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Baker Urges Patrick, Coakley to Prevent Fed. Healthcare Takeover

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

 

Charlie Baker has called on Governor Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley to urge their Connector Board appointees to oppose plans to have the state join HealthCare.gov.

Reports indicate the Massachusetts Health Connector Board will vote May 8 to abandon efforts to retain state control and cede control of the state's health exchange to the federal government.

"Governor Patrick and Attorney General Coakley should urge their Health Connector Board representatives to vote against a federal takeover of the Commonwealth’s website,” said Charlie Baker. “By joining the federal government’s website, we are drastically curtailing our ability to chart our own course. The federal government will now determine our future.” 

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“Bipartisan cooperation made Massachusetts a national leader on health care reform, and our approach was working. The disruption, uncertainty, price increases, and loss of control and public accountability associated with the early rollout of the Affordable Care Act are hurting the people of our state,” said Baker. “It is wrong to stand by and permit a successful state-based health care reform program to be derailed by a federal takeover. We should preserve what worked here in Massachusetts, and most important of all, retain the ability to control the destiny of our health care system here in the Commonwealth."

Background 

The Affordable Care Act forced more than 200,000 Massachusetts residents to lose coverage and reapply through the broken Connector site. 

The Health Connector Board is expected to join the federal health exchange at a meeting May 8. 

 

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