HealthCare.gov: Crony Capitalism on Steroids
Failed website builder and Michelle Obama classmate slapped together mega-failure known as HelathCare.gov
October 28, 2013
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, writing for USA Today, asks why the federal government was capable of putting a man on the moon but unable to put up a functioning website.
“The 1960s space program, of course, is a classic example of big government doing something successfully: Promising to put men on the moon within a decade, and doing it,” writes Reynolds, who edits the Instapundit blog.
He mentions the Norris Dam, the first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, as another admirable example of big government doing something that actually works.
Reynolds then enumerates the failures of big government, including the War On Poverty, the War On Drugs, the War On Cancer, all “pretty much failures, sometimes disastrous ones.”
He writes that “it remains indisputable that the federal government isn’t very good at delivering on big projects. The obvious response is to not entrust the federal government with big projects on which it can’t deliver. Instead, they should be left to those who can.”
As it turns out, however, the Obamacare website was built by a private sector company, CGI Federal.
The vice president of the company is Toni Townes-Whitley, a Princeton classmate of first lady Michelle Obama. It is hardly surprising to learn that Townes-Whitley is a former big government employee. She worked for the General Accounting Office and the Peace Corps.