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Maryland May Abandon $125M Health Exchange Website

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Maryland lawmakers have been seeking solutions to the state's health exchange website for months.
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Maryland lawmakers have been seeking solutions to the state's health exchange website for months.

Maryland officials are reportedly set to scrap the state’s multi-million dollar health care exchange website.

After tens of thousands of Marylanders have been locked out of the state’s glitch-ridden health website, on Tuesday the board of the Maryland exchange is expected to vote to scrap its more than $120 million site and adopt the successful one being used in Connecticut.

Maryland lawmakers tend to be more progressive than lawmakers in other parts of the U.S., so while many states protested "Obamacare" by not creating their own exchange, Maryland officials jumped at the opportunity to embrace the president’s signature domestic accomplishment.

The problem is that even with the botched roll-out of the federal health exchange, it now looks as if officials would have been better off just adopting that.

Lawmakers have already approved an emergency bill to aid residents who tried and failed to sign up on the state's troubled exchange website.

The troubles have been a political liability for both Gov. Martin O'Malley and especially Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has faced frequent criticism from Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Doug Gansler.

The board is expected to vote on the change the day after the first enrollment period ends.


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