Medicare

Why are we so afraid of single payer in Maryland?

Why are we so afraid of single payer in Maryland?

For the last two years, I have sponsored legislation to create a form of single-payer health care in Maryland. My bill is somewhere between Bernie Sander’s “Medicare for All” (which federal law prevents us from doing at the state level) and Obamacare, and nowhere near the Republican version of health care Thunder Dome.

It recreates a model based on our state’s unique Medicaid system, utilizing the efficiency of our private Managed Care Organizations (MCO), but within strict parameters of benefits and reimbursement rates established by regulators. As with our current Medicaid system, Marylanders would go to private doctors, hospitals and health care providers, but the bills would...

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