Monday, March 31, 2014

Hogan Avail on MD Health Exchange, Says stop all work until costs and influence disclosed; bar Brown from involvement

For Release:  March 31, 2014


Hogan:  Stop all work on Anthony Brown Health Exchange until costs, influences, and management failures are made public; Says Lt. Governor Brown should be barred from further involvement.

Annapolis, MD - MAR 31 - Available for comment on the imminent decision by the O’Malley/Brown Administration on whether to abandon the state’s disastrous $125 million Health Benefits Exchange or use Connecticut’s insurance platform is Maryland GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Larry Hogan.

A twenty-five year business veteran, former state cabinet member and founder of Maryland’s largest non-partisan grassroots organization, Hogan today called upon Governor O’Malley to take the following steps to prevent further waste of tax dollars:

1) Delay any decision on whether to abandon the failed $125 million Anthony Brown Health Exchange altogether and use the federal exchange, license Connecticut’s health exchange technology or take a hybrid approach until all the costs and benefits associated with the various options are presented for public review and comment.

2) Disclose all campaign contributions from any vendors involved with the construction, repair or maintenance of the Exchange to the Governor, Lt. Governor, their campaigns, or their campaign committees including the Democratic Governors’ Association while chaired by Martin O’Malley and since he became the DGA’s finance chair.

3) Disclose and make public all communications from any vendors involved with the construction, repair or maintenance of the Exchange with the Administration.

4) Under no circumstances allow Anthony Brown to have any further involvement with Maryland’s health exchange, healthcare services or health insurance policies.

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