Maryland to dump its ObamaCare exchange

posted at 10:16 am on March 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

If you like your exchange … you can keep your exchange? And if you don‘t like your state ObamaCare exchange — because it hasn’t functioned properly in six months despite endless promises that Maryland would fix it — you don’t have to keep your exchange. The state will finally throw in the towel on its $125 million web portal, and will replace it with a copy of Connecticut’s:

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. …

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.

How much more money will Maryland taxpayers have to cough up? Well, let’s take a look at results first. Maryland spent $125.5 million on the existing exchange. That was supposed to enroll 150,000 people by Monday’s deadline. They just recently cut their goal in half to 75,000, but the Washington Post reports that fewer than 50,000 have enrolled in private plans through the exchange, as of today. It’s not clear, though, that the Post confirmed these as actual enrollments where a premium has been paid, or just sign-ups to private plans without confirmation of actual enrollment. Given the way the media has reported on the government figures, it’s presumably the latter.

With those results in mind, one might imagine that it will take several hundred million dollars in order to salvage the database from this system while buying another system entirely from Deloitte, who built the Connecticut system. Of course, most of the original exchange database software and hardware can simply be converted to the new system to save taxpayers significant start-up costs, right? Wrong:

Some of the hardware that Maryland bought for its system, such as servers, can be salvaged, but the software and coding that are the guts of its online marketplace will be replaced, said the individuals familiar with the decision.

Only some of the hardware will work in a new system? Shouldn’t the web portal and database have been designed to be platform-independent? Maryland taxpayers had better brace themselves for another big bill. Maybe this time their money will actually buy a system that works.


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How much is getting reimbursed from the hucksters that fleeced the tax-payers, and who’s going to jail for malfeasance?

Flange on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The Obamabase is losing nothing and will never reject this incompetency aka thievery but maybe the people paying for this will eventually say “enough”.

vityas on March 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Ah, Hope ‘n Change. I suggest Md hire the Russkies who built the Potempkin Sochi ‘village’ to fix it.

vnvet on March 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

“Derrrrrrrrrr!”

ThePrez on March 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Great success!

forest on March 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

What an historically amazing success story this is turning out to be. Congrats, Obama!

everdiso on March 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Chuck Schick on March 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver
on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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Awright ! . . . thanks to the ACA, “Darwin Award” constestants like this can be covered for medical expenses, right up until the win that highly coveted award.

listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

$125 million down the drain.

Maryland withers under its leftist government.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Competence, Progressive style.
Barry will be proud.
III

Sgt Stryker on March 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

She’s the type we all want to bring home to meet mom.

docflash on March 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I’d say follow the money, but nobody will do it.

BacaDog on March 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Derp.

Key West Reader on March 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

That picture…lol.

All that’s missing is the Dopey (from Disney) laugh as a sound to go with it.

cranbone on March 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

$125.5 million down the tubes, never to be seen again.

BigGator5 on March 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Ewwwwww. Just, ew.

iurockhead on March 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

She’s the type we all want to bring home to meet mom.

docflash on March 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

We should have a “barf bag” warning.

The thing about ObamaCare is that all of his peeps are already on Medicaid. I think this program was designed to “level the playing field” as in… If his peeps have to be on Medicaid, then ALL peeps need to be on Medicaid.

I loathe this man.

Key West Reader on March 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

This is btw one of the best pictures of a politician I have ever seen!

Valkyriepundit on March 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

One down & 30-odd to go…

KS Rex on March 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM”

I’ve never seen “Girls” before but I guess I just did.

Marcus on March 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

$125.5 million down the tubes, never to be seen again.

BigGator5 on March 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Question: Was this “State” money or “Federal” money? If it’s “Federal” that means I had to pay for this clusterfark.

Ed, can you clarify?

Key West Reader on March 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

$125.5 million down the tubes, never to be seen again.

BigGator5 on March 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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Maryland is a suburb of DC … what’s a quarter of a billion $$$ to them ?

listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

With those results in mind, one might imagine that it will take several hundred million dollars in order to salvage the database from this system while buying another system entirely from Deloitte, who built the Connecticut system.

