Mayor DeStefano has often described Jodi Rell’s approach to the problems that face Connecticut as a press release and a band aide. She frequently holds one position until it becomes unpopular and at the last moment changes her position.
The latest example is in the continuing battle to obtain the rates that HMOs covering Medicaid patients pay. Medicaid is the largest single item in the state’s budget and it needs better accountability. Back in on August 16th, Mayor DeStefano wrote a letter to Rell “asking for the immediate release of documents which will disclose how $626 million of taxpayers money is being annually spent by Connecticut HMO’s.” The City of New Haven joined with other New Haven organizations in filing a freedom of information request for this data.
Today, the Courant reports that Rell is finally ordering the release of this information. Mayor DeStefano is proactively seeking for ways to address health and budget issues that address our state. Rell’s approach to the issues we face are reactive and slow at best.
Perhaps now, we can learn a little more clearly the cost of the press releases and band aides that Rell chooses to release.