MN legislative auditor calls for “top to bottom audit” of state ObamaCare agency

posted at 2:01 pm on January 6, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Minnesota may be mired in a deep freeze, but the politics around the state’s ObamaCare launch is about to get red-hot. The state’s “top watchdog over state government spending” has now demanded a complete audit of MNSure, and not just for its problem-plagued web portal. Citing “many red flags,” Jim Nobles wants a full audit to be the legislature’s highest priority when it reconvenes next month (via Andrew Johnson at The Corner):

Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS “MNsure has many red flags causing great concern and I would like my auditors to conduct a comprehensive audit of the program because it does not appear to be delivering what it promised to taxpayers.”

Nobles says everything at MNsure needs a “close examination” from the computer system to what the health care exchange is actually delivering to taxpayers and consumers. Nobles says there are computer problems at MNsure that have occurred in the past and, he says, “it does not look like we have learned from our mistakes.”

Nobles says MNsure, like any other state agency, needs transparency and accountability so “the taxpayers and public have confidence in the system.” Nobles says he plans to ask the Legislative Audit Commission for permission to audit MNsure and it will be his “top priority when the Legislature convenes next month.”

For those who wonder, the legislature is controlled by Democrats, but that has little to do with Nobles. He has served for 30 years as the legislative auditor while the legislature was under the control of both parties, and recently got appointed to a sixth six-year term. He’s known for keeping politics out of his work, which means that Democrats will not be easily able to disregard his recommendations for a “top-to-bottom” audit of MNSure.

It’s not the first time Nobles has slapped at MNSure, either. In November, he concluded that the agency itself was responsible for the collection and release of Social Security information for insurance brokers licensed in the state’s ObamaCare agency, and blew the lid off of the mismanagement that has become obvious since the rollout.  That eventually resulted in the resignation of MNSure’s top officer, who was then replaced temporarily by another Dayton official who was under investigation for his own dealings in the health-insurance sector.

I wonder what Nobles will make of that. I also wonder whether the legislature will authorize him to make anything of it at all.


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Schadenfreude on January 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

oh my! this ought to be fun!

DanMan on January 6, 2014 at 2:07 PM

top to bottom audit

Focus on the bottom

faraway on January 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

And pay no attention to what’s going on in the Architectural billings (indicator of future growth).

http://www.aia.org/practicing/AIAB100962

Between this and the wonderful ObamaCare we’re full steam ahead for our 5th Recovery Summer in a row.

…..and now with free healthcare and condoms.

PappyD61 on January 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

We need that here in Kentucky. The governor has been crowing about the success of KYnect, but the trickle of actual sign up numbers they have released show Medicaid sign ups outnumber regular insurance about 7 to 1.

There is no friggin way we can afford that in 2019 when the Fed pulls the plug on the extra money to cover the increase in Medicaid users.

Johnnyreb on January 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Looks like – at least so far, locally, only KSTP has mentioned this story, going by a quick Google news search.

whatcat on January 6, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I propose a certain individual who resides in that state
to conduct the Audit…goes by the name “Bishop”

ToddPA on January 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I propose a certain individual who resides in that state
to conduct the Audit…goes by the name “Bishop”

ToddPA on January 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

He’s a little busy adding an extension and turbo to his ice auger, isn’t he?

M240H on January 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Gee I hope Paul Bunyan wasn’t taking money under the table for shilling Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on January 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Shed some sunlight on that swamp!

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

goes by the name “Bishop”

ToddPA on January 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Are you kidding? With how deep in the union’s pocket that guy is?!

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

There is no friggin way we can afford that in 2019 when the Fed pulls the plug on the extra money to cover the increase in Medicaid users.

Johnnyreb on January 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

sang 21 GOP governors to the tune of Stairway to Heaven*

*H/T to Pat Gray who alleges almost anything can be sung to the tune of Stairway to Heaven. His series of Gordon Lightfoot songs all played to that tune is hilarious.

