Obamacare.clusterfark Still a Disaster Area Worse Than Katrina
Bill Quick

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Isn’t that wonderful. Even if you can sign up there are no guarantees that you will actually have insurance:

It’s starting to look as if the guarantee may run in the opposite direction:

Up to 40 percent of Obamacare’s ‘back office’ functions yet to be built, tech chief says – The Washington Post

Also yet to be finished is a component that ensures that the state and federal marketplaces and the insurers have accurate, matching information about enrollments. Officials are also still working on a system that makes payments to insurers that attract high-risk patients. These systems must be in place by January, officials have said.

I saw in a comment thread somewhere – maybe at Instapundit – that the biggest problem is that all of the databases from many different agencies necessary to make the whole process work are proprietary to the various agencies.  There may be no way to ever get them to work properly with the new Obamacare demands.

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Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Obamacare.clusterfark Still a Disaster Area Worse Than Katrina — 5 Comments

  1. My past experience with proprietary databases has been that they will not work or play well with each other. They are not designed to. Even just trying to import data from one to another was problematic at best.

    • I function at the god level when it comes to data conversion, hooking databases up to each other, and just generally getting data from here to there.

      … when I’m given access to the databases and the network ports are opened and I don’t have to spend 75% of my billable time talking to not-quite-clueless suits who are convinced that everyone around them is a criminal looking to misuse their data and the other set of suits accurately tell me what they need to have done.

      (In other words, very seldom am I able to function at that level.)

  2. My experience in in electronic banking transaction but I understand the situation for data interchange in health care insurance, etc. is similar. There are ISO record standards for interchanges and they are strict. It takes a lot of testing one-on-one transfers to be sure to get all the myriad of cross-communications right. And, every time anything changes, the certification tests must be redone. With the large number of sources and sinks involved, certification will take months for the back end of Healthcare.gov.

    The emphasis was on the front end due to pressure from the politicians to address appearances. This is, of course, exactly the wrong thing to do. If both the back & front end have problems, the last thing you want to do is fix the front end first and thereby increase the pressure on the struggling back end.

    So now, the smartest people in the world have taken a disaster and turned it into catastrophe. People will be please to have the web site tell them that they are “covered” only to discover that the insurance company has never heard of them.

    I encourage all DP readers to get in sizeable stocks of popcorn right away.

  3. When a whole bunch of public and private sector databases would be required to communicate and/or transmit data with each other wouldn’t the lowest common denominator factor set in? IOW the simplest, least secure, most unsearcheable, and least flexible database set the (low) standard all others need to be dumbed down?

    Perfect definition of the eventual results of socialism in practice.

    • In most aspects it would not necessarily go to lowest common denominator. The issue would largely come down to which database was considered the center of the universe and which were the linked-in databases. (This is not the only way to connect disparate data sources, but I’ve never heard of a government agency not organizing it with one “in charge”.)

      As for least secure, yah, that’s an issue. However, our “private” personally identifying data is so widely accessible already that I’m not sure it would make much difference in practice.

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