Our healthcare system has been in trouble for a long time. Even before the pandemic, millions of people across the country were uninsured or underinsured, meaning that in spite of paying for insurance, they couldn’t see a doctor because copays, deductibles, and other fees and charges were unaffordably high. As we emerge from this pandemic with millions of jobs lost (1MM in MA alone), millions more uninsured, and fewer healthcare workers employed, we are facing a humanitarian crisis. As good people who care about our fellow human beings, we cannot let this crisis go unanswered.
In MA, we have a real opportunity to guarantee equitable health care access for every resident of the Commonwealth through a single payer health care financing system. Senator James Eldridge and Representative Lindsay Sabadosa have introduced Medicare-for-All bills in their respective houses on Beacon Hill. Both bills (S.683 and H.1194) would provide access to health care services without the current need for repeated re-enrollments or changes when employers choose new plans and people change jobs. Coverage would be comprehensive and affordable, with no co-insurance, co-payments or deductibles. Everyone would be covered, without regard to financial or employment status, ethnicity, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, previous health problems, or geographic location. This is what we need, and we need it sooner rather than later. As your State Rep, establishing Medicare for All in the Commonwealth will be a top priority.
Read more about proposed legislation here: https://www.masscare.org/faqs