Steve Grossman on Health Care

Former Chair of DNC; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


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

Advocates bulk purchasing of medication to reduce prices

Grossman has taken to the airwaves to talk about prescription drugs, touting a plan he says will save the state between $100 million and $150 million a year and will reduce drug costs for poor residents. The cornerstone of the plan calls for bulk purchasing of medication, a concept that is growing in popularity throughout the nation despite fierce opposition from pharmaceutical companies.
Source: Rick Klein, Boston Globe , Jun 21, 2002

Commit to public school teaching in exchange for scholarship

Grossman would begin a program that offers students a four-year scholarship, the equivalent of room, board, and tuition at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, to be used anywhere in the country in return for a commitment to work as a Massachusetts public school teacher for at least five years. Grossman said that would cost 1 percent of the $5.3 billion education budget and recruit 10,000 teachers over the next decade.
Source: Yvonne Abraham, Boston Globe , Apr 9, 2002

Every citizen has a right to basic health coverage

Healthy individuals and healthy families are the building blocks of a healthy society. That means access to quality health care for all, but it means so much more.

Steve is a responsible employer who provides good health care benefits to his employees and believes that every citizen has a right to basic health coverage. But hundreds of thousands of people in Massachusetts have no coverage at all and often resort to expensive emergency rooms for their care, or opt for no care at all.

Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Use cigarette tax increase to cover 75,000 more people

Steve supports the effort by the Alliance for a Healthy New England to cover an additional 75,000 Massachusetts residents by increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 50 cents. He also believes we should expand the state’s Insurance Partnership, which helps qualified small employers -- including those who are self-employed -- pay for health insurance provided to their low- and moderate-income employees.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

State bulk purchasing to provide affordable senior Rx

The skyrocketing price of prescription drugs is a major factor in the increasing cost of health care, and too many people lack sufficient prescription drug coverage, especially our seniors. Steve believes we should pursue the kind of bulk purchasing program our neighbors in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are moving ahead with, to provide hundreds of thousands of consumers with the same discounts that the largest purchasers currently receive from drug companies.
Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Other governors on Health Care: Steve Grossman on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Karyn Polito
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Richard Tisei
Tom Menino
Warren Tolman
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Newly-elected 2014:
AK-I: Bill Walker
AR-R: Asa Hutchinson
AZ-R: Doug Ducey
IL-R: Bruce Rauner
MA-R: Charlie Baker
MD-R: Larry Hogan
NE-R: Pete Ricketts
PA-D: Tom Wolf
RI-D: Gina Raimondo
TX-R: Greg Abbott

Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
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Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

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