A top official involved in the development and repair of the Obamacare website testified Tuesday that the Obamageeks have yet to complete 30 to 40 percent of the Healthcare.gov resuscitation project.
According to CMS Deputy Chief Information Officer Henry Chao, the front of the website works great. But the systems beneath that make things happen are still a mess.
From the Washington Post:
Parts of the project that users would see — notably the Web portal, HealthCare.gov — are 100 percent finished, he said. But “the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be” completed, Chao said.
The payment system Chao referred to relates to the subsidies many low- and middle-income people will receive to help them buy insurance on the state and federal Web sites. In most cases, government subsidies will be paid directly to the insurers. People getting the subsidies will simply pay the discounted premiums.
Also yet to be finished is a component that ensures that the state and federal marketplaces and the insurers have accurate, matching information about enrollments. Officials are also still working on a system that makes payments to insurers that attract high-risk patients. These systems must be in place by January, officials have said.
White House officials were seen on the South Lawn this morning with their arms outstretched to the Heavens asking God whether He had sufficient knowledge of html and PHP to help.