|By Richard Borreca, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The two were hashing out what to do about the state's disastrous Health Connector law, which via the Affordable Care Act has already sucked up
"We should have requested an exemption from the Affordable Care Act because we have the best health insurance care in the country," said Ige, who is the Senate Ways and Means chairman.
He noted that many
At the forum, Abercrombie tried to deny any responsibility for the failed Connector, saying it was all
"The Health Connector is completely a creature of
The audience, heavily seeded with Abercrombie staffers and supporters, applauded.
If there are mirrors to be passed out, someone should make sure
Not only was
"Given the size of the task, we believe implementation should start soon and first is establishing the statutory framework for the exchange."
Earlier in 2011,
The committee report for the final bill explained that a task force, set up by the insurance commissioner within the Abercrombie administration, would iron out the details and get the Connector up and running.
"This measure empowers the
Abercrombie now says the state will ask for a waiver to allow existing state departments to do much of the Health Connector work and adds that he never thought the quasi-governmental nonprofit was a good idea.
The initial process, however, was a legislative compromise worked out between the health insurance industry, the state administration and
Abercrombie is correct: The flawed Health Connector did not arise from spontaneous combustion -- but he should check his own hand for the matches.
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