Expanding Health Care in Massachusetts

This article is more than 15 years old.

Click the listen link to hear Bob Oakes host a special one-hour conversation about Massachusetts proposed landmark healthcare reform plan.

The state's leading lawmakers take questions about the plan, and the state's governor, Mitt Romney joins the conversation to offer his explanations for the plan.

Guests include: Governor Mitt Romney, Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, and Nancy Turnbull, President of Blue Cross Blue Shield, MA.

It's being called historic, unprecedented, and a step towards the first universal health care plan in the country.

It would require every resident in the state of Massachusetts to have health insurance and calls on the state's insurance providers to set up low cost plans for lower income residents.

Businesses that don't provide a health benefit to
employees would be assessed a fee, and residents who don't purchase health care would be taxed.

This program aired on April 7, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

Bob Oakes Twitter Host, Morning Edition
Bob Oakes has been WBUR's Morning Edition anchor since 1992.