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Mayor Urging Baltimoreans Without Insurance To Sign Up For Obamacare

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While glitches continue on the Obamacare website, Marylanders are urged not to give up.

Pat Warren reports supporters are urging applicants to sign up.

Maryland has taken a lead in developing the Maryland Health Connection to make Affordable Health Care, Obamacare, a success in the state.

“It does burn me up that there are too many people rooting for this to fail,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Prescription drugs priced out of reach sent Allen Horton searching for options and hoping to find them at the Health Connection’s outreach van. Bindu Guru is also on a quest for better care.

“I’ve been looking for it for many years. I’ve been waiting for it. Obamacare, Obamacare! I’m kind of excited,” Guru said.

Open enrollment for Affordable Health Care, Obamacare, is in its second week. Mayor Rawlings-Blake Wednesday urged the 80,000 Baltimore citizens without insurance to sign up.

“It means you no longer have to fear bankruptcy because a loved one got sick or to choose between putting food on the table and buying medication,” the mayor said.

That’s what Allen Horton has been doing for years.

“I spend so much. It costs me $400 for one of my inhalers. You got five kids and a wife. It’s hard. I’m just trying to find something better,” Horton said.

Supporters of Affordable Health Care are quick to point out that the preventative treatment insurance provides beats a trip to the emergency room every time.

For a link for the Maryland Health Connection, click here. You can also call 1-855-642-8572 toll-free or 1-855-642-8573 for services for the deaf or hard of hearing.

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