$133 Million for Five Obamacare Enrollees in DC

Posted by John Kartch on Friday, November 8th, 2013, 2:53 PM PERMALINK

According to newly released data from Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a grand total of five people have enrolled in the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange:

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield: two enrollees from Oct. 1, 2013, through Oct. 30, 2013.
Kaiser Permanente: three enrollees from Oct. 1, 2013, through Oct. 31, 2013.
UnitedHealthcare: no enrollment data from the exchange as of Nov. 4, 2013.
Aetna:  no enrollment data as of Oct. 24, 2013.

How much money was taken from American taxpayers to pay for the D.C. exchange?


That means American taxpayers shelled out $26.7 million for each DC Obamacare enrollee.

Using official federal grant data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the calculations are as follows:

Amount of Grant

Date Awarded



Sept. 30, 2010

“State planning grant”


Aug. 12, 2011

“continue and complete current planning and implementation efforts”


Sept. 27, 2012

“to provide assistance to hire staff and consultants to manage activities related to the creation and first year of operations for testing and enhancement of the Exchange.”


June 13, 2013

“to develop an IT system that facilitates critical Exchange functions including eligibility, enrollment, and information exchange among individuals, employers, insurance carriers, and state and federal government agencies.”


Oct. 23, 2013

“evaluate the implementation of the District’s consumer assistance programs, build a quality rating system, and support upgrades to the DC Health Link IT system.”

Total Taxpayer Cost: $133,573,928

Total Enrollees: 5

Taxpayer Cost Per Enrollee:  $26,714,785.60


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