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Google, Oracle Workers Enlisted for Obamacare 'Tech Surge'

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The help is arriving as the government’s main site for medical coverage remains plagued by repeated outages a month after its Oct. 1 debut. Michael Dickerson, a site reliability engineer on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, innovation director for smartphone application maker Mobomo, are among those helping, the Obama administration said yesterday.

“They are working through the analytics of what happens on the site to prioritize what needs to be fixed,” Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told reporters on a conference call. Dickerson is working to improve the stability of the website, while Gershman is “helping the development process be more agile.”

“I know it’s a very political topic,” Oracle Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison said yesterday at the software maker’s annual meeting. “As an information technology company we are doing everything we can to help.”

Larry Ellison loves to help.