October 22, 2013, - 3:17 pm
Healthcare.flub: ObamaCare Site Used 10-20-Yr-Old Technology/Code; Designed By Detroit Crony From Obama Campaign
Imagine you need open heart surgery. Would you want your surgeon to use ten-year-old medical technology and knowledge? Would you want him to use equipment designed by his crony-ette who helped him win the hospital chief of staff vote? Well, that’s exactly what Obama did with the healthcare.gov website. And it’s a bad omen for the kind of medicine–including open heart surgery–you’ll be getting.
We already know that everything Obama said was a lie–keeping your doctor if you like him/her, keeping your current healthcare insurance policy if you like it, cheaper premiums, etc. And, now, we know that Obama used ten year old technology and coding for the malfunctioning joke of a website. Hey, why not employ cassette tapes and Betamaxes in your angioplasty operations!
And we also know that he awarded the design of the site to Jessica Teal, the Detroit-area chick who designed the Obama Hope and Change campaign website.
The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY. The site could be perfect, but if the systems from which it draws data are not up to speed, it doesn’t matter, said John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, a cloud computer service provider. “It is a core problem in the sense of it’s fundamental to this thing actually working, but it’s not necessarily a problem that the people who wrote HealthCare.gov can get to,” Engates said. “Even if they had a perfect system, it still won’t work.” . . .
“I have never seen a website — in the last five years — require you to delete the cache in an effort to resolve errors,” said Dan Schuyler, a director at Leavitt Partners, a health care group by former Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt. “This is a very early Web 1.0 type of fix.” “The application could be fundamentally flawed,” said Jeff Kim, president of CDNetworks, a content-delivery network. “They may be using 1990s technology in 2.0 world.”
Outsiders acknowledged they can’t see the whole system, but they said they feared HHS built a system that will need an expensive overhaul that would cause more headaches for people trying to buy insurance.
Visit the website of Michigan-based design firm Teal Media today and you’d never know designers there helped create HealthCare.gov, the troubled online portal for Obamacare. Just a few days ago, the site looked very different. Teal Media’s homepage featured its work on Obamacare prominently, placing a link to the firm’s work on one of the most well-known websites in America front and center. Now that link, as well as the page devoted to Teal’s work on HealthCare.gov, have been removed. . . .
Teal Media doesn’t seem interested in talking about its work on HealthCare.gov. A woman who answered the phone at the company’s headquarters immediately referred BuzzFeed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health And Human Services (HHS) before a single question was asked. CMS is listed as Teal’s client on the firm’s now-erased HealthCare.gov page. When asked about the changed content on the Teal Media site, the woman said that was done ‘in consultation with HHS,” and again referred a reporter to CMS. . . .
Teal Media is led by a prominent former member of President Obama’s celebrated digital campaign team, Jessica Teal. She was Design Manager for Obama’s 2008 campaign, a job that, according to her LinkedIn profile, put her in charge of “the official campaign website and microsites, web/email-based fundraising campaigns, state and constituency literature, large-scale signage and event materials, and special projects.”
Teal’s firm lists many prominent clients in Democratic politics and the government, including the Democratic National Committee, EMILY’s List, the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Teal Media’s role in the design of HealthCare.gov was heralded when the firm signed on. The Verge described the company as a “hip design house,” and reported that the design Teal and other consultants came up with was one of the few good things about the Obamacare portal.
A couple of days after that report appeared, Teal Media suddenly put its work for Healthcare.flub back on its site.
Regardless of the smoke and mirrors campaign, ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster. Just wait ’til you need a heart surgeon under ObamaCare. Think that will be a more successful experience?
Don’t count on it. And make sure your Last Will and Testament is prepared and signed.
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