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What Maryland can do about Obamacare rates

What Maryland can do about Obamacare rates

Consumer advocates say Maryland’s increasing rates for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s individual market are unsustainable. Health insurance regulators say they’re unsustainable. Heck, even the insurance companies — which got approval for average increases ranging from 23 percent to 50 percent, depending on the plan and carrier — say so. But with a Trump administration dedicated to proving that the law is a failure and taking whatever steps it can to make it so, is there much Maryland can do about it?

In short, yes. The state’s leaders may not be able to stop President Donald Trump from sowing continued instability in the insurance markets or from undermining the law’s...

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