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STILL WAITING. WHY IS BAKER REFUSING TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS DECISION TO SEND JOBS TO INDIA?

Perhaps he’ll answer that question to the press today before he attends a private, closed-door fundraiser with fellow outsourcer Mitt Romney?

SOMERVILLE – Thursday, October 16, 2014 - After revelations that Charlie Baker allowed 200 Massachusetts jobs to be outsourced to India as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Baker has repeatedly refused to answer direct questions about why he chose to allow this to happen. The shipment of those jobs overseas happened in 2006 when the company was on solid financial footing and well after the turnaround of the company from receivership in 1999.

Baker has refused to answer the basic question: Why did you choose to allow those specific Massachusetts jobs to go overseas after Harvard Pilgrim had already fiscally recovered?

Perhaps he’ll answer that question to the press today before he attends a private, closed-door fundraiser with fellow outsourcer Mitt Romney?

Below are a few examples of Baker refusing to answer basic questions and be accountable for his decision to allow jobs to be outsourced to India:

Fox 25, 10/15

Reporter: Baker defended the jobs he saved, but refused to talk with us about the ones sent to India. Do you just not think that’s a fair look at your record?

 Baker: I think Harvard Pilgrim employs thousands of people here in the Commonwealth, as does Dell, which is the successor company to Perot.

(FOX 25 http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/26797507/gloves-come-off-in-race-for-governor)

Boston Globe, 10/15

 “Baker, during a campaign stop Tuesday, did not directly address the transfer to India but defended Harvard Pilgrim’s decision to move its IT and claims work to Perot Systems. ‘The partnership that Harvard Pilgrim entered into with Perot Systems back in 1999 was one of the key elements to the successful turnaround and the saving of thousands of jobs at Harvard Pilgrim and at other health care organizations in Massachusetts,’” Baker said.

(http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/14/baker-knocked-coakley-for-winning-outsourcing-award/D5MGyKP3vdTwa5vHaD3bHI/story.html) 

Channel 5, 10/15

Reporter: So what will Charlie Baker do if elected governor? Will Baker push to outsource or privatize state jobs? He sidestepped the question, saying he’ll do what he can to make state government “smarter and better.” 

WCVB http://www.wcvb.com/news/baker-disappointed-in-coakleys-smears/29151486 

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