Earlier this week Covered California — the new Obamacare-inspired insurance exchange — issued some controversial contracts. "California's health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agencies executive director," reports the Associated Press. This looks bad, writes Steven Greenhut, especially as Obamacare supporters fight back an initiative (Proposition 45) on the November ballot that would give the state's insurance commissioner the power to approve or reject health-care rate hikes — the same power he has with most other types of insurance.
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