Brown and Romney dance around Mass reform

 In a Globe op-ed this morning, Scott Brown said he supports repeal of some parts of the health reform bill – mandates and medical device fees among them. He wants to give states the right to opt out and supports the following measures, which he says will effectively control raging healthcare costs: We should replace the worst … Continue reading Brown and Romney dance around Mass reform

Herald: Scott Brown victory delivered health reform

And, oh, are those Tea Partiers angry. From today's Boston Herald: Republican folk hero Sen. Scott Brown is being taunted by triumphant Democrats - and slammed by irked conservatives - after the historic health-care bill he was elected to kill was signed into law by President Obama yesterday... “If it wasn’t for the Tea Party … Continue reading Herald: Scott Brown victory delivered health reform

Still wondering about Scott Brown and health reform

His opposition to the Senate plan was a big factor, possibly a turning point, in his win. Sunday’s NY Times Magazine profile of Sen.Scott Brown gives pretty much zero insight into what our new senator plans to do about health reform.  The story does suggest he didn’t explain his plans very clearly in the campaign. ….If … Continue reading Still wondering about Scott Brown and health reform

Why Mass Voters Rejected Senate Health Bill

You might be surprised. According to a poll by Move On, quite a few of them didn’t think it went far enough – even among those who voted for Brown. After the Massachusetts special election, MoveOn and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee commissioned a poll of Massachusetts voters who backed President Barack Obama in 2008 … Continue reading Why Mass Voters Rejected Senate Health Bill

Snowe: Will History Call Back?

Brown's win has emboldened the GOP to call on Dems to hit the restart button on health reform. Kaiser Health News aggregates it for you, including news that Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is waiting for a call from Dems. From AP via the Globe. PORTLAND, Maine --U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, smarting over the way Democrats … Continue reading Snowe: Will History Call Back?

Barney Frank has second thoughts on health reform bill

First, check out the latest edition of Health Wonk Review, which this week comes with an Avatar theme and plenty of pontificating on the outcome of Mass Senate race. So, it was hard to find and you have to scroll down on this page to read it, but the Globe's Susan Milligan reports that Rep. … Continue reading Barney Frank has second thoughts on health reform bill

Did Massachusetts Sink Health Reform?

Barney Frank thinks so. Jonathan Cohn says go for it. Much more in the national press about large role health reform played in Tuesday's Senate race. Kaiser Health News offer a good round-up, including this from Politco. "Scott Brown's opposition to congressional health care legislation was the most important issue that fueled his U.S. Senate … Continue reading Did Massachusetts Sink Health Reform?

BHN Exclusive: Voter Voices from the Polls: Health Reform and the Mass. Senate Race

No campaign staff worked the polling station at the William Cardinal O'Connell Library in East Cambridge today. It was cold, slushy and raining in a city where voters tend to lean to the left of liberal. A sample of the locals leaving the polls found that almost all of them considered the future of health … Continue reading BHN Exclusive: Voter Voices from the Polls: Health Reform and the Mass. Senate Race

Worried about health reform? Vote on Tuesday

Whether you are for it or against it, you can have your say on Tuesday. From the NY Times: WASHINGTON — With the Massachusetts special election for United States Senate increasingly unpredictable, Democrats in Washington are contemplating a fall-back plan to advance far-reaching health care legislation, even if a Republican victory on Tuesday deprives Senate … Continue reading Worried about health reform? Vote on Tuesday