By Bre Payton and Andrew Collins | Watchdog.org
As state-based Obamacare exchanges continue to fail, conservative pundits and politicos gripe about the failures of big government and the wasteful spending involved in the online insurance portals.
At Watchdog.org, the cup is always half full of yummy Kool-aid, so here are five bright spots surrounding the Obamacare exchange failures.
1. Sure, Oregon’s exchange failed spectacularly, but at least we got these catchy hipster jingles out of the deal.
The ads cost taxpayers about $2.9 million and garnered roughly 225,000 views on Youtube.
The cost of these ads wasn’t the only expense Oregon stuck to taxpayers. The state racked up a $305 million tab to build a dysfunctional site that didn’t sign up a single soul until officials introduced a hybrid enrollment operation.
Recently, the state decided to throw in the towel and force its enrollees to use the notoriously glitchy federal exchange site, Healthcare.gov.
2. Talk about shovel-ready: $474 million in exchange stimulus
Failed exchanges in Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland have cost almost half a billion in federal tax dollars. But, like the massive stimulus of 2009, the money for failed exchanges created some high-paying temporary jobs.
3.Of the 24 states that adopted their own exchanges or partnered with the feds, only four have flopped — an 83 percent success rate isn’t bad, right?
Not bad on a school paper, except even where the exchanges are functioning properly, Obamacare still isn’t helping many of the uninsured, as 74 percent of enrollees already had insurance.
Previously uninsured enrollees aren’t paying up either. A study shows that only 22 percent of them have paid premiums, while 83 percent of those who were already insured have paid.
4. Some federal bureaucrats are about to get Hawaiian vacations!
Hawaii’s health care exchange will be the next to fall, predicts Josh Archambault, a senior analyst with the Foundation for Government Accountability. “The Hawaii exchange has the highest cost per enrollee in the entire country and the future of the exchange is extremely uncertain,” he told Watchdog.org.
5. Massachusetts will rise from the ashes and create double the jobs
Once called the model for Obamacare, the Masschusetts exchange, which predates all other online marketplaces, is set to fail within the next year or so. After pumping in more than $500 million into the project, including $170 million in federal dollars, officials are scrapping the old framework to build a new one.
Officials, meanwhile, are preparing to plug in to HealthCare.gov as a backup plan in case things go awry with the new system. Pursuing both options will cost at least another $120 million, a number that Politico said could be cut in half if the state simply signed on with the federal system.
At least Massachusetts is creating double the jobs, right? Thanks, taxpayers!
Archambault warned that is is unlikely that the new contractor can get it rolling in five months, when open insurance enrollment begins again, considering the previous contractor, CGI, needed more than 3 years to set up the failed site.
Contact Bre Payton at Bre@WatchdogVirginia.org and Andrew Collins at Andrew.Collins@FranklinCenterHQ.org
- Obamacare compliance means less money for TN service agencies
- The mystery of Obamacare spending in Arkansas
- Obamacare raises questions for MD small business owners
- Kansas official on Obamacare: ‘Let someone else be the guinea pig’
- Obamacare insurance marketplace has plenty of kinks on first day
- OR’s Obamacare insurance marketplace hits technological snag
- Fail: Day 1 of the New Mexico Obamacare rollout
- Senator asks: Do you want this dysfunctional government taking over health care?
- Jobs, coverage at risk with Obamacare, MN union health official says
- Oregon’s Obamacare ads resemble middle school art
- VIDEO: Obamacare vs Affordable Care Act: Comedy triumphs in court of confusion
- Patience is key to navigating Illinois’ Obamacare marketplace
- Hawaii residents, lawmakers frustrated with health connector glitches
- Healthy young, key to Obamacare, aren’t buying it
- NM’s health exchange tries to lure ‘young invincibles’
- Obama drama: Senator blames governor for big rate hikes
- Progressive group navigates Oregon students through Obamacare
- Maddening: Trying to log onto federal health care site
- You know that one guy who successfully signed up for Obamacare? He didn’t
- What’s wrong? It’s been a week, and Obamacare website still not working
- HHS Secretary Sebelius back in FL after embarrassing Obamacare rollout
- Health centers enroll Floridians in Obamacare as application problems persist
- VIDEO: Stewart skewers Sebelius on Obamacare
- Obamacare effect? 9 companies exit Nebraska’s health insurance market
- Obamacare: Children of undocumented parents face an uncertain future
- Which way do we go? Obamacare navigator registration in TN in question
- NM health exchange tries to ease problems with Obamacare website
- CPA says hype over Obamacare small business tax credit is misleading
- Obamacare navigator under fire for arrest warrant
- Reports of Obamacare fraud emerge in Tennessee
- After two weeks, FL online Obamacare enrollees are hard to find
- Illinois state governor touts 100K Obamacare enrollees, all in Medicaid
- Kansas lawmaker calls for crackdown on Obamacare navigators
- WI health care exchange seeing few getting through
- Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange relaunches with more glitches
- We’ll know next month how many people in NM signed up for Obamacare — maybe
- Zero: Number of Nebraskans Obamacare navigators have signed up
- It took this Delaware woman 11 days to sign up for Obamacare – and she was the first
- How many people have signed up for health insurance in VA? Who knows?
