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Lawmakers in Maryland will consider emergency legislation this week that will provide health insurance for residents left uninsured by the state's troubled health care exchange. The state's attorney general is putting the blame for the website's failure at the feet of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Shortly before the launch of the state's health care exchange, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown pledged that the exchange would serve as a national model for the administration of heath care coverage. The site crashed on the day of the launch and users have since wrestled with incorrect information, frozen pages and error messages.

State attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler has been attacking Brown on the issue since last year, both in speeches and his campaign ads. On Monday, he continued his attacks, blaming Lt. Gov. Brown for the failure because he was the person in charge of its implementation.

"This is what leadership is all about, you lead. You roll up your sleeves and you get involved," Gansler said. "You talk to the contractors and find out what's happening. If it's not working, you find out why it's not working, and you need to be honest with the people of Maryland."

Brown says his role in overseeing the exchange was to establish the legislative framework and claims he and the governor were not made aware of potential problems with the site until shortly before the Oct. 1 launch.

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