Political Radar


April 22nd, 2014

Pat Saiki, the state GOP chairwoman, has asked a California congressman to urge the Government Accountability Office to include Hawaii among the states being investigated on health care exchanges.

Republicans have sought to make the troubled rollout of the federal health care reform law a campaign issue in this year's election. President Barack Obama has hailed the law's initial enrollment success, but several states -- including Hawaii, which received $204 million in federal grant money to create an exchange -- have had problems.

Saiki wrote U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a fierce critic of Obama and health care reform, after state Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom received contradictory responses from the GAO last week about whether Hawaii would be included in the probe.

From Saiki:

Governor Abercrombie’s plagued health connector has missed deadlines, been fraught with problems, and cost taxpayers over $204 million dollars – roughly $26 thousand per enrollee. This kind of reckless spending of our hard-earned tax dollars is simply unacceptable. Since Senator Slom’s efforts to hold our government accountable continue to be hampered by political brinkmanship, I hope Oversight Chairman Issa will provide guidance to the GAO.

7 Responses to “`Plagued'”

  1. Johnson:

    FYI, the "received" link above goes to this: http://staradvertiser.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx, which must be incorrect.

  2. me:

    Hawaii doesn't care so I wouldn't waste my breath Pat Saiki...Let Hawaii suffer!!

  3. Guy:

    Hawaii Republican Party obviously trying to pin the Hawaii Health Connector problems on the governor even though he had little control of the nonprofit organization. They must see the governor as more of a threat than Ige. Interesting.

  4. WestSideTory:

    Guy...Who should be blamed for the Hawaii Health Connector failure if not the Governor? Who should be held accountable for the waste of $204M tax payer dollars?

    Maybe Coral Andrews, first Executive Director, she obviously saw something was happening. Oh wait she resigned last year, how convenient!!!

    Should we blame the Board of Directors Sherry Menor-McNamara, Clifford Alakai, Clementina Ceria-Ulep, Joan Danieley, Jennifer Diesman, Dr. Kenny Fink, Michael Gleason, Faye Kurren, Keali'i Lopez, Gwen Rulona, Dr. David Sakamoto, Christine Sakuda, Dwight Takamine, or Joann Tsark your pick. Contrary to your "he had little control", he appointed each and every member of the board on the advice and consent of the Senate.

    Maybe Gordon Ito Insurance Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, since he was in receipt of all annual audits.

    Maybe the State Legislator, since the Health Connector BOD was required to provide an annual report to the Legislature.

    But ultimately it was the Governor who made the decision to establish and run the exchange in our state, regardless of how they set it up, instead of deferring the responsibility to the federal government.

    Remember it was the Governor that stated “we are the Party in control and we only have ourselves to blame if we don’t produce results.”

  5. Jennifer Shintani:

    At what point and why did we not persist to be exempt from having to set up the Health Connector? Who were those individuals who turned and looked the other way? They were the ones, including the Governor, that allowed so much money to be wasted. We have an excellent pre-paid program that is better than Obama care in existence. Who were those that had something to gain by not being honest with Hawaii taxpayers? As a business Owner we would no longer be in business if we behaved with the same disregard, no fiscal responsibility, for what is right rather than what looks good. Unfortunately in Hawaii, many in government do not understand that they have a duty to protect the people they serve. And I am quite concerned since the amounting cost to do business in Hawaii just continues to rise and puts undue burdens onto businesses to allow us to thrive.

  6. Kimo:

    Well said Jennifer, you are absolutley right. We had well working Health Care system in place that probably could have been written on 20 pages of legislation, instead we got a 2000 page government overreach boondoggle. We have a Government administration that is obsessed with everything Obama, to hell with the cost. I'm sure there were plenty of political cronies that benefitted from the $204 mil. and we have to pay for it.

  7. Auto de Fe:

    Health Insurance? No need: Abercrombie promises to dump Prepaid Health Care Act


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