Obamacare | The Government's Takeover of Health Care
Failed Obamacare Exchanges to Cost Taxpayers Half a Billion Dollars
Created on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:00
Written by Justin Credible
Obamacare is a failure and has nothing to do with heath care reform. The unaffordable law gets more costly by the day. Thanks to Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland, the cost just rose by $474 million because their state Obamacare exchanges have completely failed, forcing the federal government to essentially trash what they built in some of the states, while others continue to throw money down a pit. The states and federal government can't even get the websites right, yet they somehow think they can manage the entire health care system.
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 HealthCare.gov. 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.
The website failures are not too surprising. What is suprising is that some of the states think they can fix their Obamacare exchanges...with just a little more money. Isn't that how liberalism always sells itself?
Justin Credible is a contributing editor for Habledash.