Maryland residents have much to lose if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. One in 12 Marylanders, or 476,000 people, will lose healthcare coverage.1Those people will pay on average $3000 more per year for healthcare, with Medicare enrollees paying nearly $15,000 more annually due to prescription drug costs.2 With so many people unable to pay medical bills, Maryland hospitals will have to pay almost $400 million in uncompensated care, with doctors shouldering $175 million due to uninsured rates.3 These costs are enormous, and will probably end up making urban and rural healthcare facilities CLOSE. This doesn’t even take into account the estimated 52,000 jobs that will be lost.4
Progressive Maryland believes in the well-being, health and quality of life for every Maryland resident. Rich or poor, young or old, employed or unemployed. We believe that healthcare is a human right, and that giving tax breaks to the rich while everyone else suffers is disastrous for us all.