Main Page - Latest News

online casino

Four states spent a combined half Billion on state-wide Obamacare exchanges that do not even work

Teenage kids make innovative and successful e-commerce websites all the time. Yet, when governments make an e-commerce site it suddenly costs hundreds of millions and then the sites don’t even work.

Four of the states Obamacare exchanges, costing a half billion dollars, do not work properly and may ceasing operations. At least two other states, Hawaii and Minnesota are having major problems with their state exchanges as well.

Note: The majority of states simply refused to comply with the Obamacare exchange mandate, saying it would cost them too much money.

This website has a degree in Computer Engineering. A half-dozen college kids could have made better sites, and in a fraction of the time. The way governments develop software is they spend millions for a team to come with with ideas as to how something might be programmed. Then they spend millions for another team to analyze those ideas. Often, exorbitant amounts of money is doled out to bullshit companies run by friends and family of the politicians and bureaucrats in charge of the project. In other words, stolen.

By the time government software is actually coded, it is often already obsolete. Or in the case of Obamacare e-commerce site, something that should quite simple, they can’t even complete a simple task.

From Politco…

Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.

Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland — embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.

The federal government is caught between writing still more exorbitant checks to give them a second chance at creating viable exchanges of their own or, for a lesser although not inexpensive sum, adding still more states to The federal system is already serving 36 states, far more than originally anticipated.

As for the contractors involved, which have borne most of the blame for the exchange debacles, a few continue to insist that fixes are possible. Others are braced for possible legal action or waiting to hear if now-tainted contracts will be terminated.
The $474 million spent by these four states includes the cost that officials have publicly detailed to date. It climbs further if states like Minnesota and Hawaii, which have suffered similarly dysfunctional exchanges, are added.

Their totals are just a fraction of the $4.698 billion that the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation calculates the federal government has approved for states since 2011 to help them determine whether to create their own exchanges and to assist in doing so. Still, the amount of money that now appears wasted is prompting calls for far greater accountability.