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Center MD

Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.

Kim Pieper: New tech tool to expose the influence of big business in politics

Everyone talks about how big business has too much influence over our political process, and sadly, many of us have witnessed it firsthand. Through meeting after meeting, I’ve watched CEOs and their lobbyists make demands to elected officials that were not in the best interest of their customers. Something was misaligned. Shouldn’t corporations be pushing political agendas that benefit their customers, the people who buy their products and keep them in business? The problem is that consumers haven’t had an easy way to access information about company policies and practices, so we keep supporting them, and corporations have no reason to change. What we’ve been waiting for is an easy, trackable way to vote with our dollars. Enter Tribe. This new and amazing tool instantly shares information about company practices while you shop. Simply add Tribe to your web browser, and when you select a product for purchase on Amazon, a... Continue reading
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Ransom: LifeBridge Acquisition of Bon Secours is a Win for West Baltimore

Too often, the news in west Baltimore isn’t very positive. For a part of the city that faces myriad challenges, this month marked a major win—a new partnership between Bon Secours and LifeBridge Health. Earlier this month, Bon Secours, Mercy Health, and LifeBridge Health completed LifeBridge Health’s acquisition of Bon Secours Hospital. This merger will result in improved health services and an important investment in an area of our city that is deeply in need.  At the same time, Bon Secours will continue to its community works program to deliver critical services and housing in west Baltimore. Countless individuals deserve credit for this achievement; as they say, victory has a thousand fathers. In this case, one leader in particular, Nelson Sabatini, deserves special accolades. He shepherded the project through the complicated regulatory process as Chair of the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC). Chairman Sabatini insisted on a real solution centered... Continue reading
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Ransom: Now is the time to think about your Health Insurance

This is the season for Health Insurance Open enrollment. Many employers are having employees make decisions and general open enrollment to buy, change, or renew a qualified health plan for 2020 began Friday, November 1 and runs to Sunday, December 15 for healthcare starting on January 1, 2020. MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, encourages all individuals to sign up for health insurance for themselves and their families. Open enrollment is the only time of year you can enroll in a health plan, switch plans, or re-enroll in your current plan. If you miss open enrollment, options are limited to special enrollment, short term health insurance, employer-based coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP.  To enroll in a Medicare plan or to change your Medicare coverage, Medicare Open Enrollment continues through December 15. For additional Medicare plan information, individuals may call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov. Individuals do not need to renew their coverage... Continue reading
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Ted Venetoulis - Welcome to Baltimore, Mr. President

It appears our president is coming to our city, home of some of his most recent verbal vitriol. Welcome Mr. President. We suggest you be careful. Theres a new infestation of crabs coming into our city. They pour in every day. We actually eat them. Perhaps another infestation you can knock. After all, you are a first class “knocker” — war heroes, hispanic judges, four star parents, immigrants, women who are not your type, long time global allies, members of congress. But of all the heavy weight knocks that have flown out of your mouth, knocking Baltimore may have been one knock too far. Apparently you did not learn a lesson when you suffered a shellacking in the 2018 congressional election at the hands of Nancy Pelosi who, let us remember, was born and raised in Baltimore. Her father and brother were Mayors. The thrashing she masterminded not only cleansed the... Continue reading
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Malone: Katrina’s Legacy

This summer, my father died; he was 89 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's. I loved my Father and miss him very much, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a full life. He received excellent medical care until the end of his life, and he died comfortably in hospice. My father was of Irish American descent. This summer my friend Katrina J. Dennis died; she was 40 years old and suffered from breast cancer. I loved Katrina very much and am haunted by the fact that her life ended too soon. She, unlike my Dad, did not receive excellent medical care, she did not die in hospice but instead fought for her life hoping to see a verdict rendered against her care provider. My friend was of African American descent. Through the use of hospital records, depositions, and court testimony including the treating surgeon, Katrina’s attorneys contended... Continue reading
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