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Healthcare.gov Fails, Private Sector to the Rescue!

On FreeEnterprise.com, Sean Hackbarth makes an excellent point on the irony of the Administration turning to the private sector for help in fixing the bloated failure that is Healthcare.gov.

At least $300 million has been spent on HealthCare.gov, the federally-run health insurance exchange, and three weeks after launch it still doesn’t work. It was supposed to be the Amazon or Kayak of health insurance but has been a riddled with glitches so far:

No private sector company would have messed up a little-tested product launch this badly, and if it had, the CEO wouldn’t have told customers to call a 1-800 number that directs you to go to the website—a Catch-22 for the 21st Century--like President Obama did on Monday.

Now, the Obama administration wants the private sector, specifically Verizon, to come to the rescue according to USA Today:

An informed source in the telecommunications industry said Verizon's Enterprise Solutions division has been asked by the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the performance of the HealthCare.gov site, which is a key component of the Affordable Care Act. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made official.

Read the rest here.


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