State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Health Care


Charlie Baker: Health Connector: replace mess with hope

We began with a Health Connector that was, by all accounts, a mess. Today it just finished its third consecutive positive open enrollment. Providing more than 240,000 working families with affordable health care coverage.

We began with a state hospital in Bridgewater that for decades was beset by a series of terrible tragedies--yet nothing was done. Today, Bridgewater State Hospital is a completely different place. And families who never expected anything to get better finally have hope.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Massachusetts legislature Jan 23, 2018

Jay Gonzalez: Medicare for All, regardless of income or employment

I support a true single-payer health care system based on the principles of Medicare for All to ensure that everyone, regardless of income or employment status, has access to the health care services they need to be as healthy as they can be. I have long believed that health care is a basic human right. As a former health insurance executive, I know firsthand the inequities, waste and inefficiency that exist in our current, multi-payer system. This experience in the health care industry, as well as my time serving as Governor Patrick's Chair of the Board of the Health Connector implementing universal health insurance coverage here in Massachusetts, make me the most qualified candidate in this race to credibly make the case for a single-payer health care system, to actually make it happen, and to ensure it happens in a way that will achieve the desired outcomes.
Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Dec 20, 2017

Beth Lindstrom: Bipartisan cooperation instead of socialized medicine

Lindstrom said Warren's plans for health-care reform equate to "socialized medicine in America." Rather, bipartisan cooperation is needed to fix the health-care system, she said. "We need Democrats and Republicans working together for the good of this country," she said, adding that "we have to protect the system from any more sudden shocks, especially in Massachusetts, because healthcare is such a big part of our economy."
Source: The Lowell Sun on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Oct 15, 2017

John Kingston: Repeal ObamaCare; prevent free-riding

I do not favor ObamaCare, as its effects have been to drive insurance premiums higher, deny Americans their freedom to keep their doctors, and created enormous costs and strains in the system. I favor a system that allows people to choose their doctors, that does not block pre-existing conditions, and that prevents free-riding by requiring all Americans to pay for insurance. I favor tort reform so that doctors and hospitals can avoid practicing defensive medicine.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website JohnKingston.com Oct 15, 2017

Shiva Ayyadurai: More choice in healthcare, including Ancient Eastern

Neither ObamaCare nor RyanCare address REAL "care" or "health." We need CARE that provides choice, accountability and affordability. We need HEALTH that integrates state of the art innovations and discoveries from East & West, Ancient & Modern, Science & Tradition for everyone.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website shiva4senate.com Oct 15, 2017

Geoff Diehl: Reduce the number of healthcare mandates

Small-sized employers should be allowed to choose high-deductible and mandate-lite plans. Given the desire for greater cost containment overall, legislators should revisit the mandated benefits and repeal those that impose unnecessary costs.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website DiehlForSenate.com Oct 1, 2017

Geoff Diehl: Opposes single-payer healthcare

As Elizabeth Warren took to the stage, alongside Bernie Sanders to promote a single-payer healthcare bill, Diehl stated his opposition. "As a husband and a father, I know that healthcare is one of the most important things, especially when there is an illness in the family," said Diehl. "I want to make sure people get the best care possible. Elizabeth Warren is for single-payer government controlled healthcare. That's not the answer."
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial website DiehlForSenate.com Oct 1, 2017

Setti Warren: Health care is a right; support single-payer

We need to reduce the cost of care in Massachusetts, but Gov. Baker's plan to remove more than a hundred thousand people from MassHealth is not the right way to do it. Massachusetts needs a long-term healthcare plan that focuses on reducing administrative and drug costs and providing quality care for all of us. Health care is a right and it is the Commonwealth's responsibility to care for all of its residents. I am for a single payer system.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Gubernatorial website SettiWarren.com Aug 31, 2017

Jesse Gordon: Guaranteed healthcare as a human right

Q: Healthcare is a human right. Our healthcare system needs to work for all of us. We must guarantee healthcare as a right of citizenship by enacting a Medicare for all single-payer healthcare system, as well as lowering the price for prescription drugs.

A: Agree.

