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Hill Panel Seeks To Put Price Tag On Website, But Some Estimates May Be Too High

A tally from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform suggests HHS spent between $400 million and $600 million to build the troubled website, but The Washington Post Fact Checker and a government watchdog group say the true cost may be much lower.

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: Troubled Health Site Cost At Least $400 Million
How much did it cost to put together the problem-plagued website? The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Wednesday that by its latest tally, the Department of Health and Human Services had awarded between $400 million and $600 million in contracts to develop the federal health insurance exchange and related data services (Radnofsky, 10/23).

The Washington Post's The Fact Checker: How Much Did Cost?
How much did the troubled actually cost? It may be much less than you've heard. Given the vagaries of the federal contracting system, this is not an easy question to answer. But that has not stopped some people from speculating that the total is $500 million or more. That may be a reasonable figure, but the more we looked into this, the more it seemed a bit high (Kessler, 10/24).

Sunlight Foundation Blog: How Much Did Actually Cost?
The new health care exchange site has been the topic of several news stories these past few weeks. Many of them are quoting vastly different numbers for how much it cost to build. You'd think that sites like or the Federal IT Dashboard would be able to give us some idea. But in reality, that's just not how federal spending is reported (Devine, 10/22).

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