As anyone following the 2012 election knows, Massachusetts has served as a model for the expansion of health care coverage nationally. The Bay State’s 2006 universal health care law (sometimes called “Romneycare”) was famously the prototype for the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”).
Now, Massachusetts could become the standard bearer for how to get costs under control. In August of this year, state lawmakers passed landmark legislation aimed at containing rising health care costs.
In a discussion held just days before Tuesday’s election, four veteran observers of and participants in Massachusetts’ ongoing efforts to provide universal health care access at affordable prices — David Seltz, James Roosevelt Jr., Regina Herzlinger and Stephen D’Amato — offered their advice to the next president.