July 30,2014

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Hatch Statement on GAO HealthCare.Gov Contracting Report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on GAO’s new report on HealthCare.goventitled, Healthcare.gov: Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management, which outlines how CMS failed to effectively manage HealthCare.gov contracts:   

“Today’s GAO report confirms our worst fears – hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted to build a website that didn’t work all because of bureaucratic incompetence.  Simply put, the Administration put contractors ahead of American taxpayers when it came to the rollout of HealthCare.gov by signing a blank check to big business.  At the very least, American families deserve a government that safeguards their tax dollars.  But unfortunately, this Administration is becoming the Administration of taxing more and wasting more – all in the name of big government.  CMS should be ashamed of their blatant mismanagement. Taxpayers of every party should be outraged at the GAO’s findings.”

In June, Senator Hatch joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in authoring a report on the botched rollout on HealthCare.gov.