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How #obamacare is messing up MANY Dem 2016 candidates’ lives.

I mean, obviously it’s going to mess up Joe Biden’s life: he’s the Vice President of the administration who turned the roll-out of the single most iconic representation of the progressive/liberal concept of big government into a prolonged rake-stepping session. And just as obviously it’s going to mess up Hillary Clinton’s life, too: she’s the woman who brought the rake in the first place. Remember: that individual mandate? All Hillary Clinton’s idea.

But I digress. Anyway, that’s the executive branch more or less blighted by this law; and even if there were any credible 2016 Democratic candidates among the legislature they’d all be tainted by President Obama’s Happy Shiny Fun-Time Healthcare Debacle by now anyway. But what of the governors? Surely one or two of them remains… unspoiled.

Heh. Turns out Obamacare’s up to the challenge:

Maryland officials decided Friday to delay the rollout of the small-business insurance exchange program until April so it can continue fixing problems with marylandhealthconnection.gov, its new online marketplace.

Maryland launched the exchange on Oct. 1 for uninsured individuals, and had planned to open it to small companies in January.

Much like the federal insurance website HealthCare.gov, Maryland’s website suffered from technical problems that initially forced many navigators – people trained to help others sign up for coverage — to use paper applications. The exchange’s troubles come as a surprise because the state’s Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley started working to put the 2010 Affordable Care Act into practice in Maryland shortly after it was enacted.

Although O’Malley should be grateful, really: now we have something that will allow him to be told apart from all the other colorless, ferociously uninteresting Democratic governors out there. He’s the guy who screwed up the state exchange with all the big advantages, coming in.

2016 is going to be a whale of a campaign, huh? Cannot. Wait.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

 

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