Late last week DSS sent Freedom of Information requests to a handful of Democratic lawmakers and other state officials seeking their internal correspondence on the controversial Charter Oak Health Plan.
It’s a rare move. Typically lawmakers are the ones who, in their oversight capacity, file FOI requests of departments if they feel they are getting the run-around.
DSS spokesman David Dearborn said the agency’s goal was to get a better understanding of why some at the capitol have been so “negative” about Charter Oak, intended to provide health coverage to uninsured adults.
But Charter Oak’s critics have been pretty clear over the past few months about their problems/concerns at public meetings and in the media.
Maybe some in DSS are also looking for evidence of a coordinated assault on Charter Oak by Democrats looking to embarrass Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell.
That could be why DSS included in its FOI requests one Democratic leader – incoming House Speaker/outgoing House Majority Leader Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden.
Although other top Democrats have also expressed concern about Charter Oak, Rell earlier this year vetoed Donovan’s own pet health plan allowing municipalities, small businesses and nonprofits to participate in the state’s employee health insurance.
Perhaps some in DSS think Donovan wants payback and has targeted Charter Oak.
Whatever the reason, DSS had second thoughts. Dearborn today said the agency withdrew its FOI request of Donovan.
“Based on further reflection it was felt Representative Donovan’s office was not central to the request,” Dearborn said.
Donovan could not be immediately reached for comment.