Massachusetts Senate Vote on Single Payer Health Care Amendment
On Tuesday, May 15, Senator Jamie Eldridge introduced Amendment #125, which would have amended a broader health care cost control bill (S.2260). Amendment #125 would have committed Massachusetts to comparing, each year, its actual health care costs with the costs it would face under a single payer plan, and if after several years the ‘single payer benchmark’ proved more cost-effective for better access to care, the state would submit a single payer implementation plan to the state legislature for approval.
After a one-and-a-half hour debate on the Senate floor, the amendment was defeated by a 15 to 22 vote. Amendments opposed by the leadership of the Senate rarely receive such support. Below is the language of the amendment and a summary for Senator Eldridge’s office, the vote count, , and video of all of the Senators providing testimony for or against the amendment.
Votes For and Against Amendment #125
In favor: William Brownsberger (Belmont), Sonia Chang-Diaz (Boston), Catherine Clark (Melrose), Cynthia Stone Creem (Newton), Sal DiDomenico (Everett), Kenneth Donnelly (Arlington), Benjamin Downing (Pittsfield), James Eldridge (Acton), Susan Fargo (Lincoln), Patricia Jehlen (Somerville), Thomas McGee (Lynn), Mark Montigny (New Bedford), Marc Pacheco (Taunton), Stanley Rosenberg (Amherst), and Daniel Wolf (Harwich).
Opposed: Frederick Berry (Peabody), Stephen Brewer (Barre), Gale Candaras (Wilbraham), Harriette Chandler (Worcester), Barry Finegold (Andover), Jennifer Flanagan (Leominster), Jack Hart (Boston), Robert Hedlund (Weymouth), Brian Joyce (Milton), John Keenan (Quincy), Thomas Kennedy (Brockton), Michael Knapik (Westfield), Michael Moore (Milbury), Richard Moore (Uxbridge), Anthony Petruccelli (East Boston), Michael Rodrigues (Westport), Richard Ross (Wrentham), Michael Rush (West Roxbury), Karen Spilka (Ashland), Bruce Tarr (Gloucester), James Timilty (Walpole), and James Welch (West Springfield).
Video of Senate Floor Debate on Amendment #125
Senator Jamie Eldridge (Acton), introducing Amendment #125
Senator Daniel Wolf (Harwich), speaking in favor of Amendment #125
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (Boston), speaking in favor of Amendment #125
Senator Marc Pacheco (Taunton), speaking in favor of Amendment #125
Senator William Brownsberger (Belmont), speaking in favor of Amendment #125
Senator Stephen Brewer (Barre), speaking in opposition to Amendment #125
Senator Patricia Jehlen (Somerville), speaking in favor of Amendment #125
Senator Richard Moore (Uxbridge), speaking in opposition to Amendment #125
Senator Mark Montigny (New Bedford), speaking in favor of Amendment #125
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (Boston) rebuttal, speaking in favor of Amendment #125
Final Vote on Amendment #125