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Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov

Soulskill posted about 7 months ago | from the blue-screen-of-actual-death dept.

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Antipater writes "NBCNews reports that Kurt DelBene, former head of Microsoft's Office division, will take over operations of Healthcare.gov on Wednesday. DelBene will replace Jeffrey Zients, who stepped in to lead the team fixing the health insurance website when it crashed and burned on its Oct. 1 launch. Zients is set to take over next month as senior White House economic adviser from Gene Sperling.'"

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214 comments

New meaning to blue screen of death? (5, Funny)

xobyte (255771) | about 7 months ago | (#45718389)

My healthcare BSOD...

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (2)

Mashiki (184564) | about 7 months ago | (#45718533)

Sadly it will make you fill out a death application form, 32 pages long. And should you develop the BSOD, you or your family will be taxed for it at a 'cheaper' price. Sorry I mean, an excessively more expensive price.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718547)

My healthcare BSOD...'Blue Screen of Death' ?

No. More then likely, lowered premiums for better coverage. Those who complained about their canceled plans actually got better plans - less cost and more coverage.

Whatever guys, Troll dissolves Troll - like Chemistry, like dissolves like.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718585)

This is good news, guys. By now MS is an expert in receiving and dealing with DoS.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (5, Informative)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45718665)

> Those who complained about their canceled plans actually got better plans - less cost and more coverage.

Um, really? We didn't. Our plans (wife and I) were canceled because the company didn't want to pay the cadillac tax. For a replacement, we get higher cost, and much higher deductible. The strategy, as I understand it, is that you are supposed to live off your FSA for the first five months or so before your coverage actually starts paying for stuff. This is a definition of "better plans" of which I am unaware.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (3, Interesting)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 7 months ago | (#45719087)

No, it is ELITIST bullshit that they are spewing. Making blanket judgements based on what someone like Ezekiel Emanuel told them to say. It doesn't matter if it is true or not, they believe it, because they were told by someone who knows better than anyone else. And it is "better" depending on who you ask, just don't ask the patient, doctor, health insurance company or anyone immediately involved in your health care (lack of) choices. It IS better for the DNC as it provides a nice new entitlement to ensnare unsuspecting weak individuals into a lifelong servitude of voting for the candidates the Party Dictates they vote for.

Welcome to Soviet Amerika!

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45719229)

> It IS better for the DNC as it provides a nice new entitlement to ensnare unsuspecting weak individuals into a lifelong servitude of voting for the candidates the Party Dictates they vote for.

Except... how could that work if the entitlement in question is looked forward even less than having a live frog for breakfast?

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (2)

pspahn (1175617) | about 7 months ago | (#45719253)

Everyone succumbs to indoctrination given enough time.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (4, Informative)

mspohr (589790) | about 7 months ago | (#45719627)

So... blame your cheapass company for dropping your insurance coverage.
They didn't have to buy you a "cadillac" policy... they could have bought you a regular policy but they are using the "blame it on Obamacare" excuse for screwing you.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719637)

My advice would be to check out your options on the exchange. You don't have to take employer coverage and you may end up saving money and get the insurance you are looking for.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (2, Interesting)

Mashiki (184564) | about 7 months ago | (#45718741)

No. More then likely, lowered premiums for better coverage. Those who complained about their canceled plans actually got better plans - less cost and more coverage.

Whatever guys, Troll dissolves Troll - like Chemistry, like dissolves like.

Really now, I have to ask if you're being paid by OFA or Media Matters after two statements like that. Every single person that I know in the US who had healthcare plans they liked, got theirs cancelled, and are paying anywhere between 40% and 280% more now, and they're getting 60% less coverage, with a 2000% increase in their deductible.

Maybe, maybe...you're just ignorant. Then again, back when you guy's were looking at implementing this, I repeatedly said it was doomed to failure and your healthcare insurance rates were going to head for "ass rape" territory. How did I know? Because I already live under a socialized medicine system in Canada.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 7 months ago | (#45719489)

Because I already live under a socialized medicine system in Canada.

What's wrong with Canada?

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719765)

How did I know? Because I already live under a socialized medicine system in Canada.

What's wrong with Canada?

