In her article on Obamacare premium increases in Maryland (“Obamacare premium costs in Maryland set to jump as state approves rates,” Aug. 29), Meredith Cohn quotes Vincent DeMarco as saying, “It’s also important to remember that before the Affordable Care Act, a lot of people couldn’t get access to health care at all” because of pre-existing conditions.
Until the implementation of Obamacare, the citizens of Maryland had access to The Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP) which, in its latter years, was administered by Carefirst. MHIP policyholders carried a Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance card. Mr. DeMarco knows that not a single Marylander lacked the opportunity to get health insurance prior to Obamacare because of a pre-existing condition.
Philip Lehr, Lutherville
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