Crony Capitalism at HHS

Combine the tight schedule for the Obamacare insurance exchanges with billions of taxpayer dollars, little Congressional oversight, and enormous political pressure to reelect the president, and curious events ensue. With at least twenty states declining to build Obamacare insurance exchanges, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) faces increasing pressure and complexity to complete the federal exchanges, with all the bugs worked out, in time for the rollout date of January 1, 2014, and now faces a significant conflict of interest as well. Jeffrey H. Anderson writes in the Weekly Standard, citing an anonymous source as well as previous accounts in The Hill, that Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), contracted by HHS last January to build the federal exchange, was purchased last summer by UnitedHealth Group, one of the country's leading healthcare conglomerates, and that HHS not only tried to hide the resulting "unseemly" conflict of interest, but also...(Read Full Post)