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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
State and national experts will take questions about Maryland's health insurance exchange - which is set to begin enrolling new patients next month - at a town hall meeting at the University of Baltimore on Saturday. State-based insurance exchanges were created under the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and will allow some individuals another option to purchase coverage beginning Oct. 1. The meeting, sponsored by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Merrick School of Business, 11 W. Mount Royal Ave. john.fritze@baltsun.com twitter.com/jfritze
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NEWS
July 28, 2014
Maybe if President Obama had reached out to the GOP back in 2010 and incorporated several of their requests - tort reform, interstate insurance competition, tax cuts - he would have had more bipartisan support and we would not be seeing the reaction by the GOP now. It is called "tone from the top" and Mr. Obama is getting back what he started and continued for the past four years. If he had acted as president of us all and included some GOP requests we would not be in this adversarial situation today.
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NEWS
January 18, 2014
Columnist Dan Rodricks writes that Marylanders have an apology coming for the flawed rollout of Obamacare ( "Some Marylanders deserve apology for insurance stress," Jan. 16). Mr. Rodricks might start by with apologizing himself for his endless promotion of Obamacare over the last several years. Now that he has what he wanted he is trying to blame the law's problems on the Republicans, even though not one Republican in Congress voted for Obamacare. And don't give me that single-payer baloney.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Edward Brown heard a radio ad recently and realized the clock was ticking: If he wanted health insurance, the Baltimore truck driver needed to find time to sign up before the end of March. He found his way to the downtown offices of HealthCare Access Maryland, which employs "navigators" to help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. "It's comforting," said Brown, as navigator Athena Lynch typed in his information to create an account on the Maryland health exchange website.
HEALTH
By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau | July 2, 2013
- The Obama administration plans to postpone a key requirement of the president's health law, delaying until 2015 penalties on large employers that don't offer health coverage. The one-year delay, announced by the Treasury Department late Tuesday in response to complaints from businesses, marks a major retreat in the plan to implement the 2010 Affordable Care Act. And it underscores the immense pressure the administration is under as it tries to roll out extremely complex provisions of the law. By next year, most Americans were supposed to have been guaranteed access to health coverage by the law even if they have pre-existing conditions.
BUSINESS
By Blair S. Walker | July 22, 1991
Despite having a law degree, a Ph.D. in economics and a distinguished health care background, Carol M. McCarthy can still laugh at herself.That's good, because her new colleagues at the Baltimore law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver jokingly selected a Goodwill Industries motif for her office furniture.She also chuckles about the first time she tried to visit her 10th-floor office in the Bank of Baltimore building and wound up on an express elevator to the 17th floor instead.Practical jokes and newcomer gaffes notwithstanding, Mrs. McCarthy is excited to be at Ober, Kaler, which recruited her aggressively.
NEWS
September 27, 1996
Nicu Ceausescu, 45, the hard-drinking playboy son of Romania's late communist dictator, died yesterday at General Hospital in Vienna, Austria, where he had been treated for internal bleeding, a hospital spokeswoman said. His parents, Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, who ruled Romania for a quarter-century, were executed by a firing squad after a hurried trial on Christmas Day 1989.William John Curran, 71, a public health attorney and Harvard University professor who helped establish health law as a specialty, died of cancer Sunday in Falmouth, Mass.
NEWS
February 9, 2014
The title of the article describing the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of Obamacare should not have been, "Health law will cover 13M in '14" (Feb. 5), but should have been, "Obama one more step toward socialistic state. " Adding more people to subsidized coverage while reducing the incentive for people to work is just a form of income redistribution. But as I learned in reading "Rules for Radicals," you don't have to be honest in telling people what your goals are, just do it. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
May 27, 2012
I find it strange that I am compelled to write a letter defending the Church of Rome. Your Sunday editorial offering advice to Baltimore's new archbishop was truly ill-advised ("A new archbishop," May 2). There is no organization, despite its historical misadventures, that has been a greater advocate for the poor and unfortunate. We start with the Gospel teachings of Jesus and add to that the other New Testament writings. We find such advocacy throughout history. Recall why Thomas Becket was murdered.
NEWS
September 23, 2013
The Sun's recent coverage of the House Republicans' campaign against Obamacare ("House GOP: Defund health law or shutter government," Sept. 19) offers a good example of Congressional Republican hypocrisy. In the article, Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana is quoted as saying, "We're doing what the American people are asking us to do. " Well, Mr. Stutzman, if Republicans are so devoted to doing what the American people want, where were you when over 80 percent of the American people wanted stricter gun control laws?
