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Thursday, December 19, 2013

National Lampoon's ObamaCare Vacation -- Review & Outlook, The Wall Street Journal

State exchange chiefs skip town, while Obama hires a hit man.

President Obama has responded to the ObamaCare debacle by bringing in Beltway liberal mastermind John Podesta as a senior West Wing hand, and he promptly announced his arrival by likening House Republicans to "a cult worthy of Jonestown" in an interview with Politico. The states running their own insurance exchanges are exacting more accountability for their ObamaCare failures.

Enrollment and technical dysfunctions and security breaches akin to the 36 federal exchanges continue to beset Minnesota's operation, called MNsure. On Tuesday, April Todd-Malmlov, the exchange's executive director since 2011, resigned under political duress.

The state's problems are severe—4,478 have selected a plan so far—but were not severe enough to disrupt her two-week vacation in Costa Rica late last month with her partner, James Golden, who runs the state's Medicaid program. Amid a political uproar, upon Ms. Todd-Malmlov's return she was forced out by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton.

Poorly timed Caribbean R&R also sealed the fate of Rebecca Pearce last week. The chief of Maryland's ObamaCare exchange absconded for the tonier destination of the Cayman Islands as her exchange floundered. We hear it's lovely this time of year.

Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley promised his state would "lead the nation" on the Affordable Care Act and he is leading Minnesota by a click or two, with 5,179 sign-ups. Maryland's performance glitches are still so atrocious that on Monday Mr. O'Malley said he's weighing a Plan B that would desert Ms. Pearce's handicraft and shift residents to the federal Healthcare.gov website. Yes, it's that bad.
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