The socialists in Canada pay almost $4500 per capita for healthcare, or more than 11% of GDP. Because of the waste inherent in socialist systems, we should not be surprised that healthcare costs in Canada are 7th highest on the planet, yet for all this outrageous expense, they are only tied for 4th in life expectancy and something like 24th in infant mortality. Now that Obamacare is bringing socialism to US healthcare, Mashiki knows from miserable experience the poor quality and excessive expense that his southern neighbors can expect in the years to come.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719559)

So let me get this straight, so you can get back to your circle-jerk.

My rate went up 8.8 percent, less then in years past, my plan is exactly the same in every way, except there is a bunch of stuff that i never have to pay a copay or deductible on. Also, my employer ate the 8.8 percent increase, so my out of pocket increase was $0. So now you know one person, actually, you know 38 people, who didn't lose there current plan, nor had some huge rate increase, nor getting less coverage and $0 increase in an already pretty fair deductible.

Ok now back to your cross border circle-jerk-a-thon

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (0, Offtopic)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 7 months ago | (#45719167)

No. More then likely, lowered premiums for better coverage. Those who complained about their canceled plans actually got better plans - less cost and more coverage.

Wow...when did MSNBC get an account on Slashdot? Rachel, is that you?

;)

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (2)

Bartles (1198017) | about 7 months ago | (#45719531)

Really? I got 259% higher cost, $500 higher deductible, smaller network, and 10% coinsurance after deductible. It's worse in every way, and way more expensive.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 7 months ago | (#45718605)

My healthcare BSOD...

But if you like your Dr Watson trace... You can keep it.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (2)

Dan667 (564390) | about 7 months ago | (#45719183)

he was in charge of MSOffice so it will get a ribbon toolbar and be completely unusable.

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 7 months ago | (#45719307)

I hate to say it, but if they're gonna turn it over to someone or some company that can fix it...hell, give it to Google.

They already have info on most everyone in the US. Let them get the website going, they can hook in with Acxiom [acxiom.com] to pre-fill in what data Google has missing or wrong...and voila, the site could be up and running within about 2 months.

Not that I'm in favor of obamacare, mind you, but if they're gonna try to get expertise in getting large web based things to run and information gathering, why not go to some experts that get it right?

Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719647)

"Code Blue, Code Blue. Code Blue Screen of Death fifth floor, room 512"
"Dr. Rosenrosen is en route."

Clippy? (4, Funny)

KoshClassic (325934) | about 7 months ago | (#45718417)

Will the web site feature a seemingly-friendly, but obnoxious-as-hell talking paper clip that pops up whenever its unwanted?

Looks Like You're Trying to Sign Up for Obamacare! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718715)

Would you Like to:

[N/A] Keep your existing health plan?
[ ] Automatically get shunted into Medicaid?
[ ] Pay through the nose for a plan with a higher deductible, a higher co-pay, and higher monthly fees?
[ ] Appeal your death panel ruling?

Re:Looks Like You're Trying to Sign Up for Obamaca (1)

ccanucs (2529272) | about 7 months ago | (#45719009)

"Are you sure?" :-)

Also - the site will have impenetrable ribbon bars at the top with icons that you will have no idea about

Re:Looks Like You're Trying to Sign Up for Obamaca (1, Informative)

Chalnoth (1334923) | about 7 months ago | (#45719249)

Would you Like to:

  • [N/A] Keep your existing health plan?
  • [ ] Automatically get shunted into Medicaid?
  • [ ] Pay through the nose for a plan with a higher deductible, a higher co-pay, and higher monthly fees?
  • [ ] Appeal your death panel ruling?

Correct version of the above:

Would you like to:

  • [N/A] Keep your existing health plan?
  • [ ] Eliminate your monthly premiums and pay lower out-of-pocket bills via Medicaid (now available for millions more Americans)?
  • [ ] Pay less for a plan which covers more and has limits on the amount you pay, instead of limits on the amount insurance pays?
  • [ ] Make so much money that you can afford to pay a little bit more?

There is no corresponding correction to "death panels" because those are imaginary.

Re:Looks Like You're Trying to Sign Up for Obamaca (4, Interesting)

mi (197448) | about 7 months ago | (#45719507)

[N/A] Keep your existing health plan?

When Obama said: "If you like your plan you can keep it," — he meant to say: "If I like your plan, you can keep it." The millions, whose plans aren't, in Obama's omniscient and benevolent opinion, good enough — because they don't cover, say, obesity counseling, or contraception, or gender-changes — are out of luck...

