GOP rep: So, does anybody actually know how much these website delays are going to cost us?

posted at 12:31 pm on November 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Via NRO, an apt question that nobody seems to be asking from this morning’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the continuing trials and tribulations of ObamaCare’s botched rollout. From where in the budget, exactly, is all of the cash for this ongoing website-building supposed to come? If $600 million was the allotted cost and we’re two months in without a functioning website, how is this getting funded? …Crickets. Crickets.

David Powner, GAO: But your question about what it’s going to cost to fix it, that’s where we’re kind of blind to that. I think that’s a key question, how much that will end up being.

Rep. Duncan: Does anybody know? We’ve spent $600 million already and not working. Does anybody have any idea how much this is going to cost us in the end? [Silence.] Nobody knows?


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Too much…

OmahaConservative on November 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

5 Year Plans don’t bother with estimating costs.

5 Year Plans only beget more 5 Year Plans.

The stinking Communists.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

The House should file a “cease and desist” order immediately. The President is spending money he has no authority to spend.

Tater Salad on November 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

To quote the late Carl Sagan, ‘Billions and Billions’.

To those in charge of this clusterfark, the cost is immaterial. All that counts are the end effects – furthering and expanding the progressive fascist agenda.

Athos on November 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM

who cares? obama has trees full of money in the WH backyard.

envycat on November 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Where is the demand that CGI refund part of what they have been paid for lack of performance?

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Consice.

Bmore on November 13, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Concise. Lolz!

Bmore on November 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

When everyone in the room making decisions is a Liberal, the question of cost doesn’t come up.

PleaseFlyOver on November 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

David Powner, GAO: But your question about what it’s going to cost to fix it, that’s where we’re kind of blind to that. I think that’s a key question, how much that will end up being.

The stinking Communists don’t bother with “key questions.”

The stinking Communists are “blind” to them.

The stinking Communists aren’t used to having to consider trivial things like cause-and-effect, or cost-benefit analysis.

The stinking Communists demand, force and dictate, and only require obedience.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

We can’t fail him now! :(

Murphy9 on November 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

The cost is not in money but in terms of freedom.

Oil Can on November 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Who cares, they will just shake the Subsidy National Forest…

hillsoftx on November 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The stinking Communists don’t bother with “key questions.”

The stinking Communists are “blind” to them.

The stinking Communists aren’t used to having to consider trivial things like cause-and-effect, or cost-benefit analysis.

The stinking Communists demand, force and dictate, and only require obedience.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

What do you mean by “cost”?/dimbocraps

VegasRick on November 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM

GOP rep: So, does anybody actually know how much these website delays are going to cost us?

A Billion here, a Billion there..pretty soon, you’re
talking about real money…

ToddPA on November 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I wonder how many of the stupid pigs who voted for Obama have his portrait over their fireplace mantles?

We must have faith in him!

- The Stupid Pigs Who Voted For Obama

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

When everyone in the room making decisions is a Liberal, the question of cost doesn’t come up.

PleaseFlyOver on November 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Of course it does. But the conclusion is always that this is too important for [insert special interest group here] to not fund.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I wonder how many of the stupid pigs who voted for Obama have his portrait over their fireplace mantles?

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

More like displayed in a shrine along with Mao and Stalin with glowing candles (red of course) and little offerings to the collective for additional Obamaphone text minutes and other such gifts from the state for loyalty.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM

No worries – verbaluce, drywall, fluke and the kind will do it voluntarily, with no money reward whatsoever, just using their amazing technical skills.

When he/she is not busy making memories and rolling ham for the providing partner.

Rookie on November 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Geez, all these Republican racists questioning this
Administration…I mean look at the man, he’s damn near
Albino!

ToddPA on November 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Good question. And I still don’t see any reason Congress and the public cannot have access to the contracts that have been signed to design and rehabilitate this web site. I cannot see any legal reason these documents could be considered confidential.

DaveDief on November 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM

H N, eggsactly!

The portrait/mantle was my reference to the fanatics who worshipped Stalin, even as he sent their neighbors … and them … to the gulags.

They’re the same, here. Fanatics.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

What did that really smart lady say “at this point, what difference does it make?”

tj4osu on November 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Liberal Dems at table hit in the head by the two-by-four of reality.

BuckeyeSam on November 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The portrait/mantle was my reference to the fanatics who worshipped Stalin, even as he sent their neighbors … and them … to the gulags.

They’re the same, here. Fanatics.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I’m waiting until we go the full third-world dictatorship and it becomes law to display a picture of dear leader. Like North Korea or Kenya.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Too much focus on the stupid website, the focus should remain on Obamacare itself… It is like someone bought the worst junk car in the world and could not open the door to get in it and all the focus is on the car door and how to get into the car as if he gets in the car is going to run great…

mnjg on November 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

What did that really smart lady say “at this point, what difference does it make?”

tj4osu on November 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Every chance the GOP gets, they really ought to interject that response. That is, ask a question the panelist doesn’t want to answer, and then interject, “Or are you going to say as Hillary Clinton said in her Benghazi testimony, “At this point, what differences does it make”?

BuckeyeSam on November 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I still don’t see any reason Congress and the public cannot have access to the contracts that have been signed to design and rehabilitate this web site. I cannot see any legal reason these documents could be considered confidential.

DaveDief on November 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I want to know who and why the decision was made to award a no-bid contract for over half-a-billion to a Canadian company with a track record of being fired. I’m sure that the VP in charge was an angry racist black woman who went to school with Mooch was mere coincidence.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

In Obama’s USSA health care gets you.

jukin3 on November 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

who cares? obama has trees full of money in the WH backyard his Swiss bank accounts.

envycat on November 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Fixed.

