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Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

FILE - This combo of file photos taken on June 14, 2014, show Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, from left, Don Berwick, Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman at the state Democratic Convention in Worcester, Mass. The three face each other for their party's nomination in the state's primary election on Sept. 9. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia, File)

FILE - This combo of file photos taken on June 14, 2014, show Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, from left, Don Berwick, Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman at the state Democratic Convention in Worcester, Mass. The three face each other for their party's nomination in the state's primary election on Sept. 9. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia, File)

To the editor:

Don Berwick’s qualifications for governor are the strongest we have seen in years and are uniquely suited to our needs right now. While trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Berwick also holds an advanced degree in public policy. He can both attend to the needs of individuals and lead complex organizations. As the founder of the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement he has worked with over 90 percent of the hospitals in America to reduce medical mistakes and improve patient care, saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

As the national executive director of Medicare and Medicaid he ran an organization of 5,500 employees with a budget larger than the Pentagon’s.

Dr. Berwick is not a politician; he is a visionary leader who knows how to work with people in large, complex organizations to accomplish high-priority goals. He will create Medicare for All in Massachusetts and will save millions of dollars in doing so. He will bring together the most effective people to tackle education, energy policy, and poverty. He is beholden to no one and he knows how to get the job done. Please join me in voting for Don Berwick for governor Sept. 9.

Fran Volkmann

Northampton

Legacy Comments3

Well then, what's YOUR plan? The fact is, Medicare works. Despite the propaganda we've all grown up with, America is LAST among industrialized countries in the world when it comes to providing healthcare for its citizens. Nevermind math test scores! Pay attention to the human cost of what our country is NOT doing for its citizens compared to every other industrialized nation. That is not propaganda, it's a fact. Look it up. Yes, there is waste in government. Yes, there is fraud in every program invented by mankind. Dr. Berwick is currently our best hope for an informed, less corrupt state government. Martha Coakley is a career politician, no doubt on her way to a senate race if she lands on the Governor's square this time around. Don't continue to roll the dice when it comes to how we move forward in this state. She is not the answer.

We had the best healthcare system in the world until Obamacare. Do people who can afford any healthcare go to Cuba or Canada or the UK when they need care? No - they come here. What company makes the retroviral drugs that keep millions of HIV infected people alive - Gilead - an American company. The list goes on and on showing how a for profit healthcare system works better than a socialzed one for everybody. Medicare and Medicaid are bankrupt or soon will be. I like the idea of a voucher I would get one from my employer and then I would go out and find the plan I want. I really think the idea of buying the health plan I need that will suit my needs is a great idea - instead of a bureacrat central planner making that decision and providing less for more money on top of it.

We don't want medicare for all. We don't want socialized medicine or a single payer system. Look at the VA - thats what you get with that model of health care delivery. An unresponsive government bureacracy that wastes enormous amounts of taxpayer money, is bloated and inefficient and in the end may kill you from neglect. No thanks! And no thanks to Obamacare.

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