White House officials have spent roughly $300 million more than was necessary on the Affordable Care Act website. CNN reports that the government paid outside contractors more than $300 million to build the healthcare.gov website, but tech experts say that the outrageous costs was completely unnecessary. In addition, those numbers will only continue to rise because Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testified before Congress late last month that as much as 40 percent of the site had yet to be even built.
David Kennedy, president of technology firm TrustedSec, said to Sean Hannity that “to build a site like this with the infrastructure, the architecture around it, you are looking at maybe $5 million to $10 million at a very maximum rate. It isn’t rocket science.” That number was confirmed by Luke Chung, president of tech firm FMS, who said that “none of these contractors are ever held accountable for delivering such crap.”
The largest contractor for the wensite is CGI Federal Inc., who received $88 million through March 31 from the White House. They will be paid another $5.7 million by the end of the year and also have the possible option to renew their contract for up to three years.
In his testimony, Chao told Congress that despite the $300 million bill, “We still have to build the financial management aspects of the system, which includes our accounting system and payment system and reconciliation system.” Other security issues related to the website may also still need to be fixed.