Verizon Called in to Help With Government Health Care Site
The Health and Human Services (HHS) department brought in telecommunications giant Verizon to address issues dogging the site, USA Today reported.As pressure mounts on the Obama administration to fix major bugs on the Website for the Affordable Care Act—commonly referred to as Obamacare—the president announced earlier this week that there would be a "tech surge" to fix glitches that have plagued the site since it rolled out. While President Obama has expressed frustration over the technical issues and promised help was on the way from both the public and the private sectors, there were no specific details as to which companies or tech experts would be brought aboard—until today. The Health and Human Services (HHS) department has brought in telecommunications giant Verizon to address the issues dogging the site, USA Today reported. The newspaper cited an anonymous source in the telecommunications industry. "Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov," the HHS posted on its blog post Sunday.
While the initial rollout has been a high-profile embarrassment for the administration—as the health care law is a deeply controversial, if signature, achievement of Obama's presidency—reports that officials knew of the problems and decided to go ahead with the launch anyway are giving the law's opponents fresh ammunition.