(Denver) – Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) issued the following statement today on Democrats in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voting to kill a bill that would audit Connect for Health Colorado:
“What happened today in committee is a disgrace and the majority party should be ashamed of themselves. It’s clear that Senate Democrats killed this bill in an attempt to cover up the failures of ObamaCare. Connect for Health Colorado has wasted $46,000 of taxpayer money on sunscreen and lip balm. They hired a director who had been indicted in Montana for stealing from a non-profit organization. Connect for Health Colorado deserves to be audited.”
On Monday, the Denver Post reported that Connect for Health Colorado had spent $46,000 on “exchange-branded packets of sunscreen and lip balm" and an additional $9,627 to rent an RV.
In February, the Denver Post revealed that a Director at Connect for Health Colorado had been indicted in Montana for stealing from a non-profit housing organization.
Connect for Health Colorado has signed up about 100,000 fewer Coloradans in the exchange than they originally predicted.
Senator Kevin Lundberg is the ranking Republican on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and also serves on the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee. To read the full version of HB 1257, click here.