Mass. Landslide Single Payer Voting Victory

Originally posted Posted Sat, 02/14/2009 - the sort of good news we like to hear - standingup

Via D.C. Blogger, A Ballot initiative in 10 Massachusetts' districts gives you a pretty clear picture of what Americans want in health care reform:

Under the Chapter 58 legislation in Massachusetts, law currently mandates the purchase of private health insurance for all individuals not eligible for a public option. Those who are uninsured in Massachusetts are subject to fines. The lack of primary care physicians in addition to the high deductibles have not created universal access to care in the state.

In the most recent election, local ballot initiatives supporting single payer and opposing individual mandates passed by landslide margins in all ten legislative districts of Massachusetts where they appeared. With almost all precincts tallied, roughly 73 percent of 181,000 voters in the ten districts voted YES to the following: “Should the representative from this district be instructed to support legislation creating a cost-effective single payer health insurance system that is available to all residents, and oppose laws penalizing those who fail to obtain health insurance?”

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Does anyone doubt that a vote on this issue in Connecticut would come pretty close to 73 % support for Single Payer health care? You would have to be crazy to think otherwise. Vermont? Same thing.

Keeping in mind that, just like Connecticut, we are talking about another very liberal state, this is not some tiny poll sample of a thousand or two thousand people. This is 181,000 people voting for the record. 181,000 people that have already lived the failure of mandated "health care for all for profit".


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 indeed considering all the trouble we have heard about the MA mandatory health insurance policiy.  I don't know enough about the particulars of the MA policiy but seem to recall possibly some areas where they could tweak the system to improve it.  Anything of that nature being pushed now?

the broken for-profit system again. And that is why the citizens used the ballot intitatives to send them a clear policy message.

Check out this Pennsylvania story on Single Payer.

If they succeed in passing a decent single payer plan there, I may have to talk to my wife about moving to there. We have a half decent health denial plan (compared to others' health denial plans) from her work right now, but for how long?There are people that already do the long commute from PA to where she works.

Can you imagine how many out of staters with vacation places in PA will suddenly change their primary residence to PA? It is safe to say that it would become a major attraction for businesses, as well, once they figure out the very real savings for themselves in healthier, happier and more productive workers. Not to mention the direct savings in actual health care costs.