- - Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The uproar over a glitch-ridden Healthcare.gov website conceals the true nature of the calamity known as Obamacare. Despite presidential promises, a fully functioning site will not resolve the disruptive issues of people losing their current insurance, having their favorite doctors being dropped and the skyrocketing costs. Yet the genesis of the failure is not being addressed — namely, the Obamacare legislation itself and the fundamental rubrics of system engineering.

Without a single Republican vote, Congress passed a historic 2,700-page bill the full contents of which no one knew. Republicans offered more than 100 changes, but to no avail. This monstrous bill, affecting one of the largest segments of our economy, was then parceled out to countless government agencies that generated regulations on how to implement it. According to some estimates, more than 20,000 pages of regulations have already been generated and are changed on a near-daily basis. The malfunctioning Healthcare.gov is only one manifestation of the immensity of the problem.

The fundamentals of system implementation require a clear definition of requirements followed by detailed system analysis of these requirements, then system design and development. It takes a clearly defined and experienced management structure to ensure success. The government has violated these basic principles. Obamacare was flawed from the beginning. No amount of temporary fixes will resolve the problems. In fact, they make the situation worse. Obamacare must be repealed and replaced.

WARREN A. MANISON
Potomac