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States’ insurance exchange websites cost taxpayers $1B; contractors often paid to do same job in different states
Sources tell CBS News that the 15 states that have set up their own insurance exchanges used more than $1 billion to pay for their own Obamacare websites. That huge price tag, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reported on “CBS This Morning,” is being paid for by the federal government — courtesy of taxpayers — and some of these websites have also struggled to get off the ground.
… A CBS News analysis shows that the 15 states that opted to set up their own exchanges are spending more than $1.1 billion to launch and implement their own websites, often paying the same government contractors to do the same job in different states.
California has dedicated $359 million, while New York is spending $161 million. In Kentucky it’s $100 million, and in Oregon the price tag is $50 million. (That’s $670 million in just four of the 15 states with their own exchanges. The full sum, especially after all too predictable cost overruns, will probably be “way, way over $1.1 billion.” — Ed.)
The president has pointed to Oregon, which has enrolled 56,000 people in Medicaid – to argue things are working. “That’s 56,000 more Americans who now have health care,” the president has said. “That doesn’t depend on a website.”
And it’s a good thing, because Oregon’s website doesn’t work. The new Medicaid enrollments came through the mail. The state website has yet to enroll a single person.
Money quote: “Thus far, everybody’s taken a look at the rates and they’ve just walked out the door. It’s sticker shock. They just can’t afford it.”