Mass. single-payer advocates take on limits of state health reform

Before you write off these folks, note that a recent survey of doctors by the Massachusetts Medical Society found that a growing number of doctors support the idea of a single-payer system. More than 40 percent, up from  34 percent last year. So do a lot of folks at Occupy Boston. Massachusetts Health Reform in Practice and The Future of … Continue reading Mass. single-payer advocates take on limits of state health reform

Occupy Health Care: Boston protesters say Wall Street makes them sick

While health reform may not be at the top of their agenda, some of the Occupy Boston protesters down at Dewey Square had no problem linking the high cost of medical care to their complaints about Wall Street.  Some support Obama’s reforms; others called for a single payer system. But, nearly everyone interviewed had universal health … Continue reading Occupy Health Care: Boston protesters say Wall Street makes them sick

New Yorker: How Mitt Romney came around to Massachusetts style health reform

Watching New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza on MSNBC on Wednesday night got us thinking – is this a repeat? Since we recently watched four innings of a rain-delay repeat of a Red Sox game before realizing we had already seen it, we were suspect.  Lizza struggled through his explanation of Health Reform 101 -- we … Continue reading New Yorker: How Mitt Romney came around to Massachusetts style health reform

Virginia ruling on health reform and Massachusetts

The Boston Business Journal quotes Columbia Law School prof on the Virgina ruling on the constitutional issues re: health reform individual mandate. Metzger said that the argument in the ruling is that requiring individuals to buy insurance is not in the enumerated powers of Congress, and not that the mandate goes against the individual rights … Continue reading Virginia ruling on health reform and Massachusetts

Globe to Romney: Don’t flip-flop on Mass health plan

A staff editorial in The Globe gushes over the state health plan and asks Mitt Romney to stick up for it. Warning: The headline might stick a Tammy Wynette song in your head.  MITT ROMNEY is coming under increasing pressure from leading conservatives to renounce his decision to sign the Massachusetts health reform law. Romney, who … Continue reading Globe to Romney: Don’t flip-flop on Mass health plan

Mass reform: Dump the MRI, bust the unions and gamble on high-deductibles

Docs, hospitals and patients – all the players are moving.    Carey Goldberg at WBUR’s Commonhealth mines a new report on health reform in Massachusetts for a top ten list of notable trends.    1.Doctors who own imaging centers are trying to sell them to hospitals, which can charge more 2.Widespread skepticism that the political will exists … Continue reading Mass reform: Dump the MRI, bust the unions and gamble on high-deductibles

New Commonhealth and Ozzy’s genes

Not in the same story Check out the new and improved Commonhealth on WBUR.org While you're there, check out Radio Boston's conversation with new BC/BS CEO Andrew Dreyfus, in particular the discussion of global payments. From Commonhealth: Massachusetts is the leading laboratory for health care reform in the nation. It is also the hub of medical innovation. But … Continue reading New Commonhealth and Ozzy’s genes