Lawmakers need to “shut up and listen” to the people when it comes to health care, according to Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.
The government must work to ensure competition in the health insurance market and to find ways to make affordable coverage available to poor families, Steele said at a conference organized by the National Association of Health Underwriters, Arlington, Va.
Steele is a Republican who is attracting extensive national press coverage of his efforts to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md.
Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich and Steele took office in 2003.
That year, insurers were leaving the state, Steele said.
Steele said the Ehrlich administration responded by trying to make the state’s health insurance market as competitive as its automobile insurance market.