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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up' 162

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from the doomed-from-the-beginning dept.
itwbennett writes "Carolyn Lawson, the former CIO for Oregon's troubled health care insurance website, is alleging that state officials engaged in a 'substantial cover-up' meant to deflect blame away from themselves and onto herself and the project's contractor, Oracle. Lawson, who was forced to resign in December, this week filed a tort claim notice, which is a required precursor to filing a lawsuit against the state." Claims are made that the state was the typical bad client, refusing to articulate "business requirements" effectively and repeatedly increasing the scope of the project. But then again Oracle was involved.
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Ex-Head of Troubled Health Insurance Site May Sue, Citing 'Cover-Up'

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  • by gstoddart (321705) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @10:58AM (#46524261) Homepage

    At a certain point, "refusing to articulate "business requirements" effectively and repeatedly increasing the scope of the project" becomes the primary reason for project failure.

    This invariably gets blamed on the project people and the contractors by the client, but the reality is if the client makes it impossible to get the job done through their own stupidity, blaming everyone else for that failure is just CYA by those who really caused the project to fail.

    You can't force the client to actually do what is required, no matter how you'd like to.

    I'm betting the exact same things happened with the Federal one.

    And I suspect most of us have been there.

  • by serviscope_minor (664417) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @11:22AM (#46524467) Journal

    feminists who get to force taxpayers and Catholics to pay for their abortions

    There is no rational reason to not pay for abortions. Firstly, it appears that having available abortions does nothing to increase the rate: women who REALLY don't want to have a kid will find a way not to. The results are however dangerous and and much more frequently result in injury.

    Therefore from a life preservation perspective, not having abailable abortions does not in fact save babies lives (in fact it serves only to endanger lives). From an economic perspective having them unvailable causes injuries to people who do have them which removes potential workers, increases poverty and that generally leads to more crime.

    Hence there is no rational reason to not oay for them, especially as we make people pay for many other things for the greater good (e.g. police, fire department, roads, military, etc).

    So please stop whining about imaginary enemies.

  • by Dan667 (564390) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @11:23AM (#46524471)
    The US has healthcare costs nearly double the next first world country and it was that way before Obamacare. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... [wikipedia.org] Private healthcare is the villain you are looking for.
  • by sjbe (173966) on Wednesday March 19, 2014 @12:23PM (#46524991)

    the amount of emergency room treatment went up in Massachusetts when Romneycare passed.

    Most studies [dailykos.com] indicate that after an initial spike, the number of ER visits fell over a period of several years.

    I personally know people who moved to other states because the health insurance requirement meant that they lost their job.

    So we shouldn't have health insurance for everyone because a few people lost jobs and found different ones elsewhere?

    And because the new Massachusetts website was made by the same people who made Healthcare.gov, it still doesn't work

    Heathcare.gov works fine. The majority of the people in my company used it to sign up (including myself) and it worked fine. For the few people who did have an issue (weird social security issues) they were able to call the hotline numbers and get enrolled. You do not have to simply rely on the website if it, for whatever reason, is not working for you. There are alternative ways to sign up.

    By the end of the month, they still won't have insurance, and the deadline to sign up will pass.

    They've had months to sign up. If they haven't by the deadline it is because they didn't put any effort into doing so. I've done it and it isn't hard.

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