New questions are being raised about yet another aspect of the secrecy that has shrouded healthcare.gov, the Obamacare program's Internet portal, since its inception.
At the height of the media coverage of the avalanche of technical problems attending healthcare.gov's failed launch on Oct. 1, President Obama announced a "tech surge" in which the "best and brightest" minds would be gathered to fix the troubled website.
All flackery, all the time
Calling it a "tech surge" linked the healthcare.gov rescue effort with the military surge strategy that defeated al Qaeda in Iraq, while the "best and brightest" reference brought back memories of the Camelot years of JFK.
But the only visible face associated with the tech surge is Jeff Zients, the former acting director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and Obama's all-around Mr. Fix-It of the federal bureaucracy.
And the only visible change in the excessively complicated organizational chart for the healthcare.gov design project is Zients' designation of contractor QSSI as the systems integrator for the tech surge.
Show us the names, Jeff
But secrecy remains the dominant feature whenever Obama administration pooh-bahs are asked for details. Zients declined during a conference call with journalists shortly after his appointment to provide names of other individuals or firms working on the tech surge.
And officials at the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversee healthcare.gov, were equally uncooperative.
All of which leads to one logical question: Is the healthcare.gov tech surge really nothing more than a PR fiction?
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