Maryland Information

Contact Information

Maryland PNHP
Website: md.pnhp.org
E-mail: hchrmaryland@gmail.com

Health Care is a Human Right Maryland
Website: hchrmd.org
E-mail: brittany@hchrmd.org

Media Contacts

Eric Naumburg, M.D., M.P.H.
(443) 562-6562

Dr. Eric Naumburg is co-chair of the Maryland chapter of PNHP and works full-time as an advocate for single-payer health reform. For more than a decade he taught pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical School, from which he retired in 1997. He remains a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. He obtained his medical degree from Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York and his masters in public health from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Dr. Naumburg has devoted considerable time and energy to advancing both national and state-based single-payer legislation (he recently edited a major new single-payer fiscal study titled "Financing the Maryland Health Security Act" by Gerald Friedman, Ph.D.) and serves as Healthcare-Now’s legislative coordinator in Maryland. He is currently helping to launch a new grassroots campaign for single payer in the state under the banner of “Health care is a human right.” He lives in Columbia, Md.

Margaret Flowers, M.D.
(312) 782-6006

Dr. Flowers is a Maryland pediatrician with experience as a hospitalist at a rural hospital and in private practice. She is currently working on single-payer health care reform full-time. In addition to her activity as co-chair of the Maryland chapter and national board advisor for PNHP, Dr. Flowers is on the board of Healthcare-Now! and on the steering committee of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care. Dr. Flowers obtained her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and did her residency at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Deborah Schumann, M.D.
(301) 229-6084

Dr. Schumann received a B.A. in chemistry from Smith College and an M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After internship and residency she practiced ophthalmology for 25 years in various practice settings including private, group, Kaiser Permanente and volunteer positions. She has been a member of PNHP since its founding in 1987 and since retiring from practice she has been an active advocate for reform of the U.S. health care system. Currently, Dr. Schumann is active in Health Care NOW of Maryland as well as Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a multi-instrumentalist musician and lives in Bethesda with her coonhound Ellie.

State Organizations Endorsing HR676

  • Baltimore, MD

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Western Maryland Central Labor Council
  • SEIU 32 BJ (Baltimore)
  • GCC-1 Brotherhood of Teamsters (Baltimore)
  • International Organizations of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, (Linthicum)
  • United Steelworkers, Local 8-116 S (Baltimore)
  • Baltimore Filbey Area Local of American Postal Workers Union (Baltimore)
  • UNITE — Here, Mid Atlantic, Baltimore City Branch, NAACP, International Association of Machinists (Upper Marlboro)
  • AFSCME Local 1535 (Baltimore)
  • United Transportation Union (Frostburg)
  • IBEW (Cockeysville)

Maryland State News

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018

By Elizabeth Carson, A.P.R.N. | The Baltimore Sun, April 12, 2018
Congress has managed to mess up our complicated, dysfunctional health care system so badly that states are left to come up with temporary patches to stave off disaster. Meanwhile, we are still being held hostage by private insurance companies.

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

By Jay D. Brock, M.D. | Washington Post, Letters, March 27, 2018
Under our current multiple-payer system of health care, we have two major problems: Too many people have no (or unaffordable) health coverage, and we spend too much for the health care we get as a nation.

Posted on Sunday, January 7, 2018

By Elizabeth Carson | The Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2018
The Jan. 3 Economy & Business article “Under fire, pharma points finger” described the pharmaceutical industry’s campaign to shift blame for high drug prices to insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.

Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017

By Jon Kelvey | Carroll County (Md.) Times, March 2, 2017
More than 150 people packed the St. Paul's United Church of Christ fellowship hall Thursday night for an often boisterous town hall meeting on the future of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

By Eric Naumburg, M.D. | The Baltimore Sun
Universal means everybody in, nobody out and no financial barriers to getting necessary health care. We need to create a health care system where people are not one major illness away from personal bankruptcy; where everyone is able to get needed care without worrying about cost; and where decisions about health care are made based on science and the input of patients and physicians, not by private, profit-driven health insurance companies.

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

By Sandra Wright | Carroll County (Md.) Times
Recently, two government programs extremely important to seniors, Social Security and Medicare, both celebrated birthdays. This letter is about Medicare.

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

By James Burdick, M.D. | The Baltimore Sun
After discouraging election results, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin abandoned his effort to establish a single payer health system. This is bad news not only for the Green Mountain State but for all Americans. Governor Shumlin had been one of the only major U.S. office holders with the backbone to advocate this remedy for our ailing health care system.

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

By Max Romano | The Baltimore Sun
After months of trying to help low-income Marylanders like Mary sign up, I'm more convinced than ever that Obamacare will not reach many of the people who need health insurance the most and that universal public coverage is the only way we can provide real health care for all in Maryland.

