Another Obamacare Cost: Feds Gave $4.4B To States For Exchange Websites


obamacareThe Obama administration gave states roughly $4.4 billion in taxpayer dollars to set up their own ObamaCare websites, according to a new analysis, in the latest revelation about the faucet of federal spending switched on by the 2010 passage of the health care law.

Some of the states even took federal money, then decided to let the federal site handle enrollment.

While the steep cost of — which is the federally run site — has come under fire, the money granted to the states has so far generated little attention. And while the 14 state-run sites have operated more smoothly than the problem-plagued federal site and have accounted for the lion’s share of signups, the federal money spent on tech support, advertising and other startup costs have hardly yielded the level of customer enthusiasm and participation the administration projected.

Just 106,000 Americans have enrolled since the Oct. 1 rollout — far short of the 500,000 the administration hoped would sign up in the first month. The state-run sites handled 75 percent of the transactions.

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  1. The $4.4 billion is money well spent. I’ve found the NY exchange site to be quite easy to use and fast to respond. Would that the other 36 states had accepted the money. But the Republicans wanted to sabotage Obamacare, not make it work, which makes their complaints about the web site highly disingenuous.

  2. Hey, Charlie, the Republicans don’t need to “Sabotage” Obamacare. Obamacare will collapse on its under its own bloated weight and inefficiency no matter how many billions Washington, D.C. throws at it.

    Furthermore, its not the Republicans that are “complaining” about the website. It is countless Americans like you and me that are very upset.

    Obama has broken his promise time and again that we can keep what we have (i.e. doctors, insurance policy, etc.). His popularity has sunk to an all time low.

    Obama’s war against the Republicans is so counterproductive. Obama shut down the government over this war against the Republicans. I expect Obama will probably shut down the government again if he does not get his way.