Rep. Issa: Insurance Premium Cover-Up Created Obamacare Website Woes

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Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 04:38 PM

By Dan Weil

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House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and other Republicans on the Oversight Committee charge that the Obamacare website meltdown stems from an effort by the Obama administration to hide the hefty insurance premiums people have to pay for their coverage.

Issa made the accusation in a letter to two top technology officers at the Office of Management and Budget, The Hill reports.

"We are concerned that the administration required contractors to change course late in the implementation process to conceal Obamacare’s effect on increasing health insurance premiums," he wrote.

"We believe that the political decision to mask the ‘sticker shock’ of Obamacare to the American people prevented contractors from using universally accepted and OMB-advocated IT [information technology] ‘best practices’ in the development and rollout of this massive federal government IT project."

The HealthCare.gov site's "chaotic mess" is what you get when "prudent design and programming decisions are subordinated to politics," Issa said.

He said his charges stem from testimony given to the Oversight Committee by employees at CGI Federal, which was most responsible for creating the HealthCare.gov website.

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