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August 22, 2014

Latest Obamacare Glitch: Real Possibility It Won’t Work by End of November

As the Washington Post reports, “software problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace, especially in handling high volumes, are proving so stubborn that the system is unlikely to work fully by the end of the month as the White House has promised, according to an official with knowledge of the project.”

“CGI Federal, the main contractor that built the site, has succeeded in repairing only about six of every 10 of the defects it has addressed so far.”

“It calls into question the repeated assurances by the White House and other top officials that the insurance exchange will work smoothly for the vast majority of Americans by Nov. 30.”

  • sandbun

    Of course it won’t – adding manpower in the middle (or end) of a project slows it down. This has been known in software development circles since at least 1975 – see The Mythical Man-Month. The added communication needed with a larger team, not to mention time bringing the new people up to speed, slows everything down. This is like having 10 chefs make a bad meal because everything any individual chef makes clashes with the things the other chefs make, and deciding the solution is to add more chefs.

  • conspiracy

    “The challenges we are addressing today,” she added, “are a snapshot of November 12th, not November 30th.”

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