Monthly Archives: September 2005

MA Health Reform Update — The Squeeze Play

Two noteworthy events this week — one on camera and one off (well, sort of). On Tuesday, Sen. Kennedy and Gov. Romney met in DC with Mike Leavitt, US Secretary of Health & Human Services about the fate of Massachusetts’ … Continue reading

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“We Are Acting More Like Democrats”

From NewsDay (Long Island) 9/28: Suffolk County, New York lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill requiring large non-unionized grocery retailers to set aside money to pay for employee health-care costs. If it becomes law, Suffolk would be the first municipality in … Continue reading

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ER Visits Went Down during ’04 Red Sox Victories

From Tuesday’s Washington Post: Everyone knows that Boston Red Sox fans endured decades of pain and suffering waiting for their team to win the World Series. But it turns out that Boston area residents literally put off taking care of … Continue reading

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Pfizer Sued for Over-Marketing Lipitor

From Associated Press: Consumer groups sued Pfizer Inc. in federal district court Wednesday, alleging the drug maker issued misleading advertising for its top-selling cholesterol drug Lipitor, a day after the company received Food and Drug Administration approval to market the … Continue reading

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Dem. Gov. Candidate Endorses ACT Health Reform Bill

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Deval Patrick today released his health agenda and included in it an endorsement of the Moore-Blumer Affordable Care Today’s legislation (S738/H2777). Here’s the relevant statement: “Expand Affordable Care. As governor I will work with the legislature to … Continue reading

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New Poll — Voters Favor MassACT Initiative 62-33%

Results from a new State House News Service poll of 400 voters conducted by Gerry Chervinsky: “Though it contains a sizeable tax hike – 60 cents a pack on cigarettes and a new payroll levy on employers – a question … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions in MA Health Reform — Insiders Only or Everyone in the Pool?

On Thursday at 10:30am in Gardner Auditorium at the State House, two legislative committees will hold a public hearing on Gov. Romney’s health reform legislation which he filed last July. Expectations are that His Excellency will testify in favor of … Continue reading

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