Candidate's position on this issue: Guaranteed healthcare is the right goal, but Medicare-for-all is just one possible solution. I support the guarantee as a human right, regardless of the paperwork and payment method.

Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Jul 31, 2017

Setti Warren: Accessible and affordable mental health and dental health

On what he wants out of Massachusetts healthcare system: "Here's what I want to see out of single payer system. I want to make sure health outcomes are based on the health of the person. I want to make sure we have community based care that's there and I want to make sure it's accessible and affordable to all people. It's gotta include thing like mental health and dental health. Right now our system is very expensive. As we heading into the next year the federal government is looking at cutting back on certain types of health benefits. We're in a very fluid situation.

"So we have to look at various varying options. There are a lot of options on the table. I've been talking to a lot of health care experts. We can certainly look at a public option which I think is very real and could occur here in Massachusetts. But the first question we have to ask ourselves is what kind of Commonwealth do we want to be. What kind of health care system do we really need here in the Commonwealth."

Source: WBUR.org on 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race Jun 12, 2017

Setti Warren: Move us towards single-payer healthcare

Setti Warren plans to use new revenue to fund strategies that will reduce the scourge of economic inequality, like making public colleges free and moving us towards single-payer healthcare.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts governor campaign website SettiWarren.com Jun 1, 2017

Charlie Baker: Opposed Republican bill to eliminate ObamaCare

[Democratic opponent] Jay Gonzalez said the governor of Massachusetts should stand in opposition to the healthcare and budgetary policies of President Donald Trump, and that Baker's actions, which include writing a letter opposing the now-dead bill to eliminate ObamaCare, either came too late or are insufficient.

Gonzalez, speaking in the days before the House Republican's American Health Care Act of 2017 failed to pass the House of Representatives, said that national Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare bill pose a serious threat to Massachusetts. Baker's administration released estimates last month showing that the AHCA would have cost the state $1 billion per year by 2020. "We need to be doing everything we can to try to stop that from happening," Gonzalez said.

While major federal health care changes are no longer imminent following the defeat of the ACHA, Trump tweeted last week that he is still dedicated replacing Obama's signature health care law.

Source: MassLive.com on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Apr 3, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: System is fundamentally dysfunctional; we need single-payer

Former Deval Patrick aide Jay Gonzalez said in an interview [that] the governor of Massachusetts should stand in opposition to the healthcare and budgetary policies of President Donald Trump. Gonzalez said Baker's actions, which include writing a letter opposing the now-dead bill to eliminate ObamaCare, either came too late or are insufficient. "This should be a huge concern for everybody in this state," Gonzalez said. "We need to be doing everything we can to try to stop that from happening."

Gonzalez said that while the ACHA would have been disastrous for the state, problems with the health care system extend far beyond that single issue. "I think our system is fundamentally broken. It's dysfunctional," he said. "This isn't an easy fix." He pointed to obscure and seemingly arbitrary price variations among health care providers, and said policymakers should "put everything on the table for consideration," including possibly instituting a single-payer system.

Source: MassLive.com on 2018 Massachusetts governor race Apr 3, 2017

Jay Gonzalez: Health insurance coverage for low-income residents

Jay Gonzalez has spent his career working to improve the lives of people in Massachusetts. Through his work providing health insurance coverage for low-income residents, helping cities and towns build new schools and fire stations, and managing the state budget for Governor Deval Patrick during the Great Recession, Jay has always put people first.

He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of Massachusetts' health care reform. Most recently, Jay served as President and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families, where he helped tens of thousands of low-income residents access the health care services they need. Under his leadership, Jay turned CeltiCare Health around, launched New Hampshire Healthy Families, grew the company's regional presence by multiple times and added hundreds of jobs.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts Governor campaign website jay4ma.com Mar 11, 2017

Charlie Baker: Push for a state waiver from ObamaCare

The debate touched on health care issues and the botched website the state launched last year to be in compliance with President Barack Obama's health care law. Baker has said the state should push for a waiver from the law. He said Tuesday that he feared the state was losing control of its own health care law. "I wanted Massachusetts to continue to be in the driver's seat," he said.

