New contractor for Obamacare website hopes to fix problems
POSTED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 6:57pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:39pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — It's no secret the Obamacare website has it's issues. The rollout for "healthcare.gov" was deemed a failure for company CGI Federal, so now the President has hired a new company, Accenture, as the lead contractor for the Obamacare website. Reports share CGI and the White House had a "mutual parting".
After spending $700 million on the initial launch of the website, the government is now paying Accenture $90 million to fix its problems. KETK spoke with local website expert Michael Mahfood from Group M7, who said, "It's the greatest single computer issue that the government has ever attempted, ever".
Mahfood believes the problems stem from the website's coding system, and is confident this is something the new company can fix. He said, "CGI wrote the code and it's possible for Accenture to go in and repair the code. Group M7 does this on a regular basis". However, these fixes will not happen over night. Mahfood shared, "This is going to be a delay after delay after delay. It's not going to be a smooth transition. It's probably the greatest calamity in government to this date".
Another issue arising from this transition, is the private information secure? Mahfood says, "We not only don't know, but what we don't know is who knows". Unfortunately, time will tell.