Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Hogan: Continuing wth Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is Martin O’Malley’s second worst business decision
Annapolis, MD - APRIL 1 - Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan this evening issued the following statement regarding the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s decision to continue operations and pay an estimated $40 to 50 million for a new IT platform.
“Even with new technology, continuing to operate the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is Martin O’Malley’s second worst business decision. Paying tens of millions of dollars for another state’s platform won’t cure the hopeless mismanagement by Anthony Brown and the leadership of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the very people who have already wasted more than 125 million of our hard-earned tax dollars.
A better approach would be to immediately shut down the Maryland Exchange, saving tens of millions of dollars which could be used jumpstart our economy and help uninsured residents and small businesses obtain coverage through private insurance or the federal exchange.” Hogan also noted that states such as Virginia opted not to spend any money developing an exchange yet boast enrollment rates far greater than those of Maryland.