Cash wasted on this clunker.10:45 AM, Mar 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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.”
Coming to Maryland.9:01 AM, Mar 4, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The state agency in charge of Maryland's beleaguered Obamacare Marketplace, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), is looking to establish a standing advisory committee to provide the board of the MHBE advice and input on a "broad range of policy issues." The MHBE sent out a letter to "stakeholders" this week who might have an interest in serving on the committee.
3:20 PM, Feb 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The movies folks responsible for the making of House of Cards seem to have been reading their own reviews or taking a page out of their own (ludicrous) scripts. Or something. As Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post reports:
Vacationing while website burned.7:17 AM, Dec 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The chief executive officer for Minnesota's Obamacare exchange resigned Tuesday after reports surfaced she had taken a tropical vacation in November, right when the state's health insurance exchange website was experiencing problems. ABC affiliate KSTP has the story:
1:01 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
According to the University of Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback, the university’s student health insurance plan is considering requiring coverage of sex change operations.
1:02 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In mid-October, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange quietly postponed all of the forums it had scheduled to inform small businesses about the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), as we reported.
'In Front Of Two Guys, Their Shirts Off, With a Girl Twerking In Between.'1:43 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The attorney general of Maryland was criticized for attending an underage party that his son was DJ-ing. There you are, a reporter pointed to a picture of the party, "In front of two guys, their shirts off, with a girl twerking in between."
It appears underage drinking was taking place at this party, which is what's fueled criticism of the attorney general's attendance there.
10:51 AM, Oct 21, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The state of Maryland has been front and center on the launch of open enrollment through the new Obamacare insurance marketplaces on October 1. The week before the launch, President Obama joined Maryland governor Martin O'Malley in Largo, Maryland to boost public awareness of the marketplaces, and he said that if "every governor were working as hard as Governor O’Malley to make the Affordable Care Act work," even more Americans would reap its benefits.
3:12 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
3:39 PM, Oct 8, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
9:01 AM, Oct 8, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
"If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," President Obama assured the public as he worked to sell Obamacare in 2010.
'Death penalty is racially biased.'2:53 PM, May 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The governor of the state of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, has signed legislation to repeal the death penalty.
But passed gun control bill anyway.1:22 PM, Apr 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2016, just passed a very strict gun law, which includes a so-called assault weapons ban. But what's especially interesting is that before the December shooting at a school in Connecticut, Governor O'Malley had no idea what the gun laws were in his state.
On the day after a gunman killed 20 children in Newtown, Conn., Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wrote a text messageto his chief legislative lobbyist.
9:43 AM, Jan 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Ben Cardin today again said he had questions for Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated as secretary of defense:
10:35 AM, Nov 1, 2012 • By KYLE HUWA
Republicans often find comfort in the suburbs. But for long-time Maryland congressman Roscoe Bartlett, having a slice of Washington, D.C. suburbia added to his district means the biggest fight of his life. He now faces a tough challenge from Democrat John Delaney, the founder of a successful commercial lender company.