Donald Trump proposed Google fixing Healthcare.gov. Amazon had reached out earlier. But that’s never going to happen in the real world. Not unless Google is prepared to spend serious lobbying cash on kickbacks and then inflate its estimates to cover the difference.
On Planet Washington, health care data is handled by well-connected government companies that do nothing else except lobby for contracts and then drastically overcharge while delivering a fourth-rate product.
A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site — but also is getting paid to fix it.
Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, which owns the software company now at the center of the ObamaCare Web-site fiasco.
Welters and his wife, Beatrice, have shoveled piles of cash into Obama’s campaign coffers and apparently reaped the rewards.
Beatrice Welters bundled donations totaling between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s campaign during the 2008 election cycle, according to campaign- finance data compiled by Center for Responsive Politics.
The couple then became top donors for Obama’s inauguration festivities, kicking in $100,000 out of their own pockets and bundling another $300,000 from friends and business associates, according to the center.
The investments quickly paid off for Beatrice Welters. The Obama administration tapped her in 2009 for the plum job of US ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, which she held through last November.
The couple have been frequent guests at the White House. Visitors logs show at least a dozen visits between the two by the end of 2012, the most recent information available.
The Welters, along with their sons, Andrew and Bryant, have contributed more than $258,000 to mostly Democratic candidates and committees since 2007.
What’s more, UnitedHealth Group is one of the largest health-insurance companies in the country and spent millions lobbying for ObamaCare.
QSSI has been paid an estimated $150 million so far, but officials couldn’t say how much more the company might collect on the repair contract.
The “good news” for the GOP is that this mess obviously isn’t getting fixed any time soon.
The website will work somewhat better eventually, but it’s not going to work well. Not until Obama overrides Valerie Jarrett at the prompting of some of his advisers and puts actual pros on this, instead of his and Michelle’s buddies. And he’s arrogant enough that it might simply never happen.
When faced with the massive health plan losses, he decided to double down on “bad apple insurers” and “scam plans” counting on public stupidity and media corruption to see him through another scandal.
At some point, Lincoln’s maxim will kick in and the whole thing will collapse. Campaign mode can only work for so long even with media backing. But Obama won’t even notice.