I hear “Cover Oregon” might be for sale:

“Yet for all that, by some measures Oregon has among the most dysfunctional online insurance exchanges in the nation. Only about 50,000 people in Oregon have signed up for a commercial insurance plan through the exchange, well below the state’s goal, according to federal estimates. And almost all of those people enrolled using paper applications or with help from an insurance professional because the website had been so unreliable.”

That is the beginning of a New York Times news story published Friday. We don’t think we could have put it any better.

How many other states will be reporting “breakdowns” in their systems?

Rovin on March 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM
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Ewwwwww. Just, ew.

iurockhead on March 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

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Easy there, ‘rockhead . . . . . she may not look like much now, but she was somebody’s daughter, once.

listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Each of these states that keep electing these morons is one thing. It is another to show the complete buffoonery of the GOP that can’t win against such incompetence.

Conservative4Ever on March 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

the hardware question is interesting, cannot see why anything bought for their exchange is not reusable unless it was leased from a vendor under a specific software lease. IOW when software not used the hardware returned.
IIRC Oracle used to do that.

dmacleo on March 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Maryland is a suburb of DC …what’s a quarter of a billion $$$ to them?

listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Actually that’s an 1/8th of a billion, but I get your point. It just boggles the mind that governments can just piss away that kind of money without batting an eye.

BigGator5 on March 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Why do they feel the need to get a new program? Why not just say no and don’t throw any more money away on this nonsense.

crankyoldlady on March 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

O’Malley’s calling card for a run at the WH?

smitty41 on March 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

That picture…lol.

All that’s missing is the Dopey (from Disney) laugh as a sound to go with it.

cranbone on March 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

I keep thinking of, “Tell me ’bout the rabbits, George.”

Mitoch55 on March 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

That $125 million didn’t go down the drain..it ended up exactly where they wanted it to go..follow the $$$$…

fortcoins on March 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

As a Marylander, all I have to say is…

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Couldn’t happen to a nicer SCHMUCK than O’Malley.

NavyMustang on March 29, 2014 at 10:59 AM

she may not look like much now, but she was somebody’s daughter, once.

Are you sure about that? There are many different kinds of aliens among us.

celtic warrior on March 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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FFwd to the 8:30 mark, and she begins yelling at her mom, who’s using a laptop, in the background.

Yeah, her mom . . . . . you know … the one that keeps a foof over her head, and her pie-hole stuffed.

That’s the only part of this video that’s the least bit entertaining.

listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM

If they had just cut a check to the uninsured, they’d all have a million dollars and healthcare. But no. We had to burn billions in waste.

John the Libertarian on March 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Competence, Progressive style.

Sgt Stryker on March 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

The Democrat Party, circa 2014:

Guys who wear panties and women who don’t;
Racists who view themselves as victims of racism;
Drug addicts and assorted other freeloaders;
Atheists and others who view Biblical Christians as the real problem with America.

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Got my peas in. The dirt seems to be overjoyed at having rested, frozen for four months and now luxuriating in cool moisture.

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Embrace the suck, Marylanders. As liberals, it’s your mantra.

Philly on March 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Maryland is a suburb of DC …what’s a quarter of a billion $$$ to them?

listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

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Actually that’s an 1/8th of a billion, but I get your point. It just boggles the mind that governments can just piss away that kind of money without batting an eye.

BigGator5 on March 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

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listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Like the main ACA website, much if not most of that money wound up in a few key pockets, I’d bet.

As will the next round when they have to rebuild/redevelop it.

Midas on March 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

If they had just cut a check to the uninsured, they’d all have a million dollars and healthcare. But no. We had to burn billions in waste.

John the Libertarian on March 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

It wasn’t wasted at all.

Somewhere, there are a few campaign contributors/friends/family members who have suddenly gotten very, *very* rich.

Midas on March 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

That $125 million didn’t go down the drain..it ended up exactly where they wanted it to go..follow the $$$$…

fortcoins on March 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

+1

And the money to “fix” it all? And the money for a new improved betterthanever system? Same people.

As a very ordinary 1950s born, middle class, middle American, practicing Christian from the Republic of Texas, I am constantly surprised at the Third World level of graft and corruption in our government.

I don’t think I know and associate with criminals on a daily basis- I think my neighbors and friends are much like me.

Where do these people come from?

