This surely has to go into the category of the ultimate insult of the year when state healthcare exchanges want to reap bonuses from taxpayers when they have failed. Why should you be surprised that the head honcho of the Colorado state health exchange was demanding a big bonus for by all accounts is a failure to deliver, according to the Denver Post.
Connect for Health Colorado’s president and CEO Patty Fontneau, is already in the six figure territory by earning $190,549. Everyone understands that it takes a little green to make a go of it in Obama’s current economy, but Fontneau has failed to deliver. Much like Obama’s infamous rollout and basement achievement sign up levels by those seeking healthcare policies, Colorado’s website has enrolled not even half of their projected goal.
To make matters worse, Fontneau appeared to show no shame or concern in holding her hand out to be paid extra for failure. This reward for failure could be as high as a ten percent or $19,000 bonus. Would any American worker ever go into their boss’ office and seek a 10 percent bonus for such an unremarkable performance?
Well, it certainly appears that there are certain sane officials on the board of the company that agree that ten percent or any percent bonus is an unjustifiable request. According to the Denver Post, Ellen Daehnick, who is a board member for Connect for Health Colorado is adamant about turning down such an outrageous request. She states, “Given the poor performance for the first two months of enrollments, I think it’s incredibly audacious for the executive director to request a salary increase.”
The Colorado health exchange shares an equally troubling similarity with the massive failure of the Obamacare website roll out which had no contingency plans. The executives at Connect for Health Colorado have threadbare, “contingency plans in case the website fails to meet enrollment projections next year,” suggests the Denver Post.
So what are Colorado residents to do when enrollments are low and safety concerns for their private personal information are not assured? It seems that elected officials like Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) who is seeking those answers is turning to the Obama administration for answers. He has written the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to see if any light can be spread on the darkness.
Good luck with that Rep. Gardner. The only truth that appears to be coming out of the Obama White House and his administration are strained responses to questions from Darrell Issa, the House Chairman of Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Fred Upton Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The Daily Journal is reporting that Fontneau may be having second thoughts about spending that bonus request, and is now saying, ” That the attention on her pay has been a distraction at a time when the exchange is focused on getting people signed up for health insurance.”
For now, state exchanges and their executives like Patty Fontneau should seriously consider giving back her part of her salary as a bonus and Christmas present to the residents of Colorado. Now that is a bonus of holiday cheer that everyone in Colorado could support.
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