More from Steve Brill on the Tech Team that Saved ObamaCare

ap63460087062-8e31a0875fdd3a223001b0af4422d4403d18761a-s6-c30What Abbott could not find, however, was leadership. He says that to this day he cannot figure out who was supposed to have been in charge of the HealthCare.gov launch. Instead he saw multiple contractors bickering with one another and no one taking ownership for anything. Someone would have to be put in charge, he told Zients. Beyond that, Abbott recalls, “there was a total lack of urgency” despite the fact that the website was becoming a national joke and crippling the Obama presidency.

Time. HT: Austin Frakt.

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  1. Ibaka says:

    The fatal weakness of a policy legislation is “managerial disorder”. A policy will high expectation will eventually lose all advocates as more people have no idea how to utilize it..

  2. Matthew says:

    Not sure if it saved ObamaCare as much as it saved the exchanges from being a complete failure. We will see if the number of enrollees in the exchanges can save ObamaCare.

  3. Thomas says:

    “Instead he saw multiple contractors bickering with one another and no one taking ownership for anything.”

    So that works in both politics and the technology sector

    • Davey says:

      “…this ad hoc team rescued it and, arguably, Obama‚Äôs chance at a health-reform legacy.”

      It may not necessarily be a good legacy.

    • Timoshenko says:

      They form hundreds of committees but complete nothing..

  4. Dale says:

    Gated–too bad. I generally like Brill’s writing, even the stuff I disagree with.