Why is the Obamacare website so screwed up?
CGI, the firm hired by the Obama administration to develop the registry for ObamaCare, is a Canadian firm, Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique.
Their track record? Their first big project was for a Canadian firearms registry. Originally, the registry was estimated to cost $119 million, which would be offset by $117 million in fees. Instead, it ended up costing some $2 billion. Moreover, instead of having to have the capacity to register some 100+ million Americans for ObamaCare, the firearms registry was only supposed to have the capacity to register some 7 million long guns belonging to some two-and-a-half to three million Canadians.
That works out to almost $300 per gun - or somewhat higher than the original estimate for processing a firearm registration of $4.60. Of those $300 gun registrations, Canada's auditor general reported to parliament that much of the information was either duplicated or wrong in respect to basic information such as names and addresses. So it was decided that the sclerotic database needed to be improved. But it proved impossible to "improve" CFIS (the Canadian Firearms Information System). So CGI was hired to create an entirely new CFIS II, which would operate alongside CFIS I until the old system could be scrapped. CFIS II was supposed to go operational on January 9, 2003, but the January date got postponed to June, and 2003 to 2004, and $81 million was thrown at it before a new Conservative government scrapped the fiasco in 2007. Last year, the government of Ontario canceled another CGI registry that never saw the light of day - just for one disease, diabetes, and costing a mere $46 million. [source].
Obama and company sure know how to run a busin