MassGOP: Patrick Playing Politics, This Time with Health Care

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

Emails Reveal Truth; MassGOP Calls for Full Disclosure
 

BOSTON – The Patrick-Murray Administration is playing politics with health insurance rates, making decisions that “would most likely cause 'a train wreck,'” according to internal emails reported by the Associated Press. In light of the startling admission by a senior health care official, the Massachusetts Republican Party today called on the Patrick Administration to release all documents detailing how the rate decisions were made.
 
The email is just the latest in a long string of electronic documents from key officials that undermine the public trust in the Democrat administration.  In well-documented instances, the Patrick-Murray Administration has said one thing publicly, but internal emails reveal something completely different. 

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Nassour stated: “These emails make it clear the Patrick Administration is trying to score political points by artificially capping health care costs and risking the solvency of insurance companies that people rely on for medical coverage. In order for people to trust this Administration, Governor Patrick should immediately order the release of all documents used to determine the health care rates so they may be reviewed by independent experts.  Sadly, it's difficult to trust the Patrick Administration because time and again their public comments have been contradicted by emails.”

A string of emails, relating to Jim Aloisi, Marian Walsh, and the Gloucester Charter School, have made a train wreck out of the Patrick Administration's credibility:

Email train wreck: “A top state insurance official said that health insurance caps the Patrick administration placed on major insurers could cripple them financially and would most likely cause 'a train wreck,' according to an e-mail obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

“The April 6 e-mail, obtained following a public records request, showed that Deputy Insurance Commissioner Robert Dynan warned that the caps could cause insolvency at the insurance companies. Dynan also wrote that the caps were imposed 'against my objections' and without his input.”

Mass. official: Gov premium caps faulted in e-mail, The Associated Press, June 8, 2010

The Rubin Email: “Contradicting a series of steadfast denials, internal e-mails show that Governor Deval Patrick's top aides controlled the appointment of state Senator Marian Walsh to a high-paying job at a state authority, from setting her salary to crafting her job description.

“They also provided the agency's talking points for the news media in an attempt to quell a public uproar.

“'I'm going to send you a proposed job description from [Patrick chief of staff Doug Rubin] soon,' Patrick senior adviser Jay Gonzalez told the two top officials at the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority in a March 11 e-mail.”

Patrick aides directed hiring, The Boston Globe, March 28, 2009

The Aloisi Email: “Aloisi said at the time that Grabauskas was behind an effort to raise subway, train, and bus fares, but e-mails obtained by the Globe later showed just the opposite. In fact, it was Aloisi who had been pushing a fare hike and resisting a plan by Grabauskas to delay one.”

Embattled transit chief Aloisi quits, The Boston Globe, September 12, 2009
 

The Reville Email: “In the e-mail, Education Secretary Paul Reville told the commissioner of elementary and secondary education that rejection of the Gloucester charter school proposal, along with the probable rejection of two other pending charter proposals, would send the wrong signal.

“ 'Our reality is that we have to show some sympathy in this group of charters or we’ll get permanently labeled as hostile and that will cripple us with a number of key, moderate allies,’’ Reville wrote on Feb. 5. “It really is a matter of positioning ourselves so that we can be viable to implement the rest of our agenda. It’s a tough but necessary pill to swallow.’”

A political swirl on charter schools, The Boston Globe, September 22, 2009

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  • At least Aloisi resigned and Walsh withdrew from consideration. Why is Reville still there, pulling down $150k, sending midnight directives to Commissioner Chester, (at $200k/year)???  

    Reville is such a fraud– he defended his support of ONE charter school application: “It really is a matter of positioning ourselves so that we can be viable to implement the rest of our agenda. It’s a tough but necessary pill to swallow.'”

    Yeah, approving a charter school, a proven choice for parents fed up with overcrowded and underperforming district schools, is such a tough pill to swallow! So tough that the Obama administration had no trouble making it a selection criteria for Race to the Top money.

    And what is “the rest of the agenda” that Reville referenced? Well, it looks like it might just be the proposed scrapping of the MCAS tests in favor of new national standards that have been developed under the radar, and which our Commissioner plans to adopt by August with no input from the public.

    http://boston.com/community/bl

    Development of MA Curriculum Frameworks and implementation of MCAS have have been so instrumental in catapulting MA students to the top position on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Instead of adopting national standards, we should be expanding MCAS here at home to include US History, and we should be focusing on closing the achievement gap among subgroups of students.

    The Patrick-Murray Administration and Paul Reville prefer to shift priorities, to federalize our education system like Obama is doing to health care. Is this really the direction we want to head in? Why fix a system that isn’t broken? MA ranks tops in the country, and is competitive globally– other states should be modeling their education infrastructure on ours, we should not be bowing down to a new, untried, national assessment program whose standards have not been thoroughly vetted by the team that developed our frameworks.      

  • I forgot to add that someone actually did call for Reville to resign (hint: it wasn’t Patrick or Cahill)–

    http://www.bostonherald.com/ne

  • Available here:

    http://multimedia2.heraldinter