22News Statehouse reporter Jodi Reed conducted an extended interview with Northampton State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa to discuss a plan that would change the way healthcare coverage is provided in Massachusetts.
Through the Medicare for all plan, Rep. Sabadosa aims to provide equitable healthcare coverage through a single-payer financing system.
Many people today pay close to 18% of their salary in health care costs Rep. Sabadosa’s plan would reduce that number by increasing the amount employers pay to provide healthcare coverage.
Some Democratic candidates for president, such Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, have proposed a similar healthcare financing model at the national level. Through Sanders’ proposal, private health insurance providers would no longer be needed for people to get healthcare coverage.
Representative Sabadosa said her Medicare-for-All plan has a similar outlook on the healthcare industry, and that the focal point should be providing healthcare; not providing health insurance.
Prescription Drug costs continue to rise so politicians across the country are talking about BigPharma’s role in the opioid epidemic. Representative Sabadosa believes there are other factors contributing to the opioid epidemic, such as drug accessibility on the street, and American foreign policy more broadly. She also believes there should be legal repercussions for drug companies that knowingly misinformed patients.
On Monday, House members began to debate items in the FY2020 state budget. While healthcare and education funding might not be discussed this week, lawmakers from across the Commonwealth are expected to advocate for more government intervention in both areas.
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