News Byte: Oracle, Google Lead Obamacare Rescue Effort

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Techies to the rescue!
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Oracle, Google, and a number of other technology companies have agreed to lend the Department of Health and Human Services a team of programmers and engineers to fix Healthchare.gov, Obamacare's marketing engine, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury.

The Obama administration affirmed yesterday that Michael Dickerson, a site reliability engineer on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, innovation director for smartphone application maker Mobomo, are aiding the effort.

"They are working through the analytics of what happens on the site to prioritize what needs to be fixed," says Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison sounded a patriotic note while taking a pounding over his $78 million salary at a shareholder's meeting yesterday. Mentioning the Obamacare rescue effort, he said that “as an information technology company, we are doing everything we can to help."

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