Health Care & Reproductive Rights

 

Everyone deserves access to high-quality, affordable health care. Massachusetts has taken important, pioneering steps in recent years to expand health care to more Commonwealth residents—an accomplishment we should be proud of. But health care costs continue to rise, putting our new health reform law at risk and keeping adequate care out of reach for many hard-working families in our community.

A single-payer or "Medicare for All" system is the surest and most efficient way for us to achieve the goals of universal care at a sustainable cost. Many countries around the world have better health outcomes for their people, at a fraction of the cost -- achieved through a simplified single-payer system. That is why I will continue to support measures to transition our state to "Medicare for All." In the meantime, I will continue the tradition set by our 2006 health reform law by asking all parties to share in the responsibility for keeping the system solvent: employers, insurers, the public sector, health care providers, and individuals.

 

I have also led the fight in the Senate to prevent 30,000 legal, taxpaying immigrants from losing access to equal health care coverage through Commonwealth Care. And I'll continue to fight to protect the standard of Roe vs. Wade in Massachusetts and to ensure all Massachusetts women and families have access to contraceptive coverage.

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