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October 10, 2013 - 8:04 am

How on earth does a web site cost more than half a billion dollars?

The exact cost to build Healthcare.gov, according to U.S. government records, appears to have been $634,320,919, which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal.  The company originally won the contract back in 2011, but at that time, the cost was expected to run “up to” $93.7 million – still a chunk of change, but nothing near where it ended up.

Wait, wasn’t Obamacare supposed to be a deficit-buster? Bend the cost curve, all that stuff?

How many millions of Americans could we have just given health insurance for $634 million and change?

How many Americans could have been given full-time jobs creating the Obamacare web site, that the Obama administration outsourced to Canadians? It’s not like the Obamacare web designers had to be competent or anything.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The Blaze is reporting that the $634M figure was a cumulative one covering all contracted services between HHS and that company.

The actual price tag is $93M. It is still a spectacular failure, but it isn't a half a billion dollar failure. FYI.
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