Re: Ditch It
I think there was considerable over reaction in the case of HealthCare.gov. It could have been built better, and load tested much better, but it seemed workable. At least from an outsider's perspective.
The Oregon site sounds like a different beast entirely. Sounds like questionable decisions all the way at the top of the project, what some would call "Architecture Defects". A serious architecture defect usually renders the code built to that architecture to be straight out useless. Or, even worse, it looks like the code can be wrenched around to suit the new architecture. Then you end up with that laegacy codebase experience, but with your brand new shiny code. Well, not so shiny!
I could be way off, but from what I have read, it sounds like the problems go all the way to the architecture.