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Alan Khazei on Health Care


Close the Medicare Part D coverage gap

Q: What policies would you support to make health care more affordable--particularly for the 50-64 age population? A: Access to quality care is both a moral issue and an economic issue, and we must enact comprehensive health care reform that guarantees affordable coverage. I strongly support a public option. We must close the Medicare Part D coverage gap, increase federal funding for home and community based services, reduce prescription drug costs for those with Medicare by negotiating lower prices, and create systems that help individuals transition home after hospital stays. I will work to overhaul our medical malpractice system in a way that promotes cooperation, and gives malpractice victims compensation through a choice of options in addition to the court system.
Source: 2009 AARP Voter Guide: MA Senate Dec 1, 2009

Health care is both a moral issue and an economic issue

Source: Campaign website,, "Learn More" Nov 15, 2009

Healthcare reform more important than covering abortion

Martha Coakley declared that she would have voted against the healthcare bill because of the Stupak amendment, which restricts the sale of insurance policies covering abortion through the proposed national health insurance exchange. Capuano was one of 219 House Democrats who voted for the bill.

The two nonofficeholders running, City Year co-founder Alan Khazei and Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, have both said they'll support the bill even though the Stupak amendment. Khazei features his statement in the Stupak amendment prominently on the home page of his campaign website, while Pagliuca has run radio ads nailing both Coakley and Capuano for their stance on a health care bill that could ultimately help millions of Americans.

Source:, "Stupak amendment" Nov 9, 2009

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