Hoyer's Plan for Fixing Obamacare Website: 'Give Them a Little Money'
(CNSNews.com) -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the way for Congress to help fix the problem-plagued Obamacare website is to give the administration "a little money."
At a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday, a reporter said “the website is not working,” and then asked Hoyer, “Are you confident, though, the White House is taking the steps necessary? Is there anything you in Congress can do to help the White House take the steps?”
Hoyer said, “Give them a little money. We've been pretty much focused in the House of Representatives on undermining the implementation and the Affordable Care Act in every which way they[Republicans] possibly could. Now, I don’t think that’s the reason, however. I don’t know that. If it is, it is. But I don’t know that to be the case.”
The reporter, in reference to the website, then asked, “You don’t blame lack of money for this?” Hoyer said, “I don’t know. It’s not that I don’t blame, it’s – if I know that, I’ll blame it. I don’t know it at this point in time, Dave, so I’m not going to attribute it to that.”
When asked earlier in the press conference if Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be removed because of the website disaster and whether “heads have to roll,” the minority whip said, “Well, I certainly believe it is a bad performance. I don’t know about heads rolling. I do know that we have to get this right. Obviously, this was not done the way it should have been done, period, Dave, and I’m sure that if I were a Republican, I would yell and scream about it as well. They don’t like Obamacare.”
The Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, has been problem-ridden since its rollout on Oct. 1, and was estimated to cost $394 million to build, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report from June 2013.
The GAO says the $394 million does not "include CMS salaries and other administrative costs” associated with the Obamacare exchanges.
"In other words, the actual cost for the development and implementation of the total Obamacare exchange system is far higher," said Andrew Couts at Digital Trends.
"We, the taxpayers, have seemed to have forked up more than $500 million of the federal purse to build the digital equivalent of a rock," said Couts.