(Moved to the top late in the afternoon.)
This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.
4:15 p.m.: I need to correct an error. (Also see the update.)
I originally accepted a report from Digital Trends that the cost of the Obamacare web site development so far has been $634 million. Digital Trends later revised that to “over $500 million,” and I used that revised figure in a recent PJ Media column. About a week ago, the New York Times was still using a number of $400 million.
A surge in government spending in the six months before the ObamaCare exchanges went live pushed federal spending to top government contractors over the $1 billion mark, a new study finds.
According to the report released Thursday by Bloomberg Government analyst Peter Gosselin, federal spending ramped up in the months leading up to Oct. 1, with $352 million of the $1 billion in federal contracts to the top 10 ObamaCare contractors awarded during this time.
… “In looking at the full range of ACA-related contracts for just 10 firms, the BGOV analysis found more than $1 billion worth of contract awards,” he wrote.
I was wrong. I am sorry.
It’s over $1 billion already (probably not all spent, but certainly allocated to be spent) — and given the announced attempts at triage, they’re clearly not done.
Update, 4:30 p.m.: Yeah, going to underlying Bloomberg blog post, it gets worse –
In the meantime, the administration is turning to a low-technology fallback. In June, officials signed a $114 million contract with the U.S. subsidiary of London-based Serco Group Plc (more outsourcing — Ed.) to, among other things, run a mailroom to handle paper applications for the 2014 coverage year. Just days before the Oct. 1 opening of exchanges, it made a second $87 million award to expand the company’s services.
Serco is NOT one of the “top 10 vendors” listed at the link. So make that $1.2 billion — and they’re not done yet.
3:50 p.m.: “Sebelius failed at government website projects prior to serving in Obama administration”
The happiest guy in the world right now, or at least the most relieved, might be Tom Daschle, who was Obama’s original nominee to head HHS in 2009 until tax matters derailed him.
7:00 a.m.: Wayne Allyn Root at At Personal Liberty: “Why Obamacare Is Not A Train Wreck; It’s A Suicide Attack”:
… (Obamacare) is a brilliant and purposeful attempt to damage the U.S. economy, kill jobs and bring down capitalism. It’s not a failure; it’s Obama’s grand success. It’s not a train wreck; Obamacare is a suicide attack.
No. 1: Obamacare was intended to bring about the Marxist dream: redistribution of wealth.
No. 2: Obamacare was intended to wipe out the middle class and make them dependent on government.
No. 3: As a bonus to wiping out the middle class, Obamacare is intended to kill every decent paying job in the economy, creating only crummy, crappy part-time jobs.
No. 4: Obamacare is intended to bankrupt small business and, therefore, starve donations to the GOP.
No. 5: Obamacare is intended to make the IRS all-powerful.
No. 6: Obamacare is intended to unionize 15 million healthcare workers.