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Congress Needs to Demand Return of Every Dollar Spent on Failed Obamacare Exchanges

Congress should make sure taxpayer money spent on failed Obamacare exchanges is recovered Congress should make sure taxpayer money spent on failed Obamacare exchanges is recovered[/caption] After spending at least $3.2 billion of the $5.5 billion allocated for the creation of state-based exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, some states are now seeking to get some of that money from lawsuits involving the failure of those exchanges. In the instances of the Maryland and Oregon state-based exchanges failing, both states have sued contractors involved and are seeking to get some of the money should they win settlements and judgments. All of the funds spent on the state-based exchanges came from federal taxpayer money. This has raised questions about whether some states are seeking to cash in on the failure of these exchanges. The issue has been questions by members of both houses of Congress, including House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), how has expressed interest in investigating the spending of the money on the state-based exchanges, and three senators who have also looked into this issue. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and John Barrasso (R-WY) sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Andrew Slavitt, seeking answers about how this money was spent and will be recovered by the federal government. The failure of the “Cover Oregon” Obamacare exchange in that state is perhaps the most notable example of the failure of the state-based Obamacare “health care marketplace” web sites. More than $300 million of federal taxpayer money was spent building the site before Gov. John Kitzhaber pulled the plug on the site and sued Oracle for its failure. A settlement in the case of the failed Obamacare exchange in Maryland has lead to the firm involved there, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, agreeing to pay $45 million to CMS and the state of Maryland. While the state-based exchanges were disastrous failures because this was an effort by the federal and state governments to re-invent something the free market does far more effectively, it is clear that federal taxpayer money funded these enterprises and any money recovered from their failure should go directly back to CMS and the federal government where it came from. As much so as possible, taxpayers should be refunded this money rather than state governments obtaining it, who hadn’t paid for these failed state-based exchanges when they were created. Congress needs to fully investigate the failed exchanges and hold the federal and state government agencies fully accountable for this failure and the spending of billions of dollars of federal funds on these state Obamacare web sites. Congress should demand that all the money be accounted for, that was spent, and as much of it recovered as possible. We should learn the lesson from the epic failure of Obamacare. Legislators, governors and candidates for president alike should realize how badly government fails when it attempts to manage and regulate such a large sector of the economy, like healthcare, that the free market does so much more efficiently and effectively. We should not have had to learn this lesson again, if Obamacare hadn’t been enacted, because we already know big government never succeeds with policies like this. The epic failure of Obamacare, and full accountability for it, are what the taxpayer deserve and should receive.  ]]>

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