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ObamaCare Destructs in Massachusetts

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Obama care is in dire straits in Massachusetts. To quote the journal, “The administration of Republican governor Charlie Baker confirmed that the FBI and US attorney for Boston have subpoenaed records related to the Commonwealth’s “connector” dating to 2010. This insurance clearinghouse was Mitt Romney’s 2006 beta version for ObamaCare exchanges.”

“The target of the investigation hasn’t been disclosed. But the best autopsy of the connector mass is being published Monday by Boston’s Pioneer Institute think tank after reviews of internal audits and whistleblower testimony were obtained. The evidence was damaging to both Massachusetts’s exchange contractor, CGI Corp., and the administration of former Democratic Govenor Deval Patrick.

“The review reveals years of third-rate technological work, disregarded deadlines, pervasive mis- management, little outcome measurement and general bureaucratic incompetence. An outside auditor noted as early as 2012 that the ‘quantity and/or skills/experience level of project resources may be impacting the ability to complete project tasks within planned time frames and question if staff were sufficiently knowledgeable. A test before going public showed a 90% failure rate, and the new connector detonated on the launch pad. Some 320,000 residents attempting to gain coverage had to be dumped into a temporary free Medicaid program without any income eligibility determination. The total cost of the mess was determined to be around $1 billion.

“…The Massachusetts ObamaCare experience was not merely a problem of quality control but of political accountability or worse. Earlier this year, Governor Baker requested and received the resignation’s of four of the 11 members of the connector board including MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, the Obama care architect who earned fame for mocking ‘the stupidity of the American voter.’

“…It is a sad comment on American politics that law enforcement may prove to be the only other institution that holds someone responsible for failure.”

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