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Szeliga: GOP agrees with Brown on need for investigation

The number two Republican in the House of Delegates said Friday that delegates in her party agree with Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on the need for a legislative investigation into the failures of the state health insurance exchange.

Del. Kathy Szeliga

Del. Kathy Szeliga

Del. Kathy Szeliga, R-Baltimore County, said her caucus plans to send a letter calling for such an investigation to top Democrats including Brown, Gov. Martin O’Malley as well as House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

“We need a forensic audit of the whole program,” said Szeliga, the House minority whip. “We can’t get good answers.”

Szeliga said Brown, former health care exchange director Rebecca Pearce and others “are just polishing a turd” when it comes to the information being released about the website and its unsuccessful rollout.

“This isn’t running well and people don’t believe them,” Szeliga said.

On Tuesday, Brown spoke to WBAL TV’s Jayne Miller following a news conference [subscriber access] on the site and said he would support an investigation.

“Whatever the form or format is, I support a full investigation that Marylanders will be confident in the results,” Brown told Miller. “I absolutely support that.”

Szeliga said the format of the legislative review should include “a real audit” of the health care program.

“We want to look at the costs, the contracts and how they were awarded,” Szeliga said. “Where did the money go?”

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