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November 08, 2005

Election day/Roundup

Election day today: Get out and vote. Tell us what you see.
Here's Adam Reilly's burning questions on the Boston City Council race.
The health care juggernaut rumbles on: Trav has not taken his own advice to go easy. The Senate will begin debate on its own, pretty disappointing health care proposal tomorrow, 11/9. Get some calls in to your Senators today if you want them to be ambitious and insure a lot of people.
sco at .08 points to this very helpful comparison chart of the various plans.
Open thread if you want it.

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I hadn't realized that the House plan also called for requiring people to buy insurance. I am against that requirement 100% -- I don't think it should be mandated.

For that reason, I support the Senate bill. I like the idea of requiring employers to offer insurance, and while the size (50 employees vs. 10 vs. whatever) can be debated, getting the senate bill passed would allow the legislature to set a timeline toward reducing that number from 50 to something closer to 10 over time...

Posted by: stomv | Nov 8, 2005 1:04:26 PM

stomv, I don't like the requirement either. But the House bill does hew more closely to the HCFA/MassACT model in expanding *access* (especially to MassHealth) more aggressively than the Senate. So for that reason I'm more in line with the House.

I was talking to a friend last night who reads the blog who asked, "So, are you guys for it or against it?" Since the legislative situation is still so fluid, I think I'll take a stab at doing a line-by-line take on the House bill, using the Globe graphic as a guide.

Posted by: Charley on the MTA | Nov 8, 2005 2:39:49 PM

The running tally of Boston results is here. As of now (a little after 9, 45% reporting) it's Flaherty, Yoon, Arroyo, and Murphy for at-large City Council. No surprises in the district elections. And, surprisingly, Menino wins reelection!

Posted by: David | Nov 8, 2005 9:07:27 PM

Good news from elsewhere: local TV stations are calling the Virginia Governor election for Democrat Tim Kaine, and the NJ Gov's race, while still too close to call, is looking good for Democrat Jon Corzine.

Posted by: David | Nov 8, 2005 9:20:26 PM

When Pat Jehlen was elected to the State Senate, that left a vacancy in her former State Rep seat in Somerville.

Papers became available this past Monday and are due back at Somerville City Hall on Tuesday, November 29. A candidate needs 150 signatures to run. The primary will be held on January 10, with the general election to follow on February 7.

Right now, alderman-at-large Denise Provost looks like the progressive favorite. In Tuesday's city election, she received more votes than any other candidate.

Another declared candidate is Elizabeth Moroney, who lives on the same street as Provost. Moroney serves on the city's Planning Board and is an aide to state senator Pam Resor of Acton.

More candidates could jump in, such as Ward 5 alderman Sean O'Donovan, who also won re-election to his seat on Tuesday.

Posted by: Ron Newman | Nov 10, 2005 9:31:54 AM

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