Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) says her constituents are “frustrated and embarrassed” by Hawaii’s failed Obamacare exchange, which cost taxpayers $204 million and signed up only 8,000 people.
On Wednesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it will launch an investigation into Hawaii’s busted Obamacare program.
“This is not a partisan issue, this is an economic issue,” said state Sen. Sam Slom.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie previously predicted “hundreds of thousand of people” would sign up for Obamacare in the President’s home state.
On Thursday, President Barack Obama tried to rally Democrats to support his unpopular Obamacare program.
“I think Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud of [Obamacare]… We should not be defensive about it,” said Obama.
Behind closed doors, however, Democrats have expressed anger and frustration with Obama for the position his signature policy achievement has placed them in heading into the Nov. 4 midterm elections. One Democratic member of Congress told the New York Times that Obama is “poisonous” to Democrats. Top Democratic pollsters have advised those in their party to steer clear of the controversial and unpopular program.