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Maryland's Troubled Health Exchange Website Becomes Political Lightning Rod

Maryland's troubled health-exchange website has been a hot topic in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary.
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Maryland's troubled health-exchange website has been a hot topic in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Today is the deadline for people to enroll for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. In Maryland, it's also likely the last day for the state's troubled exchange website in its current form.

The state is poised to drop its website and replace it with one that's being used in the state of Connecticut. While it's been a problem for those trying to sign up for care, the website has also been the main topic during this year's Democratic gubernatorial primary. Attorney General Doug Gansler continued his attacks on lieutenant governor Anthony Brown, who was tasked with implementing the law referred to as Obamacare in the state, saying he failed in regards to the exchange.

"There's been a coverup by all the entrenched politicians that have endorsed the lieutenant governor because they don't want to embarrass him," Gansler said. "Look, this was the one thing he was supposed to be the leader."

As for using the Connecticut website, Gansler says he wants "what works" for the state, but he said he prefers Maryland to use the federal government's website to sign up residents by the next enrollment deadline in November.

"We know the federal website works. It, too, had some issues at the very beginning," Gansler said. "They exercised true leadership and got it fixed so people can smoothly enroll over the federal website instead of their state's exchange. That should happen in Maryland."

A statement from Brown's campaign criticized Gansler for skipping nearly all of the meetings of the council that oversaw the creation of the state exchange, further alleging the attorney general has attacked the site more than Maryland's lone Republican Congressman.

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