WaPo, Forbes, and CBS explain in gruesome detail how the White House, for political reasons, rushed the launch of healthcare.gov long before it was ready. Yes, Republicans were trying to torpedo it. White House paranoia made things worse, to the point where they would not let developers write down what the specs were, for fear it would fall into enemy hands. Healthcare.gov essentially is the biggest startup in history yet every step of the way, politics intruded upon the process of developing the website.
1) Testing of healthcare.gov started a mere 5 days before launch.
2) Some hoped the testing would fail because they knew it wasn’t ready
3) Testing was done with a ‘simplified demonstration application”. They weren’t even testing the actual website.
Sebelius says Healthcare.gov needed six years of development, instead of two.
Obamacare: Health care adviser warned 3 years ago White House was losing control
Three years ago, a trusted Obama health care adviser warned the White House it was losing control of Obamacare. A memo obtained by CBS News said strong leadership was missing and the law’s successful implementation was in jeopardy. The warnings were specific and dire — and ignored.