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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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NEWS
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
NEWS
By Marc Kilmer | August 5, 2013
With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) less than two months away, Marylanders may expect their health insurance to become more affordable. It's right there in the title of the law, after all. However, if you plan on buying an individual insurance plan through Maryland's state exchange, you will probably be paying more for insurance, thanks to the ACA. Affordable insurance was a key selling point of health care reform. When he signed the bill into law, President Barack Obama claimed, "This legislation will also lower costs for families," and state-run health insurance exchanges would be a primary vehicle to help consumers realize these lower costs.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2011
PepsiCo has signed a deal that allows employees and dependents across the nation to get certain surgeries at Johns Hopkins Hospital — a cutting-edge arrangement that could grow in popularity as companies look to provide better health care and contain costs. The world's second-largest soda company will pay for workers and their dependents — about 250,000 people — to travel to Baltimore for cardiac or complex joint surgeries, such as correcting problems in a previous knee replacement.
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 .
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 15, 2012
The Sun's article on Catholic bishops' opposition to the Obama administration's requirement that religious schools and hospitals include contraceptives in their health insurance plans was one-sided and unfair ("Obama's 'accommodation' wins support in birth-control debate," Feb. 11). First, providing birth-control to people without proven medical conditions is a pure "give away" of precious medical funds. If this plan is reasonable, why not support "public/private safety" by providing everyone with cell phones?
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