Monday, March 31, 2014

Maryland's Exchange: too much for too little

Maryland’s Exchange: too much for too little


Maryland’s draconian state government suffered one more defeat announcing dissolution of its insurance exchange. Reportedly spending more than 125 million to bring Obamacare one-step closer to reality, failure was the final outcome for an exchange that never was. Many media outlets have reported on Maryland’s grotesque failure, yet the Baltimore Sun has not taken up the pen and written the final epitaph. Why the Sun is not reporting this story may be in the fact they wholeheartedly supported this government boondoggle. By withholding this story the inference is the left cannot accept defeat. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown led the charge to flesh out this component of President Obama’s grand Ponzi scheme. Uninitiated in the complexities of building such site was no bar to appoint Brown as its head cheerleader. In the last few days the blame game has been afoot, with the Democrats hiding behind their usual spin.


Governor Martin O’Malley blindly went ahead with a project that was doomed from the start. Built on algorithms whose equations required a younger crowd to sign up for insurance, the mix of applicants has been the antithesis of expectations. Over 49,000 had applied through last week, yet the state has not revealed how many were paying customers. Since its incipience on October 1st 2013 a series of glitches continued to plague the system. Even with the purported fixes the Exchange could not sustain the heavy usage necessary to make it successful. Already released from their contract the management company responsible for this catastrophe may face investigation from the feds. Does O’Malley have the wherewithal to sue for return of State Funds is only a conjecture at this date?  


President Obama has changed the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act 38 times by most accounts. Deadlines have been extended, levies have been delayed and mandates put off into the distant future. As Obamacare unravels, very blue states, such as Maryland, refuse to see the obvious. They are fighting their own futures by wasting money to keep this leviathan from being finally buried. As O’Malley looks towards Washington and Brown towards the State House remember their sheer incompetence as you consider your next vote.


Mark Davis, MD President of Healthnets Review Services and Davis Book Reviews.
Author of Demons of Democracy and his most recent release, Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A Prescription for Disaster.

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