My responses in red.Additionally, CGI in Canada handled the Canadian gun registry. That didn't work so well either, and Canada recently abandoned their national gun registry.
CGI, I have read elsewhere, was a company that was "pre-approved" for govt contracts
To bid on a cintract you must be preapproved...
the contract was never put up for competitive bidding. "Somebody" simply decided they were the right people for the job. As Stan said, though, we don't quite know who that somebody was.
The contract was put out as a Request for Proposal, based on cost alone it cannot be sole sourced because it is not specialized.
Then the "general contractor" on the project was Center for Medicare & Medicaid, so the sub-contractor then didn't have full control. This resulted in, rather close to opening day, having to change the programming so that people who signed on would not see the prices until AFTER they created an account & could see if they would get a subsidy. Ostensibly, that was to avoid too much sticker shock for the people.
Oddly enough sub contractors are very common and they are part of the bidding and proposal process and their roles are clearly defined, we do this all the time and there are no isses of who is in charge of what.
CNN did a piece on the NYS exchange, which may not yet have had anybody yet confirmed to the insurance providers. CNN certainly would have tried to find people who had a favorable experience, but aired three people who were very dissatisfied with what they learned on the website ... all three would face increased costs even if they chose the cheapest plan. You gotta believe that CNN would have tried to find some people who could comment favorably.
Then when an O-care representative was later interviewed, he chided CNN for airing that story, saying that it was something one would see/hear on Fox. Kind of blatant intimidation that CNN was supposed to be on "their side".
This does not seem odd at all, they know they have certain media groups in their back pockets.
Another interesting fact that came out about the NYS programs. There are over 90 choices ... but NONE of the 90; not even the most expensive ones (going up to $1300/mo in cost) will pay any out-of-network doctors. This becomes a problem for someone who might be in some kind of accident; gets treated in the emergency room ... if even ONE of the doctors who treats the patient is an out-of-network doctor, the plans will deny ALL the medical expenses related to the event.
Most have a clause of non consent, I have had very similar issues happen and when the claim is first denied it can be resubmitted due to the non consent due to condition
Another interesting story is that the Canadian system is now able to deny care to people who are just too old ... if the anticipated statistical lifespan in Canada is 70 (or whatever it actually may be), then if you are 71 or older, you can be denied a hip/knee replacement; a heart surgery; etc. Sounds like Obama's response to the elderly woman who could just be given a pill instead of bypass surgery? Seems they may be running out of OPM. The Supreme Court there also upheld that their medical "tribunal" could override family wishes on pulling the plug on life support systems for a patient. Since the govt is paying for the care, the govt gets to make the choice.
I am not in favor of the website or the Affordable health care act but the same way infowars gets counts of ammo wrong, the government contracting process can be very confusing.