Obama administration officials, including senior White House staff, were warned last spring of risks to the rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, including the danger of scant testing, according to a report released by congressional investigators.
In a 14-part slide presentation, consulting firm McKinsey & Co said, according to Reuters, that a compressed testing window could inhibit the administration's ability to resolve problems with the website, HealthCare.gov, that could occur after the Oct. 1 launch.
It also reportedly found that the project lacked comprehensive testing, noted many functions were dependent on contractors and warned against taking risks to meet deadlines.
The presentation was given to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House, including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in four presentations between March 28 and April 8. However, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, the HHS agency responsible for the rollout, said concrete action was taken to address the potential risks highlighted.
Around 3.5 million people’s health insurance policies were canceled after the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare was implemented on October 1.
Only 19 percent believe the quality of healthcare will improve in the next year, while 43 percent say it will get worse and 33 percent are of the view that Obamacare will not affect their lives in any way, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday.
The latest revelation would probably create more distrust between the American people and President Barack Obama himself whose job approval rating went down to its “lowest point ever” this week.