ObamaCare roll-out so bad in Maryland, Dem candidates smacking each other with it

posted at 9:21 pm on January 30, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

“It’s going to be smoother in places like Maryland where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it. (Applause.)” — President Barack Obama, Sept. 26, 2013

Again, I remind you, Maryland was among the most prepared states in the union for Obamcare.

Now, Maryland is having a gubernatorial race to replace Gov. Martin O’Malley, who put his state all in for Obamacare as soon as it passed in hopes of parlaying the law’s success into fuel for his presidential aspirations. The Democratic Party in this (nearly) one-party state is holding a gubernatorial primary, which features O’Malley’s lieutenant governor, who oversaw (and I use the word lightly) the Maryland exchange build, that attorney general who got caught on Instagram partying with high-schoolers, and State Delegate Heather Mizeur who has yet to distinguish herself with a screw-up warranting national news coverage. How does she expect to get her name recognition up?

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown declined to apologize for the exchange’s failed launch, and the state has opted to keep running its own exchange instead of sending Marylanders to HealthCare.gov.

Douglas Gansler, the Instagram keg-party guy, is now hitting Brown on the decision not to use the federal site (Politico Pro $):

Gansler has been attacking his Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown over his role in the state’s implementation.

“The Affordable Care Act was a great accomplishment, and Maryland should have led the way in implementing President [Barack] Obama’s legacy legislation,” Gansler said in a statement. “But in the nearly four months since the website launched, most Marylanders still are unable to use it to buy insurance.”

“It’s unfortunate that we have yet to hear any viable solutions proposed by Lt. Governor Brown to help uninsured Marylanders who can’t purchase coverage because of the broken website,” said Gansler’s running mate, Jolene Ivey. “We’re waiting for an explanation from him about how he spent $170 million in taxpayer dollars on a broken website,” said Ivey.

Four months into this debacle, Gansler is betting even a deep-blue electorate’s patience is running out:

Now, as O’Malley and his appointees have scrambled to get the state exchange back on track, Gansler has laced into Brown over the performance of the state exchange, arguing that it has “failed miserably” and given “fodder for Republicans” who want to scrap the ACA altogether. Having spent months mocking Brown as an empty suit, Gansler points to the health care mess as a case in point.

“Brown and others were so boastful about Maryland leading the country, [but] here we are behind such states as Nevada and Kentucky, let alone California and states like that,” Gansler said, emphasizing that while he is a supporter of the president and the ACA: “I think it’s certainly appropriate for Democrats to question what has gone on in individual states regarding people’s ability to enroll in an exchange.”

In some respects, the Maryland race is a unique one: No other state on the 2014 map features an open-seat contest for the heart of the Democratic base between two major candidates, one of whom was directly tasked with implementing a state health care exchange. For health care reform critics, Gansler is an obviously imperfect messenger, a combative politician who replaced his campaign manager last week in an effort to steady his listing bid for governor.

Even still, the success or failure of Gansler’s biting message could reveal just how frustrated — or how serenely patient — rank-and-file Democrats may be with the progress of a law that was supposed to cement a new era of activist government. There’s little chance of a competitive general election in Democratic Maryland, but success by Gansler could also presumably cheer Republicans who have put the ACA’s implementation woes front and center for their 2014 message.


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You know what’s so sad it makes me want to vomit? This will work for them.

AUINSC on January 30, 2014 at 9:27 PM

You know we’ve reached End Times when Dems start calling each other racists.

John the Libertarian on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Well Debbie Washitdownwith-Schlitz said they would campaign on obozocare.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

This would be an epic Nelson Muntz moment, but I grew up in Maryland and my parents still live there.

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Not that you would know this from watching Maryland evening news coverage — they are too busy reporting on any and every possible thing that might embarrass Republicans.

Count to 10 on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Count to 10 on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Your comment begs the question: why in God’s holy name are you still living in the D.P.R.M.? You’ve got enormously better options to your immediate west and south.

crrr6 on January 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Well Debbie Washitdownwith-Schlitz said they would campaign on obozocare.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

For once, she was right.

talkingpoints on January 30, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Well Debbie Washitdownwith-Schlitz said they would campaign on obozocare.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

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That’s the best nick name I’ve seen for her, yet … : )

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

here we are behind such states as Nevada and Kentucky, let alone California and states like that,Gansler said

Heh…no elitism there.

kcewa on January 30, 2014 at 10:04 PM

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

HEH! THIS sums it up nicely!

