By John W. Lillpop
As Barack Obama and equally muddled leftists continue to celebrate the outstanding “success” of Marxist health care—known derisively as ObamaCare to friends and foes alike---one of the US states in which Obama was allegedly born begs to differ with the success narrative pushed by The One and his hand maidens in the mainstream, lamebrain media.
That would be the Aloha state, where, despite over $205 million in federal taxpayer funding, the ObamaCare exchange web site will soon shut down. Since its implementation, the exchange has somehow failed to become financially viable because of lower than expected ObamaCare enrollment figures. With the state legislature rejecting a $28 million bailout, the web site will now be unable to operate past this year.
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the Hawaii Health Connector will stop taking new enrollees on Friday and plans to begin migrating to the federally run Healthcare.gov. Outreach services will end by May 31, all technology will be transferred to the state by September 30, and its workforce will be eliminated by February 28.
While the exchange has struggled since its creation, it is not for lack of funding. Since 2011 Hawaii has received a total of $205,342,270 in federal grant money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, HHS provided nearly $4.5 billion to Hawaii and other state exchanges, with little federal oversight and virtually no strings attached.
Despite this generous funding, the exchange has under performed from day one. In its first year, Hawaii enrolled only 8,592 individuals – meaning it spent almost $23,899 on its web site for each individual enrolled. Currently over 37,000 individuals are enrolled in Hawaii’s exchange - well below the estimated 70,000 enrollees that is required to make the web site financially viable. Unfortunately, taxpayers will have to hand out an additional $30 million so that Hawaii can migrate to the federal system.”
Like everything else that Obama has been involved with, Hawaii’s ObamaCare exchange is a complete failure, and as such, is a succinct, yet apt, reflection of the incompetence and lack of talent that government intervention under Obama always brings to the table!
Like the Obama presidency itself, the ObamaCare exchange needs to be left alone to die of it’s own accord, hopefully before much additional harm is imposed!