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Chris Gabrieli on Health Care


Apply subsidized healthcare to municipal employees

Q: The average worker pays 26% of the cost of family health insurance, while Massachusetts state employees pay about 15%. Is it fair to ask taxpayers to subsidize state workers?

GABRIELI: Good benefits is an important part of state jobs, it's part of how people are recruited to it. I think we're pretty close to the right place. But I will focus on municipal employees; the rate of growth on their healthcare costs is going much faster than state employees. I think that we could sit at the table, not be antagonistic, but sit at the table with collective bargaining, and say we need to get more of this money to work in our classrooms, out on the street in form of policemen and firemen, and so we've got to be smart about it. The group health insurance group that represents the state employees, they do some really smart things. I think that that kind of constructive smart approach can be used more broadly.

Source: MA gubernatorial debate on CBS4 news, moderator: Jon Keller Sep 13, 2006

New healthcare legislation is a good first step

Q: What is your position on the new health care law?

A: It's a good first step. It helps increase access to health care for Massachusetts residents, and the next Governor is going to play a major role in figuring out the details to make it work. Now we need to turn our attention to the out-of-control cost of health care. As governor, I'll work to bring down the cost of health care for Massachusetts families, starting with making sure that big companies are paying their fair share.

Source: Campaign website,, "FAQs" Jun 3, 2006

Raise employer uninsured healthcare assessment above $295

Gabrieli has been a supporter, with reservations, of the state's new universal healthcare plan. He has said he likes the concept of cost-sharing among individuals, businesses, and government. But of these three groups, he says, businesses that provide no insurance are getting off too lightly. Their fee of $295 per employee per year is far less than the $325 or $350 a month that "decent" health insurance costs, he says, and "most businesses, especially large businesses, can afford to do more."
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: Health Care Jun 3, 2006

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