O-Care site, Megablimp, top ‘Wastebook’

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A $300 million Army “megablimp,” space pizza and the ObamaCare website top this year’s “Wastebook” of the worst examples of wasteful spending by the government.

Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Worries grow about political violence as midterms approach President Trump’s war on federal waste American patients face too many hurdles in regard to health-care access MORE’s (R-Okla.) list, out Tuesday, criticizes the government for spending $319 million on the botched HealthCare.gov site and $400 million to pay some furloughed workers who stayed home during the government shutdown.

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The new book identifies 100 government spending decisions that wasted $30 billion in taxpayer money over the last year. Coburn, a well-known fiscal hawk, puts the book together every year.

The failed ObamaCare site, paying “nonessential” workers who make more than $100,000 per year for staying at home during the government shutdown and the megablimp are among the biggest ticket items in Coburn’s book.

Coburn argues the waste shows that it should have been easy to find ways to replace the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.

“Collectively these cost more than $30 billion in a year when Washington would have you believe everything that could be done has been done to control unnecessary spending,” Coburn wrote in the list’s introduction. “Had just these 100 been eliminated, the sequester amount would have been reduced nearly a third without any noticeable disruption.”

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