The following press release was distributed by Rep. Don Turner, the House Minority Leader, on August 5th.
MONTPELIER – Vermont Republican House leader Representative Don Turner (R-Milton) issued the following statement today on Vermont Health Connect, Vermont’s online health care exchange: “House Republicans, joined by many of our colleagues from across the aisle, have been asking the Administration to hold CGI accountable for its shortcomings for nearly a year. While we applaud dropping the contractor as a positive first step, now it’s time to really assess the scope of the healthcare initiatives to ensure that we continue to use resources wisely while delivering the services that Vermonters deserve.”
“It was irresponsible of the Governor and his administration not to recognize that CGI was incompetent and needed to be fired six months ago as many states and the Federal Government did. CGI was hired outside the normal bidding process and it is widely known that they failed time and time again. This news is good news but, I feel that this should have been done long ago.” Stated House Healthcare committee member Doug Gage (R-Rutland).
“At an estimated cost of over $70 million, many resources tapped and the addition of great frustration for many Vermont citizens, families, businesses and healthcare providers firing CGI is long overdue. I have asked repeatedly since the fall and as recent as two weeks ago at the House Healthcare committee meeting for their dismissal. Today’s announcement appears to be a rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titantic, without solving Vermonters problems and without a plan in place to fix the system. It is also concerning that the managers of the exchange Larson, Lunge and Tucker are not being held accountable. I’m once again calling for the Governor to make the Vermont Health Exchange voluntary and to open up the health insurance market in a way that will meet Vermonters needs through choice and competition.” Stated House Healthcare committee member Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington).
While dropping CGI is a good first step, now it’s time to really assess the scope of the project to ensure that we continue to use resources wisely while delivering the services that Vermonters deserve.