Coakley said the state needed some waivers from the federal government and said the state has the right plan now.

Source: WCVB-TV on 2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial debate Oct 8, 2014

Charlie Baker: Access to health care is a basic right

Baker declares, "access to health care is a basic right": In a debate with Mark Fisher on June 2nd, "Baker said "access to health care is a basic right." And to ensure that everyone is afforded that right, he said, the state's health care delivery system needs an overhaul, including making the price of care more transparent. The same person can receive drastically different price quotes for the exact same medical treatment from different hospitals, Baker said. Knowing how much each medical institution charges for a service would "change the whole health care conversation in Massachusetts," he said." (Boston Globe, 6/2/2014)

Baker said health care is already a basic right under state and federal law. "I think the most important thing we can do to make sure everybody's 'covered' with respect to that is to have a system like the one we had here in Massachusetts, where 98% of our population was covered. (State House News Service, 6/2/2014)

Source: Mass IEPAC p.183, on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate Jun 2, 2014

Don Berwick: Institute for Healthcare Improvement: focus on quality

Q: You started the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Tell me about that.

A: I was recruited to the first HMO at Harvard Community Health Plan to run their quality systems and quality of care. We had an unlimited budget to measure anything we wanted that related to care. So we were watching patient satisfaction and infant mortality, and I kept noticing that everything stayed the same. We were okay, but there wasn't improvement.

[I looked at] how other industries deal with improvement; we studied modern approaches to improvement. We began some experiments and then started a national demonstration project in the late 1980s, with 21 hospitals using these then-new quality-improvement techniques from outside healthcare. And it worked. It was unbelievable. It was so exciting. They were addressing problems that had been chronic for decades with just a little bit of help from people who understood quality. We brought in experts from other industries; a lot of them made breakthroughs.

Source: Medscape interview on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race Feb 18, 2014

Steve Grossman: Workplace wellness programs are a good investment

Grossman said college students "were drowning in debt," called the lack of primary care physicians in gateway communities "a crisis," and said wellness programs in the workplace were a good investment.
Source: Wicked Local Brookline on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race Feb 14, 2014

Don Berwick: Triple Aim strategy: improve experience, health, and cost

As part of his proposal to improve medical care in Massachusetts, Berwick previously said he would implement the Triple Aim strategy, focusing on improving the experience of care, improving the health of the population and reducing per capita costs of health care.

Berwick said on his first day in office, he would put together a task force of health care stakeholders to review the state's 2011 cost containment law to identify places it could be improved upon.

Berwick doubled-down on his flirtation with the idea of a single-payer system in Massachusetts, saying the time has come to see if it could result in a better, less expensive health care experience. "It is time to explore seriously the possibility of a single payer system in Massachusetts. The complexity of our health care payment system adds costs, uncertainties, and hassles for everyone--patients, families, doctors, & employers," Berwick said. "I will work with the Legislature to assemble a multi-stakeholder Single Payer Advisory Panel."

Source: Springfield Republican on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race Jan 23, 2014

Don Berwick: Explore single payer system in Massachusetts

Berwick said, "It is time to explore seriously the possibility of a single payer system in Massachusetts. I will work with the Legislature to assemble a multi-stakeholder Single Payer Advisory Panel to investigate and report back within one year on whether and how Massachusetts should consider a single payer option."

Democrats initially pushed for a single payer system in the national Affordable Care Act but the language never made it into the final bill that passed in 2010. Supporters of a single payer system argue that it would simplify the billing process and reduce overall costs, in part, due to increased preventative care. Opponents, however, argue government is not efficient enough to be in charge of such an undertaking, and with public officials at the helm of the health care system, the quality of care and the overall health care system would diminish.

In 2010, communities across the commonwealth approved a non-binding ballot question endorsing a single payer system.