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014

By Eric Naumburg, M.D. | The Baltimore Sun
While a comprehensive national single-payer system that covers everyone with one standard of care would be far better, a switch to a one-payer Medicaid program in Maryland would be a step in the right direction toward lower health costs and improved access to care.

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014

By Ron Meservey | The Baltimore Sun
The U.S. is the only developed country in the world that lacks universal health care. As a result, despite spending more per capita on health care than any other nation on Earth, we still have some 50 million Americans without health insurance, of whom some 50,000 die needlessly every year because they cannot afford the health care they need and medical debt is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy.

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By Eric Naumburg, M.D. | The Baltimore Sun
President Obama is reaping what he sowed by relying on the health insurers when he supported the Affordable Care Act. The health insurers literally wrote the law, in the person of Liz Fowler, a former VP at WellPoint, and clearly they know Obamacare better than the President, whose ill-fated promise about keeping your health insurance if you are happy with it blew up in his face.

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013

By Andrea K Walker | Baltimore Sun
The group, Healthcare is a Human Right-Maryland, led a rally Saturday in Baltimore to push for single-payer coverage similar to that in countries such as Canada and Sweden, where the government runs most of the health system and there are no insurance companies.

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

By Amanda Scott | Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
In an effort to bring a universal health care system to Maryland, local chapters throughout the state have been following the footsteps of a successful grassroots campaign by the same name in Vermont.

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

By Caroline Poplin, M.D. | The New York Times
No one should be surprised that hospital charges vary wildly, even within the same city. Prices likely vary within the same hospital, depending on who is paying. This is pure capitalism in a setting where sellers have market power: the seller maximizes profit by charging each buyer as much as he can pay, whatever the service actually costs.

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

By Rachel Roubein | Carroll County Times
What started as the formation of an about eight-person book club spiraled into the creation of a local grassroots effort to advocate for universal health care in Maryland.

Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012

Many proposals have been advanced and bills introduced for single payer programs. Perhaps the most frequent question asked is, "How would you pay for it?" The general answer is easy. You simply use progressive tax policies to fund a universal risk pool that pays for all appropriate care for everyone. Most people want specifics. In this report, Professor Gerald Friedman describes a financing proposal for the Maryland Health Security Act of 2011, a single payer model of reform.

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2011

By Larry Carson | The Baltimore Sun
The idea of a single-payer health care system was lost in the debate over the much-amended national health care reform1 passed by Congress last year, but three Howard County delegates are co-sponsors of legislation in this year's General Assembly that seeks to bring the idea to fruition in the Free State.

Posted on Thursday, May 6, 2010

By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Tikkun Magazine
As we sit here on the other side of the recent health reform process, we have an opportunity for reflection. There were many times during the past year and a half when passage of a health bill seemed unlikely. However, in the end, the White House and Democratic leadership joined forces and converted the last holdouts with scare tactics of electoral turnovers and even a trip on Air Force One in order to muscle a bill over the final hurdles.

Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dr. Carol A. Paris | South Maryland Newspapers
I can't pretend to be even cautiously optimistic that the health insurance reform legislation passed by Congress on Sunday will accomplish its goal of making health insurance more affordable. More importantly, I understand that having health insurance doesn't mean a patient can afford health care. I want my patients to be freed from the burden of worrying about how to pay for the care they need. I'm tired of having patients get tears in their eyes, or become embarrassed and feel ashamed because they can't afford the care I recommend.

Posted on Friday, March 5, 2010

By David Swanson | OpEdNews.com
California keeps passing bills for state single-payer healthcare, but Ahhhnold won't sign em, and Jerry Brown who wants to be governor doesn't seem to want it badly enough to make a commitment on healthcare. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is encouraged that their current governor has said he probably will sign a single-payer healthcare bill, and the legislature just might pass one. But Minnesota has an angle neither of these other states can claim: a serious candidate for governor who is the state's leading advocate for single-payer.

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2010

By Erin Sullivan | Baltimore City Paper
Local health-care practitioners explain why they're willing to go to jail in the name of health-care reform.

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010

By Margaret Flowers, M.D. | Op-Ed News
I am a pediatrician who, like many of my primary care colleagues, left practice because it is nearly impossible to deliver high quality health care in this environment. I have been volunteering for Physicians for a National Health Program ever since. For over a year now, I have been working with the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care/ National Single Payer Alliance. This alliance represents over 20 million people nationwide from doctors to nurses to labor, faith and community groups who advocate on behalf of the majority of Americans, including doctors, who favor a national Medicare-for-All health system.