Meant to post on this earlier, but things got a little crazy around here: Here's the latest installment from Father John on the privatization of Colorado's Benefit Management System (CBMS), which is described in this Denver Post article as being "a pathetic state of affairs". Father John makes a point at the end that I want to touch on:
One of the more telling comments above is the one about how they wanted to dump EDS as a vendor, but then realized this would cause more problems than it would solve. This shows the danger of the privatization of such essential elements of a welfare system. It's sort of like checking into the roach motel, you can check in, but you can't check out. Once these vendors get their hooks into the system, they become indispensible, and can then start jacking up the price, and/or simply fail to live up to all their contract obligations, and what can the state do? ...nothing, but like it.