Consumers Abandoning

Stephen Landman | | October 29, 2013

Can you blame them? According to Digital Trends (DT), "more than $500 million" was spent creating "the digital equivalent of a rock." DT's source is the General Accounting Office (GAO). Most spending went for contracts, saying: "CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) data indicated that the agency spent almost $394 million from fiscal year 2010 through March 31, 2013, through contracts to complete activities to establish the FFEs and the data hub and carry out certain other exchange-related activities."

FFE's are federally administrative exchanges. They include and Washington run state exchanges. Other costs went for salaries and administrative expense. CGI Federal is's lead contractor. It got $93.7 million for failure. It's done lots of previous government work.

Former employee/whistleblower Benjamin Ashmore sued. He alleged millions of dollars in fraud. He was fired for refusing to go along with a rigged bidding process...