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Massachusetts: Ed Lyons says their new exchange WILL work.

A few minutes ago, a guy named Ed Lyons tweeted the following:

The new @HealthConnector exchange launches tomorrow, 8 am. As I have said for a couple of months, I think it will be fine this time. #mapoli

— Ed Lyons (@mysteriousrook) November 14, 2014

This is huge. Why?

Because Ed Lyons is the same guy who wrote The Health Connector Autopsy Report, which documented everything that went wrong with the MA ACA exchange project, from before the beginning until after the end. I mean, everything.

All 31,000 words of it.

It's difficult to get across just how in-depth, comprehensive or well-researched/documented that report is. It's also important to understand that a) to the best of my knowledge, like myself, Mr. Lyons didn't do it for money or for fun; it was something of an obsession for him. It should also be noted that Mr. Lyons is a Republican.

Lots of people have spent today saying stuff like this:

The great @charles_gaba has his official 2015 Obamacare Enrollment Projection:12 million. You can take it to the bank http://t.co/YSW1erozmh

— BWD (@theonlyadult) November 14, 2014

Well, I'm going to say the same thing about the new Massachusetts Health Connector: If Ed Lyons says it's gonna work...it's gonna work.

It's also important for another reason. Not only does this mean that MA's exchange will run smoothly this time around, it also means that, as I noted this morning:

 In addition, there's a special "ace in the hole" in Massachusetts:  Assuming that MA's new exchange does work properly, up to 300,000 people who got caught in "healthcare limbo" due to the states technical woes could be added this year, instantly increasing MA's tally 13-fold.

These are all good things.