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Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair'
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Posted on 03/29/2014 8:14:26 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair' Cash wasted on this clunker. Geoffrey Norman March 29, 2014 10:45 AM

The state of Maryland has encountered many setbacks in its attempt to get a health care website up and running smoothly. (Sound familiar?) And now, it has run up the white flag. As Mary Pat Flaherty and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post report:

… [Maryland] officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least $125.5 million is broken beyond repair.

One of those officials would, of course, be the state’s governor, Martin O’Malley, a self effacing man who recently announced, after a fashion, that he might very well be running for President, even if that means taking on Hillary Clinton in a campaign for his party’s nomination. Not quite two months ago, when:

Asked whether he thought he would be a good president, O’Malley said, “Yes, I think I would be, for these times especially.”

As John Wagner of the Washington Post, wrote at the time, O’Malley:

… cited his adherence to “a new way of leadership in our country,” including the statistics-driven CityStat and StateStat initiatives he launched in Baltimore and Annapolis, respectively, to measure the performance of government agencies.

“It is very much a way of leadership that’s more collaborative, that’s much more open, that is performance-measured, that is much more interactive, and it is the new way of leadership in the information age,” he said. “I believe in my bones that this is the future.”

The present, however, is less splendid for people in Maryland where, as the governor says:

… we have been changing the flat tires on this rolling car for the last five, going on six months now. And it has gotten better with every new fix applied to it, [but it is] still not working as it was supposed to work.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; abortion; aca; connecticut; deathpanels; exchanges; maryland; md2014; nevermind; obamacare; zerocare
Really?
1 posted on 03/29/2014 8:14:26 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah, what the hell. 125 million in other people’s money isn’t a big deal, right?

Get a new system that will keep this floating turd going.


2 posted on 03/29/2014 8:17:15 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Remember those low IQ dope types in school?

They’re all in the gubmit now...the only place where losers naturally gather.

Remember, war is what happens when the gubmit identifies an enemy.

Revolution is what happens when WE identify the enemy.

And there is no greater enemy than low IQ gubmit idiots.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 8:18:36 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver

The system was designed to fail, IMO.

So the government could take over the entire health care system and impose single-payer. They’ll blame the insurance companies, individual states, Bush, Putin and anyone but themselves.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 8:19:02 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Geez, if the beltway can’t do it...?


5 posted on 03/29/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Sub-Driver; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maryland ping.....


6 posted on 03/29/2014 8:23:20 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Bon of Babble

Oregon same thing MILLIONS of TAXPAYER dollars and total failure!!
WHY can’t the AMERICAN PEOPLE see if these FOOLS can’t run a
website HOW on GOD’S green earth can they be expected to run OUR
healthcare!!! PEOPLE WAKE UP this IS your health we are talking about
here and of course your families health!!!


7 posted on 03/29/2014 8:30:58 AM PDT by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: headstamp 2

It would be interesting to see a grand total for the federal website plus costs for each of the state exchanges that’s been built.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 8:38:29 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Da Coyote

Watch your mouth — they’re not THAT dumb!!

They came up with a new light bulb and you must not forget their scientific sizing of the modern water tank on your toilet. (Can you imagine — people become congress critters to size toilet bowls)

And let’s not forget their view on global warming, er climate change.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 8:38:59 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Sub-Driver

Did they spend $125 mil or borrow it?


10 posted on 03/29/2014 8:41:36 AM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: Da Coyote

“Remember those low IQ dope types in school?

They’re all in the gubmit now...the only place where losers naturally gather.”

Now don’t hurt their feelings. Don’t you know that when you are elected to any political office that instantaneously you become an expert on EVERYTHING?


11 posted on 03/29/2014 8:45:31 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Before ObamaCare there were over 1,100 insurance companies in the health market. Now there are 30, plus there are now 463 counties in the US that have only one health insurance underwriter.

Furthermore, each of those 1,100+ defunct insurance companies had sufficient IT systems, sales and back-office support staff and were all paying claims on a timely basis, backed up by a state regulator who was happy to enforce the letter of the law.

ObamaCare caused the trashing and total waste of all of these system and facilities and has spent billions in a futile attempt to replicate their functions, all in the name of insuring the uninsured.


