Deputy Secretary of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston St.
Baltimore, Md 21201
Oxiris Barbot, MD
Commissioner of Health, Baltimore City
1001 East Fayette St
Baltimore, Md 21202
Citizens Oversight Maryland
RE: Health Care Reform in Maryland/Health Enterprise Zones
I attended the meeting at the UMMS campus and was unimpressed by the presentation and the lack of response to all the questions presented to you afterwards. It was clear that you were fulfilling an obligation and not there for meaningful dialog and as you made quite clear to most of the questioners, they may as well have used the ‘comments’ section of a website.
I am sending you 3 days of a blog that my organization publishes nationally, but with an emphasis here in Baltimore. You may think it the reason so many were in attendance on such a bad night. You may find it too pedestrian as it is meant to be grassroots and provocative, but you will see what is the majority of the citizen’s sentiment on this issue.
We want a health care reform that is strong for the public and will not need considerable revision in order to achieve that goal. What you are creating in this ‘private’ health system is the opposite of what the people want. Your closed development and public meetings that are more of a heads up rather than a what do you think will make this process fail to move Maryland Forward as the governor likes to say. You are deliberately failing to correct the fundamental problems in the health system….fraud and waste….and instead are letting private industry cut costs through access and level of care….creating a profit over people scenario. I know that is your objective, but you may want to consider the political cost. Lost elections are all that’s needed to turn this around.