Single-payer health insurance: discussion heats up in Massachusetts

Lawmakers on Beacon Hill Tuesday will hold a hearing on a proposal to overhaul the state’s health care system with a single-payer “Medicare-for-All” concept, an idea that is gaining traction with some of the Democratic candidates for president. The measure would remove private insurance companies in favor of direct payment by state government to health care providers.

“This hearing will give the public an opportunity to provide their input on an important initiative that must be a part of the discussion as we continue to find ways to mend our broken health care system in Massachusetts,” committee co-chairman Sen. Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, said in a statement to the Daily News. “I look forward to hearing testimony from the public and continuing the conversation on how we can work together to address inequities in health care so that our system works better for everyone.”

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