Berwick Stresses Health Care In Race For Mass. Governor

February 22, 2014 2:17 PM
Berwick Stresses Health Care In Race For Mass. Governor
BOSTON (AP) — Don Berwick is proud to tell an audience how he was once called “the second most dangerous man in America.”

" The label, he explains, was put on him by conservative commentator Glenn Beck at a time when Berwick, a Democrat now running for governor on a progressive platform, was playing a lead role in the early implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Berwick’s praise for aspects of the British single-payer health care system also marked him for criticism from congressional Republicans, who said it showed his affinity for big government programs. They blocked his confirmation as permanent head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Berwick left Washington after a 17-month recess appointment.

With Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick not seeking re-election, the 67-year-old pediatrician from Newton decided last year to make his first run for elected office in Massachusetts, which in 2006 pioneered its own universal health insurance law that later became the model for the federal law.

“This is a state that does get things done,” he recently told an audience at Suffolk University "

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