March 2, 2014
How high will it go? How much more will it cost the O’Malley-Brown administration to fix or totally replace the dysfunctional online health insurance system that it bragged about until the software crashed on Day One?
It already is the most costly debacle in state history. [...more]
February 27, 2014
With the governor and legislators pushing for an increase in Maryland’s state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, advocates of people with disabilities want to make sure their paid caregivers get higher wages, since the state now only reimburses them at $9.82 an hour. [...more]
February 18, 2014
Almost a majority of the House of Delegates is sponsoring legislation to mandate many Maryland businesses offer paid sick and safe leave policy for their employees, a move one research group estimates would cost employers $165 million. [...more]
The problems at the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange (MHBE) are likely more serious and more expensive to fix than has already been reported, according to an assessment of project documentation by MarylandReporter.com.
Cost overruns and higher costs in future years could easily run to over $100 million, and big decisions loom regarding who will pay and what will happen to the glitch-ridden website. [...more]
February 16, 2014
Accountability is sorely lacking when it comes to Maryland's botched rollout of Obamacare. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is nowhere to be found when tough questions are asked. Gov. Martin O'Malley deflects "who's at fault" inquiries, focusing instead on getting the deeply flawed software partly operable. [...more]
January 22, 2014
But along with the usual talk of "tough choices" and "moving forward," Gov. Martin O'Malley's State of the State Address is likely to tout that he balanced his proposed fiscal 2015 budget with "no new taxes or fees." Thank God, most Marylanders would agree, but not Vinny DeMarco, persistent advocate of higher taxes on cigarettes and booze for the sake of public health as president of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative. [...more]
January 19, 2014
Maryland's lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, has a problem that won't go away -- his still unexplained leadership role in the state's disastrous Obamacare rollout.
This is the biggest sticking point in Brown's run for governor. It could become an insurmountable obstacle if public attention remains focused on those computer glitches and poor sign-up results. [...more]
January 16, 2014
O'Malley as usual rolled out the new budget with an elaborate PowerPoint presentation to reporters that put a positive spin on the budget numbers. But a different spin can be put on some of the numbers. [...more]
December 22, 2013
Who’s in charge of Maryland’s computerized Obamacare rollout? Until recently, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wanted you to believe he was the man.
Yet it has become painfully clear Brown is not the “point man” on Obamacare, Maryland-style. [...more]
It is not the failure of the Obamacare implementation that is so disturbing; it’s that people who had good health insurance just two months ago have had it taken from them. There are many who want to enroll in Obamacare, but are currently shut out of health care coverage because of government-run systems that do not work. [...more]