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City Council supports Medicare for All in Massachusetts

April 5, 2019

City Council

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City Council

At this week’s Council meeting, the Council adopted a resolution supporting Massachusetts Senate Bill No. 683, An Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts.

Despite Massachusetts' progressive history in leading health care, many Massachusetts residents still do not have health insurance, with recent reports finding that 20,000 children in the Commonwealth are uninsured. At this week’s Council meeting, the Council adopted a resolution filed by Councilors Zakim and O'Malley supporting Massachusetts Senate Bill No. 683, An Act Establishing Medicare for All in Massachusetts. State Senator James Eldridge sponsored the bill, which would establish a single payer healthcare system in Massachusetts.

Establishing a single-payer health care system would allow doctors and patients to make healthcare decisions primarily based on the needs of the patients and also allows patients to access doctors and hospitals without paying premiums or co-pays. The many benefits of Medicare for All would include: affording everyone in the Commonwealth access to medical care, removing millions of dollars in overhead costs, and giving greater leverage to patients to take charge of their health and its care.