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Some of those Republicans, such as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is seeking reelection next year, have not come out in opposition to the new bill. In letters similar to those penned by Kasich, he’s touted the success of Medicaid expansion in his state, where 260,000 Marylanders have healthcare coverage as a result of the current healthcare law…. He said his office is assessing the new measure…. Still, some Maryland Democrats, such as Rep. John Sarbanes, whose district spans Annapolis, called on the governor to speak up…. “The residents of Maryland are looking to you for support in preserving the important ACA reforms that have allowed so many of them to access affordable, accessible and high quality health care,” he wrote in an open letter to Hogan this week.
Maryland Democrats called on Hogan to more forcefully defend coverage for Marylanders.... Rep. John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat, sent a letter Tuesday to Hogan asking him to make more of a public push against repeal of the health law, as other Republican governors have done in seeking to prevent a rollback of the Medicaid expansion. He also sought an analysis from the governor's office of possible effects of the bill.... Sarbanes sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will begin debating the proposal Wednesday.... "As the only member of Maryland's House delegation to sit on this committee, it is critical for me to have as much information as possible about how this plan may impact our constituents and our state," he wrote. "I am requesting that you and your staff provide an analysis of how the GOP repeal effort will affect Maryland and the more than 400,000 individuals who are at risk of losing their insurance...." Sarbanes said about 290,000 Marylanders have gained insurance coverage under the health law through the expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor, and another 150,000 have bought health insurance through the state's exchange. Most have gotten subsidies to afford the coverage.
The Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Howard County was standing room only on Sunday night as three Democratic congressmen held a Town Hall where they spoke about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Congressmen John Sarbanes, Dutch Ruppersberger, and Elijah Cummings answered questions and concerns throughout the evening and vowed to keep up the fight against the ACA repeal.
Congressman John Sarbanes indicated that a mark-up of the Affordable Care Act could come sometime this week.
“Will money be taken away from other important things? Will there be waiting lists? Will it be harder for people to qualify for Medicaid? Will there be cuts in services,” said Judi Hammett, who attended the town hall.
At a standing room only Town Hall, three democratic congressmen who represent Maryland talked about the potential impact repealing the act could have on the state.
"Maryland hospitals could lose $2 billion,” Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger said. "It could lead to layoffs at the hospitals".
"The democracy is at stake here,” Congressman John Sarbanes added.
"This is bigger than us,” Congressman Elijah Cummings told the packed crowd, "We've got to keep up the fight.”
In a united front, Maryland's 10 U.S. Senators and representatives called for quick action to find the culprits and bring them to justice…. "We'd prefer not to be here, of course. We'd prefer not to have these threats and intimidations, but we are here and that's the point," said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Maryland…. One by one, members of Maryland's congressional delegation took the stage in solidarity with the Jewish community after a rash of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish schools and community centers across the country.
Politicians, police and faith leaders convened Friday morning to denounce the recent rash of bomb threats and hate crimes made against Jewish Community Centers, synagogues and schools.… U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (D) Maryland explained how terror and hate can quickly eat away at an entire community…. “Fear is corrosive... When your drop your elderly parent at the JCC or at the Muslim community center, you don’t want to have a lump in your throat or that sinking feeling in your gut," Sarbanes said.
At the same time the FBI announced the arrest of a Missouri man in connection with threats made against Jewish community centers Friday morning, a demonstration of solidarity was unfolding at a recently targeted center in Rockville...Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, told the crowd in Rockville that since the start of the year 122 threats had been made against Jewish communities in the United States and Canada, including two in recent weeks made against the Bender Jewish Community Center, where Friday’s gathering was being held.... Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, including Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. John Delaney, Jamie Raskin and John Sarbanes, attended the gathering.
Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson, also released a statement calling for Sessions’ resignation. By lying under oath during his confirmation hearing, Sessions “has effectively disqualified himself from serving as our nation’s top law enforcement officer,” Sarbanes said... Like his Maryland congressional colleagues, Sarbanes said that this information is even more reason to appoint an independent commission to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The bipartisan call for an investigation came Wednesday when Maryland's leaders on Capitol Hill, led by senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and including congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, John Delaney, Jamie Raskin and Anthony Brown signed on to a letter seeking the inquiry…. The letter to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein and F.B.I. Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore Gordon Johnson read in part: "In Maryland, bomb threats have disrupted classroom activities as well as events at Jewish community centers, coupled with the rise of neo-Nazi propaganda. These hate-filled threats are intended to strike fear across the country and represent a troubling trend that we must bring to an end," the delegation wrote. "Each threat needs to be treated with the utmost seriousness as we band together to discourage such vicious language and activity."