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Brown answers questions on Maryland Health Exchange

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Surprise, surprise, Maryland called a press conference on health care reform problems and the man presumably running the show showed up. Someone is responsible for the failed roll out of the Maryland Health Exchange, but it is not Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Brown said at a press conference in Baltimore Dec. 10.

“Once the exchange is running at full capacity - there will be a time when we conduct a full assessment of why and how the exchange did not meet its goals because Marylanders deserve accountability,” he told reporters as he ducked blame.

For now, all eyes are diverted to “doing the work necessary to fix these problems,” he added. Along these lines, the exchange has added 40 employees to its call center to help users and a team of 150 is working around the clock to address technical glitches with the website, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

All the news was not bad for Brown. The exchange added another 1,400 Marylanders with private insurance plans for the week ending Dec. 7. Only 130,000 more customers to go by March. Gov. Martin O’Malley has placed one of his people in, Carolyn Quattrocki, to run things. The governor has said he wants the problems fixed by Dec. 23.

While Brown won’t admit it, the job is too much for him to handle.



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