Oh, good: Maryland delaying their small-business exchange until April

posted at 7:31 pm on November 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was a big fan of ObamaCare from the very beginning, and made it clear that his state was going to be enthusiastically working full-bore to create what they hoped would be a paragon of an ObamaCare state insurance marketplace to better aid in the implementation of the federal law.

…Which made it pretty awkward as it became clear over the last month that, much like its federal counterpart, Maryland’s exchange was full of prohibitive glitches and errors, via HuffPo:

Technical problems with the Maryland Health Connection are cutting into that head start: As of last Friday, about 4,500 Marylanders had signed up.

At that pace, the state is going to have to adjust its expectations of enrolling up to 180,000 people during the first year of Obamacare, said Kathleen Westcoat, the CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, a Baltimore-based organization under contract to help residents sign up.

“I don’t see how the numbers are going to work with losing essentially a month to six weeks,” she said.

Worse still, Maryland had been hoping/planning to open their small-business exchange in January, but that deadline definitely isn’t going to fly anymore, via the WSJ:

Maryland officials decided Friday to delay the rollout of the small-business insurance exchange program until April so it can continue fixing  problems with marylandhealthconnection.gov, its new online marketplace. …

“We are not satisfied with the way things are going,” said Rebecca Pearce executive director of Maryland’s health benefit exchange. Ms. Pearce said many people can get through the website but that it isn’t working for everyone. About 4,500 people have enrolled in private insurance or Medicaid through the website as of end of October and more than 50,000 accounts have been created, state officials said Friday. The figures do not include paper applications.

Funnily enough, the federal government (as you might very readily imagine) is also having major problems getting their small-business exchange off the ground, leaving small business owners across the country in an economically perilous state of uncertainty — on top of the uncertainty many of them that do offer their employees health insurance are going to be faced before the end of next year. Scott Gottlieb explained how the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” misnomer is affecting them this week at Forbes:

Starting in October 2014, many employees of small businesses will start getting the same notices that are now being mailed to individuals, informing that their existing health plans are also being cancelled. …

Find another policy that’s compliant with Obamacare, but also more costly. Or put their employees into the Obamacare exchange. …

While a smaller percentage of business plans may get cancelled (relative to the fraction of individual market plans that are now being terminated) the small group market is nonetheless much bigger than the individual market. Even if Obamacare materially affects a smaller slice of the business plans, it will still encumber far more people than the 3.5 million individuals now losing coverage. …

In December, Aetna Chief Executive Mark Bertolini said he expects that premiums for individuals or small groups seeking coverage on health insurance exchanges will rise by 20% to 50% in 2014.

Great.


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Caption should something more like “Errrr!” :)

ThePrez on November 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Working as precisely as designed. No sarcasm intended.

Jurgis Rudkus on November 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Idiot commies bungling everything is gonna start killing people soon.

forest on November 9, 2013 at 7:43 PM

My parents, liberals living in Maryland, hate O’Malley’s guts.

22044 on November 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Love the pic, as they say worth a thousand words but just one will do,”dufus”!

tim c on November 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

OMG that pic + comment … Splitting a gut, here.

Carry on.

pambi on November 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Warren/Dummy from Maryland 2016!

Punchenko on November 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Oaf meets oof.

hillsoftx on November 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

All going according to plan…

Philly on November 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Obama: Health Care Terrorist.

VorDaj on November 9, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I live in western Maryland. The sane part of the state.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer governor.

Douchebag!

NavyMustang on November 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaha

TX-96 on November 9, 2013 at 8:27 PM

That picture tells me his parents were cousins.

msupertas on November 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

So… the bulk of the economy in Maryland have to wait a while longer to learn how fvcked they are?

CPT. Charles on November 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

marylandhealthconnection dot gov is their domain?

gots to be kidding. 24 letters? any business knows you keep your domain short, even if you have to spend a couple hundred dollars to pick one up. Is marylandhealthconnection dot gov all that was available? I seriously doubt it. this is another outward sign that govt just doesn’t do things quite right. sure, it will work, it will just be hard to type in or remember, a bit of an inconvenience… but govt just doesn’t care. the problem, across the board, there are so many things that govt just doesn’t care very much about, where busisness does care because their bottom line is affected, so there are so many things of which a mega-sized domain name is just an outward sign, so many things that are ignored such that quality nosedives. govt run operations are bad news.

anotherJoe on November 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

anotherJoe on November 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Send your complaint to the exchange’s official email address: (some random 9-digit number)@compuserve.com

22044 on November 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Ah I love seeing O’Malley face plant.

Puts a smile on my face.

Gatsu on November 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

…the picture says it all…is right!

KOOLAID2 on November 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

That Obama! He sure is an economic genius!

GarandFan on November 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

“The president must work to regain the trust of the American people”

It would be easier for “Debbie Does Dallas” to get back her virginity..

VorDaj on November 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

http://truecostofhealthcare.org/

Murphy9 on November 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

In Maryland, basically everyone who signed up signed up for Medicaid, if I got this right.

Re O’Malley: I’ve said this before, but here we use the Peter Principle of Politics. Screw up as Mayor of Baltimore, we elect you Governor. Screw up as Governor, we tout you for President.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM

What are these folks supposed to do between January 1 and April if they have a medical emergency? Die? Go Bankrupt? These are productive, responsible citizens who have health insurance, but come January 1 have no way to buy insurance because of the govt. Obama is the legislative arsonist, burning down the middle class millions of policies at a time.

txhsmom on November 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

OMG that pic + comment … Splitting a gut, here.

