Canadian contractor CGI tells U.S. lawmakers Washington to blame for Obamacare website fiasco
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The U.S. government did final tests of the Obamacare website just days before it went public, while similar projects are tested for months, the main contractors told a House panel investigating flaws that hobbled the debut.
Units of CGI Group Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc., which designed healthcare.gov, said a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was responsible for the end-to-end testing that they said should have been done months earlier.
“It would have been better to have more time,” Cheryl Campbell, a senior vice president at CGI Federal Inc., the site designer, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She declined to say when the site would be free of impediments, and said it would be ready to meet all deadlines in the health law.
The website failures since Oct. 1 are making it difficult for people to enroll, marring the debut and giving critics ammunition to undercut the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The flaws may discourage
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