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Lobby Day on January 23rd
Ask your legislators to cosponsor the new M4A bill

Western Mass. Medicare for All will join advocates from across the state on Wednesday, January 23rd to lobby for Medicare for All in Boston. If you can’t travel to Boston that day, please mark the date anyway to call or email your state Senator and Representative and ask them to cosponsor the new Medicare for All bills.  For questions and carpooling:  info@wmMedicareforall.org.   

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Ask your legislators to cosponsor the new M4A bill

Strong Statehouse Leadership for M4A
Sabadosa and Comerford out in front

We are pleased to announce a strong leadership team for Medicare for All in the statehouse for the 2019-2020 legislative session.  “An Act to Establish Medicare for All in Mass.” will be re-submitted by the January 18th filing deadline with some minor revisions.  Sen. Jamie Eldridge will continue as the lead sponsor on the Senate version of the bill; newly-elected Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, a champion for Single Payer from the First Hampshire District, , will be taking over as lead sponsor in the House. We also look forward to working with the newly-formed Single Payer Legislative Caucus.  The

Question 4 Wins Big!
Strong message for Western Mass reps

Our non-binding question in support of Single Payer for Mass. passed in every single town in the six legislative districts where it appeared on the ballot.  Overall, Question 4 was approved by nearly 77% of the voters in those districts! This success sends a strong message to these representatives that their constituents want them to fight for Medicare for All on Beacon Hill:  Reps. Paul Mark, Natalie Blais, Lindsay Sabadosa, Dan Carey, Mindy Domb, and Aaron Vega.  
Here’s a link for Question 4 voting results by town:  

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Strong message for Western Mass reps

Why Question 4 Matters
Commentary by Sara Weinberger

Last April and May, I joined with members of Western Mass Medicare for All to collect signatures to get a non-binding referendum on the November ballot giving voters the opportunity to weigh in on the question of whether they would support single-payer health care in Massachusetts. Getting people to sign my petition was the easiest sell I’ve ever made. Those I spoke with were fed up with rising health care costs and fearful that the stripping away of the Affordable Care Act was going to further erode their access to health care.

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Vote “YES” on Question #4
Single Payer on the ballot!

Question #4 is a non-binding ballot question about Single Payer healthcare in Mass.  It will appear on the Nov. 6th ballot in six Western Mass. legislative districts including those currently represented by Kulik, Mark, Vega, Solomon-Rose, Scibak and (formerly) Kocot.
The results of this ballot question will demonstrate the strength of support for Single Payer among voters in each legislator’s district.  A strong vote for Question 4 will help our allies on the new legislative delegation to fight harder on Beacon Hill for health care as a human right and encourage those still on the fence to get on-board.

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Single Payer on the ballot!

A stronger Single Payer delegation
Western Mass. can take the lead

Western Mass. Medicare for All (WMM4A) is pleased that an energetic primary season has now culminated in victory for several strong Medicare for All supporters almost certain to be elected to office on Nov. 6th.  Single Payer healthcare was a key issue in the primary for many candidates and voters, discussed at public forums, and reported in the media.

Most of the candidates running for state office in Franklin and Hampshire counties responded to WMM4A’s Candidates Single Payer Survey.  Winning candidates who responded include Natalie Blais, Jo Comerford, Mindy Domb, Paul Mark, and Lindsay Sabadosa.  Their responses were thoughtful, with consideration for how we can actually implement a Single Payer system in Mass.  All of these candidates agreed, if elected, to help initiate and participate in a Single Payer Legislative Caucus.  Such a caucus will provide a forum for in-depth discussion and advocacy on this issue in the Statehouse. Continue reading “A stronger Single Payer delegation
Western Mass. can take the lead