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Grace Ross on Health Care


Expand psychiatric services as part of universal coverage

Q: How would you have voted on the Jul 14, 2005 House vote: Maintaining two state psychiatric hospitals?

A: Yes, I think that psychiatric services need to be expanded in general as part of universal health coverage. While the impulse to mainstream those with psychiatric and mental disabilities is theoretical appropriate--it is unconscionable when coupled with cuts in necessary services and will never serve the needs of all. We must also address human rights of the mentally ill.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

Supports employer assessment for uninsured employees

Q: How would you have voted on the Nov 3, 2005 House vote: Employer assessment for uninsured employees?

A: Absolutely, this is otherwise another corporate tax loophole which shifts the burden of medical costs on to other tax payers, disproportionally those with the least. And any realistic assessment cannot serve as a disincentive for those responsible employers who still provide health coverage. It is not enough, however, without single payer healthcare and the cost containments it provides.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

Expand MassHealth as basis for single system of coverage

Q: How would you have voted on the Nov 3, 2005 House vote: Increasing benefits under MassHealth?

A: YES, absolutely, I have spent most of my adult life trying to expand and protect MassHealth coverage. I was very involved in the expansion of MassHealth to cover all the uninsured children of this state under age 18--to which we need to return. In addition, something like MassHealth needs to serve as the basis for a single system of health coverage for all--no second class citizens.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

Create universal health care

Source: Campaign website, Jun 3, 2006

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AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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