Democratic Flack: Heal Thyself
- The troubled Maryland Health Benefit Exchange hired Optum QSSI, to fix the state’s broken Obamacare exchange. Optum QSSI is a subsidiary of United Health Group, a $650,000 donor to the DGA during O’Malley’s tenure. United Health also sells insurance on the Maryland exchange. Maryland has paid United Health Group more than $2 billion in state contracts. Optum QSSI’s Vice President for Government Affairs, Steve Larsen is former chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, appointed by O’Malley;
- Several subsidiaries of Beowulf Energy, which employs O’Malley’s former chief of staff, Michael Enright, donated $70,000 to the DGA. One subsidiary, Colorado Energy donated $30,000 and received approval to build a solar farm on the grounds of a former state prison a month after making the donation. Beowulf is also one of the companies vying to build wind farms off the coast of Maryland. Enright was a proponent of O’Malley’s signature offshore wind legislation;
- Caesar’s Entertainment donated $50,000 to the DGA in 2011 and doubled that amount in 2012. In late 2012, Maryland awarded Caesar’s the contract to build a $310 million casino in Baltimore.
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Disclosure: I was paid to compile the information for this Change Maryland report.