There is no corresponding correction to "death panels" because those are imaginary.

No, they aren't. There always are patients, who could be kept alive at high costs but without much, if any, prospect of recovering. When and whether to "pull the plug" on them is currently up to the patients and/or their families. Once the government becomes the single payer — which is what Obama and you dream about — the decision will be the government's. It is unlikely, that it will be a single shirley sharrod deciding — more like a panel of them. "Death panel" is a perfectly apt term describing the outfit...

If the IRS is already used today to suppress opposition [usnews.com] , why wouldn't the next charismatic demagogue in the White House use these panels to an even graver effect? No, not even against the opposition figures themselves — too obvious...

"Hey, if you'd like your mother to be approved for surgery, rather than referred to End of Life Counseling, do not talk about this and that in your next public appearance. Do we understand each other?"

Re:Looks Like You're Trying to Sign Up for Obamaca (1)

plopez (54068) | about 7 months ago | (#45719671)

"When and whether to "pull the plug" on them is currently up to the insurance companies."

fixed that for you

Do they give you plenty of water... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719823)

...give you some MiracleGrow, and shine your leaves once a week?

What with you being a plant and all...

Re:Clippy? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 7 months ago | (#45719251)

You know, I keep expecting the old 'Clippy' dig on MS to get old...

Hasn't yet :)

Re:Clippy? (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 7 months ago | (#45719719)

"Hey, it looks like you're trying to find an emergency room. I can help with that!"

Second one? (1)

XanC (644172) | about 7 months ago | (#45718433)

Wait, so you mean this is the second guy to "step in and fix it" since October? That would seem to indicate this is truly an enormous disaster.

Re:Second one? (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about 7 months ago | (#45718655)

And yet...nobody is in jail, being fined, or even refunding all that money they were paid to develop it.

Re:Second one? (0)

DaHat (247651) | about 7 months ago | (#45718797)

Why would the leftists who exclusively forced this boondoggle on us hold themselves accountable?

Re:Second one? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719011)

Why would the leftists who exclusively forced this boondoggle on us hold themselves accountable?

Because the rightists who got you into this mess of for-profit healthcare and the poor can go fuck themselves are the reason you need to have universal healthcare in the first place.

Just because rich douchebags feel entitled to gouging people when it comes to their health doesn't make it right either.

But don't worry, the Tea Party will continue to try to ensure that anybody who isn't wealthy won't be able to afford health care like the greedy bastards they are.

Re:Second one? (2)

DaHat (247651) | about 7 months ago | (#45719103)

Because the rightists who got you into this mess of for-profit healthcare and the poor can go fuck themselves are the reason you need to have universal healthcare in the first place.

Yes, so horrible that the for-profit healthcare system in this country created so many life saving & extending drugs and treatments

Oh what a horrible world it was before the ACA was passed... millions of dead poor people in the street, insurance companies rolling the dice and canceling policies just because they felt like it, and no one but the ultra rich able to have a quality insurance policy.

Just because rich douchebags feel entitled to gouging people when it comes to their health doesn't make it right either.

Except for those 'rich douchebags' aren't all rich... instead providing a service which many of us are willing to pay a pretty penny for. I guess you don't value your health/life or that if your family.

But don't worry, the Tea Party will continue to try to ensure that anybody who isn't wealthy won't be able to afford health care like the greedy bastards they are.

Wait... the Tea Party us full of a bunch of wealthy folks? Where do I sign up???

Re:Second one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719829)

If only we could come up with a system, that kept the for profit, life saving and extending drugs and treatments, while at the same time making sure Im not paying more for my insurance so that the poor people (who could not afford health insurance but arn't going to be left to die in the streets by the hospitals), can maybe get some help before they end up in the emergency room, you know before a cold becomes a respiratory infection or somthing like that.

Yes they were providing a service that You and I were paying a pretty penny for, except we were not getting any fucking service, were you living under a rock, you could pay for decades and not have a single claim, then you make one claim, and boom, per-existing condition, or pow, you crap out, your dick got cancer, oh sorry you dint notice, or was it advertised that the most they would pay out in a year was like $10,000, so that $100,000 cancer treatment you got this year, ya thanks for all those premiums but that $90,000, that's on you. or sorry your lifetime limit has been reached, better hope you don't have a re-occurrence of cancer, because you already had it once, and we paid as much as were are ever going to pay, and don't even think of getting insurance somewhere else, you now have a preexisting condition.

