HHS’ Burwell Caught Low-Balling Congress on Cost of Healthcare.gov
A new report by Bloomberg Government indicates that Sylvia Burwell, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), gave a potentially misleading answer when she told Congress that Healthcare.gov – the federal government’s ObamaCare portal – cost taxpayers $834 million to build.
Nicole Kaeding at the CATO Institute teases out some of the unstated, but related, costs that balloon the overall price tag to $2.14 billion, far north of Burwell’s testimony.
I’ve summarized them here as bullet points:
$300 million contract to process paper applications to serve as backups to electronic files
$387 million for real-time interfacing between the IRS and Healthcare.gov to verify income and family size for insurance subsidy calculations
$400 million in accounting tricks…[more]
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