Healthcare.gov Is Getting Some Help From The Tech Industry

Google, Oracle Corp., and Red Hat Inc. are rushing to the rescue, offering up engineers and programmers.

President Obama's troubled Healthcare.gov site is reportedly getting a little help from the tech industry. Google, Oracle Corp (the world’s largest database-software maker), and Red Hat have signed on to help fix the site, the rollout of which has--for lack of a better word--sucked. Between inaccurate price quotes and widespread inaccessibility, the site has faced an onslaught of anger and criticism.

The three companies are sending dozens of computer engineers and programmers to help the site. The help comes 11 days after the Obama administration began soliciting a "tech surge" as its strategic solution. If this doesn't work, maybe they should just open source it?

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  • georgedonin

    OK. I truly hope that works. But unless the new people are the very best of the best, and unless they're given full authority to fix what's wrong, they're going to run headlong into what's commonly known as "Brooks's law," which states that adding more people to a late software project only tends to make it later.