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?
HT To Ed Morrisey & HotAir on the original story. It has lots of other links and references. Well worth the read.