Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles â€” and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher.
Each of the states â€” Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and Maryland â€” embraced Obamacare, and each underperformed. All have come under scathing criticism and now face months of uncertainty as they rush to rebuild their systems or transition to the federal exchange.
The federal government is caught between writing still more exorbitant checks to give them a second chance at creating viable exchanges of their own or, for a lesser although not inexpensive sum, adding still more states to HealthCare.gov. The federal system is already serving 36 states, far more than originally anticipated....
RomneyCareâ€™s pioneering health insurance exchange is headed for the scrap heap.
Bay State officials are taking steps this week to junk central parts of their dysfunctional health insurance exchange â€” the model for President Barack Obamaâ€™s health care law â€” and merge with the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov.