Category Archives: Health Care Politics

The intersection of health policy and politics, MA and US

The End of an Era – A Legislative Giant Retires in Washington

Normally, the retirement of a member of Congress representing a district nearly 2,000 miles from Massachusetts would not be mentioned on this blog.  But Congressman Henry Waxman’s announcement today that he will be leaving public life at the end of … Continue reading

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President Comes To Town

Last week, on a day full of victories, the President of the United States visited Boston to defend the Affordable Care Act. He began his historic appearance at Faneuil Hall with the self-deprecating and not altogether untrue observation that his … Continue reading

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About Last Night’s Question

HCFA is a 501(c)3, so we don’t endorse candidates or take positions on partisan electoral issues. So we need to be careful in our commentary on last night’s debate between Senate candidates Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey, including their answers … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 40th the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. As I reflect on what that means for me personally and for women across the country, I am struck that even … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren Named to US Senate Health Committee

Today the US Senate majority Democrats announced their committee assignments for the next Congress. While lots of attention was heaped on the appointment of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Banking Committee, we were thrilled to learn that she also … Continue reading

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Call on Globe For A Correction: Obamacare REDUCES the Federal Deficit

Did you see the Globe’s Sunday Metro-front box, on the key positions of Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren? Did you catch the huge mistake, in the very first line? Under the issue topic “deficit” (which is shorthand for … Continue reading

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We Need To Defend The ACA

Last Friday, HCFA hosted a conference call to discuss the Supreme Court decision on the ACA and its implications for both Massachusetts and the nation at large. The key takeaway from the call? The Affordable Care Act needs to be … Continue reading

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