Source: Springfield Republican on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race Jan 23, 2014

Deval Patrick: 98% of all Massachusetts citizens now have health insurance

Thanks to successful implementation of health care reform, nearly 98 percent of all Massachusetts citizens now have health insurance that they can depend on, the highest proportion in the Nation.
Source: 2009 State of the State speech to Massachusetts Legislature Jan 1, 2009

Tom Reilly: Universal access to quality, affordable health care

Ensuring access to affordable, high-quality health care for all is a moral and economic imperative for Massachusetts, keeping our people healthy and productive and enhancing the stability of our health care system. As Governor, Reilly will keep the Commonwealth on track to achieve universal access to quality, affordable health care by:
Source: Campaign booklet, “Prescription for a Healthy Massachusetts” Jun 2, 2006

Deval Patrick: Focus on prevention and wellness programs

I envision Massachusetts as a model for public health stewardship, a state that gets healthy and stays healthy-emphasizing disease prevention and wellness programs that help reduce the total cost of illness, injury and disability. We will have effective programs to assure childhood immunizations, and to address drug and alcohol addiction, mental health needs, gun safety and other violence prevention, and HIV/AIDS screening, treatment and prevention.
Source: Campaign policy booklet, “Moving Massachusetts Forward” Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Supports Health Access and Affordability Act

As governor I will work with the legislature to enact the Health Access and Affordability Act, a credible, achievable means to bring immediate progress. Through a combination of changes in the eligibility requirements of MassHealth (Medicaid) and reasonable assessments from employers who do not provide health insurance, the plan substantially expands access to affordable health care to Massachusetts residents. 
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.11 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Finance catastrophic health coverage

No one should have to choose between health care and bankruptcy. To relieve the anxiety for individuals and the burden on small businesses, the State will guarantee catastrophic coverage for everyone who is not already covered by Medicare or Medicaid. By spreading these typically high costs over the largest possible pool of participants, and consolidating the many separate reserves now maintained for this care, per-person premiums will be reduced significantly for both employers and employees.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.11 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Negotiate bulk drug purchases under governor’s authority

Using existing but ignored authority, I will reduce the cost of prescription drugs through negotiated bulk purchases and the development of new channels of supply. It is the duty of the Commonwealth to act in the financial interests of the people.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.12 Sep 15, 2005

Deval Patrick: Invest in prevention

When diagnosed early, many illnesses can be managed at far lower cost than if left until they breed more serious health problems. To keep our citizens healthy, I will invest in a robust public health delivery system. I will place a special emphasis on adequate childhood immunizations, effective drug & alcohol abuse education, HIV/AIDS prevention & care, and early cancer detection programs. Common sense prevention programs like these reduce system-wide costs, which saves money for insurance ratepayers.
Source: Moving Massachusetts Forward, Patrick’s policy booklet, p.12 Sep 15, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on maintaining two state psychiatric hospitals

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: HEALTH CARE: Clause 16 & 17: Mental health. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

In the budget item for the operation of adult inpatient facilities and community mental health centers, the legislature called for a study on how psychiatric patients at Worcester State Hospital and Westborough State Hospital might be best served. The Governor vetoed the section requiring that the legislature approve possible closure of the two hospitals, transferring the closure decision to the executive branch. A vote of YES would override the Governor's veto, and keep the decision on mental hospital closings within the legislative branch, thereby making closure less likely.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part II, clause 16&17: HEALTH CARE: We oppose cuts in mental health services. We support an expansion of private health insurance benefits to include mental health parity.

Bill H.4001 budget item 5095-0015 ; vote #H123

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2005

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on maintaining two state psychiatric hospitals

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: HEALTH CARE: Clause 16 & 17: Mental health. [State Rep. Walsh, a Democrat, voted YES].

In the budget item for the operation of adult inpatient facilities and community mental health centers, the legislature called for a study on how psychiatric patients at Worcester State Hospital and Westborough State Hospital might be best served. The Governor vetoed the section requiring that the legislature approve possible closure of the two hospitals, transferring the closure decision to the executive branch. A vote of YES would override the Governor's veto, and keep the decision on mental hospital closings within the legislative branch, thereby making closure less likely.

The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part II, clause 16&17: HEALTH CARE: We oppose cuts in mental health services. We support an expansion of private health insurance benefits to include mental health parity.

