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One Moment, Please... Healthcare.glitch


Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

At a contracted price tag of $634 million, you’d think that the portal website www.healthcare.gov would work just fine. But, it fell flat on its face, and this is to be expected. After all, it’s a government project.

I could refer to companies like Apple, Amazon, eBay and Google, and how they could get the job done for a fraction of the price, but I won’t do that. Instead, I’ll refer to the equation of 106,000 people signed up for insurance through “healthcare.glitch” at a price tag of $634 million equals $5,981.13 per insured user, thus far. The goal was set at 500,000 users by now with expectations of hitting 7 million users by March 2014. The wasteful spending on this project only compounds the problem. If we truly want to help people with healthcare coverage, wouldn’t the amount spent on this website have been better spent on actual healthcare?

All of the money exhausted on the website doesn’t even take into consideration the amount of funding needed to employ more federal and state employees to administer the exchange programs. There will continually be more and more money tied up in facilitating healthcare coverage than actually providing healthcare coverage for uninsured individuals. Sad but true. And, ironically, ALL government employees receive better healthcare coverage than those who are signing up through the government-run healthcare exchanges. Isn’t that hypocrisy?

But, this epic failure to deliver has nothing to do with whether it was spearheaded by a Republican or a Democrat. It has everything to do with how we govern. The United States government operates with little accountability and wasteful spending, and all at our own expense -- the taxpayers.

And, as you’ll find on software developer blogs all over the Internet, this project wasn’t flawed because of the Affordable Care Act. It fell apart because there were “too many cooks in the kitchen.” With multiple software application contractors, there is an eclectic mix of talent and ego. Everyone is building their portion and when functionality hinders progress, the fingers start pointing in every direction. The Fillmore County Journal has a sister company SMG Web Design, and we have learned over the past four years to only take on projects that we can manage with internal resources. We have had a handful of projects that involved collaboration with othe .....
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One Moment,Please... Youth: Inspired while inspiring

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
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It’s not every week that we dedicate our entire front page to high school sports coverage. As matter of fact, up until the Lanesboro Burros went to state in football back in 2010, we had never historically committed any resources to local sports ..... 
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The People’s House

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
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Speaker John Boehner, when he accepted the gavel after being elected as Speaker of the House in January 2011, declared, “The people voted to end business as usual and today we begin to carry out their instructions.” He continued with his remark ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Preston resident critiques Chicago planning, creates stir

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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By David Hennessey What can Southeast Minnesota learn from a book about urban planning and development in Chicago? Actually, quite a bit, partly because it’s co-authored by a Preston native and resident. “Planning Chicago” by D. Bradford H ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Dear Future facilities committee, Please do not forget the message the voters sent you last November

By Brett Kues

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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By Brett Kues Have you been to the school website lately? I have. I went to the site for a couple reasons. First, I wanted details on the plans to repair, expand, and rebuild our current schools (option 3). I was a little put off by the cost, $18-$ ..... 
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Defining Republican positions

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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A few weeks ago Congress turned the farm bill into an actual farm bill and made separate the food stamp program. Given that the preponderance of the so-called farm bill as it has existed was actually for food stamps, this made a lot of sense. But, a ..... 
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How to improve the road ahead

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown. Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one re ..... 
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One Moment, Please... A good rate increase?

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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Every week, the Fillmore County Journal spends a lot of money with our local USPS locations in the region. As a matter of fact, our postal costs rank among the top three of all of our expenses for producing the newspaper. And, this is why I pay c ..... 
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The haunted house

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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One sunny day my sister Vange, and I set off on a great adventure. I was 9 years old and Vange was 13. We were heading for the ‘Haunted’ house, a two mile walk from our home, along Second Street Pike. When we arrived at our destination, we waite ..... 
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