Hawaii’s $205 Million Obamacare Exchange Boondoggle Goes Kaput

By February 28, 2016, the workforce of the Obamacare exchange boondoggle will be pushed back to the private sector. It will all be shut down.

Even though the feds dumped $205 million into Hawaii’s healthcare exchange program, officials there still managed to run it into the ground. Americans for Tax Reform reported:

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the Hawaii Health Connector will stop taking new enrollees on Friday and plans to begin migrating to the federally run Healthcare.gov. Outreach services will end by May 31, all technology will be transferred to the state by September 30, and its workforce will be eliminated by February 28.

While the exchange has struggled since its creation, it is not for lack of funding. Since 2011 Hawaii has received a total of $205,342,270 in federal grant money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, HHS provided nearly $4.5 billion to Hawaii and other state exchanges, with little federal oversight and virtually no strings attached.

Despite this generous funding, the exchange has underperformed from day one. In its first year, Hawaii enrolled only 8,592 individuals – meaning it spent almost $23,899 on its website for each individual enrolled. Currently over 37,000 individuals are enrolled in Hawaii’s exchange – well below the estimated 70,000 enrollees that is required to make the website financially viable. Unfortunately, taxpayers will have to hand out an additional $30 million so that Hawaii can migrate to the federal system.

It’s almost like it was designed to fail. The feds throw out a ton of money to the states and basically tell them to do whatever they want with it, since there would be little oversight and “no strings attached.” Predictably, once the states live the high life for a while and run their programs into the dirt in the process, their only recourse is to transfer everything over to the federally run Healthcare.gov. And that also takes millions of dollars to do. Sheesh. Talk about “affordable.”

The government’s answer to any problem (that they’ve created) is that it just needs more funding. It doesn’t matter how much money the government throws at something, invariably, the problem will be made worse, which will only prompt the creation of other “oversight” agencies. And those also will need more funding.