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President Obama reminded us this weekend that health reform is already happening: Read more »

Don Berwick to Head CMS?

Dr. Don Berwick, the President and CEO of the Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is rumored to have been chosen to head up the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Though the appointment has not been publicly announced, Politico reports that the journal Inside Health Policy quotes several sources who say it could be announced as soon as next week, writing that "Berwick agreed to take the job ‘some time ago’ but only on the condition that health reform pass first." Read more »

Congressional Delegation to Laud Health Law Today

Senator Kerry and members of the Massachusetts House delegation will speak today on benefits of health reform to Massachusetts this afternoon, at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Also, Congressman Markey released a summary of the fiscal benefits to Massachusetts (pdf) from the health reform law. In total, the Commonwealth and its residents will receive new federal support for health care worth approximately $7.7 billion over 10 years. The report finds that in Massachusetts, the heath care reform bill will: Read more »

John McDonough Takes The Long View on Health Reform

CommonWealth Magazine's Michael Jonas has a thoughtful interview with John McDonough, former HCFA Executive Director who served on Senator Kennedy's HELP Committee health staff in 2008 and 2009. Their talk yesterday covered the role of Massachusetts health reform, Scott Brown, Mitt Romney and the challenge of implementation. McDonough also brings a historical perspective: "This is the kind of thing that happens less than once in a generation. It seems like it’s every other generation or every third generation. If you think of Social Security, 1935, Medicare, 1965, 30 years later, and then... Read more »

Real Reform for Real People - Thank You, Congressional Delegation!

Health Care For All applauds the House of Representatives for voting YES on national health reform yesterday. And we thank the members of our Congressional delegation who supported this life-changing piece of legislation for their leadership, commitment, and perseverance. This critically important vote brings our country a giant step closer to passing national health reform. Millions of Americans are struggling to meet their daily needs, and they are now poised to gain affordable health care. In Massachusetts, we see the positive effects of our own landmark health reform law for our... Read more »

Capuano Confirms Yes Vote, and Explains Why National Health Reform Is Good For Massachusetts

Congressman Capuano released a detailed letter (full text below) explaining why he's voting for health reform tomorrow. The short version: National health reform is good for Massachusetts. Meanwhile, groups continue to demand that Congressman Stephen Lynch reconsider his announced intent to vote no. A large group of Massachusetts union leaders sent a letter to Lynch yesterday, that included this: Congressman, we will not be able to explain to the working women and men of our union why you voted against their interests. We have stood together time and time again and you have made an enormous... Read more »

Health Reform Is Good For Massachusetts: Senator Kerry with the Details

So, forget the rhetoric, and enough with the misdirection and talking points we're inundated with on a daily basis -- the reality is really very simple: This bill makes the Massachusetts health care system much, much stronger. It strengthens Massachusetts' health insurance reforms, brings new federal subsidies into the state, and gives huge benefits to the people and businesses of Massachusetts. Senator Kerry posted this on Blue Mass Group today, and linked to detailed fact sheet on the specific impact of reform on Massachusetts. The news is very good news. Highlights: Read more »

National Health Reform Is Good For Massachusetts: United for Reform

[A broad group of health care leaders in Massachusetts sent the following letter yesterday to our Congressional delegation; you can download the original letter here; add your voice by clicking here.] Dear Massachusetts Senators and Representatives: Thank you for your continued leadership and commitment to improving the health of our Commonwealth. Read more »

Look - Up In The Sky - It's the "Vote YES on Health Reform" Banner

Look up on Friday! You just might see a plane fly by with a banner encouraging Congress to vote YES on health care! Keep your eyes to the skies and tell your friends. It will fly over Milton, Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea and South Boston starting at 11:00 am. Whether you see it or not, Friday is the day to call your Representative. Click here to look up the number, get talking points, and easy instructions. The goal is to reach out to wavering members of Congress, particularly Representative Lynch, to urge them to support health reform. Thank those who are supportive. Read more »

National Health Reform is Good For Massachusetts: The Final Push - It's Up to You

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"258","attributes":{"class":"media-image","typeof":"foaf:Image","height":"344","width":"425","style":""}}]] This is it. With all the distracting, hypocritical noise about procedural trivia, President Obama, interviewed on Fox News last night, cut through the chaff: "we have a vote on whether or not we're going to maintain the status quo, or whether we're going to reform the system." For Massachusetts, which led the way, the stakes are very high. National health reform is critical to improving the health of Massachusetts, for seniors, children... Read more »


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