Mitt Romney on HEALTH CARE
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Would vote YES on Increasing benefits under MassHealth.
This vote was on passage of a health care bill. The bill would increase access and restore benefits to MassHealth, impose an employer assessment on employers that do not cover their workers, and expand subsidized coverage to working families and small businesses. Voting YES indicates support of MassHealth.
Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: HEALTH CARE:Clause 11 & 12: MassHealth.
The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part ii. HEALTH CARE, clause 11 & 12: We support the restoration of MassHealth coverage and funding. The Commonwealth must reinstate dental coverage for MassHealth eligible adults, and expand and improve services for children.
Romney statement on this issue: "Massachusetts has become the pioneer in universal coverage [via Romney's] plan for radically restructuring the health-care financing system.
Source: Eleanor Clift, Newsweek, "Gore Redux" Apr 28, 2006"
; vote number MA05-H271
on Nov 3, 2005
Would vote NO on Maintaining two state psychiatric hospitals.
In the budget item for the operation of adult inpatient facilities and community mental heath 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, in effect transferring the closure decision to the executive branch since the study would be conducted under the Governor's authority. 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.
Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: HEALTH CARE:Clause 16 & 17: Mental health.
The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part II, clause 16 & 17: HEALTH CARE: We oppose cuts in mental health services, including those for children and adolescents. We support an expansion of private health insurance benefits to include mental health parity.
Bill H.4001 budget item 5095-0015
; vote number MA05-H123
on Jul 14, 2005
Would vote NO on Overriding veto on Stem Cell Research Bill.
This vote affirmed passage of the bill supporting stem cell research as originally passed by the House and Senate, rejecting Governor Romney’s proposed amendments and veto, and avoiding delays of implementation. A vote of YES indicates support for embryonic stem cell research and support for regenerative medicine research.
Platform indicates voting YES in Part II: HEALTH CARE:Clause 14: Stem cell research.
The relevant part of the MassDems Platform is Part II, clause 14: HEALTH CARE: We endorse the Legislature's support for stem cell research, including embryonic stem cells, in the belief that such research will yield treatment for many illnesses.
Bill S. 2039
; vote number MA05-H069
on May 31, 2005
Would vote NO on Veto override of "Turning 22" mental disability program.
Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, which provides residential and treatment services for severely disabled individuals (who are mandated to exit other state programs after age 21). "Turning 22" is designed to allow a person to remain where his or her family lives.
Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Mental Health.
Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Mental Health: “Our Party supports the full implementation of mental health policies which will provide emergence care, family support, and appropriate housing to our citizens with chronic mental health disorders."
Bill Veto Override
; vote number MAG03-H253
on Jul 10, 2003
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