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Sebelius Gave States $4.4 Billion For Exchanges

From Fox News:

Another ObamaCare Cost: Feds gave $4.4B to states for exchange websites

November 18, 2013

The Obama administration gave states roughly $4.4 billion in taxpayer dollars to set up their own ObamaCare websites, according to a new analysis, in the latest revelation about the faucet of federal spending switched on by the 2010 passage of the health care law.

Gee whiz. That makes the $650 million or so they spent on the federal site look downright paltry.

Some of the states even took federal money, then decided to let the federal site handle enrollment…

Good for them! Though, to be fair, it looks like this money was supposed to be used for more than creating websites. The states were also supposed to use it to hire ‘navigators’ and to make ads propagandizing for Obama-Care.

Still, you could feed a lot of hungry children for $4.4 billion dollars.

The study on state-site spending by the conservative-leaning Americans for Tax Reform group shows the money was distributed through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grants and argues “federal taxpayer funds were shoveled to states for a variety of vague purposes.”

Among the stated purposes were to: “provide assistance to hire staff and consultants” and “secure staff consultants and expert resources and actively engage stakeholders.” …

Translation: "to funnel money to Obama’s foot soldiers in ACORN and Planned Parenthood and the SEIU, under the guise of ‘navigators.’"

A FoxNews.com analysis of the report shows 24 states received money, then decided to instead send residents to the federal HealthCare.gov site…

So almost half of the states double crossed the federal government. Hilarious.

The spending is authorized in section 1311 of the 906-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The section states in part that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “shall determine the total amount that [she] will make available to each state … for activities (including planning activities) related to establishing an American Health Benefit." …

Thank goodness a competent person is in charge of doling out these billions.

The sweeping language helped authorize a wave of implementation spending…

Oregon received $245 million in state grant money, but its problematic site has yet to enroll customers.

State officials there riled fiscal conservatives with a trippy, 30-second ad promoting the Oregon site prior to its rocky launch last month. The ad was  part of a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign.

Florida, Georgia, Montana, North Dakota and Texas were among a handful of states receiving the least amount of grant money — $1 million. Alaska did not apply.

That these are all Republican-run states is surely just a coincidence.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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