Pless1foEngrish on March 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

What a collection of idiots running the Democrat party. Voting for it too.

MTF on March 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

the one that keeps a foof over her head, and her pie-hole stuffed.
listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Is that what that pink thing sitting on her head is called?

Flange on March 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

That’s a tough write-off, but hopefully Marylanders will be able to pay a fortune for useless insurance very soon.

WhatSlushfund on March 29, 2014 at 11:13 AM

warkle on March 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM

How much more money will Maryland taxpayers have to cough up? Well, let’s take a look at results first. Maryland spent $125.5 million on the existing exchange.

And I’d like to see the campaign donations of those who received that money.

rbj on March 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Gah. HTML fail. Here is the link I wanted – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqkdcT25ss

warkle on March 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Yeah, but Bill Clinton thinks Dems should campaign on O’care with “the numbers now on their side—and Joe Conason agrees:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/03/29/in_midterm_campaign_bill_clinton_urges_democrats_to_embrace_health_care_reform_122104.html

Rovin on March 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Only some of the hardware will work in a new system? Shouldn’t the web portal and database have been designed to be platform-independent?

Not necessarily… If part of the problem is that the existing hardware was not sized correctly for the job, it may not be expandable enough to be “corrected”.

Think of it this way… If you need a semi truck to carry a load from one place to another, then using a fleet of pickups in place of the semi – while perhaps doable – just isn’t very smart.

Also, they don’t say if the system will be brought up in a new data center or the existing one. If it is going to be hosted somewhere else, then moving existing hardware from on place to another can be done, but can also be problematic and not worth the effort.

climbnjump on March 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Unreal. Do these people realize what a private business could produce with $125 MILLION? Politicians have absolutely no clue about the value of money and what it could buy in the real world. Yet they always believe that they know better than anyone else.

MJBrutus on March 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

climbnjump on March 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Any modern server system should be scalable and portable across a range of hardware platforms. It is criminal incompetence if that is not the case here.

MJBrutus on March 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

125 million here, 250 million there and pretty soon you are talking real money.

Exit question, how many tax payer dollars did the democrat governor of Maryland flush down the drain in “Pajama Boy” style advertising?

To think that this is the easy part of Obama-democrat Care. Just wait until the system has to start actually dispensing health care.

jukin3 on March 29, 2014 at 11:31 AM

I am SO GLAD I left MD.

Honestly,, it used to be a nice place, but far back the harbingers of doom appeared.

I visited one last time last year. That’s it. I’ll never go back.

wolly4321 on March 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Sure it’s bad news for Maryland taxpayers.

But it’s good news for some lobbyists and computer contractors with close ties to Dim politicians in Maryland. (And of course, for the banks that hold their newly-enriched off-shore accounts.)

AZCoyote on March 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yet another in the long line of reasons as to why this law needs to be repealed…

Khun Joe on March 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Where do these people come from?

Pless1foEngrish on March 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Harvard.

trigon on March 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

He hardware in this system is totally reusable. This is more a matter of “new integrator doesn’t like it” then anything else.

The software is mostly a total loss. But such is the danger of subcontracting.

ctwelve on March 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Maryland is a shithole of enormous magnitude…happily it’s worst abuses fall on it’s own retarded citizens. Eff ‘em.

On a much more relevant note, there is this. Don’t know if Ed and Allah have the stones to present this as a major conversation piece, but I’ve got nothing at stake so here it is.

My premise: virtually all of the animated conversation at HotAir falls into four groups:

- QOTD navel-gazing silliness;
- Atheists v Christians;
- O’Bozo’s Follies;
- The Endless War of Conservatives v RINOs.

It is there in The Endless War that the great Kevin Williamson plants his flag and draws his sword, but gently. This is certainly not the Posting that deserves a discussion of the piece at noon on a Saturday, so I will throw it up again some time soon. Maybe Monday night, or maybe tomorrow morning in the propaganda review.

My conclusion on the column is that Williamson has it exactly right, and I hope that my fellow conservatives will find something in it for them, despite the fact that the RINO brigade will attempt to smear us with it.

Strap on your best armor, boys and girls, and look for clarity wherever you can. Falling on old talking points will be viewed as a sign of intellectual weakness.

