Author Archives: Martha Bebinger

Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for WBUR. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, class of 2010.

‘Can’t Imagine Life Without It’: 10 Years After Mass. Health Reform, Residents Speak About Law’s Impact

On this day, 10 years ago, the hottest ticket in town was for a seat in Faneuil Hall, to watch then-Gov. Mitt Romney sign the state’s new health coverage law and describe its goals.

“Every citizen with affordable, comprehensive health insurance, small businesses able to conveniently buy insurance for their employees at a cost that’s competitive with big businesses, medical transparency bringing marketplace dynamics to health care — really for the first time — and finally, beginning to rein in health care inflation,” Romney said in 2006.

Today, we have compiled some facts and figures on the 10th anniversary. There’s also a collection of essays from health care experts of all stripes assessing the law’s first decade.

On Morning Edition today, we hear from a different group: Massachusetts residents, including several who did not have insurance before the state’s first-of-its-kind law.

Josh Archambault: Paternalism Undermined Mass Health Reform Law

One of a series of analyses on the 10th anniversary of the 2006 Massachusetts health care overhaul. Josh Archambault is a senior fellow at the Pioneer Institute and is co-author and editor of “The Great Experiment: The States, The Feds and Your Healthcare,” a comprehensive review of the Massachusetts state law. He also served in the Romney administration. Continue reading

John McDonough: Mass. Carved The Path, But More Needs To Be Done

One of a series of analyses on the 10th anniversary of the 2006 Massachusetts health care overhaul. John E. McDonough teaches at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2006, he was executive director of Health Care for All in Massachusetts. Between 2008 and 2010, he worked in the U.S. Senate on writing and passing the Affordable Care Act.   Continue reading