When TBD’s blog The Facts Machine sought to decipher seemingly contradictory statements on the costs and savings of health care reform from Republican Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Democrat Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, they turned to Charles Milligan, executive director of The Hilltop Institute at UMBC. “A lot of this stuff is very state-specific,” said Milligan. For Maryland, although health care reform imposes $1.85 billion in new costs over the next decade, savings wash those costs out. According the Milligan, “A lot of those dollars are federal dollars replacing state dollars where Maryland had created a pretty strong safety net.”
The article, “The Costs of Health Care Reform: Maryland vs. Virginia,” appeared January 21 on TBD’s The Facts Machine.