By Emma X
America still leads the world in
technology and political failures.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bureaucratic government in possession of a critically important software roll out will fail to load test.
|Obamacare Death Panels turned|
out to be servers that could not support the
load generated by poorly integrated software.
That being said, one has to come to the conclusion that God does indeed love Republicans. Or maybe he hates universal health care. Whatever the reason, we now have airways full of government appointed Luddites explaining why they didn’t understand that software components designed by multiple vendors might not work when integrated, or that multiple thousands of people trying to access a single website at one time might crash the server. We unfortunately have come to expect these kinds of idiotic government failures, but in a twenty-first century economy where commercial systems work seamlessly to keep American commerce functioning at a world class pace, the Obamacare rollout is embarrassingly quaint. Failure was highly avoidable. But then the government process itself tends to collapse under stress. The American electorate now fully understands that it has a government that cannot legislate; that it also cannot function in the technical arena should be no surprise.
So now we have a Health Care Enrollment system that is limping along with daily hot swapping of code and no end-to-end system testing. We can look forward to some serious hacking exposures, both short term and long. And it may not be long before the loyal opposition is rightly proclaiming data security risks, and possibly some successes with illegal enrollment data acquisition.
|Wetware Hot Swap|
Wouldn't it be more efficient if we could change
out disfunctional politicians while the legislative
system remained up? Productivity and functionality
would improve immediately.
The Obamacare rollout is working as well as the legislative process that created it. In the victory wake of a government shutdown blamed on Republicans, the Democrats have handed them a spectacular public start-up failure that conservatives can attach to a negative public perception of the legislation itself. They have hot swapped an historical triumph for an embarrassing technical defeat.
|The Victory Lap|
Republicans tried every method to
derail Obamacare. Help finally came
from an unexpected source.
Still, one day soon people will be able to use that new-fangled system of tubes and pipes held together by electrician's tape called The Internet to shop for affordable health care. In the meantime pick up the phone and call for assistance. It won't get you health insurance any faster, but it will give you time on hold to consider how well your January enrollment might work, and what medical supplies you might want to stock up on, just in case.
|The Bright Future Of Affordable|
There will be seven million registered applicants
by March, 2014. Guaranteed.