Pressure building for MNsure officials

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2014 - 9:15 PM

Scrutiny grows from the governor and others as legislative auditor launches a review.

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A440Jan. 7, 14 9:23 PM

They'll postpone the inevitable, until the very end, and then DFLect the blame to the GOP.

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supervon2Jan. 7, 14 9:24 PM

The only answer is to spend another 150 million and blame the previous administration.

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edmeleJan. 7, 14 9:39 PM

One of the key items on the list of 'things to do' when you engage in as massive a change process as MNSure is, 'Ask as many questions as you and your colleagues and partners can think of' about what needs to go right and equally important, 'what can go wrong' and what the unintended consequences may be. You have to be able to answer all those questions before you start. Every article I read about the problems with the exchanges indicates that nobody asked all the questions and there was a lack of coordination between all the pieces of the system. Someone who was a leader in health care once said that making changes in the health care system is like trying to change the propeller on a 747 in full flight. The other principle of organizational change is 'if you don't ask and try to answer all the questions before you start, you will answer them in a crisis after you start. That is what I see happening in the tech problems of the AFC act.

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chanman01Jan. 7, 14 9:45 PM

I have officially resigned myself to a state of shock. I can't believe that my hard earned tax dollars are classified as "good money being thrown after bad", all because some inept politicians can't admit that ObamaCare has been a disaster from day one. The ship is going down and they insist we all go down with it simply to protect their sociopathic political ambitions.

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dflleftJan. 7, 14 9:56 PM

YEP, sad to watch the millions being thrown down a rat hole...and more to come. just unbelievable, complete disgrace.

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nels2005Jan. 7, 1410:30 PM

I find it more then coincidental that mnsure, healthcaregov and most of the other obamacare state websites are dysfunctional. Either it is due to unintentional incompetence or it is intentional. Either answer should not be encouraging to the tax paying public.

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furguson11Jan. 7, 1411:47 PM

Ironically, they are looking at it when for the first time I was able to work with 13 clients in two hours on the site today. The site had major problems a few weeks ago, but this is going to turn into a Monday morning quarterback exercise soon.

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forpeopleJan. 8, 1412:05 AM

One problem in Minnesota's implementation is totally lousy software development and the worst web site I have ever seen. Even if this were fixed, however, that would not solve the severe problem with the approach developed in the healthcare law: tragically, most policies being sold on MNSure have huge deductibles and most of the uninsured cannot afford these policies. Most of the uninsured persons I know would not buy a policy off the MNSure site because they would have to pay for these policies and then almost always have to pay for healthcare too because of the high deductibles. The healthcare law needs some serious improvements.

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JRBJan. 8, 1412:21 AM

Notice how they are going to try to pin the blame on the vendors instead of assuming responsibility for this fiasco. Well, who vetted and then hired the vendors, and who was supposed to monitor and coordinate the functions of the selected vendors? If they try to say there wasn't enough time to properly implement the system, who set the timeline? These are important questions not only for the auditors but for the electorate in November.

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crystalbayJan. 8, 14 3:01 AM

I, too, am surprised that such a progressive state has had this many web site issues, especially when other states are going so smoothly. The real surprise is that KY, a deeply red state, has the best system in the country (with CA running a close second).

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