Everything was going pretty normally today at a State Board of Public Works Meeting – that is, until three women stood up to voice their displeasure at Gov. Larry Hogan’s soft stance on our controversial president.
Tag: affordable care act
At a press gaggle last night, Rep. Elijah Cummings delved into some of the details from an impromptu Wednesday phone conversation with President Donald Trump.
I bet Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is ruing the day someone had the bright idea to dub him Maryland’s Obamacare “point man.” Since the completely unacceptable rollout, the face of the state’s health insurance exchange is about the last thing an aspiring governor would want to be.
Now Brown is in the classic political position of having to maintain that he was in charge — yet on the other hand totally in the dark — while not admitting any incompetence. Here’s how it’s done, folks:
1. Don’t apologize. But don’t simply not apologize; cast your refusal to apologize as the least you could do to respect all the people you should be apologizing to. When pressed for a mea culpa by state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, Brown responded with this: “An apology would amount to very little for those Marylanders who are struggling.” Nice.
As HealthCare.gov created frustrations for Americans seeking to enroll in Obamacare, many took their anger out on an anonymous woman, whose smiling face beamed next to the enthusiastic declaration “The Health Insurance Marketplace is Open!”
She was dubbed “Obamacare girl.” Abusive tweets were directed at her. Her face was offensively photoshopped. She was the butt of late night talk show jokes.
But this so-called “mystery woman” (is a smiling face in a stock photo really worthy of being called a “mystery?”) came forward yesterday to set some things straight.
The website for the Maryland Health Exchange, where the state’s previously uninsured can sign up for health plans under Obamacare, is still slow. And it’s not just what-is-this-1998 slow. We’re talking this-site-is-now-literally-unusable slow.
The group said they saw web traffic of 1,000 hits a minute at some points on Tuesday— the day the site launched — and that has left many unable to create accounts even as of Wednesday night. Well, I guess they did a bang-up job promoting it.
Apparently, Maryland’s Rep. Andy Harris experienced the Internet logjam firsthand and dubbed it a “bad omen” for Obamacare. If you ask me, having a Congressman who attributes value to omens is a bad omen.