The disaster that was the launch of Obamacare and Healthcare.gov is well-documented, and it has not ended yet. The website, and the healthcare program that depends upon it, is broken beyond use, and there seems little idea about how to fix it. Reports today suggest that some of the biggest players in Silicon Valley are being brought in to fix the issue.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), everyone’s favorite web search company, Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) and Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT), which offers open source enterprise solutions, have been brought in to fix the problems at the website according to reports emerging this afternoon. The news was broken by the CNBC Closing Bell Twitter account. Little information was available about the move at time of writing.
The rollout of the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov has caused a shadow to fall over the entire health reform plan. Americans who attempted to sign up to the service found themselves unable to do so. The government line so far has been that the problems are fixable, and they will be fixed by the end of November. The website was supposed to be the easiest way for Americans to sign up to the Obamacare program.
The addition of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) and Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) to the rolls of companies trying to solve the problems could be a positive for confidence in that fix, but a severe amount of damage has been done to the reputation of the program already.
If the three new companies the government has enlisted are able to help with the rollout of Obamacare and Healthcare.gov it will be a boon to the President. The situation is, however, beginning to resemble the open door policy that appeared to pervade the solution-seeking process for the BP Gulf Oil spill. When new information becomes available, we will update this article accordingly.