Maryland, the state gubernatorial candidate and Obamacare point man, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, boasted would be “the model” for implementing the Affordable Care Act, fell woefully short of its enrollment goals.
According to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maryland “enrolled” only 67, 757 resident in private health insurance plans between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
The HHS report notes that the reported number enrolled in private insurance plans is “the cumulative number of individuals determined eligible to enroll in a plan through the Marketplace who have selected a plan…” the data does not reveal how many of those classified as enrolled have made payments.The report does not include data on how many enrollees received subsidies noting, “Maryland is presently unable to provide a distribution of enrollment with and without financial assistance.”
More than 236,000 have enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP program.Maryland expanded its Medicaid/CHIP program twice during the O’Malley administration, first during the 2007 special session, and now through Obamacare.
According to an analysis from the Maryland Public Policy Institute, the increased spending from Maryland’s Medicaid expansion consumes an ever-growing portion of general fund revenues exerting severe budgetary pressure adding to the state’s chronic structural deficits. Heckuva job Brownie!