From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal

Oh, the things you can get done with $400 million.

via New York Times

The biggest contractor, CGI Federal, was awarded its $94 million contract in December 2011. But the government was so slow in issuing specifications that the firm did not start writing software code until this spring

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As late as the last week of September, officials were still changing features of the Web site, HealthCare.gov, and debating whether consumers should be required to register and create password-protected accounts before they could shop for health plans.

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To avoid giving ammunition to Republicans opposed to the project, the administration put off issuing several major rules until after last November’s elections.