($834 million. $834 MILLION. Eight hundred thirty-four million DOLLARS. Eight HUNDRED thirty four MILLION dollars....)
Seems that the HHS liar was, ahhhhhhhhh, lying.
She missed a few numbers.
...I’ve summarized them here as bullet points:
- $300 million contract to process paper applications to serve as backups to electronic files
- $387 million for real-time interfacing between the IRS and Healthcare.gov to verify income and family size for insurance subsidy calculations
- $400 million in accounting tricks HHS used to pay for creating Healthcare.gov when 26 states refused to take federal start-up grants to build their own. Congress made no appropriations to build Healthcare.gov, so HHS shifted money from other units to fund the project.
- $255 million in spending between February 2014 – the end of Burwell’s timeline – and August 20, 2014, the most recent information available. Bloomberg also included projected spending at current levels through September 30, 2014, the end of the fiscal year.
Now I realize that numbers like "300 million" are very small numbers in D.C. and when a bureaucrat misses one, two, or a few of those small numbers, we should not BLAME them. Those are just crumbs on the floor in D.C.
Well, the crumbs--the little tiny numbers--that the Obozo liar missed brought the cost of Healthcare.gov up to $2.1+ BILLION.