Inoperable ObamaCare Site Cost Taxpayers $635 Million

Obamacare Rollout 300x205 Inoperable ObamaCare site cost taxpayers $635 million

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 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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  1. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    GOP should advertise world wide for the best hackers to corrupt the system, well maybe not, I can not get to the profile page!!! Americans polled 68% unfavorable to Obamacare before 10/1/13! Hope that number stays the same, and with hackers having access to ID theft, more will turn away!!!

  2. Linda From NY says:

    why are people trying to enroll on this healthcare from Hell? We can send a loud message by NOT enrolling, I am still hopeful that enough people will say enough is enough and we are not going to take it anymore. It is getting to that point, remember there are more of us then of them.

    What ever happens DO NOT give up your Right To Bear Arms, if we think he is a tyrant now just wait till he dis-arm the American people, there will be no turning back it is going to be worst then the days of Hitler. This man is crazy he is a madman and if he is not stop, he will destroy the Country which he is almost there with the economy, it is hanging on a thread.

    • Seeks_the_truth says:

      Only ones enrolling are those with pre-existing conditions or those who can not get coverage elsewhere. Everyone else are not enrolling. Not the young, which this monstrosity depends on, not middle class or any other.
      It WILL collapse upon itself. I'm only concerned what they will shove on us in it's place.
      Single payer socialist system comes to mind.

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