Opinion

Time to repeal medical device tax once and for all

Time to repeal medical device tax once and for all

Suspension is about to end, making R&D decisions difficult

THERE’S A LOT OF TALK in Washington about health care, its future, and what our health ecosystem could look like in the next 5, 10, and even 50 years. These are important policy questions, with nationwide implications if lawmakers get it wrong. Here in Massachusetts, we know a thing or two about health care, health technology, and how(...)

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What’s likely to happen with the Partners-Eye and Ear deal

What’s likely to happen with the Partners-Eye and Ear deal

A no is in order, but a conditional approval may be likely

PARTNERS HEALTHCARE NEEDS a good dose of Vitamin N (a clear No) from either or both the Department of Public Health or the Attorney General with respect to its wanting to acquire Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary on terms that it has proposed. The Health Policy Commission completed its initial review of the proposed merger(...)

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Fiscal irresponsibility from Mass Fiscal Alliance

Fiscal irresponsibility from Mass Fiscal Alliance

Blocking Safe Communities Act would drive up state and local costs

IN DECEMBER, when you open your mailbox, you’re used to the usual flow of holiday cards from relatives and old friends, as well as end-of-year fundraising solicitations. However, residents of towns from Pittsfield to Hull recently got something else: an incendiary mailer attacking select legislators for their support of the Safe Communities Act and warning(...)

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Francis Appleton, a man on autopilot

Francis Appleton, a man on autopilot

Have you ever wondered whether time has bested you, or you it?

Author’s Note:  This story will disappoint you if you approach it expecting a Christmas ghost story.  No eerie images appear on doorknockers, no apparitions escort our protagonist to ancient graveyards. You may be required to suspend disbelief, but how is that materially different from what you read in the daily newspapers, or watch on local(...)

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Notes from the ACA front lines

Notes from the ACA front lines

Helping families during open enrollment shows huge value of law

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT is still the law of the land after a series of failed attacks in Congress. Still, in many states, the time frame for enrolling in the ACA’s subsidized insurance plans was cut in half, to a short six-week period ending December 15 (in Massachusetts, residents have until January 23). Federal funds(...)

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Tax cut’s silver linings playbook

Tax cut’s silver linings playbook

Hidden opportunities for progressives in GOP tax bill - Part I

A CORE TENET of behavioral economics is that most of us are biased toward optimism. I plead guilty. Today’s Exhibit A of my optimism bias is the Republican federal tax cut legislation heading toward the desk of President Trump for his signature. It is true that the tax cut legislation is rigged to disproportionately benefit(...)

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Testing isn’t punishment, it’s a matter of social justice

Testing isn’t punishment, it’s a matter of social justice

Moratorium on high-stakes assessments would set back minority and low-income students

LAST YEAR WHILE CASUALLY asking my son about taking his first MCAS exam as a third grader, he responded with an adverse physical reaction at the mere mention of the word MCAS. He literally flinched with fear. Now, I did sign many forms at the beginning of the school year, but I don’t recall the(...)

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Electric vehicle charging gets a jump

Electric vehicle charging gets a jump

Eversource’s $45m program will support rapid buildout

MASSACHUSETTS TOOK A MAJOR STEP toward its goal of 300,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2025 when the Department of Public Utilities last week approved the nation’s largest electric vehicle charging program outside of California. The landmark $45 million program developed by Eversource, one of the Commonwealth’s largest utilities, will support the buildout of(...)

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S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

Lobby Baker administration on clean energy procurement

The following is a letter sent to Matthew Beaton, the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, on December 12 by Rep. Patricia Haddad of Somerset and cosigned by Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport. AS THE SECTION 83D Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP selection process is coming to a close, I wish to offer my observations and(...)

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Mitchell Chester set bar high for next ed commissioner

Mitchell Chester set bar high for next ed commissioner

Search should look for a leader with his commitment to principled leadership

AS THE Board of Elementary and Secondary Education embarks on its search for a new commissioner following the death in June of Mitchell Chester, I’ve been reflecting on how Commissioner Chester became an accomplished educational leader. I co-produced a tribute video about him this fall and gained insights about him during the many interviews I(...)

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