The federal government's own massively troubled Obamacare exchange website enrolled more people in the first two days of December (29,000) than in the entire month of October. Other state-based exchanges have had notable success from the beginning. Kentucky, a state with a smaller population than Maryland, has enrolled more than 69,000 people for health insurance through its exchange. In Maryland, it's less than 3,800. (And what exactly "enrolled" means — whether someone has simply chosen a plan or whether they have successfully exchanged paperwork, not to mention money, with an insurance company — is unclear.) Other states report surges of enrollment as the deadline approaches for people to buy care that takes effect on Jan. 1. Here, Governor O'Malley is promising that the website will be largely fixed by mid-December, leaving residents about a week to enroll if they want coverage in the new year.