So please, spare me the it was the best of times bullshit, its fucking hilarious, in 2008 the number one issue, before the economy tanked, was health care, the number 1 issue, by a wide margin. Insurance didn't cover shit, you paid everything out of pocket anyway if you were doing anything besides going to the emergency room. God forbid we have a for profit system that say yes i have to pay into it, but also yes the insurance has to to cover some basic fucking shit and they cant just cut you off when you get sick.

As for the tea party shit, i don't know what to tell you, try searching crossroadsgps.

Re: Second one? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719051)

I'm sure you fascists could have done a much better job...

Re: Second one? (1)

DaHat (247651) | about 7 months ago | (#45719153)

You use that word... but I don't think you understand it's meaning.

In fact... 'fascism' is a term that while not often applied to the current government, does pretty accurately describe the unilateral rule we have seen from this administration on this law (amongst other things).

Re:Second one? (2)

drnb (2434720) | about 7 months ago | (#45718859)

And yet...nobody is in jail, being fined, or even refunding all that money they were paid to develop it.

Its not really contractor's fault. I'm sure they did some pretty screwy things but the epic fail really comes down to time and specification. The contractors were only given months to implemented it, despite the administration knowing they needed it over 3 years ago, and the administration was making last minute changes, can't show plan prices from the insurance company have to connect to a bunch of different gov't agencies in order to calculate a subsidy.

Re:Second one? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719755)

Yeah, and if the Obama Administration had started building it three years ago, people would have been bitching about them spending money too soon, when everything else wasn't settled.

What should have been done was have actual government employees do the job, the NSA has enough qualified people that it could have been done without going out of house.

But no, no, privatization is the way to go.

Re:Second one? (1)

Stormy Dragon (800799) | about 7 months ago | (#45718967)

Which likely means the contractor delivered exactly what they were contracted to deliver, it's just that the government didn't know what it actually needed when it wrote the requirements and now wants to blame them for the fact that the resultant product can't fulfill its purpose.

Re:Second one? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 7 months ago | (#45719211)

...it's just that the government didn't know what it actually needed when it wrote the requirements and now wants to blame them for the fact that the resultant product can't fulfill its purpose.

And we're now entrusting said government to be in charge of all our healthcare needs/decisions why now exactly???

Re:Second one? (1)

pspahn (1175617) | about 7 months ago | (#45719323)

Chrome Robot: Everything will be all right. You are in my hands. I am here to protect you. You have nowhere to go. You have nowhere to go.

Re:Second one? (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 7 months ago | (#45719265)

And yet...nobody is in jail, being fined, or even refunding all that money they were paid to develop it.

Well, yea.

For that to happen, someone in federal government would have to admit to making a mistake, and as we all should know at this point, es ist VERBOTEN .

Fix it and implement the missing 40% of project (1)

drnb (2434720) | about 7 months ago | (#45718799)

Wait, so you mean this is the second guy to "step in and fix it" since October? That would seem to indicate this is truly an enormous disaster.

Its not just fixing the front end user interface. There is the 40% of the project that is back end and has not even been implemented at all according to recent testimony to congress.

Re:Second one? (1)

Sir_Sri (199544) | about 7 months ago | (#45718921)

Or that someone was throwing him a freebie job until another one opened up (and they could hopefully find someone better for this one).

Scenario: We have a clusterfuck. And need a new person to head it. But we have no idea who it is.

So we hire some guy who's a business CEO and economics type - clearly completely wrong for the job - but not 2 months later he gets a job suited to the CEO/economics type - as an economics advisor. And we spent the time he was 'in charge' hiring someone who appears to maybe have been exposed to IT projects before.

It solved the theatre problem of needing someone new right away, give him a cushy job for 2 months while the real job you wanted him for became available, and gave you time to find someone who might actually be useful.

Polilitical Link (5, Informative)

jasnw (1913892) | about 7 months ago | (#45718435)

He is the spouse (husband, I assume) of Congressperson Karen DelBene (D-WA), also an ex-MS person.

