Thursday, October 24, 2013


I haven't seen anyone say this in the media, but maybe I missed it, and that is that the government hired private companies and corporations to do the Internet access for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, so shouldn't the difficult rollout be an indictment against corporations and not the government?

All the privatization that has gone on in the federal government since Reagan began convincing weak minded people that the government was their problem—and not exploitative corporations trying to avoid regulation and taxes and paying wages that a person could live on and own a home and send their kids to college—the privatization of government programs has increased.

Actually the partial privatization of the Post Office (something called for in The Constitution by the way but you never see right-wingers who supposedly love the Founding Fathers and The Constitution ever agitating to return the Post Office to its original mandate and set up) started the whole thing and proved that the government had done the whole mail thing a lot better when allowed to.

I've benefited from government programs over the years, from the G.I. Bill to Social Security, and despite the occasional glitch (actually I can't remember any at the moment, but I'm saying that to cover anything I'm forgetting) my interacting with government employees and policies has gone pretty smoothly (I know that hasn't been true for everyone) especially compared to my interactions with corporations (telephone, cable, bank, etc.) which have almost inevitably been fraught with glitches and much worse (and I know that HAS been true for everyone).

Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

We are more vulnerable with computer based projects. GI Bill and SS done pre-computer. Everything has to fit together.The ACA disaster seems to be a management and planning failure rather than a failure of technology. Bill Lannigan

Anonymous said...

CGI Group Inc. is a Canadian multinational information technology consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, and solutions company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. They have an incompetancy plagued past, yet were still hired to rollout Obamacare signup