Obamacare Website Cost Taxpayers $634M; Projected Cost: $93M

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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:05 PM
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That's right, the Healthcare.gov website was originally quoted to cost us $93M.
SO FAR, it is costing taxpayers $634,320,919.00...and the damned thing STILL doesn't work.

IMO, none of us should be surprised at this. This gross cost overrun not only personifies Obamacare, itself, but simply reflects the central premise that Obama blatantly lied to the American people when he promised that Obamacare would not only save taxpayers money...but that they would love it!

This thing was poorly conceived, recklessly rushed to market, and dishonestly foisted upon the American public in an extremely partisan manner.

Remember, www.Healthcare.gov...$634,320,919.00...and counting!



We paid $634 million for the Obamacare sites and all we got was this lousy 404




We, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock.




The exact cost to build Healthcare.gov, according to U.S. government records, appears to have been $634,320,919, which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal. The company originally won the contract back in 2011, but at that time, the cost was expected to run “up to” $93.7 million – still a chunk of change, but nothing near where it ended up.




Government has a long history of spending money unnecessarily. But in an age when the U.S is home to the world’s largest, most successful Internet companies, how is it possible that we can’t even manage to build a functional website without blowing through hundreds of millions of dollars?


www.digitaltrends.com...

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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:08 PM
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I can't imagine we don't already have people on payroll who could have produced a working website for nothing but what they are being paid currently!! WTF do these people think sometimes???



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:11 PM
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Wait, the government overspent? And lied?

Well I am shocked. Shocked I say!





posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:11 PM
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Would love to host that web-site, dam!!

I notice people with foreign Visas are the ones getting the tech jobs...



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:14 PM
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Wow just looking through the site its very simple, a web designer would probably charge about $400 to make that in a few days... god only knows why its cost more money to make the site than James Cameron's Avatar, I've never heard of any site site costing 3/4 of a billion to make and only 7k people like it on facebook too... lol



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:31 PM
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The company which received this lucrative deal is called CGI Federal.
I wonder if this company has ties with the administration.
I think a little research is in order.


CGI Federal to Develop Health Insurance Marketplace Under Affordable Care Act





CGI Federal has won a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract worth up to $93.7 million to build a health insurance exchange that is federally-facilitated, the company announced today.

The contract to build Federal Exchange was awarded by CMS’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. It has a two-year base value of $55.7 million with three one-year options.
CGI said the exchange is required underneath a provision in the Affordable Care Act which mandates a new competitive health insurance marketplace for states and territories.

The company said it will work with the CCIIO on the exchange, which is intended to extend insurance coverage to an additional 34 million Americans. It will help more citizens “shop and obtain” healthcare, said Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI.

blog.executivebiz.com...



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:38 PM
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CGI Federal is a subsidiary of Montreal-based CGI Group. With offices in Fairfax, Va., the subsidiary has been a darling of the Obama administration, which since 2009 has bestowed it with $1.4 billion in federal contracts, according to USAspending.gov.


washingtonexaminer.com...



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:39 PM
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Yeah, Imagine what they spent on that GUI...

I see you mentioned Joomla in your signature.

That would be an excellent cost effective back end to the site!

Joomla security holes have some of the fastest discovery rates due to it being as open as it is!



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:39 PM
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Chrisfishenstein
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I can't imagine we don't already have people on payroll who could have produced a working website for nothing but what they are being paid currently!! WTF do these people think sometimes???


If you have ever worked in IT for a large corporation you will recognize this a typical management decision.

It doesn't make much sense but this is how it often works.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:41 PM
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The failure of the website to operate as intended could wind up being catastrophic for the entire plan. If the site continues to prove difficult for people to use, the only people who will be willing to contend with the slow loads, the downtime and the numerous glitches will be those that absolutely need the insurance. Folks who are healthy or can wait for the system to operate properly will not sign up right away leaving insurers with insured people who are making more claims than the healthy people. The healthy insured pay their premiums and receive less benefit so the profits from the healthy wind up supplementing the costs for the less healthy.

without the healthy insured, the insurance providers might find themselves in a bind where the only means of saving themselves will be to jack up the premiums yet again.


nation.time.com...



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:44 PM
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So cronies stole, what, like half that or more?



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:45 PM
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If the purpose of the ACA is to lead people to insurance companies, it seems wasteful. Why didn't the gov just change how companies do business instead of inserting a new level of red tape that should not be necessary.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:51 PM
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roadgravel
If the purpose of the ACA is to lead people to insurance companies, it seems wasteful. Why didn't the gov just change how companies do business instead of inserting a new level of red tape that should not be necessary.


Because this way, they get control of 1/6th of the U.S. economy.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 03:15 PM
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OH Brother this is a real SNAFU.


