Does health reform need defending in Massachusetts?

Mass-based Health Care For All says “yes.” The group is asking supporters  to write letter to their local papers in response to a Sen. Scott Brown op-ed  in the Metrowest Daily News. He argues that Obama’s health reform “will hurt our state,” in part with a new fee for medical device makers.

With the 2006 Massachusetts health care bill, our state responsibly dealt with the problem of covering our uninsured. Today, approximately 98 percent of our residents have health insurance, and we accomplished this worthy goal without a federal takeover from Washington, D.C., that includes 18 new tax hikes and cuts a half trillion dollars to Medicare for our seniors. While not perfect, I was proud to vote for our 2006 health care law, and I’m proud to support it today.

Unfortunately, my opponent in the Senate race, Elizabeth Warren, supports the new federal law, even though it includes the job-crushing 2.3 percent excise tax on our medical device community that is set to take effect in less than six months in January 2013. Massachusetts is home to more than 400 medical device companies. The industry employs nearly 25,000 people in our state, and is also responsible for 80,000 jobs in related industries.

Here’s HCFA’s response

The truth is that the ACA is good for Massachusetts. It’s good for our seniors, who’ll save money on their prescription drugs. It’s good for our young adults, who can stay on their parents plan until they’re 26. It’s good for our small businesses, which get tax credits to cover their employees.The Affordable Care Act is good for all of our health because well over 780,000 people in our state have already received free preventive services – such as mammograms and colonoscopies – or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor. And much, much more.

Here’s their sample letter:

Example Letter to the Editor (LTE):

In an editorial in the Metrowest Daily News, Scott Brown wrote that the Affordable Care Act is bad for Massachusetts. He’s wrong.
[INSERT YOUR BRIEF, PERSONAL HEALTHCARE STORY HERE]
The Affordable Care Act is good for our small businesses — they get tax credits to cover their employees. 
It’s good for our seniors — in the first five months of 2012 alone they saved on average $648 to help cover the cost of their prescription drugs.
It’s good for our young adults — who can now stay on their parents plan until they are 26.
It’s good for more of our working families — who will now have access to quality, affordable care that they couldn’t afford before.
The Affordable Care Act is good for all of our health because well over 780,000 people in our state have already received free preventive services – such as mammograms and colonoscopies – or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor.
And you know what? It’s not just good for Massachusetts. I care about my friends and family members throughout the country who now have access to affordable health care. This is for them too.
That’s why I am a health care voter in this year’s election. Here in [YOUR TOWN], we support the Affordable Care Act.
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