Governor Martin “Rain Tax” O’Malley is being touted (by his own pals) as a prospective presidential candidate in 2016. And considering that he wasted only $125 million on a broken state health care exchange before walking away from it, he’s a clear improvement over Obama because…
1. $125 million is still a lot less than the amount of money Obama wasted nationwide
2. He’s actually walking away from it
In these sad, sad times, wasting less money and being willing to just adopt someone else’s system, is a sign that your Democratic candidate is near the pick of a mangy litter
Maryland officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least $125.5 million is broken beyond repair.
Maryland is not alone in having deep-seated problems with its health marketplace. Technical issues also have plagued Oregon, Minnesota and Hawaii. But Maryland will be the first to walk away from its site…
It was not immediately clear how much more money Maryland may have to invest to get a fully functioning system…
Henry said the exchange has cost $125.5 million to develop and operate.
As of last Saturday, 49,293 Maryland residents had enrolled in a private plan through the exchange, far short of the state’s original goal of 150,000 enrollments and shy even of its revised estimate of 75,000 to 100,000.
According to Ace that comes out to around $1,500 to $2,500 per attempted sign up. But no worries, O’Malley can just raise the rain tax.
If you thought they ran out of ways to tax us you badly misjudged our lawmakers’ creativity. Get ready for their newest invention, the rain tax.
By taxing so-called “impervious surfaces,” anything that prevents rain water from seeping into the earth (roofs, driveways, patios, sidewalks, etc.) thereby causing stormwater run off. In other words, a rain tax.
Well, you ask, “How on earth can the government know how much impervious surface I own?” Answer: It’s not on earth, it’s in the sky. Thanks to satellite imagery and geographic information systems, Big Brother can measure your roof and driveway.
O’Malley for President. Rain taxing our way to the broken health care system of the 21st century.