According to the CMS report, if this punch list of outstanding issues isn’t resolved by the March deadline, the resulting chaos could “potentially put the entire health insurance industry at risk.”
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The billowing cloud of blue smoke surrounding ObamaCare once again parts, revealing a disaster whose scope is always kept secret from the American people until the last possible moment. From the Weekly Standard:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that Accenture Federal Services would be taking over for CGI Federal as the main contractor for Healthcare.gov. CMS documents reveal that without the new estimated $91.1 million contract, the government could end up making “erroneous payments to providers and insurers” and that “the entire healthcare reform program [will be] jeopardized.”
Although a dozen companies were considered for the position, CMS only held meetings with the four companies that it determined could handle the work before awarding the estimated $91.1 million one-year contract to Accenture. Due to time constraints, competitive bids were not used; rather, CMS estimated the costs to be incurred, including up to $2 million in “travel costs” alone.