We are in our office playing catch up because we’ve had a lot going on locally. What do we discover? This story about the contractor for Maryland’s healthcare exchange paying money back. Why are they doing it? Basically to stay out of legal hot water!
Remember those stories began surfacing about the different healthcare exchanges not working and how all this money had been spent. Well, apparently the contractor for Maryland agreed to pay the money back. We talked about this and said what would happen if more of those contractors feet were held to the fire instead of them getting away with it and keeping the money.
Seriously, do you remember when Obamacare first came out in 2014 and what a fiasco that was? Dr. Wagner had worked at a computer company before and we talked about how you beta tested programs over and over before releasing it to work out the bugs. Yet, that is not what happened with Obamacare. Once it was released then it was one delay after another, one problem after another and consumers were mad.
So this particular story talks about how this contractor is paying back 20million dollars upfront. Stop! Hold on! Who does that – have that kind of money sitting around. Big companies. We don’t want to spill all the beans, stop and read it here for yourself – Contractor pays back $45M .
How do you feel about that? Do you think that is enough of an agreement or should there be more punishment? Do you think they considered how many people were affected by the exchange? Or was it let’s get a deal on the table as fast as we can and cut them loose of any further responsibility?
FYI: Later on the state built its own site.
Did they have any choice? Heads up – making it about the people instead of the money and you will ALWAYS come out ahead.