cost $840 million, study finds
July 30th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
5 years ago cost $840 million, study finds

Washington (CNN) – The cost of developing the initially-troubled website Healthcare.Gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office released Thursday.

Those “cost increases” ran into the tens of millions of dollars, the report found.

A GAO official will testify at a House Energy and Commerce hearing Thursday that the task of building an online health exchange from scratch was made more difficult and expensive by compressed time frames and changing requirements.

The federal health exchange serves the 36 states that did not develop their own state programs.

After the disastrous, glitchy rollout of President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, a string of website repairs helped bring enrollment in the health care exchange to 8 million people – exceeding the government’s goal.

Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
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  1. Sniffit

    "After the disastrous, glitchy rollout of President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, a string of website repairs helped bring enrollment in the health care exchange to 8 million people "

    8 million covered = money well spent. But, that 8 million is an OLD number, and while it proves the GOP/Teatrolls wrong on so many levels is mostly not relevant anymore. New England Journal of Medicine already reported that the total number of people who have received coverage through the ACA is 20 million. Cry about it GOPers/Teatrolls...your tears sustain me....

    July 30, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Thomas

    And what dose it cost to have nine insured ?

    How much did the war in Iraq cost do to bad planing ?

    July 30, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. freedom

    Doesn't anyone care about this???

    July 30, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Wow, 840 million? What a bargain, not even 1 billion dollars!

    The House GOP baggers cost the U.S. economy 24 billion(with a b) with their 16 day pre-k temper tantrum authorized by all the GOP "adult leaders".

    July 30, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. excuse my rant

    After the disastrous, glitchy rollout of President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, a string of website repairs helped bring enrollment in the health care exchange to 8 million people – exceeding the government’s goal.

    So that means the construction of the web site cost approximately $105 per person enrolled through the website. Doesn't sound nearly as eye-popping when put in that way, does it?

    July 30, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Is that less than the $24 billion the republican government shutdown cost?

    July 30, 2014 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. love344

    so how much did the 2 wars cost again........... and how much did voting 50 times against Obamacare cost... how about the shamble IRS investigations by about the potential lawsuit and impeachment........what's the tally on that?

    July 30, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Keeber

    @Sniffit, How many of those alleged 8 million are real? An audit pointed out how easy it was to fake your way through the exchanges. After taking those numbers out, how many of the remaining are current on their payments. And after taking those out, how many had insurance that got cancelled because of the ACA? Your real number is no way near what you hypothesize. Alas, you will never believe facts because you want to live off the sweat of the workers, taking from the government who takes from everyone, including you and any offspring you may have down the road. As long as actual facts don't prevent you from sleeping at night, you should be just fine.

    July 30, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    --at least be glad, now you have Health insurance, no one can deny you.

    July 30, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. rs

    Less than 1/24th the cost of the GOP's government shutdown temper tantrum. The ACA works, move along.....

    July 30, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. ja

    Compared to the wasted money in Iraq, Afgan, even congressional salaries, consider the current state of each, Congress vowing to repeal the healthcare act, Afgan an Iraq is a bigger cluster &$79-3, than ever

    July 30, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Mr. Balls

    Largely due to the failure of individual states to create their own exchanges along with lousy management at CMS.

    July 30, 2014 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. guest

    pretty much par for the course when dealing with very large computerized system roll-outs. would have been nice if the states would have taken responsibility and broken up the task at hand by putting state run exchanges in place, but in the end the powers that be will instead try to score political points off of messes they engineered to happen

    July 30, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Bean Counter

    Canada thanks you for the stimulus package, Obama!!
    World-class tech companies in the US... But ignored and contracted to CANADA.

    Thanks, Obama... Another botch!

    July 30, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Way to expensive , yet it will pay off .

    More corporations wanted it to fail then succeed .

    July 30, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. weslen1

    You're right on the money, Sniffit. TY! This article is obviously written by a troll as well, otherwise it would have been pointed out that the biggest reason for the ACA website "problems" were caused by rethuglican't sabotage. When that sabotage was routed out, that's when they started the only "so-called work" they've done since the law was upheld by the rethuglican't court, 52 + votes to repeal it. They simply don't believe that anyone deserves health care when they're sick, or pregnant, or a child, paid for by all TAX PAYERS, other than themselves.

    July 30, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. Truth

    Could have payed for the healthcare costs of the whole country for the rest of our lives just for the cost of the website. Now that's efficiency.

    July 30, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. oibalf

    Nearly a billion dollars to build a website... pretty freaking ridiculous.

    July 30, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. king

    Mm let me weigh the difficulties, repub shutting down the government, 24 billions, i didn't remembered seeing repubs with pitch forks and torches shouting tthey've shut down the government costing us 24 billion, and appeared on the other side saying, oops that was us my bad. I could take less than a billion dollars which is serving over 8 million folks as we speak, rather than shutting down the government at that price, which helped no one. Ahhh the thinking of a repub facinating.

    July 30, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Whatajoke

    Scary how inefficient big government can be. Imagine how much cheaper this could have been in the open market. Do most websites require nearly a billion dollars to go online? While there is some complexity involved in the insurance markets, this is clearly a proxy for waste that is all too common.

    July 30, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. Ruf783

    Yes obamacare was a mistake. Yes invading Iraq was a mistake. Wake up people!!! The establishment in government isn't good at much. It's time we the people take it back!!!

    July 30, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. Mathew

    As a Conservative this cost does disgust me. I don't think you liberals realize but we could have spent that 840 mil much better for example. The current population of the US is 314 million ppl. We could have given every American 2.6 million dollars. And that should be enough for anyone's healthcare needs.

    July 30, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. Dr. Real

    What you fail to understand is that those who are insured now through the ACA carry a worthless insurance. I have witnessed my own hospital contract with only two of the 12 available exchange plans. As a result, when patients show up with one of the other 10 they are either sent away or pay our of pocket. Problem is, there is nowhere else to go because we are the largest tertiary care center in the states. So they get screwed two ways – they pay a high premium for coverage, and then they pay out of pocket expenses for care they can't receive at one of their "in-network" hospitals. It's a shame.....

    July 30, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. just me

    Glirches and all, money well spent. And not a death panel in sight.

    July 30, 2014 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. just me

    Oops, glitches. See, anyone can have a glirch.

    July 30, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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