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Gansler Wants Brown To Account For Maryland Health Exchange Glitches

In Maryland, Attorney General Doug Gansler is demanding that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown explain the recent failure of the state's health exchange website.

Brown is scheduled to testify later today before two legislative committees in Annapolis. They're seeking to enact an emergency measure to provide retroactive health care for residents unable to navigate the state's troubled health care website.

Gansler, who's facing Brown in the race for Maryland governor, says that Brown, who was put in charge of the website's rollout, should account for why the exchange failed.

"How were the contractors selected and was there any transparency and competition in that selection? What did he know and when, and how long did he hold information from Marylanders that he knew that this was not going to work and didn't tell us? In order to fix the problem we have to know how it happened," he said.

Brown admits he shares responsibility along with everyone who helped set up the site, and adds that his role in managing the launch was to establish a legislative framework for the healthcare exchange.

Brown also claims although he and other state officials were not told about problems with the site until days before its launch, the exchange is now on track to meet its goal of enrolling 260,000 people by March 31.

Gansler's running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey, is also looking for more answers.

"It's really up to the person who's been running it, the lieutenant governor, to bring us these answers and we're just holding him accountable to the citizens of Maryland," she said.

In a statement released by his campaign, Brown states he remains focused on doing everything in his power to get as many residents enrolled in the health exchange as quickly as possible.


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