The Man Behind the Obamacare Site Fixes

Jeffrey Zients, a multimillionaire entrepreneur and management consultant, is overseeing the massive effort.

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Clara Ritger
Nov. 11, 2013, 2:37 a.m.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has an in­form­a­tion-tech­no­logy prob­lem, launch­ing ex­pens­ive pro­jects that be­come dated by the time they are fi­nally com­pleted, ac­cord­ing to Jef­frey Zi­ents, a con­sult­ant who joined the White House in 2009.

Zi­ents is now lead­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­fort to fix Health­, the troubled fed­er­al ex­change site that is pre­vent­ing con­sumers from en­rolling en masse in Af­ford­able Care Act cov­er­age.

He has told re­port­ers he is con­fid­ent the ad­min­is­tra­tion will meet the Nov. 30 dead­line to have Health­ run­ning smoothly for “the vast ma­jor­ity of users.” His lead­er­ship on the pro­ject could de­term­ine the polit­ic­al for­tunes of Obama and oth­er prom­in­ent Demo­crats who have been vo­cal about their sup­port of the pres­id­ent’s leg­acy ini­ti­at­ive, The New York Times re­ports.


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