Every time we examine Connect for Health Colorado, we find new and inventive ways in which legislators and bureaucrats can mess things up. It’s a never ending train of proof that we should never trust bureaucrats with anything important – especially health care. The latest example is a media report that the Medicaid Expansion bill, Senate Bill 200, did not include clauses that were included by other states to get federal reimbursement for the expense of expanding Medicaid in Colorado. Oops.
This little oversight by ObamaCare enthusiasts, eager to rush in before carefully plotting out their actions, has cost Colorado millions and threatens the very viability of the program, according to media reports:
The state health insurance exchange’s financial viability hinges on recovering millions of dollars in costs inflicted by Medicaid expansion, officials say, but Connect for Health Colorado wasn’t set up to either count or collect reimbursement.
Lack of proper planning and disconnected to the reality of the costs of government run health care has plagued Connect for Health Colorado since its inception. In fact, as FGA has previously reported, Colorado Democrats refused even to allow oversight over the bonuses granted to high level executives in charge of implementing the new law.
Reports keep surfacing, on a disturbingly regular basis, that Connect for Health Colorado will have difficulty becoming financially viable. That doesn’t even include the millions of taxpayer dollars required to fix all the problems in the state exchange.
If this type of track record were the stock in trade of a private company, shareholders would fire everyone involved and either fold up the company or replace the entire management structure. Colorado voters would do themselves – and their pocketbooks – a lot of good by thinking more like shareholders and less like subjects.