News Release

* Botching Health Care Reform * Ballot Measures in Mass.


Young, national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization of 18,000 doctors who support a single-payer, Medicare-for-All approach to reform, said today: “Health care reform was botched. People wanted serious reform and didn’t get it. What was adopted was so defective that ultra-conservatives were able to seize on it and use it against the Democrats and, more fundamentally, will use it against real health reform. A recent Associated Press poll shows twice as many people say the reform should have gone farther than say government has no role in health care. We know from multiple surveys over the past two decades that two-thirds of the population would support a single-payer Medicare-for-all plan. That’s the only way to assure universal, high-quality, affordable care.” Almberg is communications director for PNHP.

Executive director of Mass-Care: The Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, Day said today: “The health care law Obama signed is largely modeled on the Massachusetts system. Now, there is a movement in Massachusetts to move from that to a single-payer or ‘Medicare for all’ program. In 2008, ten local non-binding ballot measures calling for a single-payer system passed around the state. There are 14 on the ballot today.” See: “Question 4: Non-binding ballot measure pushes ‘Medicare For All’

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167