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Hogan short on family planning specifics [Letter]

Maryland's next governor will have great control over our tax rate as well as how that money is spent. Larry Hogan, the Republican candidate, does not want to discuss the latter in the context of family planning. He avoided that subject in his response to the Sun editorial which outlined the policy decisions facing our next chief executive ("Hogan: Hobby Lobby case a manufactured political issue in Md. governor's race," July 8).

Gov. Martin O'Malley's decision to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act has increased contraceptive coverage to low-income adults. Does Mr. Hogan support this cornerstone of Obamacare? If he does, he would be among a very distinct minority of Republican governors.

Would Mr. Hogan integrate family planning and substance abuse treatment for at-risk teens, an effective intervention in St. Louis? Would he increase outreach to teens in foster care? Thus far, he is silent.

Mr. Hogan's letter was long on talking points but short on specifics. I hope that his campaign is otherwise.

Del. Samuel I. "Sandy" Rosenberg, Baltimore

The writer, a Democrat, represents Baltimore District 41 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

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