The Star Tribune reported Sunday that MNsure leaders chose to launch the website even though they knew it was loaded with bugs, and that MNsure's executive director at the time, April Todd-Malmlov, warned the governor at a meeting 12 days before the system went live that nobody was certain if the site would work.
Dayton insisted that the Sept. 19 meeting was the first time he
learned that problems with the website were serious enough to call into question whether MNsure
could proceed with the launch on the same day open enrollment began across the country under the Obama
administration's health care overhaul.
office kept in close contact with MNsure officials throughout the process and he
thought enough problems would be resolved in time.
Even in hindsight, Dayton said, he
still believes the decision not to delay was correct.
thought the system was operating "very well" at first and that its glitches were due mostly to problems with the federal system.
"didn't have any inkling of persisting problems until the middle of November" when he
said new problems kept cropping up every time old issues got resolved.
also said he
never tried to mislead Minnesotans on MNsure's
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and the Affordable Care Act haven't offered an alternative except going back to the way things used to be.
"To evaluate the success or failure six months into the undertaking is just really shortsighted and unrealistic," he