The Myth Of The $634 Million Obamacare Website
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#1 Oct 24, 2013
The life of the $600 million figure appears to be the latest example of how misinformation is fermented within the right-wing media and then adopted as quasi-policy by the Republican Party. After all, Rep. Camp is holding a hearing specifically to determine why the government's $600 million health care website doesn't work, even though the site didn't cost $600 million.
The eye-popping $634 million figure was first trumpeted in a piece by Andrew Couts at Digital Trends on October 8. It pointed out that the Montreal-based company awarded the contract to build healthcare.gov , CGI Federal, had received $634 million in government contracts related to health care.(Digital Trends later amended the article and lowered the figure to "more than $500 million" that was allegedly spent "to build the digital equivalent of a rock.")
Independently, the Sunlight Foundation estimated it cost $70 million to build the much-maligned website, not $634 million.(Officially, CGI was awarded a $93 million contract for the healthcare.gov job.)
Despite those red flags, the bloated figure has been widely embraced as factual within the conservative press.
#2 Oct 25, 2013
hey dude. give credit where credit is due. you copied an article from http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/24/the-m...
everyone knows that there is nothing political about media matters. and a blog from media matters is as factual as you get.
well, I gotta get to my Obama for America fundraising meeting. but next time tell the people when you plagiarize something.
#4 Oct 25, 2013
These right wing nuts get awfully mad when confronted with facts.
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