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  •  It appears to be true (5+ / 0-)

    That it wasn't competitively bid. I doubt the same firm did OFA's site though.

    The primary Obamacare exchange contract went to the CGI Group, a Canadian consulting company that has also played a role in administering Canada's single-payer health care system.
    Quality Software Services, a Maryland-based health care IT company, to build the data hub, software that serves as an intermediary between all those federal agencies and the Obamacare exchanges
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 11:41:26 AM PDT

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    •  B.S. (5+ / 0-)

      Where in that article did it say that it wasn't put up for competitive bid?

      Though CGI's parent is based in Montreal, CGI has tens of thousands of U.S. employees working under it's subsidiaries, CGI Federal and CGI Technology & Solutions, most of whom likely worked on the Federal and some of the state exchanges.

      The primary Obamacare exchange contract went to the CGI Group, a Canadian consulting company that has also played a role in administering Canada's single-payer health care system. CGI has been awarded at least $88 million by CMS to build the federal exchange and provide related technical support.
      CMS provided another $55 million to Quality Software Services, a Maryland-based health care IT company, to build the data hub, software that serves as an intermediary between all those federal agencies and the Obamacare exchanges.
      Several other federal contractors have also been awarded multi-million dollar contracts to assist with various aspects of building and operating the exchanges

      "If they're shooting at you, you know you must be doing something right"

      by ayjaymay on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 12:01:56 PM PDT

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    •  When I learned that a few days ago, (3+ / 0-)

      I thought, some fool concluded that single payer was comparable to the government-mediated marketplace of Obamacare.  I bet single payer was much easier.

      I also wonder if Canada turned over the verification process to a private company, like the U.S. did with Experian.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 12:05:34 PM PDT

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    •  I can find no site, save right-wing blogs.... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that say that the process wasn't competitively bid.

      I'm sure there are several laws/rules on the books that make all contracts over $XX million to be competitively bid.

      "If they're shooting at you, you know you must be doing something right"

      by ayjaymay on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 12:12:12 PM PDT

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    •  Quality Software Services (3+ / 0-)
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      is now a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Care. The buyout occurred during the construction phase of ACA. Conflict of interest anyone?? I guess if you let health insurance companies write the bill they will stick around to implement it.

      Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

      by riverlover on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 12:19:08 PM PDT

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      •  Once again the Wrecking Crew at work (0+ / 0-)

        We've gotten so accustomed to terrible contractor conflicts of interest that we don't know how to make government work as well as we know from history that it can.

        The right-wing encourages more outsourcing for ideology reasons, but they really just don't want government to work.

    •  "the website " is not the same thing (4+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, SoCalSal, Larsstephens, asterlil

      as all the apps from all over the country from all the states and all the insurance companies in the back end. This was not one company writing all the code from top to bottom...it is MUCH more complex than that...and may possibly be one of the most complex applications designed.

      Give it a damn chance...it is only 2 weeks. Grand Theft Auto is STILL having trouble and that is ONE application with ONE company writing code in ONE programming language!

      •  Did you perhaps mean to reply to someone else? (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        Because your comment has little relationship to mine, which simply dealt  with reports that there was no competitive bid, and someone's rumor that the same firm built the OFA site. I said nothing about apps or coding or glitches of any sort.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 01:04:14 PM PDT

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      •  GTA is nothing compared to (2+ / 0-)
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        the snafu that was the last SimCity rollout.

        OMG that was a disaster. Total disaster.

        The game works fine now, though. Still needs a few tweaks, but it's pretty nice.

        And that's not ANYWHERE as complex as healthcare.gov.

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