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The might-have been of Peter Beilenson's health co-op

The might-have been of Peter Beilenson's health co-op

Leaving for a new job in his native California, Dr. Peter Beilenson, one of Maryland’s — and, particularly, Baltimore’s — most effective public servants of the last three decades, closes out his time here with frustrating irony. So rich is this irony that Beilenson could write a book about it, and he’s doing exactly that.

The irony goes like this: The Trump administration, in its role as saboteur of the Affordable Care Act, is doing in the extreme exactly what the Obama administration refused to do in moderation — that is, adjust the landmark health insurance law to allow Beilenson’s masterpiece to survive.

Beilenson’s masterpiece was Evergreen Health, one of 23 nonprofits...

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