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Subsidizing health insurers with other people's money

Up Close With catches up with Maryland Patient Safety Center President & CEO Robert Imhoff to learn about some of his team’s upcoming efforts and their goal of making health care services in Maryland the safest in the nation.

Here is an idea — instead of penalizing those without insurance to help subsidize the insurance companies because of the federal mandate disappearing, why not tax the workers who are getting insurance from state and federal jobs as if it were income and use that money? That is essentially free or subsidized insurance paid for by the taxpayers and the cost of which they should be paying both state and local taxes on.

If a person is buying their own insurance, they are paying for it with after tax dollars, so what is the difference? The state of Maryland does not have the authority to make people buy something they do not want (“General Assembly weighs bill to require Marylanders to buy health insurance,” Feb. 20), don't we already pay for programs we do not want?

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Craig Garfield, Ellicott City

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