Tim is proud of health care in Massachusetts--we have achieved the highest rate of insurance in the country, allowing many of our citizens to have affordable health insurance for the first time. Although we've made progress in increasing access to quality health care, it's also clear that there is much more that can be done to expand and improve the essential health care services that our families and communities require. Tim is committed to fighting to keep the cost of care as low as possible, the quality high, and our universal healthcare program strong.
Opposing Budget Cuts
Tim will strongly oppose any proposed cuts to the MassHealth and CommonwealthCare programs. When tough decisions need to be made , it always seems that the programs that are vital for the welfare of the poor, young, elderly, and disabled are the ones that suffer the most devastating funding cuts. Tim believes that this is the wrong approach to balancing the budget, and he will continue to fight to make sure that funding is maintained for vital programs, even if it means exploring new means of generating revenue.
Moving Towards Single-Payer
Tim has been a long-time advocate for the establishment of a single-payer health insurance program in Massachusetts. Our country's experience with Medicare has shown that a public health care system can be run with a level of efficiency that exceeds that of private insurers, yet can still provide comprehensive, high quality health care to our nation's elders. Tim envisions a day when all Americans are able to enroll in such a system, and he believes that Massachusetts should be the first to start down that road.
Cambridge Health Alliance
It has become apparent that the Cambridge Health Alliance has entered into preliminary talks with area health providers in order to explore a potential affiliation or sale. Tim has made it a priority to monitor this situation closely to ensure that any potential affiliation or sale agreement does not impact the high quality of care Cambridge residents have come to expect from the CHA.