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The goofy dude in the pic? O’malley?

I met him once. On his hands and knees, covered in his own puke crawling down the sidewalk of Fells Point MD. Cursing at everybody, escorted by two Baltimore City police.

It’s a fact.

wolly4321 on March 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Southern Marylanders drive across the bridge to purchase gas and cigarettes in my state of Virginia, thereby depriving their state of needed tax revenues, that could go to buy school lunches for the poor chilrens.

Why do Marylanders hate poor chilrens?

rightside on March 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Falling on old talking points will be viewed as a sign of intellectual weakness.

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Is falling on talking points in any way similar to falling on one’s sword?

Pless1foEngrish on March 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

OT: Very sad news this morning from one of the other great blogs we all know and love:

R.I.P. to Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters

He was only 53.

Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

cranbone on March 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Is this nic from the immortal Tom and Jerry cartoon with Uncle Pecos? If so, well done sir!

OT: Very sad news this morning from one of the other great blogs we all know and love:

R.I.P. to Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters

He was only 53.

Del Dolemonte on March 29, 2014 at 11:58 AM

This is terrible news. Noel Sheppard was one of the good ones.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on March 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Southern Marylanders drive across the bridge to purchase gas and cigarettes in my state of Virginia, thereby depriving their state of needed tax revenues, that could go to buy school lunches for the poor chilrens. Why do Marylanders hate poor chilrens? rightside on March 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

What does a round-trip across the bay bridge-tunnel cost these days?

One of the biggest ironies to me is that the Francis Scott Key bridge has a toll.

Oh say can you see.. you are getting robbed.

wolly4321 on March 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Gross mismanagement.

So who’s getting prosecuted?

lynncgb on March 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM

What would be the point to do anything now? The exchanges need to be closed in order to work for the insurance companies. They can’t keep pushing people into the exchanges and expect the insurance companies to cover them, it’s setting them up for financial disaster. It’s insanity.

lowandslow on March 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Follow the money……

d1carter on March 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I never tire of seeing that photo of that doofus

dpduq on March 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Would some one please explain to me and countless millions more funding this
Clusterfark why the Federal government is funding, advertising , setting up, managing and overseeing
A program where the majority of people signing up are doing so with
PRIVATE insurers?

W. T. F.! Over?

Tenwheeler on March 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Poster child for natural selection. It will be one of the first to go after the EMP strike.

8 weight on March 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Ed, You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one?

verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

A classic!

What day are we on now?

mankai on March 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM

…$125 Million?…it improved the economy… and put a few people into the 1% financial family…so quit your bitchin’!…

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Is falling on talking points in any way similar to falling on one’s sword?

Pless1foEngrish on March 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Not sure, but I think you’ll know it when you see it.

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 1:28 PM

So of all the states that decided to put their own exchange together, NO TWO of them got together to cooperate and save money by contracting to the same vendor?

slickwillie2001 on March 29, 2014 at 1:35 PM

O’Malley is a total putz. Seeing him humiliated is pretty satisfying.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on March 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

O’Malley is a total putz. Seeing him humiliated is pretty satisfying.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on March 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

I agree, Luxury Yacht.

He’s an incompetent boob… And a front runner for the Dems in 2016. Hillary will probably consider him for VP.

mankai on March 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Somewhere, there are a few campaign contributors/friends/family members who have suddenly gotten very, *very* rich.

Midas on March 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Progressives prattle on and on about “income inequality”. Yet, the geographic arease that have the worst income inequality – such as California, NYC, and the Washington DC metro area – are bastions of progressivism.

This is one of the reasons why. Cronyist government.

As Ronald Reagan said, big government is not part of the solution, it is part of the problem.

SubmarineDoc on March 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Gross mismanagement.

So who’s getting prosecuted?

lynncgb on March 29, 2014 at 12:20 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (pauses to breathe) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH (almost passes out from laughing) HAHA

This is the Peoples Republic of Maryland that we are talking about here. They don’t prosecute their cronies.

SubmarineDoc on March 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Maryland is a suburb of DC … what’s [1/8] of a billion $$$ to them ?

listens2glenn on March 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

In fairness to a state that I try to avoid, only part of the state is a DC suburb. The Eastern Shore and western Maryland are very different, and are being kidnapped by the liberal middle.

