Should Massachusetts adopt universal health care?

97 percent of Massachusetts residents have health insurance

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) –– Beacon Hill lawmakers are exploring ways to cut the cost of health care. Acton state Senator Jamie Eldridge filed legislation to adopt a government-run universal health care system, also known as “Medicare for all.”

He said, “We continue to see increasing health care costs year after year and paying for health insurance is a growing burden for families, businesses and municipalities.”

“Medicare for all” supporters believe the system would dedicate more money to actual medical services, rather than high administrative costs. Right now, about 97 percent of Massachusetts residents have health insurance. The goal is to make sure the remaining three percent have access to health care.

Under the bill, state government would run the health care system. The program would be paid for by patients, employers and a mix of federal and state tax dollars. Even though no one testified against the proposal Tuesday, Ashland state Representative Tom Sannicandro believes the bill is dead on arrival.

“My sense is, this isn’t the year for this bill, but I think it’s important for us to have a conversation. The conversation that we’re having is, does everybody in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have the right to healthcare?”

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