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MNsure director's tropical vacation amid website woes draws fire
Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | December 12, 2013 | Jennifer Brooks

Posted on 12/12/2013 10:50:03 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg

Last month, while Minnesota's new health insurance exchange site was scrambling to fix glitches and under fire from critics, its director was on vacation.

MNsure director April Todd-Malmlov took a two-week vacation to Costa Rica around Thanksgiving. Gov. Mark Dayton defended her right to take a pre-scheduled trip, but critics of the fledgling health insurance exchange pounced.

The conservative group Watchdog.org put out a press release Thursday, condemning her absence while "thousands of frustrated Minnesotans were notified about glitches and errors in their applications on the state insurance exchange."

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: dayton; healthcare; mnsure; obamacare
Classic example of a 'bad business decision' on more than one level. Governor Goofy has even more problems now.
1 posted on 12/12/2013 10:50:03 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Never trust a woman with a hyphenated surname....


2 posted on 12/12/2013 10:52:03 AM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: onyx; nutmeg; firebrand

Warm tropical breezes ping!


3 posted on 12/12/2013 10:54:19 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: clintonh8r

Debbie Wasserman-Schulz would like to ... oh, wait.

You’re right.


4 posted on 12/12/2013 10:57:54 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

In the private sector, her vacation would be permanent.


5 posted on 12/12/2013 11:05:51 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

Interesting article comments. Some posters actually get it.


6 posted on 12/12/2013 11:08:29 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
First woman with a hyphenated name that I ever encountered I managed to really piss off.

"Wow! You must be ultra-conservative to honor the two men in your life by using both their last names. No Womyn's Lib for you, huh?"

7 posted on 12/12/2013 11:16:08 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: N. Theknow

Owwwwwww. !!


8 posted on 12/12/2013 11:20:46 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: N. Theknow
ultra-conservative to honor the two men
That'll leave a mark...

9 posted on 12/12/2013 11:35:26 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Governor Goofy II...


10 posted on 12/12/2013 11:39:53 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: N. Theknow

A good friend used to own a high end executive search firm. Whenever he got a resume’ with a hyphenated surname it became “lost in the mail.” (This was when people actually mailed their resume’)


11 posted on 12/12/2013 11:52:00 AM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Interesting .... so was Maryland's:

"The director of Maryland's troubled health insurance exchange resigned Friday amid ongoing technical problems and questions about a Caribbean vacation she took while the online marketplace faltered."

12 posted on 12/12/2013 12:07:12 PM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: Colonel_Flagg; bkopto
The Md director did the same and apparently got fired, or she resigned: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3101112/posts Another blue state Obamacare exchange director resigns American Thinker ^ | Dec 12, 2013 | Rick Moran Posted on ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2013‎ ‎11‎:‎44‎:‎42‎ ‎AM by bkopto The botched rollout of Obamacare has claimed another bureaucrat. Maryland's state Obamacare exchange director resigned after it was discovered that she was on a vacation in the Cayman Islands when the website imploded. This makes the third blue state exchange director forced out because of problems with the websites. Previously, the directors for the troubled Hawaii and Oregon exchanges had been run out of town. The director of Maryland's troubled health insurance exchange resigned Friday amid ongoing technical problems and questions about a Caribbean vacation she took while the online marketplace faltered. Rebecca Pearce, hired two years ago to build a $107 million exchange, leaves her post as officials struggle to repair the system that launched Oct. 1. The exchange's rocky start and low enrollment have become ammunition for political attacks on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who was tasked by the governor with overseeing the state's implementation of the federal health care reform law. The board of the Maryland Heath Benefit Exchange accepted Pearce's resignation during an emergency session Friday night. In a statement, Joshua Sharfstein, the state health secretary and board chairman, said Pearce "worked tirelessly and with tremendous dedication." Pearce, whose starting salary in 2011 was $175,000, will be replaced on an interim basis by Carolyn Quattrocki, a top adviser to Gov. Martin O'Malley. As state lawmakers grilled Sharfstein on Nov. 26 on why the health exchange was still broken, Pearce was on a week's vacation in the Cayman Islands. During the trip, she could not be reached by phone, email or text, the health department said Friday.
13 posted on 12/12/2013 12:08:46 PM PST by Grampa Dave ( Obamacare, ItÂ’s a Wonderful Lie! Obamaganda is failing 24/7! Soon Obamaganda will fail 24/365!)
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To: clintonh8r

“Never trust a woman with a hyphenated surname....”

Never trust ANYBODY with a hyphenated surname. Particularly Judges!


14 posted on 12/12/2013 12:36:57 PM PST by vette6387
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To: MissMagnolia

“Interesting .... so was Maryland’s:”

I think you can add in Hawaii and Oregone as well.


15 posted on 12/12/2013 12:39:51 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Grampa Dave

News we can use here. I hate to see anyone lose their job but really, she needs to use her head. I’ve had to cancel or postpone vacations for work reasons so why can’t the boss?


16 posted on 12/12/2013 1:52:40 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: clintonh8r

And never ever trust a women who used a middle name AND a hyphenated surname.


17 posted on 12/12/2013 2:59:03 PM PST by matt04
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To: clintonh8r

That seems to be a prerequisite to work for the MN ‘heath care exchange’.

every time I see a news story on TV, these PR women all have hyphenated names and even more excuses.


18 posted on 12/12/2013 4:26:48 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: clintonh8r

Really. I have a hyphenated name. I was born that way. You have an issue with them, you are an ass.


19 posted on 12/12/2013 4:33:18 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

I had in mind those who acquire them voluntarily through marriage, but you’re free to think of me as you wish. I have the luxury of not caring.


20 posted on 12/12/2013 4:35:40 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Go look at the outreach staff for her organization: http://www.mnsure.org/about-us/staff/. None of their backgrounds are the ones that I would hire for health insurance policies.


21 posted on 12/14/2013 1:25:04 AM PST by fini
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