If the states are laboratories, then the lab to our north has at least one specimen growing out-of-control.

Department of Social Services Commissioner Michael Starkowski recently told Connecticut’s Health Care Reform Cabinet about the contrast between insurance exchanges in Massachusetts and Utah.

  Utah Massachusetts

Start-up costs

$500,000 $25,000,000

Annual budget

$600,000 $30,000,000

# of employees

4 60


Watch the whole meeting at CT-N. (The comments comparing the exchanges start at minute 28.)

Let’s hope the growth to our north doesn’t travel south. Maybe we can pick up some samples from Utah instead.

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