O'Reilly Caught Lying About The Cost Of Obamacare
By: Steve - October 25, 2013 - 11:30am

O'Reilly said this Friday night:
O'REILLY: And who exactly in the Obama administration failed to properly supervise the rollout of Obamacare? We don't know! The White House will not own up to the Obamacare chaos or anything else. We need to know exactly how the government could screw up this badly when a billion dollars was spent in the run-up.
And that my friends is a LIE. Because it did not cost a billion dollars, or $600 million, as other Republicans have claimed, it cost somewhere between $90 and $350 million, total.

On August 24th, in his Fact Checker column at the Washington Post, Glenn Kessler looked at the question of the healthcare.gov cost and concluded this: "A conservative figure would be $70 million. A more modest figure would be $125 million to $150 million." Kessler noted that the cost for the entire health care project beyond the website would be "at least $350 million."

The GAO report also lists a number of other contracts related to supporting the federal exchanges, totally $394 million, but the figure includes projects unrelated to the Web site, such as call centers. The long list of contracts in the appendix of the GAO report does not give enough detail to fully determine which contracts are directly related to the Web site, though at a glance you could reduce the total to at least $350 million.

Even at $350 million (which has not been proven) that is an estimate, it's not even close to a billion as O'Reilly claimed. Which is especially bad for O'Reilly, because he claims to only deal in the facts, then he pulls the billion dollar number out of thin air, he just made it up.

The life of the $600 million figure appears to be the latest example of how misinformation is fermented within the right-wing media and then adopted as quasi-policy by the Republican Party. After all, Rep. Camp is holding a hearing specifically to determine why the government's $600 million health care website doesn't work, even though the site didn't cost $600 million.

Even Glenn Beck's site, The Blaze, debunked the number, saying this: "While the federal website to signup for Obamacare was riddled with errors and had a rocky rollout, it didn't cost $634 million to build," wrote Liz Klimas. Citing an official inside GCI, The Blaze reported the $634 figure "includes all of the company's contracts for a Health and Human Services Department program over the last seven years."

Independently, the Sunlight Foundation estimated it cost $70 million to build the website, not $634 million. (Officially, CGI was awarded a $93 million contract for the healthcare.gov job.)

And O'Reilly did not report any of that, he just claimed it cost a billion dollars. With no proof, none, he made it up. It's all LIES, nothing but lies.

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