Bill H.4001 budget item 5095-0015 ; vote #H123

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2005

Karyn Polito: Voted NO on Constitutional call for universal health care

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Health Care. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on a Constitutional Amendment: It shall be the obligation and duty of the Legislature and executive officials to enact such laws... as will ensure that no Massachusetts resident lacks comprehensive, affordable and equitably financed health insurance coverage for all medically necessary preventive, acute and chronic health care and mental health care services, prescription drugs and devices.

Relevant platform section: Health Care: Our Party supports the creation of a single-payer health care system both in Massachusetts and in the nation in order to achieve the goal of universal health care. We understand that other methods are less satisfactory to us, but we remain committed to ensuring that every man, woman, and child in our state should have access to high quality health care.

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 721

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2004

Marty Walsh: Voted YES on Constitutional call for universal health care

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Health Care. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Vote on a Constitutional Amendment: It shall be the obligation and duty of the Legislature and executive officials to enact such laws... as will ensure that no Massachusetts resident lacks comprehensive, affordable and equitably financed health insurance coverage for all medically necessary preventive, acute and chronic health care and mental health care services, prescription drugs and devices.

Relevant platform section: Health Care: Our Party supports the creation of a single-payer health care system both in Massachusetts and in the nation in order to achieve the goal of universal health care. We understand that other methods are less satisfactory to us, but we remain committed to ensuring that every man, woman, and child in our state should have access to high quality health care.

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 721

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2004

Richard Tisei: Voted YES on Constitutional call for universal health care

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Health Care. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted YES].

Vote on a Constitutional Amendment: It shall be the obligation and duty of the Legislature and executive officials to enact such laws... as will ensure that no Massachusetts resident lacks comprehensive, affordable and equitably financed health insurance coverage for all medically necessary preventive, acute and chronic health care and mental health care services, prescription drugs and devices.

Relevant platform section: Health Care: Our Party supports the creation of a single-payer health care system both in Massachusetts and in the nation in order to achieve the goal of universal health care. We understand that other methods are less satisfactory to us, but we remain committed to ensuring that every man, woman, and child in our state should have access to high quality health care.

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 721

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2004

Scott Brown: Voted NO on Constitutional call for universal health care

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Health Care. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Vote on a Constitutional Amendment: It shall be the obligation and duty of the Legislature and executive officials to enact such laws... as will ensure that no Massachusetts resident lacks comprehensive, affordable and equitably financed health insurance coverage for all medically necessary preventive, acute and chronic health care and mental health care services, prescription drugs and devices.

Relevant platform section: Health Care: Our Party supports the creation of a single-payer health care system both in Massachusetts and in the nation in order to achieve the goal of universal health care. We understand that other methods are less satisfactory to us, but we remain committed to ensuring that every man, woman, and child in our state should have access to high quality health care.

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 721

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 14, 2004

Karyn Polito: Voted YES on tax credits for all smoking regulation costs

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part III: Health Care:Tobacco. [State Rep. Polito, a Republican, voted YES].

Corporations shall be allowed a tax credit equal to 100 per cent of the costs incurred, for the purchase and installation of ventilation systems and any other materials used in the construction of a designated smoking area designed to reduce the presence of smoke in non-smoking areas, pursuant to any board of health regulation, city ordinance, town bylaw, or any other municipal variance or exemption. [The effect of this legislation would be to make legislating restrictions on smoking fmore difficult].

Relevant platform section: Part III: Health Care: Tobacco: "We support legislation to regulate smoking in the workplace and all public settings."

Source citation: Bill H.4249 ; vote number 430

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Oct 22, 2003

Marty Walsh: Voted NO on tax credits for all smoking regulation costs

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part III: Health Care:Tobacco. [State Rep. Walsh voted NO].

Corporations shall be allowed a tax credit equal to 100 per cent of the costs incurred, for the purchase and installation of ventilation systems and any other materials used in the construction of a designated smoking area designed to reduce the presence of smoke in non-smoking areas, pursuant to any board of health regulation, city ordinance, town bylaw, or any other municipal variance or exemption. [The effect of this legislation would be to make legislating restrictions on smoking fmore difficult].

