‘Medicare for All’ Plan Faces Steep Hurdles in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — The concept of universal government-run health care has gained favor with many on the national level including a number of Democrats seeking their party’s presidential nomination.

A handful of Democratic-leaning states, including Massachusetts, have also explored the feasibility of single payer systems at the state level.

Legislation filed on Beacon Hill would set up a “Medicare for All” system that envisions access to health care “without co-insurance, co-payments or deductibles.” The enormous costs of such a program would be covered by new payroll taxes, replacing premiums now paid by employers and individuals.

But the measure faces a difficult road to passage.

Democratic Rep. Jennifer Benson, House chair of the Legislature’s health care financing committee, told a recent public hearing that while she supports Medicare For All in theory, moving to actual implementation “becomes dicey.”

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