If nothing else, the Obama administration is extremely skilled in wasting taxpayer money. Every wasteful policy initiative the federal government pushes forward ends up being exponentially more bloated and costly than projected.
The staggering unpopularity of ObamaCare is due in part to the skyrocketing costs associated with its implementation. Recent reports show that the waste associated with that law extends to the healthcare.org website.
Soon after the site went live Oct. 1, word spread that users were unable to access any of its features. Even after a system-wide renovation that supposedly took place last weekend, the registration process is hopelessly ineffective, and officials refuse to release a count of those who have been able to successfully sign up for coverage.
While such ineptitude was expected by the law’s many detractors, the cost associated with creating this unusable page is unprecedented.
Records indicate that the firm hired to create the site was expected to finish for less than $93.7 million. In reality, that cost — footed by American taxpayers — was more than seven times as much.
To be exact, the U.S. government paid $634,320,919 to put together a website featuring a permanent error message.
Given the utter lack of fiscal sanity within Washington, D.C., such numbers can lose context. When compared to the operating cost of other high-profile sites, however, one can easily recognize how mismanaged the ObamaCare website’s funding truly is.
The ubiquitous social media site Facebook, for instance, ran constantly from 2004 to 2010 while staying below the $600 million threshold. Between 2006 and 2011, Twitter spent just more than half of the capital used to launch the healthcare website.
ObamaCare apologetics argue that the site contains intricacies not found in the development of other pages. If this legislation is so convoluted that more than experts with more than a half-billion dollars in funding couldn’t sort it out, maybe this should be seen as a sign the law is not fit for human consumption.
Even if conservative legislators are somehow able to repeal socialized medicine, we can add this huge sum of money to the funds already wasted on the monstrosity known as ObamaCare. Assuming the regime is successful in forcing the law on the American people, $635 million will be just a drop in the bucket.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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