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Gov. Malloy Frustrated by Obamacare Rollout

By Jeff Saperstone
|  Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013  |  Updated 6:24 PM EDT
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Governor Dannel Malloy did not hold back today in talking about his frustrations with the federal roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

Jeff Saperstone and Thomas Kienzler

Governor Dannel Malloy did not hold back today in talking about his frustrations with the federal roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

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Governor Dannel Malloy did not hold back today in talking about his frustrations with the federal roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

"The president and federal government did a disservice in this terrible roll out and they were ill prepared," said Gov. Malloy. "And I can say that as a state that was well prepared."

Malloy's insurance commissioner is meeting with President Obama today at the White House.

Connecticut has yet to decide whether it will go along with Mr. Obama's fix for the health care law. That fix would allow people to keep their non-ACA compliant plans. Nine-thousand in the state have been dropped by their insurance companies.

Gov. Malloy said the fix will further complicate matters.

"I think there's a lack of understanding in the White House of how complicated this issue is on a state by state basis," said Gov. Malloy.

President Obama himself admitted that the roll out was fumbled.

Connecticut's health exchange is working well compared to most states. Around 13,000 have enrolled and the web site has had few issues.

Insurance companies spent years coming up with policies that were to be compliant with the new health care law.

If these products are extended, companies have to file rates, the rates have to be reviewed," said Keith Stover, who is a lobbyist for the Connecticut Association of Health Plans.

The so-called fix, the president has proposed, would likely raise rates.

"To do what the president kind of suggested last week would be a very very significant undertaking," said Stover.

Political observers have said that President Obama proposed the fix to satisfy Democrats in Congress who are in tough fights but now the fix has created an issue for Democratic governors like Malloy, who are likely to run in 2014.

"They shifted their problem to me and I don't appreciate it," said Gov. Malloy.

For complete coverage of the Affordable Care Act implementation as well as tools, calculators, state-by-state information and a detailed FAQ, visit our ACA section.

 

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