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Healthcare website contractor already mishandled 20 governemnt projects
WASHINGTON -- The lead contractor on the dysfunctional website for the Affordable Care Act is filled with executives from a company that mishandled at least 20 other government it projects.
There are just two weeks left until the White House's deadline to get the site fixed.
And many believe the problems are deeper than just the web site.
President Obama said last week that he didn't know the extent of the problems at healthcare.gov when it launched
You know, I'm accused of a lot of things, but I don't think I'm stupid enough to go around saying, this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn't going to work.
But now we're learning more details about the lead contractor at healthcare.gov.
Executives at the company - CGI Federal - have a rap sheet of mishandled government projects.
According to the Washington Post, top officials at CGI's acquired company -AMS - have had at least 20 project failures including
-Writing useless computer code
-sending paychecks to some dead retirees
-shipping military parts to the wrong places.
But the company says that's all in the past.
The White House has set a deadline of November 30 to fix the health care web site,
Former Obama Campaign Manager
I think right now they are in triage.
Republicans say the damage has already been done.
Sen Kelly Ayotte R-NH
I'll tell you what I'm hearing from my constituents. They're writing me about cancellation notices of plans they wanted to keep, rising premiums.
President Obama's announcement last week that those so-called sub-par insurance plans that were cancelled under Obamacare can be extended for one more year has the insurance industry scrambling.
President and CEO, America's Insurance Plans
When you set rules in place and an industry meets them, then the rules are changed//So we are focused on trying to address those problems and moving forward.