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December 27, 2013 4:13 PM Massachusetts and Vermont Are Doing Fine at Obamacare

By Ryan Cooper

Respecting my last post, former Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens had this to say:

With respect, this is mistaken. Trying to punish an incompetent contractor isn’t evidence of a broken state exchange. On the contrary, both are in perfectly fine shape overall—Massachusetts has its old system which it has defaulted to, and Vermont in particular is actually kicking everyone’s ass at enrolling their eligible population.

In fact, it’s probably not a coincidence that these two states—probably in the best position respecting Obamacare of any in the nation—are the ones attempting to get their money back. If things were a true crisis, then they would be hunkered down like the Feds are, frantically trying to keep the exchanges on their feet. It takes some confidence to risk a disruption to the system.

Ryan Cooper is a National Correspondent at The Week, and a former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @ryanlcooper


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