NEWS
March 13, 2014
I am glad the legislature is considering a law for outpatient mental health commitment. ( "Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10). It is understandable that there is opposition by some, including health organizations. But this will help to air both sides of the issue in the legislative committee hearings. While some people regard this kind of law with alarm, it is important to note that 37 states and the District of Columbia currently have such laws.
NEWS
February 9, 2014
The title of the article describing the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of Obamacare should not have been, "Health law will cover 13M in '14" (Feb. 5), but should have been, "Obama one more step toward socialistic state. " Adding more people to subsidized coverage while reducing the incentive for people to work is just a form of income redistribution. But as I learned in reading "Rules for Radicals," you don't have to be honest in telling people what your goals are, just do it. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
January 18, 2014
Columnist Dan Rodricks writes that Marylanders have an apology coming for the flawed rollout of Obamacare ( "Some Marylanders deserve apology for insurance stress," Jan. 16). Mr. Rodricks might start by with apologizing himself for his endless promotion of Obamacare over the last several years. Now that he has what he wanted he is trying to blame the law's problems on the Republicans, even though not one Republican in Congress voted for Obamacare. And don't give me that single-payer baloney.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | January 14, 2014
One chortles at Governor O'Maryland's response to Candy Crowley on CNN when she asked if he had been asleep at the switch during the development of this state's botched-and-still-botchy health insurance exchange. "Oh, no," the governor said. And I have to agree. It wasn't that Martin O'Malley was asleep at the switch. It's that he was in Israel or Brazil, or New Hampshire or Texas or South Carolina, or any of the many other places he visited during the last three years as a second-term governor and chair of the Democratic Governors Association, trying to make himself a viable presidential candidate.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
Since their arrival in Baltimore, the Little Sisters of the Poor have contributed much to the care of the elderly ("Nuns fight health law," Dec. 23). Originally, the Little Sisters financed this care by begging, as there was no government assistance. They had to supply everything for the elderly in their care. That model changed many years ago with the advent of the federal government safety net for the low income elderly. Currently, the Little Sisters are no more poor than their fellow nuns, and the residents of their homes are no more poor than the residents of many other nursing homes receiving funds from the federal government.
HEALTH
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Three years after touting his medical background as he campaigned for Congress, Rep. Andy Harris is emerging as a top spokesman in opposition to Obamacare - and taking on other health policy issues as well. For Harris, a Baltimore County anesthesiologist who occasionally wore scrubs as he ran for office in 2010, the troubled rollout of the health care law is providing a platform just as he has expanded his reach on other medical issues - from human cloning to organ transplants for HIV patients.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
Since their arrival in Baltimore, the Little Sisters of the Poor have contributed much to the care of the elderly ("Nuns fight health law," Dec. 23). Originally, the Little Sisters financed this care by begging, as there was no government assistance. They had to supply everything for the elderly in their care. That model changed many years ago with the advent of the federal government safety net for the low income elderly. Currently, the Little Sisters are no more poor than their fellow nuns, and the residents of their homes are no more poor than the residents of many other nursing homes receiving funds from the federal government.
HEALTH
November 14, 2013
Baltimore Sun staff and wire reports — With millions of consumers — including 73,000 Marylanders — getting health insurance cancellation notices, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will encourage insurers to continue offering customers the same health plans next year even though many do not comply with the Affordable Care Act. "This fix won't solve every problem for every person," the president said Thursday in remarks at...
NEWS
By Michael Dresser | December 3, 2013
The Maryland Republican Party may have a prospect to run for attorney general in 2014, possibly giving it a candidate for an office it left uncontested in 2010. Richard Douglas, a lawyer, businessman and Iraq veteran, released a statement Tuesday in which he said he's considering a try for that office. If he gets in the GOP would field a full slate of candidates for statewide office is Democratic-dominated Maryland. Douglas said he is truly undecided about making a run, not announcing an intent to announce as some gubernatorial candidates have done.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Wednesday that it would offer more than 55,500 customers the chance to extend their healthcare plans for another year, even though the policies don't comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Maryland's insurance commissioner had told insurers a day earlier that such a move would be legal, and last week a beleaguered President Barack Obama asked states and insurers to consider the extensions. The president had promised Americans that if they liked their plans, they could keep them.
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