HiJack on November 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

We may be the “we don’t know sh!t” administration, but we’re doing a hell of a job.

antipc on November 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

How much will it cost?

If we don’t stop it…

Everything.

trigon on November 13, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I’m waiting until we go the full third-world dictatorship and it becomes law to display a picture of dear leader. Like North Korea or Kenya.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Nope. By then, the New Sons of Liberty will be meeting in taverns plotting the overthrow of yet another despotic government. A local brand of terrorism will abound and compliant law enforcement officers will be systematically executed. That’s what I hear over and over and over, and I’m on the outside.

HiJack on November 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

It will cost trillions of dollars to bail out the insurance industry that Oblamer has ruined, and fixing the healthcare.gov website will only accelerate the process.

DublOh7 on November 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM

The House should file a “cease and desist” order immediately. The President is spending money he has no authority to spend.

Well, we don’t have the legally-required budget, so is there any authority to spend anything? Is there any way to tell where any of the money is going?

If a corporation was run the way the Democrats run this government, the officers and board of directors would all be sent to prison.

Socratease on November 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

When your spending taxpayer money, what difference does it make…?

d1carter on November 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Too much focus on the stupid website, the focus should remain on Obamacare itself… It is like someone bought the worst junk car in the world and could not open the door to get in it and all the focus is on the car door and how to get into the car as if he gets in the car is going to run great…

mnjg on November 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Obamacare is a whole new philosophy of medicine, which believes that the best way to treat a person’s broken leg is to break everyone else’s leg!!

landlines on November 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I believe when a contract is awarded, the contractor must submit an itemized invoice and account for the money. If our illustrious congressmen would quit grandstanding on their soapboxes and ask for a complete audit of where the money went, they’d probably learn 70% went into political cronies coffers and the remainder may have gone toward the web site design and implementation.

The federal employees already have a system online. Seems they would have modeled theirs from it.

iamsaved on November 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

What’s the problem with going back to IT contractors and telling them “we have a contract- either you fix it at your expense or return the money we’ve already paid -either way you do not get a dime more”. There should be no more tax payer money paid to fix a website that has already cost $600 million.

jaywemm on November 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

It doesn’t matter to Barky as long as Moochelle’s Princeton classmate gets her boondoggle kickbacks.

viking01 on November 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

They’re not going to cost US anything. Because any additional funding would have to be approved by Congress. And that has less than a snow balls chance in H3LL of happening.

No enrollees. No additional funding. Dead ObamaCare.

Meople on November 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Issa is playing this wrong. There’s enough mud on healthcare.gov without accusations of “playing politics.” Even if it’s true, as soon as he opens his mouth with this stuff, he loses all potential Dem support and many independents. Americans see the GOP as just mudslingers, consumed by politics and little interested in devising creative solutions to their problems.

bobs1196 on November 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM

We’ve spent $600 million already and not working. Does anybody have any idea how much this is going to cost us in the end? [Silence.] Nobody knows?

Obama and Company could care less. After all, ObamaCare is the Holy Grail. NO PRICE IS TOO STEEP!

GarandFan on November 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I wonder if Oracle, Cisco, Google and whomever else is part of the surge are doing the work for free. Maybe someone should ask them, like say, a reporter.

Shareholders might be interested in knowing that the CEO’s political beliefs come before their economic interests.

MTF on November 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I wonder if Oracle, Cisco, Google and whomever else is part of the surge are doing the work for free. Maybe someone should ask them, like say, a reporter.

Shareholders might be interested in knowing that the CEO’s political beliefs come before their economic interests.

MTF on November 13, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Verizon, last I heard. They may not be able to make it work, but we should have a good strong signal.

iurockhead on November 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Remember, these same people who could not commission a WEBSITE for SIX HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS are pushing to put themselves between you and your doctor.

KMC1 on November 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Administration Official? The GAO is an independent arm of Congress. All Congress has to do is tell them to find out. They investigate ALL offices of the executive branch. C’mon, Ericka.

Hat Trick on November 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

This clip seems to be taken out of context. GAO is part of Congress and not the executive branch.

Hat Trick on November 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

So far it’s a bargain, it has cost Obama any resemblance of credibility, and the “interest” is adding up.

I say keep dumping money into something that won’t be fixed, and not do a complete overhaul.

I am kind of enjoying this in a perverse way…liberals are beginning to squirm.

right2bright on November 13, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Isn’t this the office that could not find out how much their conventions and junkets cost? They didn’t account for that, or at least keep track.

Is this a surprise to anyone?

The Republican’s are too “nice”…

right2bright on November 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Republican Congress members are not doing their job.

And whatever Republicans do, do not let Issa investigate.
That guy will bury everything.

albill on November 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM

right2bright on November 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

You’re thinking of the GSA – General Services Administration

Hat Trick on November 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Well, according the Minnesota Dem. Rep. Keith Ellison -

“There’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it.”

So the Dems got this figured out. When they “need” money, they’re gonna come get it. From you.

dissent555 on November 13, 2013 at 6:19 PM

When the cowering Democrats want a vote on their bills, gutting Obozocare, looking for a way to unleash the insurance industry, etc, the Republicans better stop for one hot minute and force the CBO to price the cost and deficit impact of:

• The original bill after the “Doc fix”;
• The disastrous website rollout and reconstruction;
• The employer mandate delay;
• The coming individual mandate delay; and
• The coming gutting of the original insurance policy regulations and the resulting impact on the age/sickness of the pool of insureds.

I have no doubt that this is costing us many, many billions of dollars — another lie that the Demonrats orchestrated to get this POS shit passed.

Hardest Hit: Bart “Stupid” Stupak.

Jaibones on November 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Slammer Time.

Duh duh da duh, da duh, da duh.

NoPain on November 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM