GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management

posted at 7:21 pm on July 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking the same thing: “It seems so out of character.”

We knew some of this before, but it’s nice to have an arm of the federal government itself acknowledge just how badly Team Hopenchange blew it on their big technocratic showpiece. It’s the perfect way to mark O dropping to 39/55 in Gallup’s job approval metric, tied for the lowest single-day mark of his presidency.

Investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors’ marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread confusion and leading to tens of millions of dollars in additional costs. Changes were ordered in seemingly willy-nilly fashion, including 40 times when government officials did not have the initial authority to incur additional costs…

GAO concluded:

— Contractors were not given a coherent plan, and instead they were kept jumping around from issue to issue.

— The cost of the sign-up system ballooned from $56 million to more than $209 million from Sept. 2011 to Feb. 2014. The cost of the electronic backroom jumped from $30 million to almost $85 million.

— CMS, representing the administration, failed to follow up on how well the contractors performed. At one point the agency notified one contractor it was so dissatisfied it would start withholding payments. Then it quickly rescinded that decision.

The contract for Healthcare.gov was open-ended too, ensuring little restraint on costs. The result: $840 million spent on the website, which includes $150 million in cost overruns on the initial version of Healthcare.gov that basically no one could access for the first month. The law itself will operate efficiently, though, I’m sure.

Via Guy Benson, here the CEO of Aetna admitting that consumers in their new ObamaCare exchange risk pool are in fact a bit older and sicker than they expected, and also that they’re already seeing some attrition among consumers — but he can’t tell for sure whether it’s “young invincibles” who are peeling off or some of the sicker adults because … the back end of Healthcare.gov, which handles payment processing, still hasn’t been built yet. $840 million and counting.


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We haven’t even gotten to the good part yet.

Bishop on July 30, 2014 at 7:24 PM

GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management Rightwing sabotage.

This has been well documented.

Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

So how did Moochel’s GF get this contract ?

burrata on July 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management

And Michelle’s college buddy’s firm getting the contract.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM

So how did Moochel’s GF get this contract ?
burrata on July 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Jinx! Owe me a Coke.

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Well I knew Obama could not manage anything let alone healthcare.

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management Rightwing sabotage.

This has been well documented.

Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

You should supply a document link. Your mere assertions are no weightier than old dead Leon’s.

de rigueur on July 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Choke on it scumhags!

Judge_Dredd on July 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

OT: Banks expecting massive cash withdrawls

Now the worry is that such deposit funding may prove fleeting as the Fed retreats. Banks might have to pay higher rates on deposits to retain customers – potentially hitting their profits and sparking a price war for client funds.

These are the institutions we gave trillions of dollars so they wouldn’t fail, and now they’re upset that they’ll have to pay interest on deposits.

This is why they should have been allowed to fail back in 2009. They are sitting on unimaginable cash reserves, that should not have been borrowed from China by the US Treasury, or should have been paid to depositors.

Unf**king real.

BobMbx on July 30, 2014 at 7:29 PM

We haven’t even gotten to the good part yet.

Bishop on July 30, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I know I know ….
We a** holes were so wrong about jiziaCAIR waaayyyyyy back in 2009 …so very wrong

burrata on July 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Trotsky reminds me of Gary Oldman’s character trying to free General Raddick.

Judge_Dredd on July 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Obama could not care for his overweight crack baby…..

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

“Not only did the rightwing sabotage DeathCare, they toppled the WTC in conjunction with their Mossad overlords!”

-IHaveTheTrots

Bishop on July 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Obama is a poor community organizer…

Can’t even organize an administration…

But they can organize a vacation……

Electrongod on July 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Long live bureaucracies and big government, fascist thugs and sheeple!!!

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

And exactly how ELSE would have been at fault? Voldemort? Little green gremlins?

Really, how hard was it to figure out that the bloated, incompetent, corrupt, federal government was responsible for the F’d up rollout of an F’d up, convoluted, poorly written federal law, all while the Chief Executive is out working on his putts.

