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Management, not Technology, Doomed ObamaCare Site

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A Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation has determined that it was the management by The Obama Administration, or lack thereof,  not the technology that destined Healthcare.Gov, the Federal Government website, to the car wreck of a failure.

That has certainly been demonstrated by the rest of The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare and comes as little surprise!

According to an article on FoxNews, “…investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors’ marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread confusion and adding tens of millions of dollars in costs. Changes were ordered seemingly willy-nilly, including 40 times when government officials did not have the initial authority to incur additional costs.”

In terms of costs, the GAO estimates that $840 million has been spent on HealthCare.Gov.

Actually, that is borrowed.  The Obama Administration is running huge deficits, year after year.   This year it will be around $600 billion.  So the trillions to fund ObamaCare is being borrowed, which means it will be paid back at an even higher cost.  That makes huge wastes of money like HealthCare.Gov even more tragic for the American taxpayer!

These costs are broken down as:

*from $56 million to more than $209 million from Sept. 2011 to Feb. 2014 for the registration system;

*from $30 million to almost $85 million for the electronic backroom to make sure information was correct; and

*for repairs to the website burgeoning from $91 million in January to $175 million at present.

In a classic bureaucratic understatement, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner later personally apologized to Congress saying that “the website has not worked as well as it should.”  That is of little relief for the American taxpayer who has paid nearly $1 billion for a health insurance exchange that is nowhere near close to being complete. As detailed in a previous article on this site, there is still much more work to be done for HealthCare.Gov to be able to process the next sign-up period.

 

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