Desperate to fix the mounting problems plaguing his insurance exchange portal website, Healthcare.gov, President Obama put in a call to telecommunications giant Verizon.
A report on USAToday.com quotes an informed source who says Obama called Verizon's Enterprise Solutions division to beg for help "to improve the performance of the HealthCare.gov site, which is a key component of the Affordable Care Act."
This news comes on the heels of a report that Healthcare.gov needs 5 million lines of code rewritten in order for the site to work properly.
If you recall, President Obama and his National Security Agency (NSA) enlisted the services of Verizon to spy on millions of Verizon customers.
HHS office said Sunday the department would reach outside its government contractors to civilian companies that might be able to solve HealthCare.gov's problems more quickly.
"Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov," an HHS blog post said on Sunday.
HHS did not respond to a request for confirmation about Verizon. The company also declined to comment.
It makes sense for HHS to seek Verizon's help, said Aneesh Chopra, the Obama administration's former chief technology officer and now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. "There is an existing 'best and brightest' available to call in," Chopra said. "Verizon is one of those already under contract."
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