Monthly Archives: January 2006

Health Care, Bush, and Consumers

So I’m writing this just as Bush enters the House Chamber. All reports suggest that health care, consumer directed/driven health care, health savings accounts, and the like, will form the core of the President’s speech. Let’s put this in perspective. … Continue reading

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Last Chance to Stop Federal Medicaid Cuts

Summary of alert from our friends at Families USA: The vote by the US House on the Budget Reconciliation bill is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1st. What this means for Medicaid recipients: $16 billion in cuts that will harm the … Continue reading

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A bit more on the Mitt budget

A bit more details have emerged on the budget. Our great friend and colleague Neil Cronin of Mass Law Reform Institute, back in full advocacy mode after being out ill for awhile (great to have you back Neil!), sent this … Continue reading

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The Dangerous Downside Risks in Health Reform

For some time, we’ve been the sole public voice warning that delays in finishing health reform hold dire financial consequences for the Commonwealth. On Wednesday, a key federal official said it publicly as well. Here’s the State House News account: … Continue reading

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I Lock Horns with the Heritage Foundation

Click here if you would like to view a one hour webcast filmed at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington DC on Wednesday. Three panelists talking about state health reform — me, Alice Burton of the State Initiatives program at … Continue reading

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When Is a Budget Not a Budget?

Today Mitt Romney unveiled the last budget proposal of his governorship. It could also be seen as the first budget of Kerry Healy, his chosen successor. Sometimes governors use their budget plan to express policy preferences, chart new directions, or … Continue reading

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MA Health Reform Has a New Exhibit A: Friendly’s Ice Cream

Today’s Globe has a front page piece by Jeff Krasner on how Friendly’s Ice Cream Stores terminated comprehensive health insurance for all its non-management workers in October and now provides only limited benefit or “mini-medical” plans for its 454 full … Continue reading

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