The Obamacare website is a failure for the same reason Solyndra was a failure: tax dollars were given to companies for the sole reason that they contributed campaign dollars to the right politicians. Energy loans were not given to Solyndra (the bankrupt solar company) because they had a good business model, or were the most likely company to create alternative energy, but because Bill Kaiser raised $500,000 for Obama’s 2008 campaign. So half a billion tax dollars were in turn thrown down the drain to reward him. The Obamacare website situation is similar according to NationalJournal.com:
A subset of 17 contractors on the list [of companies that worked on implementing the Affordable Care Act] spent $128 million on lobbying in 2011 and 2012, the foundation said, and 29 had employees or political action committees that contributed $32 million to candidates during that election cycle, including nearly $4 million to President Obama.
The way I see it, there are two types of companies (and the companies’ leaders) who contribute to politicians. One is the people who pay a small amount in campaign contributions so that their company can get a lucrative government contract or loan, like in the Obamacare website situation, or the energy loans to Solyndra. The other type is the people who pay politicians “protection money” so that their company is not unfairly disadvantaged by legislation, and so that their competitors are not unfairly given an advantage over them through legislation.
But another reason for the website failure is that the government was in charge of it. Just to clarify, this is the same government that is now in charge of your healthcare. According to the Daily Caller, testing that is normally done by private companies (with incentives to perform well), was in this case handled by the government.
According to individuals with knowledge of the development of the site, the root cause of the problems that beset the launch of the federal health care exchange is a decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to act as the central coordinator for the project — a “systems integrator.”
CMS continued to make changes to the project all the way up to a week before the site’s launch, delaying testing that normally takes four to six months to work out.
Sources said that decisions were being made so late into the process that it was impossible for the organizations to know how all of the technology that goes into the web site would work together. Doesn’t that make you feel great about the type of healthcare we can expect, run by these same people and government agencies?