Delivering mission-essential results

For more than 36 years, U.S. defense, civilian and intelligence agencies have partnered with CGI to support their mission-essential needs at every stage of program, product and business lifecycle. These partnerships fuel our deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our clients and inform the development of solutions to help them improve outcomes and maximize results....

CGI named Company of the Year for Government Cloud Solutions by Frost & Sullivan
www.cgi.com...


Board of directors I suggest you read who these people are. They seem to be A Canadian company with a few EU links. During the National Animal Identification fight it was found the data base of Premises ID was based in Canada and therefore was NOT SUBJECT TO FOIA when Mary Zanoni a lawyer went after the USDA.

That piece of information tells you why the US government is using a Canadian company AGAIN to store data on its citizens.



BERNARD BOURIGEAUD
Independent director, complies with the share ownership guidelines
Age 68
Waterloo, Belgium
Director since 2008...

...He is also an international operating partner of Advent International and President of CEPS (Centre d'Etude et Prospective Stratégique). Mr. Bourigeaud is an Affiliate Professor at HEC School of Management in Paris and a member of HEC’s International Advisory Board. In 2004, he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.



DOMINIC D'ALESSANDRO
Independent director, complies with share ownership guidelines
Age 65
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Director since 2010...

Mr. D’Alessandro was President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Financial Corporation from 1994 until 2009. During his tenure, Manulife undertook a dramatic expansion of its operations and emerged as one of the world’s leading life insurers.... Mr. D’Alessandro is also a director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and of Suncor Energy Inc.




JEAN BRASSARD
Independent director, complies with share ownership guidelines
Age 68
Brossard, Quebec, Canada
Director since 1978...

...had an extensive career as an IT professional practitioner and senior manager. He joined the Company in 1978 as a Vice-President and led the development and implementation of major IT projects....

So this is the guy with the expertise.


SERGE GODIN
Director related to CGI, complies with share ownership guidelines
Age 63
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Director since 1976...

...Mr. Godin co-founded CGI in 1976 and became its first President. Since CGI’s inception, Mr. Godin has successfully grown the Company to become Canada’s largest independent IT services company and one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world....

And so is this guy.


MICHAEL E. ROACH
Director related to CGI, complies with share ownership guidelines
Age 60
Outremont, Quebec, Canada...

.....joined CGI in July 1998 as Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Telecommunications Information Systems and Services, after a distinguished career at a major telecommunications company where he held a number of leadership positions. He is also a director of the Conference Board of Canada and the U.S. Conference Board, a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and a director of Yellow Media Inc.

And this guy.



THOMAS P. D'AQUINO
Independent director, complies with the share ownership guidelines
Age 72
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Director since 2006...

Mr. d'Aquino is Chief Executive of Intercounsel Ltd. He is Distinguished Life Time Member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, an organization that he led as CEO from 1981 through 2009. He has served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada, as Senior Counsel to one of Canada’s largest law firms, and currently is a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Business and Public Policy Strategies at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Honorary Professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Mr. d’Aquino also serves as Canada Chair of the B20/G20 Committee, and as Canada Co-Chair of the North American Forum and the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum. .... Mr. d'Aquino is also a director of Manulife Financial Corporation and Coril Holdings Ltd.


This is the guy with the political clout.
There are several others.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 03:23 PM
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sprtpilot
So cronies stole, what, like half that or more?


What you talking about Willis?!



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 04:19 PM
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The failure of the website to operate as intended could wind up being catastrophic for the entire plan.


What if the whole idea is for the plan to fail so government can take over and toss the insurance companies under the bus. Given the wealth of the insurance industry and therefore the campaign contributions to politicians, I seriously doubt this but it should be looked at.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 04:23 PM
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Crakeur
the only people who will be willing to contend with the slow loads, the downtime and the numerous glitches will be those that absolutely need the insurance


Well they can always call the 1-800 number, 1-800-FUC...
Oh wait, we can't post that here, can we?



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 04:28 PM
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WOW. So CGI Federal shelters the Obama administration from FOIA requests on Obamacare data storage?



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 04:38 PM
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From the CGI Federal Annual Report 2012 PDF:


Through a consistent, disciplined and accountable delivery approach, CGI has achieved an industry-leading track record of on-time, on-budget projects, helping clients leverage current investments while adopting new technology.


Maybe the cost is more in line with this:

We strive to deliver strong, consistent financial performance, which sustains long-term growth and rewards our members and shareholders.


www.cgi.com...-information

Care to be Obama knows some of them folks?
This cost overrun would make the Pentagon wince.
Profit is one thing, profligate in another entirely
Seems those words are interchangeable now.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 04:45 PM
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IAMTAT
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WOW. So CGI Federal shelters the Obama administration from FOIA requests on Obamacare data storage?



Not only that but since it's in another country they can probably sell the information they collect.
Legally.
$$$$$$$$
Cha-Ching!!





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