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Tom Reilly on Health Care


Experienced with saving struggling hospitals

Q: The average worker pays 26% of the cost of family health insurance, while Massachusetts state employees pay about 15%. Is it fair to ask taxpayers to subsidize state workers?

REILLY: For the past eight years, I've been working to save the health insurance for over a million people with the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare plan when that company was going under. Saving and turning around struggling hospitals, so I understand that system. I'm the only one with that kind of experience going into this race. The next governor better know something about healthcare. We can't continue like this because of the cost of healthcare. We have to make it more affordable. I know where to start, cutting those administrative costs, 1/3 of the amount of money that's spent on our healthcare delivery system is spent on administrative overhead--those forms going back and forth, endless waste of money--we have to change it. Government can drive that change, we're the largest purchaser of health insurance.

Source: MA gubernatorial debate on CBS4 news, moderator: Jon Keller Sep 13, 2006

Opposes $295/yr employer fee for uninsured employees

Although Reilly supports the new universal healthcare law in principle, he opposes one of its most controversial provisions: a $295 per employee, per year fee for businesses that don't provide their workers with health insurance.
Source: Boston Globe Issue Outlines: Health Care Jun 3, 2006

Universal access to quality, affordable health care

Ensuring access to affordable, high-quality health care for all is a moral and economic imperative for Massachusetts, keeping our people healthy and productive and enhancing the stability of our health care system. As Governor, Reilly will keep the Commonwealth on track to achieve universal access to quality, affordable health care by:
Source: Campaign booklet, "Prescription for a Healthy Massachusetts" Jun 2, 2006

Expand access to insurance and affordable care

Reilly laid out many of his goals as Governor, including: Making health care more affordable for all of our families and expanding access to insurance and the highest quality care.
Source: Campaign kickoff speech Jan 24, 2006

Worked to protect coverage during HMO bankruptcy

When Harvard Pilgrim was on the brink of financial ruin, Tom stepped in and took prompt action to protect coverage for the plan's one million members and make sure doctors and health care providers were paid. Today, Harvard Pilgrim has returned to financial health and is consistently rated among the top health plans nationally.
Source: Campaign website, Jan 8, 2006

Other governors on Health Care: Tom Reilly on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
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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