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Candidates On Health Care, In A Nutshell

The issues are complex. But today, WBUR's Martha Bebinger skillfully distills the four Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates' stands on health care into easy-to-digest positions.

Read or listen here.

And here are the Cliff Notes:

Jill Stein, Green-Rainbow Party: Supports a single-payer system, a "Medicare for All."

Deval Patrick, Democratic incumbent: "No major changes to the landmark coverage law, but big changes in how we pay doctors and hospitals," toward a "global payment" system.

Charlie Baker, Republican: "Less expensive, but probably less comprehensive health insurance and posting prices to drive down the cost of care."

Tim Cahill, independent: More choice on insurance; revamp the coverage law so fewer people are subsidized; slow spending on health care without losing jobs.

This program aired on October 18, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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