Friday, October 11, 2013

Riddle: What Has a $93 Million Price Tag That Became a $500 Million Price Tag, Yet Doesn’t Work? Answer: ACA Exchange Web Sites. No Way! Way!

“It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the befuddled beast that is has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress.”

“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 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 $500 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock.”

“While GAO states that the “highest volume” of that $394 million was related to the development of “information technology systems,” a more detailed look at that cost shows that a portion that $394 million was spent on things like call centers and collection services. Take that out, and you’re left with roughly $363 million spent on technology-related costs to the healthcare exchanges – the bulk of which ($88 million) went to CGI Federal, the company
awarded a $93.7 million contract to build and other technology portions of the FFEs.” - We paid over $500 million for the Obamacare sites and all we got was this lousy 404 [updated],, 10/08/2013

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