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]
The Democratic Party may have finally landed on a campaign slogan for 2014: “Any port in a storm.” That’s the only explanation for the glee that some liberals have been expressing in reaction to the news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th district. They have to have something to bolster their spirits.
Why the left would crow at Cantor’s demise is inexplicable apart from sheer partisan animus. Cantor won the district in 2012 with 58 percent of the vote — a commanding performance, yet the smallest margin…
"If Mr. Obama isn't thinking about cashiering a top adviser, he should start now. CIA Director John Brennan has presided over serial intelligence debacles — including the failure to anticipate the fall of Mosul — while National Intelligence Director James Clapper has had no credibility in Congress since he lied to a Senate committee. John Kerry's incompetent diplomacy in Jerusalem and…[more]