WASHINGTON, D.C. – Politico.com reports that online Obamacare exchanges in four states – Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland – have cost nearly a billion dollars (combined) to develop and are not performing well.
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.
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Critics of government health care argue that the federal government mismanages everything it touches, and wastes a great deal of money in the process. With Obamacare, we don’t even have to wait for the program to get up and going to see how poorly it’s being executed. First the federal website was screwed up for weeks, making access for thousands of people almost impossible, at a cost of more than $1 billion. Now the same problems are occurring with state-level exchanges, which are apparently funded by the feds. If they can’t even develop functional websites for citizens to enroll, how well are they going to manage the actual program, particularly as more private companies drop employee health coverage and turn the problem over to the feds?
Authored by Steve Gunn