Health Care In The States

Conn. Governor To Feds: Get Your Act Together On

By Jeff Cohen, WNPR

November 8th, 2013, 5:38 AM

Access Health CT opened the first retail storefront for a state exchange in New Britain, Conn., on Thursday (Photo by Jeff Cohen/WNPR).

Gov. Dannel Malloy said the rollout of Obamacare in Connecticut has been a success — but it would be a bigger success if the federal health marketplace weren’t doing so badly.

“I hope that the federal folks get their act together in the remainder of the month, because I’m tired of sharing their bad news interrupting our good news,” Malloy said Thursday, speaking at the opening of a retail store for Access Health CT, the state’s marketplace.

Connecticut is one of the states that created its own health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.  The federal government is running the troubled marketplace for 36 states.

Malloy said about 9,500 people have signed up so far in Connecticut. “We have people reaching out, wondering when the problem is going to be straightened out so that they can sign up,” he said, referring to people who had confused with the state’s site.

The retail storefront is the only one of its kind in the nation, according to Access Health CT officials. It is in the heart of downtown New Britain, next to an Edible Arrangements store and across the street from a bank. Inside, it looks kind of like a bank, too.

The governor said it’s another way for the state’s uninsured to get coverage. The state has roughly 340,000 residents without health insurance.  His goal is to enroll around 100,000 or so in the first year, so he’s 10 percent of the way there. It’s a lot of people to reach in the next five months, but Malloy takes some satisfaction in Connecticut’s progress so far: “Do I follow the discussion on a federal level?  The answer is yes, I follow it.  Do I have a smile on my face while I follow it?  The answer is yes, I have a smile on my face, because I know we got it right.”

5 Responses to “Conn. Governor To Feds: Get Your Act Together On”

  1. margie says:

    Gov. Dannel Malloy is correct. This is a lousy web site! It’s not like they are preparing to build a colony on Mars! Goodness sakes! How long does it take to get a web site working properly? Daily updates? Who needs daily updates? Get it fixed by the end of the day! Republicans seem to be right about one thing, government is too slow! This is a huge embarrassment!

  2. harold says:

    of course If you had a programming effort that has been sabatoged by withholding and delaying legitemate funding; had 47 unsuccessful dstracting votes to kill (not improve or replace, just to kill); suffered through shutting down the entire governement just to withhold or delay resources necessary to make it function correctly or even fix what was wrong; fought over with rule updates and changes; had leaders spending unproductive time sitting in chairs in front of a bunch of stupid congressional followers (you can’t call them leaders), and finally; designed to support the needs and rules of 36 different states; I ask, would be surprised if there were issues with the outcome. I expect in a few months we will see a more functional website and less noise about why its not working. then it will be interesting to see what else we will be distracted from. The fact that its working in so many state funded exchanges lets you know its possible. The goal is for all americans are able to protect their families and homes from the catastrophic cost of medical care in the event of a major illness. To ensure all persons contribute to the cost of providing that care not just the 70% who were fortunate enough have insurance.. .Keep the goal in mind.

  3. Robert says:

    Harold – no funds were withheld or delayed by anyone, the votes to kill the ACA had nothing at all to do with the programming efforts and did not impact them at all, those working on the website/ACA roll-out were not touched by the shutdown, and based on the performance of the Federal website – Congress is probably doing a favor by pulling department heads out of the office for a few days. I think Malloy is focusing on the proper target when it comes to distraction here – the Federal website. The politics you mentioned are a desired distraction from the real issue.

  4. margie says:

    Robert, you are correct. Nothing, of any consequence, got in the way of implementing the web site. They had three years to insure a smooth web site rollout. As I see it, with lots of working parts, there was absolutely no coordination and oversight at the highest levels. It was almost like they trusted the various geeks from the various geek companies to magically coordinate themselves. Apparently, competent project management was never important. Anyone with any experience at project management knows the importance of teamwork and accountability. Someone needs to be held accountable. Heads need to roll so that the bad actors, the incompetent idiots, the useless retards, the dysfunctional morons never get a shot at developing web sites ever again. This is a total embarrassment!

  5. Larry says:

    At least Malloy has an interest in getting his residents insured. We aren’t as fortunate here in Pennsylvania. You see, we have a Neanderthal for a governor. He could not care less about the uninsured. In my opinion, he is a mean, vindictive and hateful tea party governor that has no time for the less fortunate. He has chosen not to expand Medicaid even though such an expansion would get at least 500,000 Pennsylvanians the health insurance that they need, some for the first time in their lives. In my opinion, he has no compassion and he characterizes all poor people as freeloaders. He wants disabled people to prove that they need help, otherwise he wants them to go out and get a job. In my opinion, he is a very bad person and does not deserve to be reelected.