POSTED: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:01pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:24pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — BRIANNA EHLEY, writes in the Fiscal Times
A handful of state-run health exchange websites-which cost nearly half a billion dollars to build-still don't work, nearly seven months after they first went live.
Largely inoperable state exchange websites in Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and Nevada have racked up $474 million federal tax dollars so far, Politico first reported. The costs will continue to climb as states scramble to salvage the flailing websites or transition onto the federal exchange.
Maryland will spend an additional $40 million to save its website, which has already cost $90 million. Nevada has spent $50 million to date and will decide in the coming weeks how much more it will spend on repair efforts. Massachusetts will pour an additional $121 million into fixing its severely troubled state portal, while also using the federal portal as a back up plan.
Taxpayers are on the hook for all the websites.
Many, although they signed up ...Never have paid the first premium.
Deductibles for most are a lot higher.
As of November 2013, the federal exchange healthcare.gov. is estimated to have cost $677 million according to former HHS, Kathleen Sebelius.
You know that's a low number.
The story states in fact, Oregon had so many management and oversight issues, its contractor is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
An earlier review by the federal government suggested that the contractor,"may have boosted billings by, 'throwing bodies rather than skillset' at problems," Oregon Live reported.
A separate investigation into Maryland's exchange by a federal watchdog is also underway.
The Congressional Government Accountability Office has also launched a probe into how well the federal government provided oversight over all of the troubled state exchanges.
Good luck with all that.
We don't even want to know why four Americans are dead in Benghazi.
That's my point of view what's yours?
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