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December 18, 2013 - 7:18 am

April Todd-Malmlov, executive director of Minnesota’s MNsure state healthcare exchange, resigned abruptly Tuesday. She announced her decision to leave her $136,000-a-year job during a closed door meeting with the exchange’s top brass. The board immediately replaced her with an interim appointment from its ranks, and is now seeking a permanent replacement.

Todd-Malmlov has made headlines for going on a vacation to Costa Rica with state Medicaid director James Golden during MNsure’s rollout. Problems with the exchange were growing worse as the two healthcare capos jetted off for the sunshine. That led to calls for resignations.

The resignation comes as the media had started to portray MNsure as one of the few state-level Obamacare success stories. But problems have persisted, leading Gov. Mark Dayton (D) to distance himself from the exchange’s leadership. The resignation also comes just when MNsure needs stability, for those Minnesota residents who must sign up in December to keep their coverage going uninterrupted into the new year.

The Minnesota law that created MNsure put the exchange’s leadership outside the appointment or review power of the state’s governor and legislature.

The StarTribune notes the potential political problems for Gov. Dayton in Todd-Malmlov’s sudden decision to leave her post:

The program could have political consequences in Minnesota and nationally. Gov. Mark Dayton ensured Minnesota was among the first to adopt President Obama’s health insurance overhaul, and Republicans have been relentless in trying to tie the governor to its rocky rollout.

Dayton signed the law that created the exchange, so tying him to it only seems fair.

Instability and rockiness could claim a different political casualty in Minnesota. Sen. Al Franken won his seat in controversial circumstances in 2008 — Democrats essentially just kept re-counting the votes until Franken had a lead. Franken then went on to provide decisive votes in passing Obamacare. Every Democrat in the Senate essentially provided the decisive 60th that passed the unpopular law.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So surprising.

As a Minnesota resident (who has NOT, by the way, voted for any of our liberal "representatives"), I wrote to Senator Franken when I discovered just how much my insurance rates were going up to tell him just how unhappy I was.

Got a letter back from his office - weeks later - that didn't actually address any of my complaints/concerns. Instead, it told me that the Obama administration's problem-fraught rollout on the federal level had been simply unacceptable - but that the Minnesota version was a totally different thing, and it was going to be really awesome.

Ha.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Two facts to consider:
Al Franken won with 41.99% of all votes cast.

Mark Dayton won with 43.7% of all votes cast.

These two clowns are what happens when enough voters idiotically refuse to compromise with their self described sacred principals by selecting the better of two less than ideal candidates - candidates who actually have a chance to win- and go the third party route.
36 weeks ago
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STRib story says that Ms T-Malmlov and Mr Golden, the state Medicaid director, live together. So, it's only natural that they'd vacation together, right? Especially a few weeks after she rolled out the state health exchange that was supposedly the model for all the rest.

Oh, wait, they're both Democrats . . .

I wonder if T-Mal and Golden took a selfie?
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Can deep blue Minnesotans finally have their eyes opened enough to oust Senator Smalley? That'd be a fantastic outcome, but I'm not holding my breath.

Also in MN yesterday the state Democrat Party was assessed a $100k fine for election improprieties. They admitted no guilt but agreed to pay the fine. http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/236315381.html

Maybe the system is so perfectly corrupted that it doesn't matter how Minnesotans vote.
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