Carry on.

pambi on November 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

LOLOLOL!

Absolutely priceless pic. His photo should be right smack next to the dictionary definition of “brainless.”

PatriotGal2257 on November 9, 2013 at 9:20 PM

So HuffyPoo says:

As of last Friday, about 4,500 Marylanders had signed up.

And the WSJ adds detail:

About 4,500 people have enrolled in private insurance or Medicaid through the website as of end of October

Aaaaaand, the truth comes out. Just like Oregon, the actual private insurance purchases are going nowhere, but the Medicaid signups are going like gangbusters.

Marcola on November 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

What are these folks supposed to do between January 1 and April if they have a medical emergency?

1. Think about how Bush lied about WMD’s and tricked us into an illegal war.

2. Think about how dumb Sarah Palin is.

3. Root for Obamacare to succeed, because that nice, articulate Black man’s legacy depends on it.

ardenenoch on November 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Starting in October 2014, many employees of small businesses will start getting the same notices that are now being mailed to individuals, informing that their existing health plans are also being cancelled. …

Somehow I think Obama will convince insurers to send out those notices no sooner than November 5th, 2014.

Wigglesworth on November 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

It’s nothing that more taxes can’t fix.
Maryland is so easy to govern…

shorebird on November 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Send your complaint to the exchange’s official email address: (some random 9-digit number)@compuserve.com

22044 on November 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

That’s funny. Takes me back a ways. My first email address was 82607,1233@compuserve.com.

I’d still have it today, if the various mergers, acquisitions and mandatory upgrades hadn’t made that impossible.

HTL on November 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

About 4,500 people have enrolled in private insurance or Medicaid through the website as of end of October

Right.

That’s like saying you drive a 1991 Civic or a 2013 Rolls. The experience of other states leads me to believe it is likely to be 46 in private insurance and 4464 in Medicaid.

Obama told Chuck Todd, “I got burned by the website,” as if he were merely another consumer trying to log on and not the guy in charge of it all with billions to spend. Has this snivelling weasel* ever taken responsibility for anything in his entire accomplishment-free life?

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* I mean Obama, not Todd

Adjoran on November 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

I used to watch that cake show on Food Network with Duff Goldman. I say used to until 2008. That was when I discovered that Baltimore is a loony liberal city and the employees of Duff’s bakery were as left as they come, especially the homely redheaded secretary. Whenever you tune into Food Network and a cake show and you hear them talking trash about Republicans and how wonderful Obama is you will lose audience. I was one they lost. I got a good chuckle when I realized that Duff as a small business owner and his employees have probably lost their coverage. I wonder if they think Obama is awesome now? Schadenfreude much especially towards the hateful redheaded secretary.

neyney on November 10, 2013 at 1:30 AM

As I have said before, as a MD resident I am looking forward to him falling on his face in 2016.

Gatsu on November 10, 2013 at 5:26 AM

Right.

That’s like saying you drive a 1991 Civic or a 2013 Rolls. The experience of other states leads me to believe it is likely to be 46 in private insurance and 4464 in Medicaid.
Adjoran on November 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Dollars to doughnuts says you are right Adjoran.

Gatsu on November 10, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Lived in MD for decades, in both the Baltimore/DC areas and in Western MD. We used to call this idiot the Boy King. He’s a commie through and through, thinks he’s brilliant. Like that polished turd in D.C. I agree with “Gatsu” – I hope and pray this idiot fall flat on his face in 2016 or sooner.

HomeoftheBrave on November 10, 2013 at 6:46 AM

OMG that pic + comment … Splitting a gut, here.

Carry on.

pambi on November 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Every time I see that picture of O’Malley, I hear that Goofy laugh.

And then, “Garsh!”

smoothsailing on November 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

He could shorten the name of the website to Marylandhealthcon.gov. That might help. The next big lie of the year will be ‘on average premiums will go down by $2500′. Wait for it.

Kissmygrits on November 10, 2013 at 9:02 AM

And again I wonder: If I wanted to break and ruin the health insurance industry, what exactly would I be doing differently?

DublOh7 on November 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

He looks like the ‘Village Idiot’.

celtic warrior on November 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

The insurance at the small business I work for is $12,000 per year for an individual, and $24,000 for a family, and covers pretty much everything with a yearly deductible of $500. My boss hasn’t said anything, but I’m wondering if we are going to hit that “Cadillac Plan Tax”.

Count to 10 on November 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

EPIC Local Pantsing: Governor O’Malley’s stench

The illustrious Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is known throughout the state for his mind-boggling arrogance, smugness, ruthless bullying of defenseless citizens and blatant, in-your-face dishonesty and corruption

The Land of Spiro Agnew

Terp Mole on November 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Fun Fact: O’Malley’s also a great father figure… oh wait

O’Malley’s daughter, 18, found unconscious, briefly hospitalized
[New graduate said to appear intoxicated at Inner Harborfirst lady calls it ‘teachable moment’

O’Malley family values

Terp Mole on November 10, 2013 at 6:58 PM

True Story

wolly4321: I once saw o’malley crawling down the sidewalk, covered in puke, on his hands and knees, cussing out everyone in sight, escorted by 2 Baltimore cops. Fells Point MD, when he was mayor.

He couldn’t even stand up. He was covered in his own vomit. From his chin to his feet.

Wasted. Crawling down the sidewalk. Calling women names. The really bad ones. I was there 5 feet away. Saw it with my own eyes.

Terp Mole on November 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM