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'Medicare for All' plan faces steep hurdles in Massachusetts


Added 06-15-19 12:22:07pm EST - “Whether it's called "single payer," "Medicare for All," or something else, the concept of a universal government-run health care system has gained favor with many including a number of the Democrats seeking their party's presidential…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “‘Medicare for All’ plan faces steep hurdles in Massachusetts”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BOSTON (AP) - Whether it’s called “single payer,” ”Medicare for All,” or something else, the concept of a universal government-run health care system has gained favor with many including a number of the Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination.

While the focus of such discussion remains largely national in scope, a handful of Democratic-leaning states have also explored the feasibility of operating single payer health care systems at the state level.

In Massachusetts, where a landmark 2006 health care law created a model for the federal Affordable Care Act, some activists now wonder if the state should continue its pioneering role by becoming a test site for single payer.

State Rep. Jennifer Benson, a Democrat from Lunenburg, says she likes the idea of “Medicare for All.” In theory, that is.

“When we move out of the theoretical support of single payer care to the actual implementation, it becomes dicey,” Benson told an audience at a recent public hearing at the Statehouse.

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