A newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reveals that the Obama administration’s disastrous management of the construction of the Obamacare website cost U.S. taxpayers $840 million.
That figure could climb even higher, as entire sections of the Obamacare website, such as those that submit insurance payments to insurers, have not even been built yet.
Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), blasted the Obama White House for what the GAO report describes as gross mismanagement and shoddy oversight of the Obamacare website rollout.
“The disastrous implementation of the president’s healthcare law has already led to canceled plans, lost access to doctors, and higher premiums,” said Upton. “Now add to that hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on an exchange that is still not ready for prime time.”
Specifically, the GAO reports that the Obama administration “undertook the development of HealthCare.gov and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices, despite facing a number of challenges that increased both the level of risk and the need for effective oversight.” Moreover, the GAO warned that if the administration continued its path of mismanagement, “significant risks remain that upcoming open enrollment periods could encounter challenges.”
The nearly $1 billion the Obama White House blew on its busted Obamacare website pales in comparison to the overall cost of President Barack Obama’s unpopular health law. Indeed, over the next ten years, U.S. taxpayers will spend $2.6 trillion paying for Obamacare.
Obamacare remains deeply unpopular with voters. A new Kaiser Health poll finds that President Obama’s signature legislative achievement now receives its lowest approval ever, with just 37% of Americans supporting Obamacare.