Advocates for single-payer health care swarm Statehouse at Oct. 8 hearing

November 2003
Massachusetts Nurse;Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 74 Issue 9, p2
More than 700 health care reform advocates attended a hearing by the Joint Committee on Health Care in the Statehouse's Gardner Auditorium on October 8, to show support for a comprehensive proposal to provide more secure health insurance coverage to all residents of Massachusetts. The hearing was on S.686, the Massachusetts Health Care Trust, which would create a single state insurance fund to replace the current patchwork of public and private insurance plans. Patricia Downs, a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society's task force on single payer health care, testified that, consultants hired found that universal health care financed by a single payer health plan would cost less than the present multi-payer system which doesn't provide universal comprehensive care. The Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care is a coalition of over 80 organizations working for a universal, single payer health care plan in Massachusetts.


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