When he ran for president in 1988, Michael Dukakis infused the phrase “Massachusetts Miracle” into stump speeches to describe the state’s economic transformation. That same description could apply if a costly and controversial plan to fix the state’s Connector exchange succeeds.

One critical checkpoint used to assess the direction of a confusing “dual track” strategy will be decided after June 30, which is when new software will be completed. The state-run HIX vendor, hCentive, constructed Kentucky and Colorado’s public exchanges and replaced CGI, which was hammered for rollout stumbles involving both Connector and HealthCare.gov.

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