Not An April Fool’s Joke: Maryland To Scrap State Obamacare Exchange
In what has become a major embarrassment for Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), The Washington Post reports that Maryland will be getting rid of its malfunctioning Obamacare exchange tomorrow and rebuilding it from scratch.
No, this is not an April Fool’s Joke.
Maryland’s broken exchange took two years to develop and has cost $125.5 million to build and operate. It has performed significantly worse than other state-built systems and the website is STILL plagued by problems. To make matters worse, the project’s main contractor has been suing a subcontractor it hired in federal court.
O’Malley’s promise that Maryland’s state exchange would “lead the nation” never came true. The state only has seven months to build a new exchange that will undoubtedly cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. For the sake of Marylanders struggling to enroll, lets hope O’Malley’s second attempt isn’t a complete flop.