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Obamacare Health Exchange Website That Does Not Work Cost $634 Million to Design, and Paid to Obama Cronies

To design a big-time website for a big-time company probably costs around $10,000 to $100,000, depending on the bells and whistles.

So, how much did the Obamacare Exchange website cost?

The original contract was for $93 million! NINTY-THREE MILLION DOLLARS ... to design a website.

And, being a government job, there were cost over-runs. What was the final price?

$634,000,000.

Yes ... SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS ... for a website that does NOT work.

And WHO got paid six hundred million to make a website that does not work?

Obama cronies.

Gee ... ya think these might have been "no bid" contracts?

And these guys say government will bring costs DOWN ... and they actually say it with a straight face!

I just wonder ... are these the same bozos that faked the Obama birth cert? Probably ...

http://www.prweb.com/releases/orangecountywebdesign/bopdesig...

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2013/10/obama-pals-crafted...

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Cyril's picture

Thank you.

Thank you. We needed a post on this very specific topic alone on the DP.

Keep exposing the MOFOs.

Indeed... LA-LA-LAND, right?

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Does that $634M include one

Does that $634M include one or several datacenters with full redundancies, tens of thousands of servers as well as hosting costs for a period of time?

Paying $634M for the design alone (if in fact that is the case) should be a criminal act.

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Cyril's picture

If you want to know where the money went

If you want to know where the money went, go hack the bank accounts of the gov't "program managers" among the bureauCRAPS that did the "working groups" for 3 years.

But yes, the favored provider cronies did certainly get a nice tasty big piece of cake (contracts), too.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Cyril's picture

Even that, doesn't justify it. By far.

Even that, doesn't justify it. By far.

I can't think of any need to buy or build a full data center a la NSA for an application like that, besides deliberately wanting to waste money by the loads (which they may very well have gone for, granted, I could be wrong).

Guys like Rackspace have plants like one in Texas where the cooling fans alone weigh in the two or three hundred metric tons, with thousands of server blades underground to serve dozens (if not hundreds) of thousands websites, with front ends AND backs ends for their customers - from the single amateur to the biggest corporates.

And they're probably not even among the biggest or the most competitive. Yet, I bet they'd be competitive enough to offer really powerful hosting solutions to serve in the trillion new records a year for functioning costs less or much less than $100,000 (a year) - with 24/7 human support and daily backups of the whole shebang, be it with 10 or 100 nodes for the app servers (which I would very grossly guess is the ballpark we're talking about).

And that's from recollections of their capabilities working with them (as customer) in 2009. Their web based server admin dashboard (down to the H/W firewall rules) was already kicking ass, btw - but don't know how is it today.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Yea, figured something like

Yea, figured something like that. I cant think of anything that justifies the cost either. When it comes down to it, its just like they stole that money.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Cyril's picture

But, okay, I'm just a coder.

But, okay, I'm just a coder. Infrastructure/network is not my primary domain. I just saw the basics of dedicated hosting for corporate.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius