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March 29, 2014

Maryland Gives Up On Its Failed $125 Million Dollar Health Care Exchange; Will Implement Connecticut's System

I assume Connecticut will want money for that, but who knows. I guess Democrats have a political incentive to share here.

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.

The board of the Maryland exchange plans to vote on the change Tuesday, the day after the end of the first enrollment period for the state’s residents under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Maryland is not alone in having deep-seated problems with its health marketplace. Technical issues also have plagued Oregon, Minnesota and Hawaii. But Maryland will be the first to walk away from its site, a particular embarrassment for Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), who was placed in charged of implementing health-care reform in Maryland by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

It was not immediately clear how much more money Maryland may have to invest to get a fully functioning system, according to the two individuals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the changes.

Stuff Democrats buy never "costs" anything. The War in Iraq "cost" a great deal of money.

But in the media's telling, Democratic expenditures are usually "investments."

phreshone worked out the math:

MD spent $125 million in an effort to enroll 150,000 people. Essentially $1000/person projected transaction cost (actual is running $2500, and cost will expand as the system will be replaced with a copy of CT's before the next enrollment period.

Maryland invested $1000 per sign-up.

What are you, against investing in our own people?



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