The audacity of these greedy liberals is just astounding. This woman should be giving money back to the taxpayers, if anything, based on her miserable performance. Heck, she should resign in humiliation.
The head of Colorado’s state health exchange has asked for an end-of-the-year raise and bonus even though the website has enrolled fewer than half the people who were supposed to purchase health insurance through December.
Patty Fontneau, president and CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, currently earns $190,549. Her chief operating officer and chief financial officer earn $164,800 each.
The salaries are supported by taxpayers.
Fontneau received a $5,000 raise in 2012 and is eligible for annual bonuses of up to 10 percent with salary increases of 3 percent, according to documents from Connect for Health Colorado.
The CEO’s salary increase was discussed among the organization’s board of directors in an October executive session, and it has not yet been granted by the board.
“Given the poor performance for the first two months of enrollments, I think it’s incredibly audacious for the executive director to request a salary increase,” Connect for Health Colorado board member Ellen Daehnick said in an interview. “I think most people would feel like if you’re a CEO and you’re significantly underperforming the goals you helped set, then you layer on it that the money comes from public funds, and I think it’s highly inappropriate.”
It hasn’t been decided whether the full board or the three-member executive committee will make the final decision on Fontneau’s raise, but all have been invited to participate in discussions, said Connect for Health Colorado spokeswoman Myung Oak Kim.
The news of the raise request was first reported by the University of Colorado publication Solutions.
Believe it or not, despite not even signing up less than one-sixth of their projected numbers, this woman has the temerity to ask for more money. Has she no shame?
The number of enrollees in the state health exchange is far below what health officials predicted.
Earlier this week, exchange officials reported that 9,980 people have purchased private health plans so far.
The projected enrollment numbers for this month, even on the low end, were 22,215. On the high end, health officials projected that more than 61,000 people would have purchased health insurance by the end of December.
Why of course, let’s reward such failure by showering her with even more taxpayer money.