Gazette, 24 Feb 2009 (Valentine).
Prince George's County Council members threatened Tuesday to oppose a proposal to sell the county's three ailing public hospitals individually and said a proposal to delay the sale would cost the county more to keep the centers operating.Earlier
"Deep down, I don't feel the optimism at this point," Council Chairwoman Marilynn M. Bland (D-Dist. 9) of Clinton told officials with the Prince George's Hospital Authority, a committee appointed to oversee the sale of the hospital system.
Officials for County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) declined to comment about the hospital deal status.
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"I don't see myself supportive of anything you do," Councilman Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel said about the Hospital Authority. "I think the county has already bitten off more than it can chew."
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"Where did this come from? Who drafted it?" asked Councilwoman Camille Exum (D-Dist. 7) of Capitol Heights, holding up a copy of the bill. "It seems like there are a lot of things in here that are not in our best interest."
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"Is this pie in the sky, something we're just throwing out there? Or is this something with a good shot of coming through?" asked Councilman Eric C. Olson (D-Dist. 3) of College Park.
Bland hinted that the council might actively oppose the authority in the General Assembly. [More]
(Posted 24 Feb 2009)