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POSTED: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:01pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 2:24pm

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 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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obamacare was doomed from the start // it wasn't supported by all that create it// im saying there people in place that saw the problems with it/// but said nuthin/// cause it would mean something to use against the other side // the party game they play at taxpayer expense // they don't care about what it cost// just that it make them look good for their next cam pain // as in job security

Deaf, how can you stand to live in a world so fraught with the fear you've conjured up in your mind? Re-read your posts... your rage is out of control, your hatred is consuming you, your grasp of false minutia is breathtaking, and you have, to my recollection, never, and I mean NEVER, posted a good/positive/agreeable/supportive/conciliatory comment on ketk. It is absolutely stunning to realize that you wouldn't know good news if it came with a million dollar guarantee of authenticity!


And what was the law Rick is supposed to have broke?

He threatened to veto funding for lesbian Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg’s office if she didn’t resign following a drunken driving arrest.

Oh, the horrors!!!

News flash! Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says.

Yes, Obama destabilized Libya, killing Gaddafi, allowing terrorist to MURDER four of out people, including the Ambassador, and now the whole country is falling apart.

Hope for change in 2014. We can't vote Obama out, but we sure can vote democrats out. Let them sign up for Obamacare.

'ALL people like Neal can say is "Benghazi," and "Obamacare" to try to scare people and rouse their "hate".'

No DrDavid... he is shouting:
"Benghazi COVERUP"
"Fast and Furious COVERUP"
"Obamacare FIASCO"
and now "Veterans Administration COVERUP"

" Even the health insurers are happy… more signees, more income. YES they ARE paying ,"

Hahaha... nope again. Far more now get subsidies than pay in... it will bankrupt itself. Many can't even afford the premiums.

And what was the law he is supposed to have broke?

He threatened to veto funding for lesbian Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg’s office if she didn’t resign following a drunken driving arrest.

Oh, the horrors!!!

There's an interesting article in the Austin American Statesman today. Apparently Rick Perry has requested to enter through the back door when he testifies before the grand jury regarding the criminal charges against him. Apparently there was some real news today. I wonder how a "newsman" like Neal missed the state governor facing criminal charges? Or is Neal's silence on the matter an endorsement of Perry's criminal activity? Obamacare! Bundy! Don't look at the governor being indicted!

ALL people like Neal can say is "Benghazi," and "Obamacare" to try to scare people and rouse their "hate". Great Christian values ! As Town says numbers are coming in and it's NOT good for the GOTP. Even the health insurers are happy… more signees, more income. YES they ARE paying , Neal- you pseudojournalist !! You are an embarrassment to your profession ! In the ned, ACA will be a success despite efforts by people like pinhead Perry.

You've parroted the Republican meme for 5 years now Neal. And you ignore the fact that 5 years later Republicans have no alternative to the ACA. You ignore the fact that 7 million Texans (25%) still don't have basic healthcare. The real cost of healthcare is the paperwork. That's why Mercy Ships International is able to provide such effective healthcare overseas. A Christian charity is able to do it. But poor pathetic little America will go bankrupt if we try! What a crock!


So am I a web developer (PHP, MySql, JavaScript, Java, C++.)

Yea 1/2 a billion for a website is kind of, uh, alot. I'd have done it for 1/2 the price (and better security!)

Just heard several state Obamacare websites have gone belly up!

Crash is coming folks to a city near you!

I'm a web developer by trade and I know for a fact that no website needs to cost anywhere near what allegedly cost. Even the most sophisticated system shouldn't need to cost more than a few hundred thousand dollars, if that. Thanks for your POV.

Unfortunately, some businesses see gov't at all levels as a cash cow, charging as much as 2-3 times retail prices and delivering poorer serve to gov't than any of their other customers. This is something that has been going on for decades, not just the last two presidencies. On the flip side, I've dealt with building contractors who have complained about all the regulatory hoops they must jump through and gov't taking as much as 6 mo.s to pay after the completion of a job.

Well sleep safe.... Obamaweb no doubt has been hacked and hacked and Russian hackers have millions of Social Security numbers and birth dates...

Not to mention a large number of Obamapolicy holders haven't paid their premiums.

It will go bankrupt folks, sooner or later, just how much of your money is going with it is the only question.

Hope for change in 2014. Nov. is getting closer and closer!!! Want jobs? Vote democrats out.

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