12 posted on 03/29/2014 8:51:52 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Broken Beyond Repair' Cash wasted on this clunker.

By nature,state owned or run businesses are higher cost, lower quality of supply, lower quantity of supply, and lower efficiency than privately own or run businesses.

13 posted on 03/29/2014 8:57:49 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Sub-Driver

So good it’s mandated by the fedreal government


14 posted on 03/29/2014 9:02:26 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: momtothree

Fear Martin O’Malice.

He is evil.


15 posted on 03/29/2014 9:02:35 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: headstamp 2

Ask O’Malley how much it cost per enrollee....


16 posted on 03/29/2014 9:03:06 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kit cat
Oregon same thing MILLIONS of TAXPAYER dollars and total failure!!

True, but how is it that some states like Washington managed to put out a deliverable that functions pretty much to spec (and without Oracle's "help"!)?

17 posted on 03/29/2014 9:09:37 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: Salamander

When was the last time MD had a governor that wasn’t an idiot?


18 posted on 03/29/2014 9:11:49 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good luck with that. The fed codified obamacare under US tax law. Don’t pay in? Don’t participate and pay your “fair share” you say? The feds can now legally through the IRS: fine, penalize, seize your property and assets, and imprison you if you do not comply. It will happen, just as the architects of obamacare have planned, and it WILL happen. Remember, under obama the IRS has its own swat team and police force, along with billions of rounds of ammunition, and they are just itching to use it.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 9:12:22 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: steve86

The WA website had a rocky start, but is supposed to be better now. The first day it would give out random quotes regardless of the information submitted by the user. Then there was a period where the website generated erroneous subsidy numbers. Haven’t heard much about it lately.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 9:13:56 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Kit cat

There should definitely be an in depth accounting of every penny of taxpayers money. Any discrepancies should be treated as criminality and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 9:16:33 AM PDT by spudville
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To: Sub-Driver

The ridiculously high amounts of tax money spent for these exchanges and websites is a thinly disguised money laundering operation.

None of these sites would cost anywhere near this kind of money in the real world.

Add Oregon’s disaster into the mix, and over a half billion dollars has gone down the rat hole in DC, MD and OR.

You can buy a lot of medical care for that kind of hope and change.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 9:21:11 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Sub-Driver; kristinn; governsleastgovernsbest

Will be ignored in the media.


23 posted on 03/29/2014 9:21:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Link please.


24 posted on 03/29/2014 9:27:55 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Sub-Driver

I spent the last 21 years of my programming career at a medium sized software company writing business applications. This included order processing and inventory control for one of the major cell phone companies that processed many thousands of orders a day, while shipping millions of phones per year, and the system ran smoothly.

Something’s very wrong if MD can’t get a system up and running in five years. Then again you have state bureaucrats dealing with Obama bureaucrats so I guess it’s not surprising.


25 posted on 03/29/2014 9:31:08 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: USNBandit
Yes, the Washington State Exchange would have benefited from an extended period of alpha and beta testing, with a more diverse group of use inputs. They made the typical developer's error of testing using a narrow spectrum of data entry conditions, without the very complicated household living arrangements prevalent in the real world. And some of the early bugs such as you mentioned should have been caught by any kind of testing. But the website's operation seems nominal now and I rarely hear about even any scheduled downtime.
26 posted on 03/29/2014 9:56:15 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: Sub-Driver


27 posted on 03/29/2014 10:20:50 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: Sub-Driver

$125 million here...$125 million there...

pretty soon you’re talking about some real money

Now that there’s some gooOOood governmenting~!


28 posted on 03/29/2014 11:24:55 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Sub-Driver; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

What’s scary is, if Owe’Malley gets the nom, he could very well win the election. After 2012, I have concluded that the American electorate overall is that dumb.


29 posted on 03/29/2014 2:42:36 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: Sub-Driver

Typical Dems. They abandon their own system only to adopt one from a state that has an even bigger debt. Looks like more Marylanders will be fleeing across the Potomac (at least until Virginia sets up their own exchange, based upon Maryland’s old system).


30 posted on 03/30/2014 9:18:18 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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