Analysis: Maryland Dem Gov. Candidate’s Single-Payer Plan Would Cost $24 Billion Per Year Analysis: Maryland Dem Gov. Candidate’s Single-Payer Plan Would Cost $24 Billion Per Year – NTK Network

Analysis: Maryland Dem Gov. Candidate’s Single-Payer Plan Would Cost $24 Billion Per Year

“This analysis shows just how dangerously irresponsible, unaffordable and unworkable Ben Jealous’ plan would be."

By NTK Staff | 07.18.2018 @1:00pm
Analysis: Maryland Dem Gov. Candidate’s Single-Payer Plan Would Cost $24 Billion Per Year

Ben Jealous, Maryland’s Democratic candidate for governor, proposed a single-payer health care plan that would cost $24 billion a year, according to a new nonpartisan analysis.

The Baltimore Sun reported:

“State-sponsored health insurance for all Marylanders such as the single-payer plan proposed by Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous could cost $24 billion a year, forcing lawmakers to significantly raise taxes, according to a nonpartisan analysis.”

“Such a cost would increase the state’s $44 billion operating budget by more than half.”

According to Maryland’s Department of Legislative Services’ analysis, the state “would have to levy a 10 percent payroll tax against every business and charge a $2,800 fee for every man, woman and child to pay for a new health care system.”

Despite this independent analysis, the Jealous campaign is still pledging to implement a universal health care system.

“This analysis shows just how dangerously irresponsible, unaffordable and unworkable Ben Jealous’ plan would be for our citizens and our economy,” a spokesman for Governor Larry Hogan’s (R-MD) reelection campaign said in a statement.

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