Monday, November 25, 2013
Worth every penny spent???
by: J. D. Heyes
New outrages regarding Obamacare surface nearly every day now, so it should not be surprising to learn this: The Obama administration spent a whole lot more to roll out the disastrous law than just a few hundred million on a failed website that is still under construction.
Billions more, in fact.
According to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a watchdog group, Obama's administration has spent a minimum of $4.5 billion on Obamacare, much of it for useless overhead and pointless assistance.
ATR, in examining public data, found that much of the money - which was largely spent setting up other federally managed state healthcare exchange websites - was "funneled through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Kathleen Sebelius-run Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)."
The watchdog added: "CMS distributed the taxpayer dollars to states in several waves of grants. According to CMS data, federal taxpayer funds were shoveled to states for a variety of vague purposes."
-- "preparations to demonstrate operational readiness"
-- "Provide assistance to hire staff and consultants"
-- "continue and complete current planning and implementation efforts"
-- "secure staff consultants and expert resources and actively engage stakeholders"
-- "marketplace IT system design and development costs including IT consultants and privacy and security consultants."
-- "hire executive leadership to: (1) further operationalize the Exchange to; (2) further enhance the IT Systems needed to operate the Exchange"
-- "IT components fully extensible and scalable to any other jurisdiction."
The organization went on to compile a state-by-state list of how much tax money CMS spent in each:
State and Total Amount
Alaska: Did not apply
New Hamp.: $7,267,088
New Jersey: $8,897,316
New Mexico: $52,979,483
New York: $429,065,407
N. Carolina: $98,357,315
N. Dakota: $1,000,000
Rhode Island: $134,719,994
S. Carolina: $1,000,000
S. Dakota: $6,879,569
W. Virginia: $20,832,828
Wash., D.C.: $133,573,928
Grand Total: $4,516,438,868
All that money, and the system still doesn't work. What's more, few Americans are even using the exchanges.
Remember when Obama said he wouldn't sign a health "reform" bill "that adds one dime to the deficit"? [http://www.youtube.com]
There is a reason why the text of Obamacare was so massive. It needed to be to match the number of lies being told to sell it.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/043037_Obamacare_taxpayer_funds_billions.html#ixzz2lfeAkHYn