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.

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



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