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RNC files records request over Md. health exchange

The Baltimore Sun

The Republican National Committee has filed a records request with Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration, seeking information about one of the key players invovled with the troubled rollout of the state's health insurance exchange.

The national party's request seeks two perfunctory data points on enrollment before asking about Rebecca Pearce, the former director of the exchange. The letter, dated Thursday, seeks "any and all requests" Pearce made for a raise, a bonus and a severance package.

The buggy health website has opened both O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to criticism from Republicans and some state Democrats on their handling of the issue.

Brown, who is running for governor this year, told state lawmakers on Tuesday that the risks of switching to the federal health care exchange -- as one Democratic congressman has called for -- outweigh the potential benefits. State officials have said many of the most egregious problems with the site have been fixed.

Pearce resigned over the failed website in December.

Republicans at the national level have aimed most of their fire at the health insurance exchange created by the Obama administration, which faced its own major problems last fall but which appears to be improving now.

The records request is the first indication Republicans in Washington may be turning attention to state the marketplaces. O'Malley, a Democrat, is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

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