Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Obamacare Website Sabotage?

I recently hosted a tech event in Harlem New York and I had an interesting conversation with a woman after the event.  She said that all of the Obamacare website issues are because of GOP sabotage?  What?  I immediately brushed it off.

But, then I thought about it.

The GOP has been working day and night for the past 4 years to destroy Obamacare.  As of November of 2013, the GOP has unsuccessfully voted 46 times to repeal Obamacare.  Using votes and political influence to destroy Obamacare has failed.  But what about using technology to destroy Obamacare?

Little known Canadian-based IT contractor CGI won the contract to build the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov back in 2007.  The contract was for over $600 million to create HealthCare.gov.  CGI has had nearly 6 years to plan a site that primarily accepts text information (your name and email address) and then returns text information (your plan options).  This is Website Development 101.  There is no heavy image downloads, no video downloads, no streaming live content or other things that would require huge amounts of server space and bandwidth.  Healthcare.gov is a simple website that stores light text data in a database then retrieves light text data.  Healthcare.gov is about the simplest website that you can create.  The biggest challenge would be to ready for large numbers of users.

I am a web developer and I have a client who has a website that consistently gets 100,000 unique visitors every month.  She is hosting on a $10 per month grid hosting plan from Godaddy.  It been said that 20% of Americans are with out health insurance.  Thus there are about 80 million Americans would would need to visit Healthcare.gov.  If someone with a brain was the architect for Heathcaregov.com then they should have had a common landing page but then segment visitors based on State, (ie. California.Healthcare.gov or Michigan.Healthcare.gov).  Each of these sub-domain websites would have it's own distinct database and hosting environment.  Thus on average a given sub-domain would be responsible for enrolling 1.6 million users.  Over 6 months each sub-domain website would handle on average 266,000 unique monthly visitors. These bite sized chunks would be very manageable.

A web developer with a 1/2 brain could design a website and database for Healthcare.gov and do it for a traction of $600 billion.  The only logical conclusion that I can draw from this website meltdown disaster is sabotage.  Perhaps the opponents of Obamacare hacked figured out a way to covertly sabotage Healthcare.gov.

What do you think?