The original head of MNSure, The State’s (Failed) Insurance Exchange, April Todd-Malmlov is refusing to participate in an official review of the program’s utter failure and proposal to fix it, unless she not only is paid, but so are her legal bills.
If Minnesota government had paid someone $200 million to build a highway from one town to another, and they forgot to include onramps or pavement, there would be legal charges against them….
James Nobles, the state’s legislative auditor, spent a year figuring out what went wrong, and he says Todd-Malmlov refused to cooperate.
“She would participate and respond if we paid her,” Nobles said.
Governor Mark Dayton handpicked Malmlov to get MNSure The State’s (Failed) Insurance Exchange up and running. Not only did she fail to do so, she handed out huge bonuses but took a vacation with Minnesota’s Medicaid director during the rollout.
Marshall Tanick, Todd-Malmlov’s attorney, told WCCO-TV on Wednesday that she is “more than happy to cooperate, willing to cooperate.”
But Tanick said the law in Minnesota very clearly requires the state to reimburse ex-employees for the time, expenses and legal fees they incur in investigations like this. And that auditor Nobles was not willing to do that.
Todd-Malmlov works in Washington, DC, for a health consulting firm, and people close to her say she wants to get on with her life.
But she also believes she’s getting blamed unfairly for all the MNsure problems, so it’s possible one day we’ll hear her side of the story.
Is this what Governor Mark Dayton meant when he said we needed to pay state employees more to retain the top talent?
Of course no one wants people to suffer with out health care. No, there aren’t people who really want people to choose between health insurance and food.
But that doesn’t mean MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange – was a good way to prevent any of the tear jerking stories used by Governor Dayton (and President Obama) to enact MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange.
MNsure “fell far short” of its promises to provide an easy way for Minnesotans to buy health care in its first year, a harsh new audit has found.
“In its first year of operations, MNsure’s failures outweighed its achievements,” the Minnesota Office of Legislative Audit’s months-long review of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange concluded.
This report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor confirms many of the claims opponents of MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange, had before it was even passed. Criticisms and input ignored by Governor Mark Dayton. Many of these problems could have been prevented. The report also exposes how there have been problems identified by 3rd party professional auditing firms that have also been ignored.
Hundreds of millions have already gone into MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange. How much more will they need to have something that will work? And mind you, long before MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange became law of the law in Minnesota, well over 90% of Minnesotans had health insurance.
How much more expensive is this affordable health insurance going to be?
Vice President Joe Biden is lucky he has secret service protection based on how grabby he is. Here’s yesterday’s latest example of getting inappropriate during an official swearing in ceremony and press conference.
This isn’t the first time a husband has probably been ready to deck the Vice President in front of the Capital Press Corps.
Despite ample political rhetoric about “supporting the middle class,” neither party has had the courage to back initiatives to end poverty, even among working families.
If there is no longer anything below the middle class does that mean the middle class is now the lower class?
Since the Poverty Commission issued its final report in 2009, Minnesota has made little progress with the exception of last year’s increase in the minimum wage. With a public consensus that workers should not live in poverty, it is time we take action.
I introduced legislation, Senate File 890, to ensure workers can afford basic necessities:
The phased-in increase in the minimum wage would continue beyond the $9.50/hour in 2016. The legislation would add 75¢/hour every year from 2017 through 2020, when it would reach $12.50/hour.
The goal of Sen. Marty is to “eliminate poverty”. Sounds lovely, but its impossible to do by mandating massive wage increases. Its almost as if Sen. Marty thinks money grows on trees and employers have vaults full of cash that they are hiding from their employees.
Its really easy to be charitable with other people’s money. Redistribution by any other name….
If MNSure (Minnesota’s FAILED Health Insurance Exchange) Were A Corporation, Would Lori Swanson Sue? After all, she does have an affinity for suing companies that take advantage of people who happen to receive some preferential or financial assistance from taxpayers.
MNSure is a pathetic failure. Aside from the website being a $200 million joke, the Dayton dream health insurance program is wildly unpopular and failing way short of enrollment goals.
In private sector (AKA: a “real” market place) words: No one is buying and the company would already be bankrupt with everyone fired and criminal investigations for where all the money went would be underway
But in Government work, you get raises! $125,000 in raises for not even coming close to fulfilling enrollments. Originally, MNSure promised over 400,000 users. They downgraded that projection to 100,000 at the beginning of the year and again down to 67,000 in December. Well, 2 days before the deadline, they were at only 50,000 users. (That’s roughly 12% of the original enrollment targets used to sell this program. This few users means that the revenue generated from the taxes added to those policies are not coming in. Which means the program can’t sustain itself. )
Here is a letter from Rep. Greg Davids to the MNSure CEO Scott Leitz for more information.
