RI governor inserts ‘dependency portal’ into health care exchange

RI governor  inserts ‘dependency portal’ into health care exchange

Unless Rhode Island lawmakers move decisively to defund Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s Unified Health Infrastructure Project, the smallest state in the union could have an oversized impact on the availability of social welfare programs across the country.

That’s because the “dependency portal” Chafee has inserted into Rhode Island’s health care exchange system can be easily emulated throughout the country, according to researchers and policy specialists with the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity.

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, top officials in Chafee’s administration made some revealing comments available on audiotape about how they intended to use the state’s health benefit exchange system.

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