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SINGLE-PAYER SUPPORTERS TURN ATTENTION TO MASS. HOUSE [+VIDEO]

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 14, 2017.....The Senate last week voted overwhelmingly to measure potential costs of single-payer health care, and advocates are now turning their focus to the House, and to their own holiday dinner tables.

"When we get together for Thanksgiving and you sit around the table -- and trust me, the kids are listening and everybody's watching -- talk about single-payer and why it's important," Sen. Paul Feeney told participants in a single-payer lobby day Tuesday. "I got that crazy uncle, everybody's got that crazy uncle -- 'You're a socialist, it doesn't work, Paul.' Now he says, 'You're a socialist, it doesn't work, Senator.'"

Feeney, a Foxborough Democrat, was sworn in to the Senate on Nov. 1 after winning a special election, and a week later joined his colleagues for debate on a sweeping health care reform package. Before passing the bill, the Senate voted 35-3 in favor of comparing the state's current health spending to projected costs of a single-payer system and developing a single-payer implementation plan if that route proves less expensive.


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