Washington Examiner: HHS Disarray Spurred Obamacare Website Snafus

Friday, 18 Oct 2013 04:46 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The malfunctions dogging the Affordable Care Act website resulted from chaos within the Department of Health and Human Services, says Richard Pollock, senior watchdog reporter for the Washington Examiner.

"All of us assumed that the IT [information technology] people were testing and pretesting and dealing with stress tests and dealing with the whole issue of user friendliness for consumers in terms of the website for Obamacare," Pollock told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Story continues below video.




"What we've discovered was that there was such chaos, such disarray within the Department of Health and Human Services that it wasn't until a week before their launch that they decided to begin testing the operation of this massive website."

Pollock said it may be weeks — or even months — before the snafus preventing Americans from signing up online are fixed.

"This is a very serious problem because Dec. 15th is the deadline in which to enroll or sign up for Obamacare," he said.

"They may be able to begin operating it in a few weeks or perhaps close to the December 15th date and we can only just imagine at that point what the traffic might look like as well.

"It's very interesting because HHS has indicated that they will not relax the deadlines for this."

Pollock said the country may be about to see the president's signature program implode "in living color."

"This is really a spectacular disaster. I don’t' think we've ever seen anything – probably the last we've seen anything like this was when those first rockets were being shot off Cape Canaveral in the late 1950s, early 1960s and we had a couple of disasters," he said.

He believes heads will likely roll in the months ahead.

"We are all looking at the individuals who made up the leadership of this program at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, part of HHS, and there will probably be calls for a good number of people to resign," Pollock said.

"We can just expect to see a whole range of House and Senate investigations, public hearings."


See the Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV each weekday live by Clicking Here Now

You can listen to the Steve Malzberg Show each weekday live from 3-6 PM ET on SiriusXM 244

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sen. Grassley: Ebola Travel Ban Would Protect Economy

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 13:52 PM

The nation's economy could be gravely hurt without the enactment of travel restrictions to Ebola-stricken nations to hel . . .

Columnist: Fear of Pot in Kids' Halloween Candy Overblown

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 20:55 PM

Colorado health officials had to abandon a proposal to prohibit marijuana-laced edible sweets because the state's consti . . .

GOP Legislator: Americans Are Feeling 'Obama Fatigue'

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 20:34 PM

Americans appear to be tuning out the leader of the free world if the collective audience shrug at a recent campaign eve . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved