Massachusetts Medicare for All (M4A) legislation, to establish a single payer of all medical bills (the Massachusetts Health Care Trust), is popular among residents throughout the state. Last year, non binding referenda in 20 districts, including some of the most conservative districts, voted in favor of Medicare for All by significant majorities. Notably, in the 3rd Norfolk District, which is represented by Speaker of the Massachusetts House Ron Mariano, 61% of the voters supported Medicare for All.
Over the past twenty-five years, Medicare for All legislation has been introduced in the State House repeatedly and the Democratic House leadership has never allowed it to be voted on. Currently, Speaker Mariano, from Quincy, is outspoken about his opposition to Medicare for All, and he uses the powers of the speaker to block its passage.
Quincy is a rapidly growing, increasing diverse community with a large senior population. It’s also the largest city in New England without its own hospital, or even an emergency department. Access to facilities and services is difficult for very many. Market forces have created a society of haves and have nots, and that is especially glaring in the health sphere.
What does this mean for the City of Quincy and all its residents? Would switching to Massachusetts Medicare for All save the City significant money, which could be spent on other programs? Would the financial sanity of Medicare for All have prevented the closure of Quincy Medical Center nine years ago? Would the quality of the coverage of this financial mechanism surpass that provided by commercial health insurance? Are city employees paying more out of pocket now for commercial health insurance than they would for M4A? Would having M4A secure continuity of healthcare providers?
Come to our forum, Saturday, November 18th, 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy Center, which has available public parking and is handicap accessible. Learn what Massachusetts Medicare for All could do for the City of Quincy and all its residents. Ask the questions about Medicare for All that you find most pressing. There are many profit-driven (and “not-for profit”) health companies who benefit from the current system, so getting trustworthy information is not easy.
Stephanie Nakajima from Mass-Care and Dr. Alan Meyers from Physicians for a National Health Program, two healthcare advocacy organizations, will share information with us. Sandy Eaton, RN, a former Quincy Medical Center nurse and candidate for state representative, will explain why he is a Medicare for All fighter.
Join us and learn that we have options. Our current healthcare system, the most expensive in the world, is patchwork, jerry-rigged, rife with communication breakdowns, erratic and sometimes deadly. No other developed country would tolerate such a situation. We can demand and win change!
The United States has the shortest lifespan of any industrial country in the world. People in the US die five years younger than people in other high-income countries!
Sponsors: Mass-Care, Physicians for a National Health Program, Our Revolution – Massachusetts, Progressive Democrats of America, Progressive Massachusetts, Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, South Shore Medicare for All, South Shore Coalition for Human Rights
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