"With gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick no longer on the ballot, the Green-Rainbow candidates are left as the only statewide candidates that clearly support single-payer health care" according to Danny Factor, GRP candidate for Secretary of State.
Factor joined with fellow Green-Rainbow candidates Ian Jackson (for Treasurer) and M K Merelice (for State Auditor) to reaffirm their commitment to the concept of universal single-payer health care - also called "Enhanced Medicare for All" - which they called the "proven solution that would provide affordable health care for all the residents of our Commonwealth".
"Health care is a human right" says Danny Factor, candidate for Secretary of State. "It is a key component of the Economic Bill of Rights that we want to extend to every resident of our state."
"Protecting and nurturing the human resources of our Commonwealth should be the goal of everyone who holds public office" said M K Merelice, candidate for State Auditor. "Inadequate and unaffordable health care results in a tremendous waste of human potential. We cannot afford to limp along with our current patchwork system in which people continue to fall through the cracks and to be overcharged for needed services."
"We can cover everyone while eliminating the enormous paperwork costs needed to service the private insurance industry" said Ian Jackson, candidate for State Treasurer. "Let's learn from the success in Canada, France, and many other nations in Europe where single-payer systems provide everyone with health insurance at a fraction of the cost that Americans are paying to support our flawed, profit-driven system."
The Green-Rainbow Party has long advocated for universal single-payer coverage, and so has the national Green Party. See statements below.
Statement on Health Care (2007)
The Green Party US Supports Single-payer
"The Green Party supports single-payer universal health care and preventive care for all. We believe that health care is a right, not a privilege."
Links to GRP candidate websites can be found at http://www.green-rainbow.org/candidates