Healthcare.gov Cost: Price Unlisted

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Curious as to the cost of fixing Healthcare.gov? You aren’t alone, and if you try, you will encounter an array of data that does not necessarily lead you to an answer. In 2011, CGI Federal Inc. was awarded a contract worth $93.7 million total to build the website, a figure that potentially rose as the October 1 deadline neared. Analysis by Bloomberg Government shows last minute IT spending ahead of the October 1 deadline. CGI for example, received $149.9 million between March 2013 and October 2013 according to the estimates. The company had received $271.8 million prior to that.

Websites like USASpending.gov were meant to chronicle government spending, provide greater transparency to programs, and insight to how Washington operates. Instead, in regards to health care, there is no clear cut way to track the program. It is possible to see Health and Human Service’s spending data, and who has been awarded contracts, but there is no comprehensive data on the IT costs for Healthcare.gov.

The Bloomberg estimates top $1 billion in Affordable Care Act related contracts, spread over ten firms. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has estimated costs near the $1 billion mark for a functioning website as well. Speaking on Fox News Issa said the costs are “probably closer to $700 million now and they’re going to spend a lot more doing the hard parts on the back end.”

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