Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

July 28, 2014 1:07 PM

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Fittingly, Beacon Hill is a neighborhood in Boston, and often used as a metonym for state government. Massachusetts has indeed served as a national beacon, most indelibly during the American Revolution -- but also of late, as the first state to implement a very close approximation to universal health coverage (notably, during the tenure of Republican Governor, Mitt Romney). All evidence to date suggests that the reform in question has saved both lives and dollars.

That capacity for Massachusetts to make innovative choices, and enhance the chances available to the rest of us looking on is very germane to the upcoming gubernatorial election. Governor Deval Patrick, a democrat, is not seeking re-election. Among the contenders in the Democratic Primary is Dr. Don...

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