We paid $634 million for the Obamacare sites and all we got was this lousy 404

It’s been one full week since the flagship technology portion of the  Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) went live. And since that time, the 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 .

The reason for this nationwide headache apparently stems from , 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 , appears to have been $634,320,919,  which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal.  The  company originally 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 apparently ended up.

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