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Thursday, November 7, 2013

How Obamacare contractor bungled Canada’s gun registry -- By Emily Miller, The Washington Times

The botched Obamacare website is not the worst thing about the health care law, but it has created enormous problems for those trying to apply for insurance. CGI, the global information-technology company responsible for the debacle, previously botched Canada's gun-registry computer systems, yet was still given a massive contract by the Obama administration.

On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on Capitol Hill, "In the last five weeks, access to HealthCare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for far too many of these Americans." Mrs. Sebelius told the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Obamacare that a "couple of hundred functional fixes" were being installed on the site with the goal of making it functional by the end of November — a full two months after it went live.

The Department of Health and Human Services has not disclosed why it gave this massive contract — estimated to cost up to $600 million — to build the Obamacare website to CGI. Mr. Obama promised at a fundraiser on Monday that the site "would get fixed," but then there needs to be a discussion "about federal procurement when it comes to IT."

Whatever the reason for giving CGI this contract, it was not based on a successful record of maintaining sensitive personal information for a government. Tony Bernardo, the executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, that nation's largest gun-advocacy group, is forced to help its members deal with the fallout from the disastrous Canadian gun-registration computer system.

 "Whoever hired CGI to do Obamacare didn't check the background of this company," Mr. Bernardo said in an interview. "They could screw up the Lord's Prayer."

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