On February 21, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services extended a government contract to a company that mishandled the Obamacare website. The extension, through March 31, 2014, means another $4 million to the IT company: CGI Group. March 31st is also the deadline for open enrollment in healthcare plans under the Afordable Healthcare Act (ACA)
Critics see the extension as another paycheck for the company that has already taken a significant amount of taxpayer money, including an initial $93.7 million contract which ran through December, 2013 – despite bungling the roll-out of the Obamacare portal in October.
Even though CGI’s track record with respect to the launch of Healthcare.gov is shoddy, they may still be able to claim a substantial win for Obama, if the victory lap of the ACA’s enrollment target is reached by the March 31 deadline.