Jay Gonzalez on Health Care
Medicare for All, regardless of income or employment
I support a true single-payer health care system based on the principles of Medicare for All to ensure that everyone, regardless of income or employment status, has access to the health care services they need to be as healthy as they can be.
I have long believed that health care is a basic human right. As a former health insurance executive, I know firsthand the inequities, waste and inefficiency that exist in our current, multi-payer system.
This experience in the health care industry, as well as my time serving as Governor Patrick's Chair of the Board of the Health Connector implementing universal health insurance coverage here in
Massachusetts, make me the most qualified candidate in this race to credibly make the case for a single-payer health care system, to actually make it happen, and to ensure it happens in a way that will achieve the desired outcomes.
Source: ORMA questionnaire on 2018 Massachusetts governor race
, Dec 20, 2017
System is fundamentally dysfunctional; we need single-payer
Former Deval Patrick aide Jay Gonzalez said in an interview [that] the governor of Massachusetts should stand in opposition to the healthcare and budgetary policies of President Donald Trump. Gonzalez said Baker's actions, which include writing a
letter opposing the now-dead bill to eliminate ObamaCare, either came too late or are insufficient. "This should be a huge concern for everybody in this state," Gonzalez said. "We need to be doing everything we can to try to stop that from happening."
Gonzalez said that while the ACHA would have been disastrous for the state, problems with the health care system extend far beyond that single issue. "I think our system is fundamentally broken. It's dysfunctional," he said. "This isn't an easy fix."
He pointed to obscure and seemingly arbitrary price variations among health care providers, and said policymakers should "put everything on the table for consideration," including possibly instituting a single-payer system.
Source: MassLive.com on 2018 Massachusetts governor race
, Apr 3, 2017
Health insurance coverage for low-income residents
Jay Gonzalez has spent his career working to improve the lives of people in Massachusetts. Through his work providing health insurance coverage for low-income residents, helping cities and towns build new schools and fire stations, and managing the
state budget for Governor Deval Patrick during the Great Recession, Jay has always put people first.
He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of Massachusetts' health care reform.
Most recently, Jay served as President and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families, where he helped tens of thousands of low-income residents access the health care services they need. Under his leadership,
Jay turned CeltiCare Health around, launched New Hampshire Healthy Families, grew the company's regional presence by multiple times and added hundreds of jobs.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts Governor campaign website jay4ma.com
, Mar 11, 2017
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