By Derrick DePledge
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.
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.