Obamacare web developer well paid for role in fiasco

Take the money and run. That may well be the motto of officials at CGI Federal, the company that botched the rollout of the Obamacare website – www.healthcare.gov – last fall.

Government officials announced last week they are not renewing CGI’s contract to handle the website. Another company, Accenture, will be paid for the task.

But not to worry, if you are a CGI executive. The government paid the firm $97.7 million under its original contract, which called for developing a working website. Then, incredibly, Washington paid CGI another $37 million after Oct. 1, 2013, to correct problems with the site.

Failure to renew the healthcare.gov contract won’t be that hard on CGI. The company does lots of business with the government (about $950 million in contracts during 2012).

As so often is the case, no one – inside or outside the government -is being held accountable for the healthcare.gov fiasco. No wonder so many companies view contracts in Washington as the route to Easy Street.

And no wonder the government wastes billions of our dollars every year.

So yes, “take the money and run” may be a good motto for some government contractors – who understand that if they do, no one in Washington will be chasing them.

For the past couple of years, senior citizens have been warned that part of the federal government’s takeover of the health care system involves massive cuts to the Medicare program. Some liberals in favor of programs such as Obamacare have said those making such warnings were not being honest.

Judge for yourself: Many senior citizens already have been notified the premiums they pay for Medicare Advantage health insurance are going up – because of a 2 percent cut in federal reimbursements to insurance companies and health care providers.

All told, the reductions amount to about $150 billion and will affect millions of older Americans, including thousands right here in our area.

Some insurance companies have chosen not to increase premiums, as we reported a few days ago. Instead, they will reduce payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. That will mean a lower quality of care for some senior citizens. It may result in some providers deciding not to accept Medicare Advantage patients at all.

Cuts in Medicare spending are not officially part of the Obamacare law. But they are a tactic in the liberal strategy to force Americans to accept health care quality and costs as dictated in Washington.

President Barack Obama likes to brag he has made health care more affordable. Not for senior citizens, he hasn’t.