“Maryland spent millions on the [Obamacare] exchange — much of it federal money — but the site crashed on its first day of operation last fall and suffered technical problems for months. State officials, who have since cut ties with Noridian, are retooling the site this year.”
[...] “Although Maryland’s site was among the worst-performing in the nation, state officials say more than 400,000 people eventually signed up for coverage.”
“A significant amount of public funding has been used to develop and repair Maryland’s health exchange. Maryland expects to spend $261 million on the exchange by the end of 2015 — more than 80 percent of it federal money. The state is likely to spend additional federal money as part of its effort to re-work the site with software developed by the state of Connecticut.”
Comment: $261 million for 400,000 people is $653 per enrollee. Question for the Obamacare supporting-math geniuses out there: how much did that expense reduce the cost of an average Obamacare policy? If you answered “it increased the average policy’s cost by $653″ congratulations, you’re smarter than Maryland. This $653 per policy is on top of Obamacare’s new taxes, fees, mandates, and other requirements that raise Obamacare’s cost even higher.
Obamacare costs more, not less, wastes more, not less. It doesn’t work.
Subpoenas issued in Maryland health exchange probe
By John Fritze and Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun, August 26, 2014