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Health Care Reform, From Baker's Bill To The Economics Of 'Medicare For All'15:55

Gov. Charlie Baker (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Gov. Charlie Baker (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Nine thousand dollars — that's about how much the state of Massachusetts spent on health care in 2018, per person — a total of more than $60 billion.

As the total cost continues to rise — more than a 3% increase from 2017 to 2018  — there are multiple reforms being talked about locally and nationally.

Gov. Charlie Baker's new health care bill focuses on primary care, behavioral health and prescription drug prices. On the national stage, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All proposal is facing deeper scrutiny over its potential cost.

A WBUR poll released today found that while Warren is currently the top choice for Massachusetts voters in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, her health care proposal is not.


Rosemarie Day, founder of Day Health Strategies, and former chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Health Connector. She tweets @Rosemarie_Day1.

Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at MIT, and a key architect of Romneycare and the national Affordable Care Act. He tweets @jonathangruber1.

This segment aired on October 23, 2019.


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