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