One of the signs of a government out of control is how it spends taxpayer dollars. In the past, I’ve reported on such needless government spending as studies on duck penises and snail sex. To me, the largest item of needless spending is the billions of dollars of aid going to countries all over the world, many of which hate us, while we have serious economic problems here at home.
One of those serious economic problems is Obamacare. Instead of providing affordable healthcare so that every American would be covered, it has only resulted in higher medical and insurance costs for less coverage with fewer doctors. Obamacare has also raised our taxes, reduced the number of jobs available and cut the hours and benefits to millions of Americans. Obamacare has caused some companies to lay off workers and close their doors. And when you look at the bottom line, millions more Americans are now uninsured than when Obamacare went into effect.
We’ve seen the ineptness of the launching of Obamacare and the government website. We’ve seen how they hired convicted criminals to take all of your personal information because no background checks on employees were run. And we’ve seen where anyone associated with Obamacare can have easy access to all of your medical and personal information with just a few keystrokes on their computers.
Now I was to tell you about how one company has been awarded a contract worth up to $1.2 billion to process applications for Obamacare. SERCO is a data-processing company that has hired nearly 1,800 employees at three facilities to process paper applications for people wanting to sign up for the mandated unaffordable healthcare coverage.
Recently, one anonymous employee blew the whistle on SERCO, telling the media:
“They want to hire more people even though we still don’t have work to keep the people that we have busy.”
“There are some weeks that a data entry person would not process an application.”
“The main thing is that the data entry side does not have hardly any work to do. They’re told to sit at their computers and hit the refresh button every ten minutes. No more than every ten minutes. They’re monitored. To hopefully look for an application. They’re goals are set to process two applications per month and some people are not even able to do that.”
“We have centers in Missouri, Kentucky and Oklahoma and with everybody that’s working probably 1,800 people trying to get 1 of 30 applications that pop up. There’s just not enough there.”
On April 15, a person claiming to be a former SERCO employee went online to a site that had SERCO employee reviews and posted:
“This place is a JOKE! There is nothing to do – NO WORK.”
When a reporter from KMOV-TV in St. Louis told Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) about the reports surfacing about SERCO, he said he was totally unaware of any of it going on. He told the reporter:
“We need to look carefully into this structure from top to bottom, but a call center, that’s, where somebody’s goal is sign up one or two people in the course of a significant period of time, how could that possibly be reasonable?”
“SERCO, as a contractor, gets paid for the number of people that they employ. So they want us there even if we’re not doing anything.”
When the news reporter approached the SERCO building and asked if they were still accepting applications, a guard at the door said they were accepting online applications. The reporter eventually got officials at SERCO to agree to do an interview, but cancelled just before the interview was to take place and directed all questions to Medicare and Medicaid.
Brian Cook, a spokesman for Medicare stated:
“SERCO is a highly skilled company that has a proven track record in providing cost-effective services to numerous other federal agencies. The company has provided exceptional records management and processing support to other federal agencies, similar to work they will do for the marketplace.”
Note that the Obama administration spokesman for Medicare said that SERCO is ‘providing cost-effective services.’ Is their definition of cost-effective is having 1,800 employees vying to handle 1 out of 30 applications for healthcare? That’s a 1.7% chance of any one employee snatching 1 application to process. If this is what they consider cost-effective, no wonder our national debt has increased by $10 trillion dollars in just 5 years under Obama’s rule. It’s also proof that the Obama administration hasn’t a clue as to how to run a business or a country.
So every time you look at the federal tax withholdings on your paystub, remember that you are helping to pay 1,800 people to sit at a computer all day and just hit their refresh button every 10 minutes in hopes of exercising their 1.7% chance of finding work to do.