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Where was Anthony Brown when Md.'s health exchange crashed? [Letter]

Reading Dan Rodricks' recent column about who is to blame for Maryland's failed health exchange, my reaction was simple: It's about time ("Troubled Maryland health exchange could spark political fallout," April 3).

In recent weeks there have been many articles about the failure of the state's health-care exchange and what to do about it, and I've been astonished that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is literally nowhere to be found.

Maryland, whose politics and constituency fall in line with the Affordable Care Act, should have been right up there with Connecticut and Kentucky, whose health-care exchanges have served their uninsured well.

I am not aware of any other major initiatives Mr. Brown was given to lead or manage during the O'Malley administration, so for me and many other voters this was our first look at his leadership skills.

I think most Marylanders can accept the fact that the contractors hired to develop the website and on-line marketplace failed totally. But we can't accept Mr. Brown's total disappearing act over the last five months.

I've yet to see him explain what happened, I've yet to see him apologize, and he has failed to lead the discussion about how to fix the problem and get ready for the next enrollment period.

True leaders lead during success and failure. Leaders don't run the other way because they are running for governor and they don't want any stain on them.

I agree with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller when he says "the buck stopped with state government" in this debacle, and I agree with Mr. Rodricks when he wrote "that looks a lot like Anthony Brown to me."

Mr. Brown lost my vote long ago.

Charles Rosenberg, Lutherville

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