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2012-11-19 Economy
Capretta and Levin: Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing
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Posted by Au Auric 2012-11-19 00:37|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6469 views ]  Top

#1 If ObamaCare is impossible, it won't happen. Thank heaven for reality.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-11-19 09:11||   2012-11-19 09:11|| Front Page Top

#2 When the uninsured begin to see their IRS Earned Income Tax credit and Form 1040 refund decremented to pay the penalty, a light may..... (I say again may) come on!
Posted by Besoeker 2012-11-19 10:05||   2012-11-19 10:05|| Front Page Top

#3 ...databases and interfaces to establish eligibility...

Can anybody think of a government computer project that came in on time and under budget? Every one that I ever heard of cost millions upon millions of dollars. There always seems to be a heckuva lot of fudge factor in these types of projects.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2012-11-19 12:01||   2012-11-19 12:01|| Front Page Top

#4 Think about this: the Fed program will require computer systems that far exceed any that have yet been implemented outside of classified ones.


The FBI Virtual Case File System (started in 2001, cancelled as a complete failure in 2005, started over in 2006, and was finally introduced in March 2012.

IRS Modernization -The IRS launched its Business System Modernization program about 25 years ago. By 1995 and $2 billion in expenditures, only marginal improvements were made. In 1999, an IRS assistant commissioner called the modernization program a failure, and said most of its technology did not work. By then, the IRS was starting over with a new $5 billion contract that has continued with mixed results. And remember - the IRS will be enforcing the "penalty" phase of this.

Then in Texas, the Health and Human Services issued a contract valued at $899 million over five years with Accenture Ltd in 2005 - the program was supposed to determine eligibility and maintain an eligibility computer system, furnish call center services and provide enrollment broker services for health insurance in the state. It got scaled back project the following year due to failures in developing the systems. The project was plagued by complaints of slow service and the denial of benefits to eligible recipients, and was abandoned in March 2007.

This thing is going to be an unholy mess - in addition to being willfully ignorant of the huge negative impacts on health-care availability and large increases in costs, the idiots that passed Obamacare certainly had no understanding of what it will take to implement the system. They seem to think passing a law will magically make complex systems appear. Wrong. Reality is going to bite hard.
Posted by OldSpook 2012-11-19 23:03||   2012-11-19 23:03|| Front Page Top

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