O'Malley, Sebelius warn of repeal consequences
Obama officials say as many as 2.5 million Marylanders could lose coverage if federal health care reform is repealed, The Sun's Kelly Brewington is reporting on the Picture of Health blog.
In a conference call today, U.S. health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Gov. Martin O'Malley talked to reporters about the consequences of repealing President Barack Obama's health care reform act.
O'Malley said without reform health care costs would continue to rise. Those soaring costs have been a huge drain on businesses, stifling the economy, he said.
"There is no way our business can expand if we are watching health care costs rise by 50 percent and wages stay stagnant," he said.
O'Malley said Maryland is looking forward to implementing the health care law. In fact, just last week, a state panel gave O'Malley a 16-point plan with recommendations on how to roll out health reform in the state.
"We firmly believe in Maryland that this is important, not only to create more affordable more comprehensive health care for all, but we see this as an opportunity to make our economy more competitive," O'Malley said.
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