“The contracts awarded to those who built it were, by and large, existing government contractors with “deep political pockets.”
The federal procurement process is so corrupt, so full of inside deals, we shouldn’t be surprised that Healthcare.gov is preforming as badly as it is.
When Obamacare passed everyone in federal IT knew there was big money to be had. A massive new government program which required online interaction with the public, Obamacare was and is an IT contractor’s dream come true.
Everyone wanted a piece of the pie, and according to the attached article, everyone with a procurement connection in Washington DC got a piece. This is why our nation’s capital is the richest city in the United States. Wealth is aggregated from the rest of the country and then doled out to the connected who populate the counties which straddle the Beltway.
“All but one of of the 47 contractors who won contracts to carry out work on the Affordable Care Act worked for the government prior to its passage,” the report reads. Some of the names ought to be familiar: Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Deloitte, and Booz Allen Hamilton, all of whom assumed different roles and worked on different aspects of the project…
…Why did they get the work? The report hints at a likely reason: The companies were big lobbyists, with “some 17 contract winners reported spending more than $128 million on lobbying in 2011 and 2012.”