Obamacare Website Total Cost.....this is just NUTS


Active Member
Apr 5, 2012
Along with being the worst built website in history, Healthcare.gov also appears to be the most expensive, and we get stuck with the bill.
How lovely.
And this is only part of the massive destruction of our healthcare system.

[h=2]Gross: U.S. Taxpayers Shelled Out $634,320,919 To Build Obamacare Website[/h]

Via Digital Journal:
It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the befuddled beast that is Healthcare.gov has shutdown, crapped out, stalled, and mis-loaded so consistently that its track record for failure is challenged only by Congress.

The site itself, which apparently underwent major code renovations over the weekend, still rejects user logins, fails to load drop-down menus and other crucial components for users that successfully gain entrance, and otherwise prevents uninsured Americans in the 36 states it serves from purchasing healthcare at competitive rates – Healthcare.gov’s primary purpose. The site is so busted that, as of a couple days ago, the number of people that successfully purchased healthcare through it was in the “single digits,” according to the Washington Post.

The reason for this nationwide headache apparently stems from poorly written code, which buckled under the heavy influx of traffic that its engineers and administrators should have seen coming. But the fact that Healthcare.gov can’t do the one job it was built to do isn’t the most infuriating part of this debacle – it’s that we, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock.

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.

Finish the story here:
Obamacare's broken website cost more than LinkedIn, Spotify combined | Digital Trends



Just Another Boomer
Staff member
Lifetime Member
Nov 22, 2011
Several IT magazines and blogs are having a field day with the technical details. The architecture of the site is just so...wrong on so many levels. This isn't the place to go into tech details but let's just say it's a major cluster. I've seen similar site-building screw-ups before, just not on this scale.


IQ: 47
Apr 9, 2013
Ever wonder why the federal budget is a huge stinking pile of BS? No website ever made cost seven, much less nine figures, to build. It would be REALLY interesting to see what that money REALLY went to.


TGT Addict
Dec 28, 2012
Cedar Park
I love how they think 200k+ visitors at one time is insanely high traffic for a website. Drudge gets at least 20 times that during prime time and I've never seen it crash (granted its a site that a kindergartner could program but that's besides the point). Larger MMO titles and online FPS games can easily see 2-3 million users at once if not more on weekend prime time. The worst part is the site is purposely incomplete. If you have any knowledge of web programming and comb through the source code for a while its obvious it was made to be a disaster.

Its kinda just the opposite of the government agency sites that are supposedely completely shut down right now. They say the servers are down when you can actually go find the root directories on these sites and find that they are in fact still up and running, just redirected to make the government shutdown seem so bad. Then they top it off with shopping sections in these websites all still being quite functional.
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