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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