A shutdown of the federal government would be devastating for the state of Maryland, says Governor Martin O'Malley.
The governor appeared with President Obama yesterday at Prince George's Community College in Largo, where they discussed the exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act that are due to go online Tuesday. O'Malley says he's fairly confident Maryland's marketplace will launch smoothly without any major problems.
But the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is more than fairly confident that if the federal government gets shut down because of the funding fight over the law referred to as Obamacare, Maryland will suffer.
"It would be a real kick in the teeth for us. It's not something that would help us recover, it's something that would hurt our economy. Perhaps that's why the Republican Congress wants to do it. I think they have not been able to get out of the hostage-taking mode of governing," he said.
Maryland is home to many major federal installations, like the National Institutes of Health, the National Security Agency and several military bases.