Health Insurance is a Battlefield

Western Mass. Medicare for All presented testimony at a recent “Listening Session” for local legislators on March 15th in Amherst. One of our speakers was Jon Weissman, Co-convener of WMM4A, past coordinator of Western Mass. Jobs with Justice, and a long-time labor and community activist. Here is his testimony:

The costs of health insurance, prescription drugs, and hospital charges keep rising, and these costs are increasingly shifted to workers, creating an unsustainable situation for workers.

The urgency for reform is clear every day at the bargaining table, where unions seek to preserve the benefits workers have earned, but these high costs help to sustain a climate of concessionary bargaining, pushing wages down, diverting potential wage and pension improvements to the pockets of the insurance companies and their high-salaried executives, causing bitter strikes and lockouts, triggering attacks on public sector workers and retirees, and shifting more and more of the costs onto the backs of workers.  Health insurance is a battlefield.

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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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Commentary by Sara Weinberger

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
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Survey: 56% of Physicians Support Single Payer
Post by Lawrence Pareles

Merritt Hawkins is a physician recruitment firm. They did a study of physicians on 8/3/17, and the results were published in Newsweek of 9/19/17.  The study found that 56% of American doctors they polled, were strongly or moderately in favor of a Single Payer healthcare plan here.  Continue reading “Survey: 56% of Physicians Support Single Payer
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