A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report concludes that the Obama administration has spent roughly $840 million (so far) on the still broken Obamacare website and the law’s failed rollout.
A bulk of the money, according to the GAO, was wasted on bureaucratic malfeasance at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), including decisions to whimsically change contractors 40 times.
The GAO report was prepared for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing held on Thursday.
Newly appointed CMS principal deputy administrator Andrew Slavitt told lawmakers the process “won’t be perfect.”
“It’s a bumpy process at times,” Slavitt said at a hearing before a House oversight committee Thursday. “I think we’ve got a committed team of people, though, that by and large are doing a very good job.”
Rep. Fred Upton, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, hammered Slavitt, and said the most important parts of healthcare.gov—namely the part that transfers payments to insurance companies—still hasn’t been built.
“The disastrous implementation of the president’s health care law has already led to canceled plans, lost access to doctors, and higher premiums,” Upton said in a statement. “Now add to that hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on an exchange that is still not ready for prime time.”
“We’ve created clear, top-down accountability,” Slavitt said at today’s hearing.
And that’s this administration’s biggest problem. They keep saying it, but they really don’t know what the word accountability means.
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