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Broad Coalition in Md. Supports Universal Health Care

The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative announced today that more than 350 organizations have endorsed its legislative proposal for universal health care.

The list is a Who's Who of labor unions, churches and synogogues and advocates for immigrants, the elderly, tenants, gay rights and others, from the NAACP to the Delmarva Labor Council.. A smattering of small businesses have signed on, too.

The Baltimore-based nonprofit group,which successfully pushed for expansion of Medicaid last year, is now urging the lesiglature to subsidize insurance coverage for low-income residents with a payroll tax and steep increases to cigarette and alcohol taxes.The plan also calls for mandated coverage for those who are not insured by their employers.

The broad support is not surprising. But the chances for passage are next to nil, this year at least, given the $15.5 billion price tag.

By Lisa Rein  |  December 22, 2008; 4:30 PM ET
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