Monthly Archives: February 2006

Gasp! Mass. Senate Warmly Embraces RomneyCare

Today the State Senate unanimously approved a health reform bill that embraces key elements of Gov. Romney’s health care proposal, and nothing else. We raised serious concerns with the bill, (click here to see our letter to senators). The Senate … Continue reading

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Big Enchilada, or Taquito?

Friday, March 3, is 120 days before July 1 (the absolute deadline for Massachusetts to have a new plan for using $385 million in federal Medicaid money or lose it), and that triggered a flurry of action today on health … Continue reading

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Like New England Weather, the Senate Shifts Again

The old saying, “if you don’t like New England weather, wait a minute,” seems to characterize the State Senate’s ever shifting posture on health reform. Today’s Boston Globe discloses Sen. Pres. Travaglini’s decision to toss in the towel on comprehensive … Continue reading

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The Wheel Is Turning, But the Hamster Is Dead

My slightly demented brother in law Bill — an ER doc in Oregon — sent this collection of memorable job performance reviews — reportedly taken from actual employee performance evaluations in a large US corporation: “His men would follow him … Continue reading

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See What Happens When You Push: Walmart Announces Improvements in Worker Health Benefits

We know it won’t be nearly enough, yet we can’t help noticing today’s announcement by Walmart that they will expand their health coverage offerings to their workers. Does anyone think they would be doing this were it not for the … Continue reading

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The Senate Health Reform “Offer”

On Monday of this week, Senate sources revealed they had sent a 14-page powerpoint memo to the House as a compromise health reform proposal to break the conference committee deadlock. This afternoon, State House News published the document on its … Continue reading

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Wanna Weigh in on Health Reform? 3/1/06 1pm, State House Room A1

Remember the MassACT Ballot Initiative? Still kickin’. Last December, it passed the first threshold by collecting 81,000 registered voter signatures (66,000 needed). Between now and May, the Legislature has the opportunity under the State Constitution to pass it on their … Continue reading

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Deval Patrick Gets It Right on Health Care

Cheers for Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Deval Patrick for speaking forthrightly on the health care reform imbroglio. Click here to read his new statement. He calls on House and Senate leaders to get the job done, and he doesn’t stop there. … Continue reading

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Check Out Globe Sunday Letters on Health Reform

Sunday’s Globe Focus section included a package of letters about Massachusetts health reform in response to Joan Vennochi’s recent column on business leadership and health reform. Click here to get the whole batch of letters. ‘nuf said. Enjoy.

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“We are in a very untenable situation”

From today’s State House News Service: Lawmakers and administration officials on Tuesday agreed that without a plan in place by July 1 that increases health insurance access, hospitals throughout the state may close, jobs may be lost, and the current … Continue reading

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