Yeah, I can see how they need a “study” to figure out who’s to blame there.

Meople on July 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

President Milli Vanilli’s pet project is a fraud?!?

Flange on July 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Meople on July 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

how who else rather

Meople on July 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The cows that keep on giving

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Obama is a poor community organizer…

Electrongod on July 30, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Obama never was a “community organizer”. He’s an incredibly lazy individual. Others did the “organizing” and used his gift of the teleprompter reading. That’s all he ever could do. Read a speech.

Judge_Dredd on July 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

White House to blame Bush, global warming, the harsh winter, Israel, Rush Limbaugh, and ATM machines (for starters) in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on July 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Via Guy Benson, here the CEO of Aetna admitting that consumers in their new ObamaCare exchange risk pool are in fact a bit older and sicker than they expected, and also that they’re already seeing some attrition among consumers

If the insurance companies actually want to survive long-term, they need to announce in September and October the increased rates in 2015 as a result of the above, and they need to announce them in ads over and over and over and explain the real reason why — Obamacare and this GAO report.

TXUS on July 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management Rightwing sabotage.
This has been well documented.

Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

You should supply a document link. Your mere assertions are no weightier than old dead Leon’s.

de rigueur on July 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

It’s rather uncontroversial assertion. But as I said, there is extensive documentation of this by reputable sources:

http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-affordable-care-act-falls-prey-to-extreme-judicial-activism/2014/07/23/4a06dec0-129f-11e4-8936-26932bcfd6ed_story.html

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/31/gop-obamacare-sabotage-works/

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/the-obamacare-sabotage-campaign-99176.html

Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Washington Post? Politico? Why don’t I run on over to Drudge Retort and plan out the rest of my week?

Judge_Dredd on July 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

I believe he has malice in his heart but the dude is damn lazy….lazy at governing even.

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Lib is right. Dems will be running on O’Care in ’16. They’ll be running all over its grave site in an effort to obliterate any signs that it ever existed.

vnvet on July 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

No it wasn’t. The failure of Healthcare.gov was all about politics. The administration delayed it purposefully until after the 2012 election. They postponed testing and all the normal things people would do for something so important, all in the name of politics. It’s not that they’re so political, it’s that they can’t even think of a good reason not to be political. With Obama, it’s all politics, all the time, to hell with the country.

bflat879 on July 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Obama is like democratic herpies….

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

WaPo & politico? Really?

wolly4321 on July 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Obama is like democratic herpies….

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I named my dog herpes because he won’t heel.

docflash on July 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Akzed on July 30, 2014 at 7:27 PM: read what you linked about MO’s GF being the contractor, but below is what really jumped off the page at me…

highlighting the Daily Caller’s report that Mrs. Obama and Townes-Whitley belonged to a student group that hosted a controversial speech by a Palestinian leader that supported terrorism against Israel.

indyvet on July 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

President affirmative action. Now we are going to elect an unaccomplished person of mediocre intelligence simply because she is a woman. A person that has far more losses than wins and main attribute is her ability to screw over the lives of women that her husband has raped and beaten to save her ability to be powerful.

Shameful. Not successful.

jukin3 on July 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

So much for the website working these morons couldn’t run a bar much less a healthcare program.

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

I named my dog herpes because he won’t heel.

docflash on July 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

At least you know he’ll keep coming back.

Flange on July 30, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Dude, where’s my $2500 in savings?

ShainS on July 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

The republicans kept you from realizing them.

Judge_Dredd on July 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

The face palm pic might have worked here as well.

DaveDief on July 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

1. IMHO the contractors were intentionally given an incoherent plan. The last thing Obama needed was a fully operational system during his term. This way he can blame the developers, and not the his ideas

That is his MO – he must preserve unaccountability

2 He needed to promise a low cost to sell the plan. He could always print more money later

3. CMS has a record of failure. CMS is Canadian, not American. The company has no reputation with the American public. It is a useful idiot

Had Obama chosen a more capable American contractor, they might have succeeded which would have given the American public a full understanding of the completed system. That was not the plan

Obama sells dreams, not realities

entagor on July 30, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Designed to fail, and working as designed …

ShainS on July 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Captain Obvious checks in.

formwiz on July 30, 2014 at 8:14 PM

In before the still not working on day 1 2 3 post.