Update to clear up a couple points of contention some have raised.
1) I do not have any evidence that makes me believe that the Anoka County Board is interested in killing Northstar. That doesn’t sit well with some supporters of certain Anoka County Commissioners, but they could take steps to do what so many conservatives in Anoka County want – a) repeal the transit sales tax AND b) kill Northstar all together. But they haven’t and some commissioners have told me that they can’t and won’t. I am not :”attacking the Commissioners, I am disappointed they haven’t done what we all want.
2) The piece of land purchased by the city was not a council member’s, but he does own a parcel in the area. There have been many instances in the rail transit development recent history in Minnesota that politicians (or their close personal acquaintances) happen to own the land that will eventually be required for construction of stops OR future redevelopment once property values go up. My hunch is that this is likely the case. Commuter rail in Minnesota is just not profitable with out local cities and counties ponying up all the money to add the bells and whistles to make the areas around the stops look and seem like “progress’. You see, just imagine how valuable a single parcel of land near a slated redevelopment corridor will be after all the other pieces are put in place. I don’t know any of the principles in the city of Anoka, but this is how Government and developing works everywhere else, why wouldn’t it possibly be the case in Anoka?
Oh look, a politicians who just happened to own land near a Northstar Rail stop sells his “vacant” parcel to the City of Anoka for redevelopment.
There really should be term limits for all levels of Government. Read to the end. they just want to prevent someone from buying the property and, brace yourself, not just doing exactly what the city wants with the land. The city is buying up land in order to sell large swaths off to developers.
Get taxpayers to spend a billion on a train that is unsustainable and requires massive subsidies and diverts attention from the aging and crumbling and dangerous highway system. Then start buying up all the land around the stops for said train. Get tens of millions to build overpasses along train route due to shortsighted planning by local government simply trying to help local landowners get rich off their prospect buying years ago. And if they just can’t swindle enough people to buy along the route, get the city to buy up the land….
In financial realms this is almost like insider trading or something people go to jail for. In government its just called, waste fraud and abuse but no one cares because its the status quo and everyone has skin in the game.
I am an American citizen, this is still America, I have my Constitutional Rights, and no I will not shut up. I’ve been regulated enough and I just can’t stand no more.
Rearrange the letters in Bureaucracy with a little twist and you can spell: Crazy Bureau.
The FEC is going to try to regulate free speech on blogs like this very one you are reading. You see, I personally believe they are worried freedom of speech is too widely used and full blown censorship and licensing of who can and cannot speak their minds would be seen as way too totalitarian.
Well if it happens, I will not change and they can throw me in jail. I know the President and Congress don’t really pay attention to the Constitution much anymore, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t have the rights afforded to me by that document.
I will not go silently into the tyrannical night. I will not simply allow this despotic form of government to continue to usurp power and unveil a long trail of abuses….
Over 200 years ago, a couple of cent tax on our tea and the inability to speak your mind and assemble as you saw fit was grounds for a revolution.
You know how the left always claims that rich executives get that way by refusing to pay lower tier employees?
Or how when liberals demand employers double the pay of their employees the money just appears on trees with out any adjustments to prices or staffing levels to accommodate the massive payroll burdens of the mandates.
Well, liberal Democrat Governor Mark Dayton has promised his advisors a million in pay raises. Maybe its time all these department heads and cabinet officials understand what its like to run a business (dealing with all the red tape these very same people throw at them every day).
The Commissioners and Dayton Cabinet/advisors should be forced to find savings in their respective areas of responsibility in order to off set their massive pay hikes.
After all, if they are worth it, surely they will find a little waste, fraud, or abuse to earn their pay. Or they could just fire a few janitors or secretaries, another thing liberals claim happens for “exorbitant executive compensation”.
Liberal Logic: When a corporation pays big salaries its greedy and evil and stealing money from poor people, but when state Government pays huge salaries its perfectly OK because they need to retain top talent and that money for that huge bloated salary for a political appointee magically appears. .
I think we all just need to let this stew a bit so the absolute hypocrisy and do as I say not as I do of the Democrat Party of Minnesota is on full display.
Source: President Obama is expected to formally ask Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State terror group in the coming days, even as lawmakers said crafting and passing such a measure would be a challenge.
Let’s not forget that before the 2014 elections, President Obama and Democrats downplayed the nature of ISIS. Could it be because when Obama hastily abandoned the war against terror, it allowed ISIS to flourish in the vacuum Obama created?
Now he wants authority to go deal with the threat?
Maybe he could have listened to his critics and experts before making a promise to his adoring anti-war supporters. Imagine if the media bothered to cover the facts anymore. Home many hostages would have avoided capture and death….
Sickens me that my country has a President like this.