Friday, October 4, 2013

Troubled Health Care Site Built By Canadian Tech Firm

The website on which Americans are supposed to enroll in Obamacare, but which has had numerous technical difficulties, was built by CGI Federal, a subsidiary of CGI Group, based in Montreal, Canada.  CGI Federal has offices in Fairfax, Virginia.  The acronym "CGI" stands for "Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique", which according to the Washington Examiner "roughly translates" as "Information Systems and Management Consultants".  The Examiner further states that CGI "is deeply embedded in Canada’s single-payer system."  Since Obamacare is thought of by some as intended to be a stepping-stone to a single-payer system, perhaps the Obama administration sought an IT firm with that sort of experience.  But then, I thought that multinational corporations were allegedly the darlings of the right, not the left.

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