Re:Polilitical Link (5, Insightful)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | about 7 months ago | (#45718557)

We don't say "Congressperson" anymore because that implies these are people, and not soulless monsters. The correct term is "Congresswench".

Re:Polilitical Link (2)

runeghost (2509522) | about 7 months ago | (#45718631)

I believe that the appropriate term is "Congresscritter".

Re:Polilitical Link (3, Funny)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 7 months ago | (#45718727)

What did critters ever do to you?

Re:Polilitical Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718777)

They tricked me into killing the lioness whose job it was to prevent the anti-Christ from being born!

Re:Polilitical Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718751)

Feh. How about smeghead, or Dinosaur Breath or Molecule Mind. And on a special occasion when you wanna be like really mega polite, I mean really, really polite, in these exceptional circumstances you can call them... arsehole.

Re:Polilitical Link (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718659)

The correct term is "Congresswench".

That was dismissed as it is insulting to wenches. "Congresswretch" is the accepted form, and gender-neutral.

Re:Polilitical Link (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45718565)

Right, no cronyism here. Move along now, nothing to see.

Re:Polilitical Link (4, Informative)

DrData99 (916924) | about 7 months ago | (#45718653)

Close. It's Suzan DelBene.http://delbene.house.gov/ [house.gov]

Meet Sticky, the helpful animated syringe (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718453)

Oh please oh please oh please

Re:Meet Sticky, the helpful animated syringe (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45718607)

That's absolutely brilliant.

Re:Meet Sticky, the helpful animated syringe (3, Funny)

Bodhammer (559311) | about 7 months ago | (#45718953)

More like Tubey, the fully articulated enema nozzle...

Re:Meet Sticky, the helpful animated syringe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719457)

Can we call him the Prick?

Bringing BSOD to Healthcare.gov (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718459)

Bringing BSOD to Healthcare.gov in 2014
Always "pays for sure"
Surface Pro, HC edition
Healthcare.gov will soon require IE 6

The new interface.... (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#45718479)

Need to register for your mandated insurance? Start -> HHS Health Bob

Obvious Bill could see this coming.

Bill Gates says Microsoft Bob will make a comeback [cnet.com]

Re:The new interface.... (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 7 months ago | (#45718683)

You might think you're screwed if you're on Linux or MacOS, but there is some hope. There is talk of doing a "poor country cousin" version called Minnie Perl Bob [youtube.com] for them with a "modified" interface. They should probably move the price tag off the hat.

haters gonna hate! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718539)

/. hippies: no, YOU can't...

Crony Capitalism at its finest (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718555)

And note this has NOTHING to do with capitalism or the free market.

Corrupt socialist politician lies and decieves to enable further tyranny upon the formerly free people of the US. Wake me when there is some news.

How about this:

http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/17/washington-post-obama-administration-slowed-red-tape-avoid-2012-election-backlash/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Demint

"The production of new rules, which until then had been in overdrive, slipped into a lower gear. And the regulatory agenda, which the Administration was required by law to release every spring and fall, did not appear. Noting the odd silence, Heritage research fellow Diane Katz speculated that the rules were being deliberately delayed until after the election year."

More lies enhanced by the complicit media to enxure the boy king gets re-elected. And you lot support this tyranny nearly to a man. You people are pathetic.

And yes, the regulatory state, which its own rules, courts, and legal system, is the single most tyrannical aspect of the modern U.S. Government. One of the scariest aspects of Obamacare is that it left 90% of the law to the discretion of unaccountable, unelected, power-hungry cronies (not just Sebellius, but also IRS officials).

If only there was a mechanism by which information such as the state of modern regulations could be transmitted to the general public.

I don't want to ever hear another g_ddamned word from a g_ddamned liberal, ever, about how corrupt and power hungry Nixon/Reagan/Bush/insert Republican POTUS here was.

Re:Crony Capitalism at its finest (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718941)

I love it. Completely on topic, accurate and there isn't a damn thing you morons can do to dispute this.

And yet you douchenozzles mod it down.

How many of you fuckwads spend time blowing Obama I have to ask? Huh? I can get you a deal on kneepads to protect your knees.

Fuckwads.

