A funny thing happened on the way to the throne for the man who would be king if Maryland’s Democrat bosses have their way. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has fallen flat on his face with the one accomplishment that was supposed to vault him the governor’s seat in the Democratic primary in April: Maryland’s version of ObamaCare implementation.
Rebecca Pearce was forced out as head of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Dec.6. She oversaw the healthcare roll out. Brown’s campaign website claims, [he] “Led the nation in implementing the Affordable Care Act.” But has he?
In spite of earlier claims of the state having one of the user friendliest sites in the country, figures released Nov. 30 show only 3,758 citizens had enrolled in private plans through Maryland Health Connection. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) wants at least 150,000 enrollments by the end of March. Otherwise the economics of the Democrat’s vaulted scheme will catch up with them.
Instead of owning his failure and pledging to fix it, like the president finally did, when he can be found Brown’s answer seems to be “Health care? What stinking healthcare?”
Of course Republicans are in no position to take advantage in Maryland, but party rivals are. Attorney General Doug Gansler is fueling the fire about Brown’s lack of performance. Brown is black; Gansler is white. By the way, Gansler’s running mate, Del. Jolene Ivey hails from Prince George’s County, just like Brown. She too is black. If Gansler/Ivey are successful at taking endorsements, money and votes from Brown in P.G. County is Gansler racist?
Judging solely on how he has handled Maryland Health Connection, that is by going AWOL, almost anyone in the state would do a better job as governor. The website was not working Dec. 10.