States that Mismanaged Their Health Care Exchanges Aren’t Entitled to Settlement Money

When I was in high school, I shared a car with my dad. He took it to work during the day; I drove it to my newspaper job for my shift at night.

It was a terrific arrangement until one night, I tried to leave an unpaved parking lot (don’t even think of asking how) and scraped off the muffler. My friend who was studying to become a welder offered to make me his first patient, but it didn’t work.

So I had to not only tell my dad what happened, I had to ask him to float the cost of the repair until I got paid again.

Decades later, my dad and I can laugh about this story, but only because he was able to step up and pay for the repair, and I did indeed make good on payday.

But they’re not laughing about this on Capitol Hill. At least five states took federal money to build Obamacare state exchanges, then had to close or abandon the exchanges when they failed to work. And now, as some of the contractors responsible for those failures are being forced to make good, the states want some of that money.