A CBS News analysis shows that the 15 states that opted to set up their own exchanges are spending more than $1.1 billion to launch and implement their own websites, often paying the same government contractors to do the same job in different states.
California has dedicated $359 million, while New York is spending $161 million. In Kentucky it’s $100 million, and in Oregon the price tag is $50 million. The president has pointed to Oregon, which has enrolled 56,000 people in Medicaid — to argue things are working.
“That’s 56,000 more Americans who now have health care,” the president has said. “That doesn’t depend on a website.” And it’s a good thing, because Oregon’s website doesn’t work. The new Medicaid enrollments came through the mail. The state website has yet to enroll a single person.
Clay Johnson, a former member of President Obama’s technology team, said, “What we’ve done is we’ve created systems that enable this level of waste.”
If you’re sighing relief . . . you shouldn’t be. You paid for these sites with federal funding to the states to build the exchanges.
California says it will not release the number of enrollees until mid-November.
On October 24, Kentucky announced 4,832 have enrolled in a qualified health plan and 21,342 have enrolled in Medicaid.