From the beginning of this ObamaCare adventure we’ve heard the tales of wasteful spending and misappropriated funds, but I fear we’ve only just begun.
If you didn’t choke up on the stories of lavish spending on ObamaCare advertising targeting young adults, this new report is bound to get the job done.
Serco, a British company serving as a U.S. government contractor, is leasing its call center in St. Louis, Missouri to the Department of Health and Human Services. The company has been entrusted with the task of hiring 600 employees to handle applications for health insurance plans under the new law, but the problem is: these workers are hired with the sole goal of processing two health care plan applications per month.
That’s right, Serco has a $1.2 billion – not million – contract with the Obama administration to provide call center infrastructure and administer the 600 employees who were hired to process two ObamaCare applications a month. Some former and current employees claim they’re being paid to play Pictionary and at times, they’re so bored, they’re comparing each other’s scars and falling asleep at their desk.
When defending the contract and Serco’s services, which are being fully covered by taxpayer dollars, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s spokesman Brian Cook said:
“Serco is a highly skilled company that has a proven track record in providing cost-effective services to numerous other (U.S.) federal agencies.”
Considering this is the administration’s definition of cost-effective, it isn’t hard to find the root of the problem.
The administration has fallen for its own ACA fairytale. Overpaying for a processing center to handle the few applications it’s obtaining from consumers forced to purchase a product at the barrel of a gun is a sad display of how ineffective this law is. No mandate can fix that. But aren’t you glad we “fixed” health care?