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The Obama team outsourced Healthcare.gov to big corporations that rang up large bills without delivering what they promised.
I work for one of these corporations. Sure, we can be blamed for the problems. I can tell you that everyone I know building Obamacare software (in the private sector) is busting their humps trying to get the job done. What's preventing us from getting things done is the federal government and their uncanny ability to screw up EVERYTHING they touch. Trust me, the private sector and big corporations know how to build software systems. Yes, there are some states dragging their heels. However, almost everything I've seen go wrong thus far can be attributed to the idiocracy in Washington.
If the problem-plagued rollout of healthcare.gov is any indication, 25 years of bipartisan efforts to downsize the federal government and turn a broad swath of what was the public sector over to private contractors haven’t yielded the awesome efficiencies the “reinventing government” crowd promised us. What a shocker.
Our never-ending debates about the size of government have always been rather silly when you consider that in the end, quality is always more important than quantity. Good governance is so much more important than some arbitrary, ideologically informed notion of the government being too big or too small.
And the belief — common among conservatives — that the size of government is growing at a breakneck pace is almost laughable. In 2012, there were 355,000 fewer civilian workers in the federal government than there were in Ronald Reagan’s final year in office (and 800,000 fewer total personnel when you include the uniformed military). That’s despite 25 years of economic growth and the addition of several new programs.
And here’s the kicker: According to a 1999 study of defense contracting by the Project on Government Oversight (PoGo), even as we were outsourcing a ton of work to the private sector, the agencies that had been “successful at reining in industry fraud” were those hit hardest by the cuts, including a 19 percent cut in staff at the Defense Contract Audit Agency, which had saved “almost $10 for each dollar invested,” and a 21 percent cut in the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office.