Obamacare Contracts Soar Beyond Estimates, Topping $1.7 Billion So Far

At least a third of the contracts the administration inked to help implement Obamacare are over budget, an inspector general’s audit reported Tuesday, highlighting the health program’s potential to inflate costs.

Seven of the contracts already have cost twice as much as initially anticipated, the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general said.

“There is a disturbing lack of accountability and responsibility with taxpayer funds that is highlighted by this report,” Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican, said.

The inspector general’s investigators looked at 60 contracts related to HealthCare.gov, the online portal for the federal health exchanges, which serve the three dozen states that declined to set up their own marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act.