Delegate Karen Lewis Young: Make America healthy again

The Washington Post recently published an article citing the fact that “Americans spend approximately 90 percent more for the medicines they use, as a percentage of income, than do citizens of the five largest European markets,” Moreover, for every dollar that we spend on health care, the largest percentage goes to prescription drugs. As health care costs continue to spiral, we must examine and correct the systemic causes. Last year the Maryland General Assembly brought forward and passed two measures that have helped to stabilize the Affordable Care Act. We have already witnessed a slowdown, and some examples of decreases, in new health insurance premium rates in our state. But one of the biggest drivers of health care costs still needs to be addressed. (News-Post)

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