Here Come Google and Oracle to Obamacare’s Rescue
Dozens of computer engineers and technicians from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Red Hat, and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) have been enlisted to help the Obama administration remedy the technical problems that not only plagued the launch of the cornerstone provision of the Affordable Care Act — the online insurance marketplaces — but also made enrollment for insurance plans difficult.
IT problems mean enrollment problems for the Obama administration, as a government memorandum has shown that, “High capacity on the website, direct enrollment not working,” resulted in only “approximately 100″ enrollments by mid-day on October 2, according to notes from twice-a-day “war room” meetings convened at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the federal website’s glitch-plagued October 1 launch.
Included among those engineers and technicians on the team are Michael Dickerson, a site reliability engineer on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, the innovation director for smartphone application maker Mobomo. The assembled team of expert engineers and technology managers “are strengthening and reinforcing the team we have working 24/7 to address the problems around Healthcare.gov,” read a blog posted to the CMS website on October 31. While Google and Red Hat declined to comment, Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison told Bloomberg Wednesday that even though “it’s a very political topic,” the world’s largest database-software maker is “doing everything [it] can to help.”