Relevant platform section: Part III: Health Care: Tobacco: "We support legislation to regulate smoking in the workplace and all public settings."

Source citation: Bill H.4249 ; vote number 430

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Oct 22, 2003

Scott Brown: Voted YES on tax credits for all smoking regulation costs

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part III: Health Care:Tobacco. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted YES].

Corporations shall be allowed a tax credit equal to 100 per cent of the costs incurred, for the purchase and installation of ventilation systems and any other materials used in the construction of a designated smoking area designed to reduce the presence of smoke in non-smoking areas, pursuant to any board of health regulation, city ordinance, town bylaw, or any other municipal variance or exemption. [The effect of this legislation would be to make legislating restrictions on smoking fmore difficult].

Relevant platform section: Part III: Health Care: Tobacco: "We support legislation to regulate smoking in the workplace and all public settings."

Source citation: Bill H.4249 ; vote number 430

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Oct 22, 2003

Richard Tisei: Opposed tax credits for all smoking regulation costs

Mass. Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES on Veto Override in Part III: Health Care:Tobacco. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Corporations shall be allowed a tax credit equal to 100 per cent of the costs incurred, for the purch and installation of ventilation systems and any other materials used in the construction of a designated smoking area designed to reduce the presence of smoke in non-smoking areas, pursuant to any board of health regulation, city ordinance, town bylaw, or any other municipal variance or exemption. [The effect of this legislation would be to make legislating restrictions on smoking fmore difficult].

Relevant platform section: Part III: Health Care: Tobacco: "We support legislation to regulate smoking in the workplace and all public settings."

Source citation: Bill H.4249 ; vote number 430

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 17, 2003

Marty Walsh: Opposed $10M cut in the uncompensated care pool

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in X2:Access and Costs. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated $9,670,807 in funding for the uncompensated care pool. This care pool provides health care for people who would otherwise not be covered for hospital visits.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Access and Costs: "We remain committed to extending proper coverage to each of the hundreds of thousands of residents still uninsured, and to aiding the even greater number who are underinsured, or at risk of being so."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 170

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

Richard Tisei: Supported $10M cut in the uncompensated care pool

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in X2:Access and Costs. [State Senator Tisei, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated $9,670,807 in funding for the uncompensated care pool. This care pool provides health care for people who would otherwise not be covered for hospital visits.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Access and Costs: "We remain committed to extending proper coverage to each of the hundreds of thousands of residents still uninsured, and to aiding the even greater number who are underinsured, or at risk of being so."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 170

Source: Massachusetts Senate voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

Scott Brown: Supported $10M cut in the uncompensated care pool

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in X2:Access and Costs. [State Senator Brown, a Republican, voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated $9,670,807 in funding for the uncompensated care pool. This care pool provides health care for people who would otherwise not be covered for hospital visits.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Access and Costs: "We remain committed to extending proper coverage to each of the hundreds of thousands of residents still uninsured, and to aiding the even greater number who are underinsured, or at risk of being so."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 170

Source: Massachusetts House voting record via MassScorecard.org Jul 8, 2003

John Kerry: Lack of accessible health care is a disgrace

We must end the disgrace of America being the only industrialized nation on the planet not to make health care accessible to all our citizens.
Source: Speech at Massachusetts Democratic Convention May 31, 2002

Carla Howell: Get government out of health care & we’ll be better off

Health care in this country is pathetic compared to what it could be. This is a result of big government involvement. Big government accounts for more than 50% of spending on health care in this country and it regulates 100% of the dollars spent. It has failed. It has made things worse. People have far fewer health options, less privacy, less control, and pay radically more than they would with small government and free market healthcare. We need to get big government’s hands off health care.
Source: Eric Darbe, Massachusetts News Jan 5, 2000

John Kerry: Providing health care for kids is an ethical issue

[To William Weld]: Why did you veto health care for kids that don’t have it? That’s an ethical issue.
Source: Kerry/Weld: A Classic Senate Race In Massachusetts, CNN.com Oct 29, 1996

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