Your rate offers will be ready in (5, Funny)

wagr (1070120) | about 7 months ago | (#45718561)

45 seconds
2 minutes
15 seconds
30 seconds

Microsoft (3, Insightful)

roman_mir (125474) | about 7 months ago | (#45718563)

So a former MS exec is now in charge of USA 'health insurance' system. I wonder, how much time before MS is hired to write a secondary system that will replace the original one (at a hefty price tag, of-course)?

Re:Microsoft (1)

rmdashrf (1338183) | about 7 months ago | (#45719301)

With a website that's only usable with Internet Explorer.

Re:Microsoft (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | about 7 months ago | (#45719581)

With a website that's only usable with Internet Explorer.

Version 6!

Re:Microsoft (1)

Cramer (69040) | about 7 months ago | (#45719695)

... that only works from 11am to noon on the third thursday of each month. (redirects to bing, which is also broken, all other times.)

microsoft exec plus the US Government... (4, Funny)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45718579)

I'm trying to think how this could end well.

Re:microsoft exec plus the US Government... (3, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 7 months ago | (#45718691)

Oh, that's easy . . . just look at Nokia and Steve Elop! The Microsoft exec will run Obamacare into bankruptcy, then Microsoft will buy Obamacare cheap for all the patents and IP . . . and then Microsoft will own our healthcare, as well as our desktops!

Re:microsoft exec plus the US Government... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 7 months ago | (#45718771)

You're right, I should have said, end well for us, not Microsoft....

Re:microsoft exec plus the US Government... (1)

gman003 (1693318) | about 7 months ago | (#45719101)

Well, some people like watching train wrecks...

Re:microsoft exec plus the US Government... (1)

mystikkman (1487801) | about 7 months ago | (#45719805)

Personally I am glad that healthcare.gov doesn't use .NET, or the bitching on forums about how that choice killed the website would've been terrible.

Is this the Office 2010 - 2013 "upgrade" guy? (1)

Midnight_Falcon (2432802) | about 7 months ago | (#45718621)

Since the release of Office 2013, and its noticeably much uglier interface (especially in Outlook), I've had users flock to Google Docs and other web-based services to get away from the clunky Office Desktop. Notably, Outlook users are using the GMail web interface now, rather than downgrade Office and fall behind on keeping up-to-date with software and tech.

Many of them think the best upgrade for Office 2015 would be to make it look like Office 2010 instead of this forced Windows-8 style which looks clunky and a bit monochromatic.

If this is the executive responsible for this, I wonder who on earth picked him to be in charge of a site that needs to be used by a lot of computer-illiterate folks who don't like silly design changes!?!

website looks good just the PHB driven backend (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 7 months ago | (#45718711)

The backed parts controlled by PHB's are what failed in the website.

The tech's did not have that much time after getting the specs and have very limited QA time.

Re:website looks good just the PHB driven backend (2)

DaHat (247651) | about 7 months ago | (#45718825)

The tech's did not have that much time after getting the specs and have very limited QA time.

Oh? 3 years went by between the passage of the law and the launch of the site... how much more time do you think they should have had?

Re:website looks good just the PHB driven backend (1)

gerardrj (207690) | about 7 months ago | (#45718957)

The law wasn't the "specs". Specs are "how do we handshake with SSA to verify a SSN", "what format will NJ's DOVS return birth certificate data in?"
It took years to write the specs one the framework of the statute was in place.

Re:Is this the Office 2010 - 2013 "upgrade" guy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718853)

Since the release of Office 2013, and its noticeably much uglier interface (especially in Outlook),

Are you batshit insane? The improvements to the UI in Outlook in 2013 make it by far the best version of Outlook ever. You only have to use inline replies once to know it.

Re:Is this the Office 2010 - 2013 "upgrade" guy? (1)

Dan667 (564390) | about 7 months ago | (#45719217)

it is terrible. All the fancy animations and washed out unreadable color scheme make me long for the crap that was Office 2010. And I thought it could not get any worse than not being able to find what you need in the contextual ribbon tool bar and renaming everything to be "different".

Re:Is this the Office 2010 - 2013 "upgrade" guy? (1)

Midnight_Falcon (2432802) | about 7 months ago | (#45719231)

My users would probably ask the same of you..they're the ones that started using webmail on their own rather than deal with Outlook...my opinion isn't really relevant when you can't get users to adopt a new version.

