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Dukakis on Health CareFormer Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis Speaks about Health Care

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On September 10, Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts, spoke about Healthcare Reform to kickoff this year’s PhD Colloquia. Each year, PhD students at the Connell School plan these series of interactive scholarly discussions that are open to the academic community.

Dukakis crafted his message based on his current work as a political science faculty member at both Northeastern University and UCLA. He noted that “for this nation to be the only advanced, industrialized nation not to guarantee health coverage to every resident is outrageous. The countries we like to compare ourselves to and compete with do so on average at half the cost per capita as we do, with better health outcomes, as best measured by life expectancy and infant mortality.”

Dukakis believes that for this to occur, we will need a President committed to universal health coverage, and a congress that is prepared to make tough decisions, and noted the importance of the upcoming presidential elections.