A common theme in science fiction often involves tyrannical empires or despotic governments which are as brilliant as they are brutal. Think Star Wars, Gattaca, or Firefly. Those fictional regimes are able to build mind-bogglingly powerful systems and cities, run with the meticulous precision of a TAG-Heuer Mikrogirder.
Back here in the REAL world, however, wanna-be tyrannical empires operate with slightly less “efficiency”.
Okay, okay, ….a whole bunch less “efficiency”:
(Image courtesy of Eric Allie)
UPDATE: 10-17-2013 at 7:30pm
According to Allahpundit, it seems this was even worse than I originally thought, …and I already thought it was a complete failure:
(via HotAir) – “…Why anyone on either side still wants Sebelius in charge, I have no idea:
“Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans, the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment system, one former administration official said. Officials feared that if they called on outsiders to help with the technical details of how to run a commerce website, those companies could be subpoenaed by Hill Republicans, the former aide said.
So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts.”
Very important to understand: Between this and the fact that HHS deliberately hid the price of insurance behind a reg wall on Healthcare.gov to reduce “rate shock,” the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be because they were terrified of transparency. And the reason they were terrified of transparency, both in the case of hiding the cost of the premiums from web users and hiding the site’s architectural problems from contractors who might be hauled before Congress, is because they know they’ve delivered a bad product.
Put the premiums on the front page and the public, expecting “affordable care,” would recoil at the truth.
Put the contractors at the witness table before Issa’s committee and the public, expecting that the government would “fix” health care, would recoil upon discovering that they can’t even build a website with three years’ lead time….”