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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
The scars across 16-year-old Dominic Solesky's face are faint, but that doesn't stop people from asking where he got them. The Towson High School junior and his family have told the story many times. Six years ago, Dominic was mauled by a pit bull named Clifford in the alley behind his red brick rowhouse in East Towson, an attack that resulted in trauma surgery at John Hopkins Hospital and a year of rehabilitation. The family's case seeking restitution resulted in last year's Maryland Court of Appeals decision labeling pit bulls "inherently dangerous" and broadening the liability of landlords.
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By Darrell J. Gaskin | October 20, 2013
Recently, the Maryland Health Connection - the online health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act - announced premiums as low as $114 a month for a bronze plan for a 20 year old and $260 for a silver plan for a 50- year old. Other state exchanges are announcing similarly low premiums. These affordable premiums in the individual market for health insurance by state health exchanges are tributes to the scholarly work four decades ago of George Akerloff. Mr. Akerloff is a Nobel laureate economist who published a seminal paper, "The Market for 'Lemons': Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism" in The Quarterly Journal of Economics in August 1970.
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October 27, 2013
Obamacare's penalty/tax from individuals and businesses who do no purchase health insurance should not go to the government to spend, instead it should go to the insurance companies involved, proportionately, to help offset future rate increases. This might also forestall the coming of universal single payer health insurance. Ed Kafes, Baltimore
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February 14, 2012
Over the last few days, it has been interesting and almost comical to watch President Barack Obama handle the growing opposition regarding the decision of his administration to mandate coverage of contraceptives in the national health care reform benefit package. The president has "compromised" by saying that these insurance plans will no longer be required to cover contraceptives. However, the insurance companies will be required to provide these products to the benefit plan members at no charge (including co-pays or co-insurance)
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February 5, 2011
Republicans in Congress are wasting time and energy in dismantling President Obama's accomplishments of the past two years. Instead of getting their hollow heads together and draft a plan to create more jobs, they are just trying to destroy what is already done. That's called "self-annihilation. " We, the American people, are watching. I'm a senior citizen. As such, I completely oppose the Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The act provides seniors with the freedom to get the care we need, including preventive care, lower cost prescription drugs, and Medicare that we can count on. The act frees Americans from the fear of insurance companies raising premiums by double digits with no recourse or accountability.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
In his recent op-ed, Professor James Burdick of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine writes that the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ACA was a step toward universal care for all ("Universal care on the horizon," July 13). However, I find this assertion ironic because we are now further entrenched in a market system that does not embrace the idea of health care as a right. Dr. Burdick claims the inevitability of universal care, stating that partisan arguments will have to subside and that ultimately, the ACA reduces costs through cutting over-utilization.
NEWS
November 10, 2013
President Barack Obama says he's sorry that "some" people lost their health insurance ( "Obama 'sorry' for health care cancellations," Nov. 7)? You have to be kidding. That's just code words for, "I'm sorry the insurance companies did this to you. " He needs to apologize to America for lying to get himself reelected and get this forced socialist crap passed with lies so people will accept it. President Obama must be removed from office any way possible - now! F. Barnes, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com .
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April 26, 2013
That's right, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., blame the subprime crisis on poor people ("Did we learn from subprime crisis?" April 21). Government over-extension of housing funds to marginal buyers is only one small part of why the crisis occurred. Instead, let's put the blame where it really lies. That would be in the repeal of Glass-Stegall which enabled banks and insurance companies to become gambling establishments, the fraudulent and illegal bundling of good loans with bad while rating these packages triple-A, the teaming of Wall Street and insurance companies which encouraged credit buying and subprime loans, the ignorance and collusion of ratings agencies, and finally the intentional laissez-faire "putting the foxes in charge of the hen house" attitude of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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October 23, 2013
In his commentary, "What used cars have to do with health insurance," (Oct. 20), Darrel J. Gaskin describes adverse selection and its effect on insurance rates. He goes on to describe what the insurance companies do to address adverse selection, how those "tools" affect rates and how the Affordable Care Act will solve these problems. But I disagree with one sentence in his piece. "Insurers must issue policies to all prospective buyers, and all individuals must buy now and can't wait until they are sick.
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By Tricia Bishop | May 30, 2012
Due to incorrect information from the Maryland U.S. attorney's office, an earlier version of this story listed the wrong figure for the amount the officer was ordered to pay inĀ restitution to insurance companies. An 11th Baltimore police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in federal prison for accepting illegal kickbacks from a car shop, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. Rodney Cintron, 32, of Middle River, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and extortion in November, admitting that he referred car crash customers to Majestic Auto Repair in exchange for cash and that he falsified insurance claims to pay for repairs on his own car. He was ordered to pay $20,000 restitution to the city police department and more thanĀ  $420,000 $20,000 to four insurance companies.
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