ObamaCare, VA, IRS... Varney: Gov't Keeps Proving It Can't Do Things Efficiently
An ObamaCare contractor was paid $1 billion dollars to do... well, nothing. In an unbelievable report from KMOV-TV that surfaced this week, employees at Serco Inc. recounted how they spent days just staring at their computer screens or hitting refresh every 10 minutes.
There was so little to do that some workers went to sleep and others played board games. The Missouri company had been awarded up to $1.25 billion to process applications for health insurance through ObamaCare.
One former employee, Paula Bujewski, said she actually felt guilty over how little she was doing, explaining that it felt like "stealing money from people."
Here's more from FoxNews.com:
Republican Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee sent a letter Wednesday to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the federal government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in response to the report.
"We are concerned Serco may have much less work than was expected when CMS awarded the contract, and may not be successfully completing the applications it has received," the senators wrote in the letter.
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., whose district includes Wentzville, wrote to Tavenner separately along with several other congressional lawmakers looking into whether there should be an investigation.
"It is imperative that we fully understand the role of CMS and any potential role played by the Department of Health and Human Services in this matter," read the letter also signed by Missouri GOP Reps. Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Ann Wagner and Jason Smith.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, has also asked for an investigation.
KMOV-TV first reported the story, citing a whistleblower who said employees were told to "sit at their computers and hit the refresh button every 10 minutes" as they waited for applications to process. The company is reportedly continuing to hire new employees at its facilities.
Stuart Varney sat down with Bill Hemmer this morning to go over the shocking story. Amazingly, Serco is still looking for workers.
"They're hiring more people to get paid to do nothing. That's where it stands," said Varney.
Varney said the government keeps proving over and over again that it does not do things well or efficiently, citing the VA, the IRS, and the ObamaCare rollout.
Watch his analysis above, and check out Varney & Co., weekdays at 11a ET on FBN.
For more on this story, tune in to On the Record, tonight at 7p/2a ET as Greta talks to the company whistleblower, Paula Bujewski.