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OUR VIEW: HEALTH INSURANCE


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Don't spend state funds on Connector


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 02, 2014

~~<p>The Hawaii Health Connector website was launched &mdash; if that term can even be used for what happened &mdash; on the official Oct. 1 start date amid criticism that the online insurance marketplace was hopelessly botched, from the technical standpoint. People were unable to log on or get through the process, and even now confidence is not high that enrollments are being processed correctly.</p>
<p>Last week's candid presentation by the agency's interim executive director, Tom Matsuda, laid bare an even more fundamental problem with the whole setup. Matsuda made official what many people long suspected: There is simply no way this private nonprofit can stay afloat financially without a major bailout by Hawaii taxpayers.</p>
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The Hawaii Health Connector website was launched — if that term can even be used for what happened — on the official Oct. 1 start date amid criticism that the online insurance marketplace was hopelessly botched, from the technical standpoint. People were unable to log on or get through the process, and even now confidence is not high that enrollments are being processed correctly.

Last week's candid presentation by the agency's interim executive director, Tom Matsuda, laid bare an even more fundamental problem with the whole setup. Matsuda made official what many people long suspected: There is simply no way this private nonprofit can stay afloat financially without a major bailout by Hawaii taxpayers. Login for more...



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