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  •  Just talked to one of my coworkers (0+ / 0-)

    who used to work for Capuano and is still friendly with a lot of their staff (convenient since we are an advocacy organization), and here's his take:

    Because of or state healthcare, MA will lose out on $1/2 Billion in federal money, most of which would be channeled to hospitals.  There are a lot of Hospitals in Boston and Cambridge (which is the majority of Capuano's district), most of which are teaching hospitals or provide care to the poor.  These hospitals are really hurting as it is - Boston Medical Center has sued to state for withholding funds (although I don't know if that suit is still ongoing).  Capuano is likely to vote for the bill, but is holding out until he has a chance to talk to all the hospitals and explain what is going on.  

    Again, this is all from my coworker.  He's usually very reliable on these matters, but I can't make any promises as to this information's accuracy.  

    Capuano also has a letter to constituents on his website with more information.  This is actually the second such letter, and it came out on Tuesday.  

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    by Dexter on Thu Mar 18, 2010 at 11:56:23 AM PDT

    •  but wouldn't having federal subsidies (1+ / 0-)
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      supercede the state subsidies just allow the state legislature to redirect that money to the hospitals?

      On the face of it, this is a legitimate concern, but there's an easy fix that won't even require federal action. And given that ObamaCare is far friendlier to the poor than RomneyCare, I'm just not seeing the argument that MA is coming out on the losing end here.

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