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Submitted by francislholland on
The Obama Administration is to be congratulated for getting further with this public policy program than any previous administration has, bar none. Considering the complexity and enormity of the computer databases and interfaces required, the Administration should have put the same staff that won the information campaign in November in charge of winning the national health insurance subscription campaign. But, with states and health care providers deciding whether and how to participate in the program up until the last days, the Administration can hardly be blamed for delays. It also should be pointed out that delays in the courts delayed the Administration's ability to develop programs that would meet tests established by the courts. By not being sufficient prepared on the first day, the administration comes out looking as if its data program roll-out was no more successful than Mitt Romney's Election Day technical campaign of last year. The worst aspect of Romney's election data program was that he only first tested it on Election Day. Likewise, the Obama Administration seems only to have stress tested its Affordable Care Act computer programs and databases on the first day of the program roll-out. They should have foreseen the number of people trying to use the system. This failure to get the programming right does not in any way reduce value of the ACA itself. This is just a matter of execution, not substance. Francis L. Holland
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