Healthcare.gov will be fixed in 2 weeks (5, Funny)

GoCrazy (1608235) | about 7 months ago | (#45718677)

I mean 10 seconds. Err, 3 months. No 5 days.

My Healthcare.net (1)

NapalmV (1934294) | about 7 months ago | (#45718695)

Quick fix: in glorious MS tradition rename the site My Healthcare.net Now since few people would be able to figure out how to deal with the space in the website name, the congestion issue will be taken care of.

Hasn't Obama... (0, Flamebait)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 7 months ago | (#45718753)

screwed ov er the country enough already.

Re:Hasn't Obama... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718817)

Not yet, apparently.

(my captcha test was "disaster", how ironic!)

Old addage (1)

melchoir55 (218842) | about 7 months ago | (#45718773)

The blind leading the blind.

Government beliefs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45718791)

The sad thing about this is that it indicates the government thinks that MS is a shining example of how to do things right.

Brilliant! Ribbons everywhere! (1)

BenJeremy (181303) | about 7 months ago | (#45718801)

They can replace everything with Ribbons... allowing users to customize their experience! Not only will they never be able to sign up for health care now, but they won't even know where to click to exit the web site!

Why? (1)

gerardrj (207690) | about 7 months ago | (#45718937)

What large connected software system has MS built without purchasing a company that was already doing the thing and re-brand it?

Very unfair to the original team (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 7 months ago | (#45719035)

The problems are largely resolved and in 3 months when the deadline hits and millions more are enrolled the old administrators will take the blame for past problems and this guy will get the credit.

Re:Very unfair to the original team (2)

DaHat (247651) | about 7 months ago | (#45719353)

Jay Carney, is that you?

Nice idea in theory... the practice thus far doesn't fall in life.

Aside from the fact that the enrollment #'s (at both the state & federal exchange levels) are well behind schedule, good sized portions of the website still do not exist, like the payment system: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-29/obamacare-payment-system-to-insurers-delayed-by-months.html [bloomberg.com]

No... the website was only the second blow from this horrible law... the first being the massive wave of insurance cancelations & price increases we've also seen over the last few months, mostly in the individual market.

Just wait until the other shoe drops next year and the unlawful postponement of the employer mandate runs out.

As if moral could not get any lower, Stack Ranking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719043)

Stack Ranking will make it worse:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickallen/2012/07/03/the-terrible-management-technique-that-cost-microsoft-its-creativity/

Management idiots never seem to get it. And to make matters worse you have Marissa Meyer forcing employees into the office because they might be happy at home.

Man, the Republicans could have just waited. (1)

macbeth66 (204889) | about 7 months ago | (#45719089)

And the whole thing would have just exploded. Does Obama have a change of heart and wants this whole thing to just die?

Re:Man, the Republicans could have just waited. (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | about 7 months ago | (#45719665)

You would think, but Obama has never backed down on anything. It's not in his mindset.

It's not that he wouldn't think he was wrong, but that the idea couldn't possibly ever occur to him. After all, he's been surrounded by Yes Men his whole life. Who can blame him?

Obamacare is ideologically-driven, and the only thought that was put into the possibility of its failure was that it could facilitate the call to go all out and implement a single-payer system. One could say this is a cynical observation, but it's been admitted to by more than a few Democrats. That's been the real endgame since the 1930s.

Journalists, please keep asking him this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719143)

"Will healthcare.gov always operate on open web standards, or slide toward proprietary (Microsoft) lock-in?"

Political favors (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 7 months ago | (#45719357)

Gotta love 'em

Blue Screen of Death Panel (1)

david999 (941503) | about 7 months ago | (#45719433)

They are going to set up the Blue Screen of Death Panel.

Can we just have single payer yet? (2, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | about 7 months ago | (#45719443)

Please? How much more complicated do we have to make it before we do what the rest of the civilized world is doing?

I know Americans like to be different but it's gone too far.

Re:Can we just have single payer yet? (1)

plopez (54068) | about 7 months ago | (#45719681)

This debacle is making single payer look better and better....

Yer killin' me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#45719625)

I laughed so hard I nearly coughed up my skull. They're getting some Microsoft flunky to fix the Healthcare.gov debacle? That's the final nail in the coffin for Obamacare.

In my company we got rid of our previous programming manager, who drank the Micorosoft koolaid, a few months ago. Productiviity is up about 400%.

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