DanMan on January 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Elections…you do know they have consequences, right?

Meople on January 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Check the employee parking lot first.
Follow the bread crumbs found there.

Tsar of Earth on January 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I hope Nobles has never had any brushes with the law, because if he has, you can bet your bottom dollar that the “Alliance for a Better Minnesota” will let the world know. Calling anything Mark Dayton does to account is a great way to turn yourself into Emmanuel Goldstein.

Mr. D on January 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Where does the MN actor stand on it?

Schadenfreude on January 6, 2014 at 2:36 PM

He’s known for keeping politics out of his work, which means that Democrats will not be easily able to disregard his recommendations for a “top-to-bottom” audit of MNSure.

MN Democrats soon to be exposed like corrupt cops on video tape.

BobMbx on January 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Minnesota may be mired in a deep freeze

BAH! Our schools were closed today and I just got a text that they’re closed again tomorrow, WTF. For the air temp no less, come on.

But yes I will humbly accept the position of auditor for MnDeathCare, and my first order of business will be to construct a tall, wide, sandbag wall with a upright posts spaced evenly along its front.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

A body cavity search.

Oil Can on January 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Are you kidding? With how deep in the union’s pocket that guy is?!

John the Libertarian on January 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM

-_-

I’ll find you.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM

BAH! Our schools were closed today and I just got a text that they’re closed again tomorrow, WTF. For the air temp no less, come on.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Your precious snowflakes might melt!

Seriously, if it is so bloody cold then you really don’t want kids walking to school, do you? The schools in W. Michigan, where I used to live, are all closed too. In the four years I lived there, the schools didn’t close once. So……. I’m guessing that things are pretty severe.

Happy Nomad on January 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

:) There is hope yet for Minnesota.

gophergirl on January 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Happy Nomad on January 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I drove across town a while ago on an errand, plenty of kids outside digging in snow piles wearing all their winter gear. Apparently they can survive for 15 minutes outside with the proper clothing, someone should inform the Government Overlords.

Bishop on January 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Mr. D on January 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Yup.

Let the demonization begin.

StarTribune, WCCO and other squadrons of Useful Idiots revving their engines to fly cover the DFL, as per usual.

There is hope yet for Minnesota.

gophergirl on January 6, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Oh my, the wind chill has finally gotten to you!

Such optimism can only come with Brain Freeze! ;-)

Bruno Strozek on January 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Are they going to be investigating how bad conservative vibes regarding ObamaCare caused the systemic failures?

gwelf on January 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Thank God someone up there isn’t afraid of democRATs.

mmcnamer1 on January 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM

James Nobles?
That right wing radical…that no good tea party loving scoundrel…that guy who wants his 15 minutes of fame…you mean that nobody who is being audited by the IRS as we speak, who led a prayer once 20 years ago that insinuated that homosexuality was something that was not biblicaly supported, that 15 years ago was accused of filling out a time card wrong, with the wrong date, obviously trying to scam the system.

James Nobles, who hasn’t voted because he says he wants to be non-partisan, but was seen walking near a Republican party office, next to his bank.

James Nobles who watches Duck Dynasty…that perverted, right wing extremist…that one?

You can’t trust him…

right2bright on January 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Headline, Minnesota newspapers, Feb 2014:

“Jim Noble, State Official Named by IRS For ‘Special Tax Audit’; Irregularities Alleged”.

None may question the wisdom of Dear Leader.

orangemtl on January 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Squirrel eyes dayton blamed it on the company they hired…case closed right……democrats have no moral base at all….

crosshugger on January 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Wrong argument, James, you need to say that children are being hurt by this rollout and that women are not getting their reproductive health care. If you don’t speak the language, you don’t always get what you want.

Kissmygrits on January 7, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Isn’t it sad that we are actually speculating about the democrats actively trying to stop such an investigation? Not surprising, mind you. Just sad.

runawayyyy on January 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM