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Year in Review: Watchdog Team's Pollock led the pack in exposing healthcare.gov's flaws

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Obamacare, President Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, has been troubled since before the Oct. 1, launch-day meltdown of its healthcare.gov web portal.

Within hours of going live, healthcare.gov crashed and began a cycle of repeated crashes, emergency fixes and new failures that continues today.

Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut.
 

Less than a week after the Obamacare web portal first crashed and before other major news media organizations, Washington Examiner Senior Watchdog Reporter Richard Pollock began a series of five exclusive stories that made clear why healthcare.gov's launch was doomed from the outset.

Oct. 4: Canadian firm hired to build troubled Obamacare exchange site.

"A Canadian tech firm that has provided service to that country's single-payer health care system is behind the glitch-ridden United States national health care exchange site healthcare.gov."

Oct. 10: Canadian officials fired IT firm behind troubled Obamacare web site.

"Canadian provincial health officials last year fired the parent company of CGI Federal, the prime contractor for the problem-plagued Obamacare health exchange websites, the Washington Examiner has learned."

Oct. 13: Feds reviewed only one bid for Obamacare web site design.

"Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut."

Oct. 15: Obamacare web site firm's execs had White House access.

"Senior executives from CGI Federal — the company that won the Obamacare website contract — enjoyed high-level access to top Obama administration officials, according to White House visitors' logs."

Oct. 17: Troubled Obamacare web site wasn't tested until a week before launch.

"Federal officials did not permit testing of the Obamacare healthcare.gov website or issue final system requirements until four to six days before its Oct. 1 launch, according to an individual with direct knowledge of the project."

Mark Tapscott is executive editor of washingtonexaminer.com and founder of the Examiner's Watchdog Investigative Reporting Team.

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