Hey, remember Healthcare.gov? You know, the $2 billion web site that didn’t work at first and now works “for the most part”?
“The construction of healthcare.gov involved 60 companies, supervised by employees of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services instead of a lead contractor, according to the inspector general at the Health and Human Services Department. The project was marked by infighting among the contractors, CMS officials and top officials at HHS, the Cabinet-level department that oversees CMS, according to e-mails released Sept. 17 by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.”
Or maybe it costs $2.5 billion by now. It’s hard for the federal government to keep track of the money it spends, apparently:
“The Medicare agency and independent auditors have had trouble tracking the costs of Affordable Care Act programs. The Government Accountability Office, a congressional agency, said in a Sept. 22 report that it was “difficult and time consuming” to obtain financial information for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, the CMS office that manages many ACA programs, and that it “could not determine the reliability of most of the amounts” CMS provided.”
And, even worse, you would think a sentence like this one would be spurring a national discussion: “Nearly a third of the innovative health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act will be out of business at the end of 2015.”
Is the Supreme Court done with Obamacare litigation?
The litigation just doesn’t seem to want to go away.
“Two recent court decisions, including a pair of rulings this morning by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on the contraceptive mandate, ensure that the saga of litigation over Obamacare is not over, and will probably be making a fourth and possibly fifth trip to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The Court will probably return to the subject of its Hobby Lobby decision—statutory religious-liberty exemptions from the contraceptive mandate—within the next year. A fight over the funding of subsidies to insurance companies may take longer, but presents an issue unsettled in the courts. This issue could affect the balance of power between the president and Congress for years to come on a core question of federal budget policy that underlies the looming showdown over Planned Parenthood funding.”