The Schaef on July 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

But Christine Pelosi – yup, Nancy Pelosi’s daughter – allegedly profited from the Obamacare rollout, so the plan is working just fine.

Public records, provided to Red Mass Group by Mass Citizens for Jobs, show that a firm, where Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is a partner, profited from the disastrous Massachusetts Obamacare rollout. In addition, the 2012 Obama Campaign’s data team was behind the targeting of canvassed households, raising questions about whether public resources were being used to gather data for political campaigns.

The Massachusetts Health Connector authority subcontracted with the health care community organizing non profit Health Care for All (HCFA) to provide canvassing services to help sell Obamacare in Massachusetts, as Red Mass Group previously reported. Prior to signing the contract to perform these services, HCFA and the Connector exchanged emails (pdf) to outline the scope of the work, and who would be performing it. In those emails (page 11) HCFA’s Maria Gonzalez writes to the Connector Authority to explain who would be running their back end data.

You did have questions about the Consulting(sp) firm, yes Campaign Industries LLC is the company behind Democracy Partners in the first instance, in the second case we are still in conversations for the database model but the vendor is likely to be Civis Analytics which is being negotiated by Campaign Industries LLC as well.

Who are these subcontractors being used by HCFA? Democracy Partners is a progressive campaign firm, who lists Nancy Pelosi’s daughter as a partner on their website. Civis Analytics was “born in a large back room of the Obama 2012 re-election headquarters.”

http://www.redmassgroup.com/diary/18354/pelosis-daughters-firm-and-obama-campaign-data-team-were-behind-mass-obamacare-canvass-data

wren on July 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Designed to fail, and working as designed …
ShainS on July 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM
I buy that but this is just utter failure to launch designed to fail but not on the launch pad.

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I buy that but this is just utter failure to launch designed to fail but not on the launch pad.

sorrowen on July 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Agreed.

So incompetent that they can’t even succeed at properly failing …

ShainS on July 30, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM

So, the democrats pass a law that is so poorly written it was doomed to fail, and the Republicans, by questioning the legality of parts of it was sabotaging it? Okay……lol

Barred on July 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

What about the state ones in Oregon, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland,…. I forget the others.

Seriously how f*cked were the people in Massachusetts that had something better than Obama-democrat care and then got a useless website? Or well couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of leftist voting douchebags. HAHAHAHAHA!

jukin3 on July 30, 2014 at 9:01 PM

.84 BILLION $$ for a non-functioning website and its still not complete.
just f*ing precious….

dmacleo on July 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

ObamaCare. Designed to fail. Hey! Now let’s just move on to ‘single payer’.

Which is what they wanted in the first place.

GarandFan on July 30, 2014 at 9:43 PM

GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management Rightwing sabotage.

This has been well documented.

Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Yes, darn those right wingers with their forcing the administration to hire the firms they did, and forcing them to complicate their own process by trying to hide the actual cost of the plans and present only post-subsidy prices, and forcing them to spend over three times the budgeted amount and still not get the site working properly almost a year later.

Oh, and by the way, your “documented” sources included two articles that said nothing about the website, and one that blamed the site failures on Congressional refusal to fund the project. You know, that project they spent $840 million on despite somehow not having any money.

Yeah, a totally un-controversial assertion.

The Schaef on July 30, 2014 at 10:55 PM

See, there are these Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR),and well, from what we have heard in the last year there has got to be not just mismanagement by government officials but deliberate violation of the FAR’s. The GAO or some auditing agency should uncover it.

jake49 on July 31, 2014 at 6:59 AM

GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible Rightwing sabotage.
This has been well documented.
Trotsky on July 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA

What a maroon. Any small shred of credibility you had … poof.

Closet Optimist on July 31, 2014 at 7:49 AM