Kevin K. on March 29, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Got my peas in. The dirt seems to be overjoyed at having rested, frozen for four months and now luxuriating in cool moisture.

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Congratulations. It’s snowing here. Might be able to plant peas next week.

crankyoldlady on March 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

In Washington DC the monetary system is a revolving door. They take taxpayer money, give it to cronies who give it back to them in campaign contributions. Everybody wins except the taxpayers. All these criminals have to be disposed of.

crankyoldlady on March 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Actually that’s an 1/8th of a billion, but I get your point. It just boggles the mind that governments can just piss away that kind of money without batting an eye.

BigGator5 on March 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

What’s worse is that the people who elected them and caused this don’t bat an eye. I’ve come to expect nothing more than incompetence and corruption from governments, particularly left learning ones.

The worst part is, I live in Maryland, so I got to pay for nothing and now I got to pay again for fixing it.

Wilmsch on March 29, 2014 at 2:43 PM

The nonchalant, risk free joy of “investing” other peoples money. What, me worry? Let’s just raise fees, or taxes. Whatever…

bobthm3 on March 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Great Pix of O’Malley…..a real dork!

Another Drew on March 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM

What day are we on now?

mankai on March 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The next to last one. March 31, 2014 is the law of the land.
Oh!! Wait!!! You say Congress passes a law and the president can change it. Why do we need a Congress? Why not elect a constitutional scholar/professor, affirmative action type to be president and let him make up some laws. Give him the title of Barack the First/ Worst.

RickinNH on March 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

$125.5 million down the tubes, never to be seen again.

BigGator5 on March 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

So what’s the problem? They can cover the loss by taxing rain.

Sheesh… don’t you pinheads know anything about governing?

UltimateBob on March 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Great Pix of O’Malley…..a real dork!

Another Drew on March 29, 2014 at 2:57 PM

It instantly reminds me of the Monty Python sketch, “upperclass twit of the year.”

UltimateBob on March 29, 2014 at 4:17 PM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

WTF was dat???

Some of the comments are priceless! I’m peeing my onesie reading them!

Lanceman on March 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

6 million my ass

sorrowen on March 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

This is who all the hard work is for.

Strong language.

hawkdriver on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Damn you HD, now I have that ugly mug SEARED into my brain.

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Perhaps they should contact Harry Reid’s granddaughter

enginemike on March 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

O’Malley for President

I fixed the MD Exchange (by copying Conn)and have brought Hope and Change to this Great State. We can hope for Jobs and pay a bunch for Change just like those large states.

I just hope all of the previous exchanges managers were fired, but they probably got promotions for Valor in the Line of Duty.

Jay Galt on March 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Don’t choke Maryland.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Xerox (who was working with the exchange) was informed about the mess a year ago, even with personal phone calls to head of Xerox. Nothing was done, no one was stopped, contract given out to relatives who had never done that work before. It was always corrupt and no one cared.
I hope this scuttles the dem gov’s run for pres. He’s as corrupt!

Bambi on March 29, 2014 at 6:22 PM

So what’s the problem? They can cover the loss by taxing rain.

Sheesh… don’t you pinheads know anything about governing?

UltimateBob on March 29, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Or by taxing flushing the toilet…

Wilmsch on March 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Congratulations. It’s snowing here. Might be able to plant peas next week.

crankyoldlady on March 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Really have no interest in gardening this year, but the allure of early peas is strong. Stick ‘em in the ground, keep the damn rabbits out, and you get peas.

Jaibones on March 29, 2014 at 9:32 PM

This from a governor (O’Malley) who allowed the convicts to run a prison. And a Lt. Governor, who was in charge of this fiasco, who is the odds on favorite to win the Gov. mansion in November. This state is irreparable. My kids have graduated from HS and my wife and I will be taking our 250+K combined salary out of state within the year.

MDLibertyLover on March 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

That smacks of them not really getting the message that it all sucks, and we can’t fix it until all of Obamacare is gone forever!

Why bother replacing the system, when the whole country is on the verge of getting rid of it?

It’s not a computer problem folks! It’s a policy problem!!!

petunia on March 30, 2014 at 1:06 AM

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