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Brinkley still calling for independent investigation

A final vote Wednesday on an emergency bill providing insurance to people who could not get it through the state health benefits exchange provided another opportunity for Senate Minority Leader David R. Brinkley to call for an investigation of the failures of the site.

“We still want to press for it,” Brinkley said outside the Senate chambers following the 34-7 vote. [Subscriber access]

Sen. David R. Brinkley

Sen. David R. Brinkley

“Ideally, we’d like an independent investigator with subpoena power and a number of additional people with technical experience to really look at this,” Brinkley said.

Brinkley voted for the bill, saying that he wanted to assist “people who had been harmed” because they could not sign up for health care as they had expected.

“This is supposed to be a crowning achievement,” Brinkley said of the site. “It’s a colossal failure.”

The bill goes to Gov. Martin J. O’Malley, who is expected to sign the legislation into law Thursday at 9:30 a.m.