Lanceman on January 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

“It’s going to be smoother in places like Maryland where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it.” (Applause) —

President Barack Obama, Sept. 26, 2013

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Again, I remind you, Maryland was among the most prepared states in the union for Obamcare.

Mary Katharine Ham January 30, 2014 posted at 9:21 PM

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“The Affordable Care Act was a great accomplishment, and Maryland should have led the way in implementing President [Barack] Obama’s legacy legislation,” Gansler said in a statement. “But in the nearly four months since the website launched, most Marylanders still are unable to use it to buy insurance.”
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“It’s unfortunate that we have yet to hear any viable solutions proposed by Lt. Governor Brown to help uninsured Marylanders who can’t purchase coverage because of the broken website,” said Gansler’s running mate, Jolene Ivey. “We’re waiting for an explanation from him about how he spent $170 million in taxpayer dollars on a broken website,” said Ivey.
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from story at politicopro.com

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You may remind us, Mary’, but I doubt any of us here forgot. : )
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I wonder how WJZ 13, WBAL 11, WMAR 2, and the Baltimore Sun are going to cover this ?

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Not that you would know this from watching Maryland evening news coverage — they are too busy reporting on any and every possible thing that might embarrass Republicans.

Count to 10 on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

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Missed this before I posted my previous comment. That answers that.
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Hey Count to 10, are you from the area around Baltimore ?

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Well Debbie Washitdownwith-Schlitz said they would campaign on obozocare.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

That’s the best nick name I’ve seen for her, yet … : )

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Yep… I’m stealing this.

SteveInRTP on January 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

that’s the best nick name I’ve seen for her, yet … : ) listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Yep. I like it. :)

wolly4321 on January 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

This would be an epic Nelson Muntz moment, but I grew up in Maryland and my parents still live there.

22044 on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 PM

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HEH! THIS sums it up nicely!

Lanceman on January 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

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Yes, it does, Lanceman.

Hey 22044, how long have you lived in Maryland ?

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

My uncle was editor of the balt sun. Liberal prog as hell. Gannett.

Moved on to greener pastures Burlington Free Press. Bernie Sander land.

Prog-press.

wolly4321 on January 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

It’s the only thing we have for political entertainment in this one-party state.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

It’s the only thing we have for political entertainment in this one-party state.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

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You from Maryland ?

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM
SteveInRTP on January 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM
wolly4321 on January 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Ah, thanks guys.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Ah, thanks guys.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

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You’re welcome ! … That’s like an ‘instant classic’.

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Popcorn man, my brother. I’ve missed you. Hope to see lots of you in 2014.

msupertas on January 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM

As Henry Kissinger famously said of the Iran-Iraq War:

“It’s a shame they cannot both lose.”

orangemtl on January 30, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Hey Maryland! You wanted ObamaCare, you got ObamaCare.

Now STFU and SUCK IT UP!

GarandFan on January 31, 2014 at 12:21 AM

For your information, Democrats are going to be running on Obamacare this year.

I think that’s right, anyway. I know there will be Obamacare, and I’m sure there’s some running involved.

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty one hundred twenty-one one hundred twenty-two one hundred twenty-three
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 31, 2014 at 12:30 AM

It is archetypical for the Democrats’ arguments to boil down to “competence.” It is the same excuse offered for the failures of communism, that it was imperfectly implemented.

Those who have spent any time in the real world understand it is even easier to botch the execution of a terrible idea than of a good one.

Adjoran on January 31, 2014 at 1:00 AM

verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

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(H/T NotCoach)

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 31, 2014 at 12:30 AM

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Bravo . . . . . (clapping hands).

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Well Debbie Washitdownwith-Schlitz said they would campaign on obozocare. Flange on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Well they sort of are.

Akzed on January 31, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Well Debbie Washitdownwith-Schlitz said they would campaign on obozocare.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 9:28 PM

They’re going to run on Obamacare. They just have to finalize how they’re going to blame it on Republicans.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2014 at 9:04 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Chris of Rights on January 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Dang … I can’t believe this thread hasn’t gone further than this, and no one wants to divulge their Maryland residency status to me.
. . . . . boo hoo … (sniffle )

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 12:06 PM