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

More on Brown and health reform

Many letters to the Globe on Scott Brown, from this one: I AM a Democrat who is profoundly grateful to Scott Brown for his key role in the passage of the health care bill. Without the galvanizing wakeup call his Massachusetts upset provided to the Obama administration and the Democrats in Congress, the bill was unlikely … Continue reading More on Brown and health reform

Rachel Maddow v. Scott Brown and friends

4/1 update: Globe letter-writers defend Maddow, chide staff editorialists. Dan Kennedy, writing in The Guardian, says she would be a good candidate. Note that on Thursday,  the Senate voted down Brown's proposed amendment that would have removed a tax on medical device makers from the reform bill. Now, Maddow isn't running for Senate. She made that … Continue reading Rachel Maddow v. Scott Brown and friends

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

Health reform: How’s it playing in Mass?

A run down on some of the local reaction to the passage of the health reform bill. WBUR reports that is won’t change much for consumers here. The Globe predicts a “blistering repeal campaign.” The Herald quotes “stratagists” from the Scott Brown camp saying health reform will sink the Democrats in November. And, they are … Continue reading Health reform: How’s it playing in Mass?

Mass. takes health reform another step forward

 Update via WBUR's Commonhealth : David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, explains what happens now that the state cost control hearings have wrapped up.  All eyes are on DC in terms of health reform and the uninsured. But, this week’s state sponsored hearings in Massachusetts aimed at the core problem with … Continue reading Mass. takes health reform another step forward

Scott Brown speaks as health reformers rally

Just to be clear, Brown didn't speak at the rally -- he spoke to a group of insurance execs across town. Since protests are often seen as staged events, they don’t get much news coverage. Take the reports on yesterday’s protest in Washington DC at a meeting of health insurers, compiled here by Kaiser Health … Continue reading Scott Brown speaks as health reformers rally

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