By Derrick DePledge
Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Friday struck back at U.S. House Republicans who have been critical of the Hawaii Health Connector, the state's insurance exchange for the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla.; had suggested, among other claims, that the connector did not complete the required security testing prior to its Oct. 15 launch. The three Republicans implied that consumers were at risk of identity theft and fraud.
Abercrombie, a Democrat who served in the U.S. House for two decades, dismissed the claims:
Your letter is full of mistakes, misrepresentations, omissions and false assertions.
Your letter omits important facts related to the Hawaii Health Connector (Connector) and takes information out of context, misrepresenting the status of the Connector with respect to system security and authority to connect to the Federal Data Services Hub. Because of your flawed assumptions and mistakes, you have predictably reached erroneous conclusions. With a little due diligence, you and your committee staffers could easily have avoided these errors.
Instead your letter appears to be a classic case of `ready, fire, aim.'