Poor are Pawns in Massachusetts

New Orleans The poor became pawns as the big players in the Massachusetts stand-off over health care coverage continued to up the stakes in this struggle with the news that Massachusetts General Hospital sued the state complaining of tens of millions in unreimbursed care.  They argued that Commonwealth Care – the state’s highly touted plan –  “…was never, ever supposed to be financed on the backs of the poor…”  according to Elaine Ullian, Mass General’s CEO as quoted by Abby Goodnought in a follow-up story in the  Times.

Hmmm….maybe, just another self-serving statement as one lays down a placeholder in court in this stalemate.

My problem continues to be that the poor are getting short shrift here as these big players rumble around on the field supposedly in their name.

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