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In Midst of Pandemic, Md. Officials Hail Affordable Care Act

From Maryland Matters

By: Bruce DePuyt

EXCERPT:

State and federal officials from Maryland marked the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a vow to protect the landmark law from Republican attacks.

President Obama’s signature health care initiative, Democratic officials claimed, has saved lives and improved the nation’s overall health by adding tens of millions of people to the insurance rolls and eliminating curbs on care that existed previously.

Vincent DeMarco, head of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, said 20 million more Americans, including 400,000 Marylanders, have coverage now compared to before the ACA took effect. And no longer can insurance companies deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or establish lifetime payment limits.