Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Deval Patrick In Cambridge

Blue Mass Group has a very thorough rundown of Deval Patrick's recent speech in Cambridge. Charley even gives a blow-by-blow of the question and answer session. Here's a sample:

Concerning universal health care: What's different this time from the Clinton plan years?

Patrick mentioned the complexity of the Clinton plan, but more to the point is that all the other players in health care, not just consumers, are dissatisfied. And even if you have insurance, it's a hassle. Patrick spoke of his recently deceased mother's difficulties with getting reimbursed for care. Single payer care is unrealistic in the short-term, but he said he's willing to spend political capital on major health care reform: "If I don't get it done in my first term, throw me out."
The rest is a great read, and Patrick even talks about his experiences at Coke. Check it out.