NY Governor David Paterson’s Wife’s Company Gets Sweet No-Bid Contract

It must be nice to be the wife of a Democrat politician in a blue state. Who else can reap such rewards without having to compete with anyone?

New York Post: Gov. Paterson’s administration awarded a $297 million federal contract without competitive bidding or public notice to GHI, the health-care provider whose parent company employs his wife, The Post has learned.

Legislative investigators are now looking into the huge, 3½-year contract that subsidizes insurance for uninsured individuals with pre-existing health problems — part of President Obama’s health-care reform act, state officials concede.

It could yield up to $30 million in “administrative costs” for Emblem Health, GHI’s (Group Health Inc.’s) parent company.

“Selecting a company for which the governor’s wife works without bidding or public notice raises serious disturbing questions,” one of the Legislature’s top Democrats told The Post.

“This is something that is troubling and something we plan to look at,” the official continued.

Also disturbing, the official said, is that New York chose to have GHI administer the program when it could have joined at least 21 other states in having the federal government assume the responsibility.

First Lady Michelle Paterson is director of integrative wellness for the outfit.

Paterson announced the selection of GHI to handle the new federal program on July 1, noting that the company “is a subsidiary of Emblem Health and is the only nonprofit company authorized to operate statewide in New York.

Apparently, the Paterson administration decided it was better not to rely on the federal government to administer this program. But still, is his wife’s company the only one that could do the job?

Oh, and some of my democrat sources in NY are already celebrating the election anointing of our next governor, Mario Cuomo. If that’s truly the case, why are we even bothering holding an election?

Via Michelle Malkin