Candidates for Governor Respond to Survey; Walsh Supports Single-payer

June 10, 2014

Responding to a Healthcare-Now! of Maryland health care survey, gubernatorial candidates Del. Heather Mizeur, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Cindy Walsh all indicated that they believed that health care was a basic human right.  They all agreed that it was the responsibility of the state to ensure that all Marylanders received the health care they need. There were differences, however, regarding a single-system.

Neither Brown nor Mizeur would say that they favored a single-payer system and that they would support single-payer legislation and, if passed, sign it into law.  Only Walsh unequivocally supported single-payer calling for “expanded and improved Medicare for all”.  In his response, Brown expressed support for universal healthcare and the Affordable Care Act.  He indicated that he would be watching the experience of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care single-payer model as he considered options to build a better Maryland.  Mizeur favored studying a single-payer system.   If it was shown to be fiscally responsible, she would push for passage of single-payer after 2017 when the federal government allows for innovation waivers.

The health care survey was sent to all of the candidates from both parties running in the June 24th primary.

By Rich Bruning

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2 Responses to “Candidates for Governor Respond to Survey; Walsh Supports Single-payer”

  1. Ken Sandin on June 11th, 2014 5:30 am

    “Mizeur favored studying a single-payer system. If it [were] shown to be fiscally responsible, she would push for passage of single-payer after 2017 when the federal government allows for innovation waivers.”
    That’s politician-speak for “I’m not taking a position until I’m forced to.” Single-payer has already been studied exhaustively and found to be the only financially responsible healthcare program, and if she doesn’t know that, then she hasn’t been paying attention. The fact is, she has told people that it’s “not politically feasible.” So we know where she stands: it’s about politics, not healthcare.
    She has also pushed to study hydraulic fracturing, another thing that’s been studied to death and found to be…well, death.

  2. Kate Sugarman on June 21st, 2014 4:43 pm

    Please let me know if you have endorsements or background for all the candidates in this tuesday’s election. Governor, attorney general, Maryland house of delegates and Montgomery county council. I want to know positions on single payer, universal health care etc. I am a doctor for the poor in DC. Low income DC residents generally can qualify for public health benefits. Low income Maryland residents almost never receive public health care, even after Affordable health care. thanks

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