Baker, Berwick bring health care chops to Massachusetts governor’s race

The race to replace Mass Gov. Deval Patrick is underway and two health policy types have jumped in — maybe three, sort of.

download (1)Democrat Don Berwick  comes from the policy world and a fairly recent, notable stint as head of CMS. While that put him in charge of Medicare and other publicly funded health programs, Republican Charlie Baker ran Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan for a while.

Baker has a lot of political experience; Berwick does not. And it is unlikely health care will be a major factor in the race. Which is too bad, since the state is taking steps beyond universal coverage and into cost containment. Another likely candidate, Attorney General Martha Coakely, has been all over that.

Coakley lost what should have been a Democratic slam dunk to replace Ted Kennedy Instead, Scott Brown headed to DC on a pledge to defeat Obama’s health reform bill. Baker lost to Patrick last time.

On that the policy topic, check back here next Thursday for the Health Wonk Review. BHN will host that bi-weekly digest of health policy blog posts.

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