Daniel Schorr on MA Health Reform, 2006: “nothing short of a miracle”

We’re all mourning the loss of journalism legend Daniel Schorr, who died Friday after an historic career (NPR tribute and links; CBS report).

We also warmly remember his 2006 report on the passage of Massachusetts health reform, reported in this blog. In telling the story of how health reform came to be in Massachusetts, Schorr did not leave out the role played by HCFA and our partners in MassACT!: “supporters of the plan threatened legislative leaders with a petition drive that would put on the ballot a more extensive health plan if they didn’t pass the moderate coalition proposal.”

He concluded that passage with support of both conservatives and liberals evidenced a maturity that was nothing short of a miracle. Watching the partisanship around passage of a similar national plan in 2010 proved him right; miracles are not repeated.

Click on the player above to hear the report.
-Brian Rosman

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