projects fully and intelligently.

    Either way, it requires a close, working partnership between public and private sectors to get things done.

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Speaking of procurement boners.  Can our trillion dollar F-35's get off the ground yet?

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    Where is the call for responsibility re: states who abdicated their commitments to their citizens and insist the federal govt do this for them...because they just couldn't be bothered...??

    States that could, did...with better results across the board.  

    States that didn't want to...well, reap what you sow.

     

    And where was the outrage when the author was "CIO at a federal agency" during the Bush Admin...?  Why didn't he raise any flags then...?  If he did, why were they ignored...?  Did that process by default "discredit conservatism"...?

     

     

     

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    In response to UserName9's comment:
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    Speaking of procurement boners.  Can our trillion dollar F-35's get off the ground yet?

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    Careful.  Challenging defense contractors is un-patriotic, or so sayeth some of the "patriots" on the right.

    Some of these goons in Congress fell backwards trying to make excuses when the rollout of Medicare Part D laid a big, fat egg.

     

     

     

     
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    "Either way, it requires a close, working partnership between public and private sectors to get things done."

    That cliche jumped the shark when used by Michael Dukakis. The crony capitalists get very close, alright, all the better to loot the Treasury...

    Obama used the same line when funding Solyndra.

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    In response to jedwardnicky's comment:
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    In response to NowWhatDoYouWant's comment:
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    In response to ComingLiberalCrackup's comment:
    [QUOTE]Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism[/QUOTE]

     

    The Iraq War discredits conservatism.

     

     

     

     

    In other words, CLC, congratulations on flatulating in text

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    In his defense, he merely cut and pasted an article.

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    As usual, nothing of substance from you, just some stupid one liner . You just hide behind your progressive buddies then when the time is oppurtune you jump in. 

    Nothing has really changed here, just recycled BS from both sides so i shall continue my hiatus. 

     
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     i shall continue my hiatus. 

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    later.

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    the web site was set up by the private sector.  Therefore, it discredits conservatism and their embrace of the private sector

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

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    the web site was set up by the private sector.  Therefore, it discredits conservatism and their embrace of the private sector

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    Talk about missing the point...

    Got sick of posting under WDYWN?

     
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    OBAMACARE VALIDATES Liberalism

     

     

     

    Even Republicans love it!

     

     

     

     
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    Re: HealthCare.gov Discredits Liberalism

    Those are washington establishment politicians who care only for power and greed and do not represent the American people!

     

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