Taxpayers need to hold onto their collective hats.
The failed Obamacare website where ordinary Americans were supposed to enroll for the government health care has thus far cost taxpayers more than $630 million, nearly seven times its original estimate of $93 million.
The failed computer system more than likely will take months to function properly. Thousands of Americans were hoping to enroll the last several weeks, but instead experienced an online nightmare, websites crashing, refusing to load, and failing to offer comprehensive choices.
George Edwards, a computer scientist and professor at the University of Southern California, told Fox News, "It’s like trying to repair a car while someone is driving it."
Most experts agree the system would work fine if the volume of traffic was dramatically less. The administration brags that that traffic proves the public’s interest while others say it is just curious people looking at something they have never seen.
Technical experts say the problems are inherent to the design of the website itself. It’s likely the entire site needs a complete overhaul.
CBS News.Tens of thousands of people who have tried to register since the website went online Oct. 1 have been blocked from enrolling and asked to reset their passwords, reports
Now word that The Department of Better Technology, a private company that builds software for governments, claimed CGI, the company contracted to build the site, was not qualified to do the job.
There was no confirmation from the White House, but they were aware of the problems well ahead of the roll-out but insisted on proceeding anyway, reports The Washington Post. The complications could prevent applicants from signing up before the deadline to do so without monetary penalty.
That could complicate the requirement for all individuals to use the new system or buy health insurance elsewhere by early 2014.
"How can we tax people for not buying a produce from a website that doesn't work?" asked House Speaker John Boehner.
In the meantime, the costs are mounting.
Andrew Couts of digitaltrends said it best, "We, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock."
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