reply to post by Kangaruex4Ewe
The quote for my Obamacare is ludicrous at best. I didn't know whether to laugh hysterically when I saw it or cry...I kind of felt like doing both.
You actually managed to get a quote?
This is indeed a time of miracles.
It's a miracle that three doctorate students from China saw a need, and built an accurate quote engine and research website for their thesis. Check
out www.ValuePenguin.com... . Serves up accurate quotes and subsidy estimates very quickly. One of them was interviewed on Fox News earlier
today, due to being able to do in 2 months what healthcare.gov couldn't accomplish in 2 years.
You are spinning this a bit. I have XM radio in the car and heard the same interview. They did the front end what the ACA website is supposed to do,
and only on a subset of the providers.
You also don't realize how government works. Everything goes out to bid. You can view the bidding on websites like fbo dot gov. It is really hard to
eliminate a bidder that you suspect is not qualified. This is NOT like a private business decision, where you know company X is terrible and eliminate
them. The loser can sue if they are not chosen. Happens all the time. The decision making process is open to a FOIA request. [Can you imagine that
happening in a private business, actually having to reveal your analysis.]
History is full of examples of poorly executed custom software projects for government entities. The most recent is CityTime, a program done under
NYC's Mayor Bloomberg, who is clearly a person who knows a thing or two about business.
latest CityTime arrests
In the case of the company that did the ACA software, the Washington Post did an article about how the company was formed by the merger of a so-so
company with a totally inept one. I can't find the article due to the number of hits ACA gets.
Let me make an analogous example where instead of the government picking a contractor, you are picking a car. Lets pretend Yugo still exists. You put
out a bid for a car and the bidders are Toyota, Ford, and Yugo. Now you know Ford or Toyota would be find, but you think Yugos are actually No-Gos.
However the bidding process requires you to pick the lowest bidder with a product that conforms to the contract. So Yugo is the winner.
Now because you are not bound by government rules, you would just laugh at Yugo making a bid at all, then go buy a Ford or Toyota. That is the
difference between private transactions and government transactions.
Now the feds can do sole source rewards in limited circumstances. For example, once they have a software program established from a sole source and
the license needs to be renewed, they make a declaration of a sole source purchase.
So yeah, three guys setting their own objectives can deliver a program, but that program didn't meet the scope of the ACA. It is like taking a test
that you wrote yourself. ;-)