The Associated Press (AP) reported (July 30) that the official investigation into HealthCare.gov, the portal for millions of uninsured Americans, has determined the Obama administration's mis-management and inadequate planning were the main reasons for millions of errors, including major computer technology glitches and bad data for HealthCare.gov web site which was designed for Obama's health care law.
The non-partisan investigative agency of Congress, GAO (Government Accountability Office) began investigating this past fall and found that inordinate amounts of mis-communication and incessant changing of contractors' orders for the HealthCare.gov web site resulted in tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs. Accordingly, a report is scheduled to release the details of the findings today (July 31) during congressional testimony. The Government Accountability Office has spent months investigating the rollout. GAO is the nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress.
According to an American Thinker blog posted July 31, GAO contracting expert, William Woods, testimony prepared for a hearing today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee stated that the government incurred "significant cost increases, schedule slips and delayed system functionality."
Consequently, Democratic and Republican Congressional aides informed the AP that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, were to blame for the ineffective oversight which included ineffective planning and overall mismanagement.
Although President Obama had regular meetings with HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius and CMS officials, the administration claims the president was mis-informed. Apparently, there were major issues and inconsistencies prior to the HealthCare.gov launch, and the stall was most likely due to things of political nature. Unfortunately, spending for HealthCare.gov has reached $840 million as of March 2014 (source: Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, 7/30, post Poorly Managed HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million, Watchdog Finds ).
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing today (Thursday, July 31st) on GAO's investigation. This article will be updated with meeting results. UPDATE, JUST IN: The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing on “PPACA Implementation: Updates from CMS and GAO” began today (July 31) at 9:15am. Honorable Fred Upton’s opening statement mentions the cost for HealthCare.gov is near $1 billion.
Do you agree with the GAO Report that the HealthCare.org site is dysfunctional and beyond repair?
♦ Summary list of some of GAO conclusions visit -American Thinker blog , GAO report: Massive waste and incompetence in Obamacare rollout (July 31, 2014) http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/gao_report_massive_waste_and_incompetence_in_obamacare_rollout.html
♦ GAO report http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-694
♦ Fox Business, Investigation faults Obama administration’s oversight of healthcare http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2014/07/31/investigation-faults-obama-administration-oversight-healthcaregov/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxbusiness%2Ftechnology+(Internal+-+Technology+-+Mixed)
♦ American Thinker blog, GAO report: Massive waste and incompetence in Obamacare rollout http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/gao_report_massive_waste_and_incompetence_in_obamacare_rollout.html
♦ Wall Street Journal, 7/30, post Poorly Managed HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million, Watchdog Finds )