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

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Andrew Couts, an opinion columnist for Digital Trends, writes an excellent piece about the digital brick that is the Obamacare health exchange website.

Couts estimates that the federal government has paid more than $634 million to the company CGI Federal to design the website.

The exact cost to build Healthcare.gov, according to U.S. government records, appears to have been $634,320,919, which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal. The company originally won the contract 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 ended up.

"[W]e, the taxpayers, seem to have forked up more than $634 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock," he writes.

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The exact cost to build Healthcare.gov, according to U.S. government records, appears to have been $634,320,919, which we paid to a company you probably never heard of: CGI Federal. The company originally won the contract 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 ended up.

Read his full column here.

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