The PJ Tatler

Another Day, Another Resignation Atop a State Obamacare Exchange

Earlier this week, April Todd-Malmlov resigned her post as executive director of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure. Her resignation followed MNsure’s rocky rollout, plus her own decision to jet off to Costa Rica with the state Medicaid head while the Obamacare house was burning down.


Via the fool who wears jammies but is not Pajama Boy, we learn that another head of another state Obamacare exchange has also resigned, for different reasons.

Carolyn Lawson, the embattled state technology executive who oversaw much of the development of Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange, has resigned for personal reasons.

It was Lawson, chief information officer at the Oregon Health Authority, who decided the state could manage the complex exchange project itself, rather than hire a private-sector systems integrator, a decision sincecriticized by her superiors. Lawson also was close to Oracle Corp., the California technology giant that has been blamed for doing shoddy workand repeatedly missing deadlines.

Oregon’s exchange cost $160 million yet has failed to sign up one single person, in close to three months of operations. It did, however pay Oracle a shipload of money, and it paid Lawson another shipload of money, to fail.

And it produced some of the trippiest ads since the heyday of Haight-Ashbury.

Obamacare is just failure, fraud and wishful thinking all the way down.

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