Healthcare.gov – Lots of Money, Few Results
The reason for this nationwide headache apparently stems from poorly written code, which buckled under the heavy influx of traffic that its engineers and administrators should have seen coming. But the fact that Healthcare.gov can’t do the one job it was built to do isn’t the most infuriating part of this debacle – it’s that we, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock.
The exact cost to build Healthcare.gov, according to U.S. government records, appears to have been $634,320,919, which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal. The company originally won the contract back in 2011, but at that time, the cost was expected to run “up to” $93.7 million – still a chunk of change, but nothing near where it ended up.
Within five days of its launch, part of Healthcare.gov had been shut down for reworking. Despite that, the site still can’t handle what’s being required of it, whether it’s people signing up or sharing accurate information with insurers.
Daily Caller closes with this takedown of the Administration:
What I cannot stand is a nation that has vast technological resources in its citizenry spending $600 million of our collective money to slap together a product that, thus far, has only managed to waste people’s precious minutes. So the next time our government comes up with any bright idea that relies upon a massive website, let’s all be sure to ask how they plan to build it.
The easiest part of Obamacare is building the website – testing it, getting it prepared for visitors, etc. So far, the debut has been nothing less than an unmitigated disaster.
They haven’t even launched the exchanges yet.