- What else? NM federal health exchange ads stalled due to website problems
- Blue Cross hires temp workers to deal with Obamacare glitches
- If Obamacare is the next Medicare, will physicians leave en masse?
- Three problems that won’t be solved by fixing the Obamacare exchange glitches
- Plenty of Oregonians interested in Obamacare, but none can enroll online
- Criticize this: Obamacare premiums a near match to WI disclosures
- Report: Missourians will see sharp rise in premiums under Obamacare
- Kansas navigators say they’ve enrolled no one in Obamacare
- Obamacare too costly for rich Coloradans, Democrat congressman says
- Study: Kansas premiums to spike following Obamacare rollout
- Hang on to your candy: Creepy Uncle Sam is back
- Obamacare or bust: NM Watchdog turned back again
- Medical journals, experts refute claim that Medicaid cuts ER use
- Arkansas spends $4M on Obamacare ads, wants more
- LOL: In July video, HHS bragged about being ‘on schedule’ with Obamacare
- Illinois uses Day of the Dead to market Obamacare
- Sebelius denies GOP’s Terry ‘unreliable’ Obamacare info
- About 290,000 Washington residents lose health insurance plans
- Broken promise: Obamacare cancels almost 20,000 Kansas health care plans
- Top hospitals opt out of Obamacare
- Obamacare moves to intensive care
- Obamacare provision could lead to more Medicaid fraud
- Obamacare: Religious groups want to ‘move mountains’
- Obamacare hitting Wisconsin residents with double whammy
- Kansas AG: Obamacare threatens consumer privacy
- 1,500 in New Mexico have to move out of the high-risk insurance pool
- Cover Oregon website fiasco creates jobs, but costs millions
- For Florida’s Obamacare small business exchange, it’s crunch time
- Only 877 Wisconsinites have signed up for Obamacare, federal report says
- Just 172 in NM have completed Obamacare applications: ‘Woefully inadequate,’ says NMIX board member
- With only 346 Oklahomans signed up, leaders decry ‘Obamacare debacle’
- Defying Obamacare: ‘Send them the bill,’ NM insurance official says
- Kansas Obamacare enrollment dwarfed by nearly 20,000 cancellations
- Numbers don’t lie: In Illinois, Obamacare means Medicaid
- Wisconsin governor proposes insurance plan to address Obamacare rollout failure
- Tennesseans might know Tuesday if they can keep canceled health insurance
- People demand answers over Oregon’s Obamacare fail
- Calif. says ‘no’ to Obamacare freebies, makes own law
- HI health exchange violates federal law, League of Women Voters say
- Obamacare video winner: ‘Forget about the price tag’
- Harvard study finds ‘striking’ rejection of Obamacare by young Americans
- HI health exchange has signed up 574 people, for about $348,000 apiece
- Are the uninsured getting Obamacare coverage in Illinois?
- Secret Obamacare handbook the feds don’t want you to see is online
- Lost in translation: Once-supportive Hispanics turning backs on Obama, ACA
- HI Obamacare exchange not fiscally sustainable, lawmakers told
- Illinois’ latest Obamacare targets: gold diggers and momma’s boys
- Now Democrats are bashing California’s Obamacare exchange, too
- Obamacare: For $1.37M we get Richard Simmons in lurid web stream
- Obamacare: A welcome mat for IRS horrors
- California senator seeks audit of state Obamacare exchange
- Report: Hawaii ranks worst for Obamacare signups
- CA senator sues Obamacare exchange for causing policy cancellations of 1M
- Failure of Maryland Obamacare exchange could mean higher premiums in North Dakota
- Video: Watch Creepy Uncle Sam make it rain
- Five bright spots surrounding the Obamacare exchange failures
- Obamacare architect admitted in 2012 states without exchanges lose subsidies
- Architects of Richard Simmons Obamacare dance-off rehired in $156M PR campaign