The Boston Herald has obtained documents surrounding the building of the Massachusetts Health Care Exchange 2.0. They show a focus on spending money to build a website that did more than was needed. They also show that the whole enterprise was doomed from the start.
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nfighting among top Patrick administration officials and an obsession with building “the absolute Rolls-Royce of any health exchange” helped doom Massachusetts’ $69 million Obamacare website, which was plagued by disastrous delays as far back as March 2012, according to new documents obtained by the Herald and interviews with project staffers.
The stunning revelations show how state officials canceled meetings, accepted project delays early on and agonized over decisions – sometimes forcing Gov. Deval Patrick’s Cabinet secretaries “to duke it out because people couldn’t get any decisions made,” according to a person with knowledge of the project.
The delays started right out of the gate. The state originally planned for website construction to start in March 2012, but didn’t even ink a contract with Canadian developer CGI until July 2012.
One month later, state officials made clear to CGI they wanted to build “the absolute Rolls-Royce of any health exchange,” the person close to the project said.
Time and time again, we learn that with the Patrick Administration the day to day functioning of government is overlooked for grandiose plans, and social experimentation. Unfortunately time and time again, when we learn this, Patrick spouts a lie and the media buys it.